Brownie S’mores With Easy Red, White and Blue Marshmallows – A Fourth of July Vintage Recipe Re-Run

Posted on Jul 1 2013 - 6:38am by RetroRuth

If you love S’mores, you are going to love this fun version made with brownies! We are trying to get in the patriotic spirit here on Mid-Century Menu, so I thought I would bust out this easy recipe from last July and share it again. It even has colored marshmallows! Enough said!

Happy Fourth of July, Everyone! I hope you are all participating in  – or planning to participate in – some fun today! Tom and I are just hanging out and relaxing today. Oh, and probably making up more of these bad boys:


And by bad, this time I mean really, really good.

These are Brownie S’mores!


This recipe for brownie s’mores comes from Betty Crocker’s Party Book, which was published in 1960 and is proof positive that not only is the brownie s’more a vintage idea,


…it is also an amazing idea.

Are you surprised? I sort of am.  I mean, can you believe that the same mid-century test kitchens that brought us Spaghetti Subs could turn around and make such a fun dessert?

Well, maybe not the same exact mid-century test kitchen, but you get my drift.


The marshmallows were pretty fun and easy as well. A great job for kids, as long as you don’t mind a little colored sugar mess. Just dip the marshmallow in water…


…then colored sugar…


And you have a masterpiece that you can eat!


I have to admit, Tom and I sort of ate these before our grilled dinner was done. In fact, as soon as the fire was hot enough I was toasting marshmallows.


Yeah. One small hitch in the preparation. The brownies were too thin and soft to really hold up to any pressure when removing toasted marshmallows from the stick. So be careful!  Next time I make these, I am making the brownies thicker!

Not that Tom is complaining.



Well, maybe one little complaint. He doesn’t like it when the marshmallow gets everywhere!

The Verdict: Amazing.

S’mores are good and really don’t need improvement, but this was a yummy variation. Especially fun with the easy colored marshmallows. Make your brownies a little thicker than recommended to avoid any crumbling of your luscious concoction. Or, like Tom, sandwich the whole brownie s’more between graham crackers for extra deliciousness.

Hope you have a great holiday!



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  1. Cristina July 1, 2013 at 11:22 am - Reply

    That is pretty neat and it looks really nice! I might have to try this!

  2. Jess July 4, 2013 at 10:34 am - Reply

    I made the marshmallows last night for our 4th of July party today. It was really easy, except the store was out of colored sugar so I made my own. Don’t look for red and blue anything the day before!

    To store coated marshmallows, it would probably be best to set out single layer for a couple hours to “dry” before packing. Mine were left uncovered in the cabinet and got a nice crunchy coat. But I like crunchy Peeps, too. Thanks for sharing this!

    • RetroRuth July 4, 2013 at 10:37 am - Reply

      Wonderful, Jess! Glad it worked for you!

      Nice to know about the storage thing. We just made ours and ate them right away. 🙂

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