When you think of marshmallows, the first thing that probably springs to mind is s’mores. If so, you’re not alone, as these are one of the most popular snack treats out there!
While these are a tasty treat to eat around a bonfire with friends, you may be surprised to find out exactly how many delicious and creative recipes you can make with marshmallows.
Homemade ice cream, dessert pizza, and yes, even lasagna, there is no shortage of tasty recipes you can make from these ooey-gooey, sugary marshmallows.
With the Halloween season fast approaching, we figured there’s no time like the present to highlight 27 of our favorite marshmallow recipes for you to try at your next costume party or gathering.
1. Easy Rocky Road
Do you love the flavor of rocky road ice cream? Are you looking for easy recipes using marshmallows?
With this homemade recipe, you’ve hit the motherload.
The secret ingredient in this dish is peanut butter, as it blends perfectly with nuts and chocolate.
If you don’t have peanut butter or aren’t a fan, you can swap it out for cookie butter or almond butter instead.
The flavor will be slightly different, but each one of these alternatives is still sweet enough to mimic the original recipe.
2. Homemade Marshmallow Sauce
Hello, sweetness! This is one of our favorite recipes for marshmallows, and they make the perfect topping for a scoop of ice cream.
The secret ingredient in this dish is vanilla extract, which gives it an extra scoop of sweetness.
If you don’t have vanilla extract handy, you can also use vanilla bean paste.
Vanilla bean paste provides the best flavor profile of pure vanilla, so it’s sure to add some sweetness to this recipe. Pair with some chocolate ice cream, and you’re in heaven!
3. Chocolate Caramel Marshmallows
Just try to find a better flavor combination than chocolate, caramel, and marshmallow. Don’t worry. I’ll wait.
If you were stumped, it’s because it’s one of the most delicious flavor combos on earth!
The secret ingredient is what goes outside of the marshmallow – sea salt sprinkles. It adds the right balance to the overpowering sweetness of the chocolate and marshmallows.
If you don’t have sea salt, you can use Himalayan pink salt as an alternative. Just be sure to use this sparingly.
4. Cookie Sandwiches
If you and your kids love cookie sandwiches, why not try frosting them with a bit of marshmallow buttercream?
The secret ingredient in this dish is the types of cookies you use. While chocolate chip cookies are used most often, you can swap them out for any cookie you prefer.
Oatmeal raisin, macadamia nut, and double chocolate all taste great when paired with this marshmallow buttercream frosting. Plus, it’s an easy marshmallow recipe to make with the kids on a lazy weekend.
5. Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares
Confetti squares are a popular snack to serve at kids’ birthday parties. So, if you have a party coming up, we recommend this easy and creative recipe.
This recipe calls for butterscotch chips, which just so happen to be the dish’s secret ingredient.
The butterscotch adds a rich, caramel-like flavor profile that pairs well with sweet marshmallows.
If you don’t have butterscotch chips, you can swap them out for chocolate chips. Feel free to use either semi-sweet or dark, depending on your preferred flavor.
6. S’Mores Bars – CopyCat Starbucks S’mores Bar Recipe
Do you love Starbucks? Me too, which is why I want to share this copycat s’mores bar recipe for you.
The secret ingredient in this tasty dessert is the graham cracker crumbs. However, you’re not limited to just using that if you don’t want to.
Graham crackers can easily be swapped out for gingersnap cookies, sugar cookies, and popular cookie brands like Oreo and Nutter Butter.
The taste will be different depending on what you use, but fortunately, all of these options taste great with melted marshmallows and chocolate.
7. Mississippi Mud Brownies
Are you looking for a tasty dessert that won’t take much time to prepare or bake?
If so, look no further than Mississippi Mud Brownies. The secret ingredient in this dessert recipe is unsweetened cocoa powder.
However, if you don’t have cocoa powder, you can easily swap it out for unsweetened chocolate.
You’ll want to use one ounce of unsweetened chocolate for every three tablespoons of cocoa powder.
If you want to try something daring, try using white chocolate instead.
8. Marshmallow Yule Log
Nothing screams the holiday season quite like a festive yule log! If you want to get creative this holiday season, this is a fun treat you and your kids can make together.
The secret ingredient in this dish is the walnuts, as they add a crunchy element that makes for a complete bite.
If you don’t have walnuts or don’t like them, you can use almonds or pistachios instead.
If you’re allergic to nuts, you can swap them out for chocolate chips. This festive treat is one of our favorite marshmallow desserts.
9. Chocolate Marshmallow Chubbies
If you were to combine a brownie and a cookie, you’d get a chocolate marshmallow chubby.
If you’re a Philadelphia native, you might recognize this fun recipe from the popular TV series “The Goldbergs.”
The secret ingredient in this creative 80s inspired dish is brown sugar because it has a deep, rich, coffee-like flavor that pairs well with marshmallows.
You can swap out brown sugar for white sugar if you prefer, or even honey or molasses. Regardless of which way you go, this is a dessert your family will be talking about for decades.
10. 4 Ingredient S’mores Pie
Here we go again with another s’mores recipe, and I’m not mad about it.
This easy recipe is perfect for your next family gathering or upcoming Halloween costume party.
Marshmallows are the secret ingredient in this dish, although that’s not a surprising secret!
While the recipe does call for large marshmallows, you can swap them out for minis if you prefer.
You can also get creative with this recipe and make it kid-friendly by using Lucky Charms marshmallows or chocolate-stuffed instead.
11. Peppermint Swirl Marshmallows
The holiday season is fast approaching, so why not get a jump start on what you’re going to make? Peppermint swirl marshmallows are one of our favorite recipes with marshmallows because of how flavorful they are.
The secret ingredient is peppermint extract. This recipe also calls for red food coloring to help mimic the look of a traditional peppermint, but you don’t have to use red if you don’t want to. Experiment with any color you like.
This is a fun activity the kids will love, and it gives them creative license to make their peppermint swirl marshmallow with whatever color they want.
12. S’mores Dessert Pizza Recipe
If you love pizza, you’ll love this unique spin on a tried and true classic. Instead of marinara sauce and cheese, you’ll be using melted chocolate and marshmallow.
Honestly, you couldn’t ask for a better pairing! The secret ingredient is vanilla extract.
If you don’t have vanilla extract, you can easily swap it out for honey, maple syrup, and even fruit zest from a lemon or orange.
If you do go with fruit zest, be sure you’re using it sparingly. The flavor will be different but still tasty.
13. Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
You don’t have to drive to a bakery to get a bakery-quality treat.
This is one of our favorite recipes with marshmallows, and it trusts us when we say it’s one your kids will love as a bit of a treat after dinner.
Marshmallow fluff is the secret ingredient in this tasty recipe. If you don’t have marshmallow fluff, you can swap it out for some real melted marshmallows.
To get the exact equivalent of marshmallow fluff, you’ll probably need to use somewhere in the ballpark of 12 regular-sized marshmallows or 120 mini marshmallows.
14. Easy Fluffy Chocolate Marshmallow Peanut Clusters
Do you love peanut butter and chocolate together? If so, you’ll fall head over heels for this dreamy snack.
The secret ingredients in this dish are peanut butter and roasted peanuts. However, if you’re allergic to peanuts, you can still enjoy this tasty treat.
Just swap the peanut butter out for sunflower butter or soy butter. If you still want a crunchy element but can’t eat peanuts, you can use pretzels instead.
The pretzels add some saltiness to it, which blends very nicely with melted chocolate.
15. Hot Chocolate Cake Roll
If you’re looking for things to make with marshmallows this upcoming holiday season, we recommend this sweet hot chocolate cake roll.
The secret ingredient in this dish is cream cheese, as it makes the marshmallow filling denser.
If you don’t have cream cheese, you can swap it out for some mascarpone cheese.
Mascarpone is a little sweeter than traditional cream cheese, so just be prepared when you combine it with the sweetness of marshmallows and cocoa powder. It’s a treat everyone at the table will love.
16. Easy S’mores Brownies
Just because October is rapidly approaching doesn’t mean the warm weather of the summer season is behind us.
Although, if we’re honest, this treat tastes good all year round!
The secret ingredient in this dish is the box of brownie mix. If you don’t have brownie mix, you can use traditional chocolate mix, too.
If you’re looking for fun marshmallow recipe ideas, this is one we can’t get enough of.
Serve cool or warm. Either way, you have a dish everyone at the table will adore. Expect second servings, for sure!
17. Marshmallow Roll Cookies
This marshmallow recipe is on a…roll (see what we did there?) Jokes aside, this tasty treat is the perfect thing to make this weekend – especially because it’s very quick and easy to make.
The secret ingredient in this popular marshmallow recipe is coconut. The coconut should be finely shredded or medium cut.
Your kids don’t like coconut? No worries. You can easily swap coconut flakes out for nuts like almonds or pecans or dried fruit like raisins or cranberries.
18. S’mores Cookie Bites
Do you love s’mores but don’t have access to a bonfire to roast them? No worries.
You can still get all the ooey-gooey flavors and textures of traditional s’mores wrapped up in a delicious cookie.
The secret ingredient in this dish is Hershey’s chocolate bar. However, you don’t have to use a chocolate bar if you don’t want to.
More and more people are saying goodbye to chocolate and swapping it out for candied bacon, peanut butter cups, and even strawberries.
19. Homemade Marshmallow Fluff
Corn syrup is high in calories, so if you want a marshmallow recipe that doesn’t use it, you’re in luck.
Fluff tastes great with peanut butter and jelly, and with this recipe, you no longer have to run out to the grocery store to grab a jar.
The secret ingredient in this homemade fluff recipe is honey, which adds just a smack of sweetness.
If you’re out of honey, you can swap it out for some sweet maple syrup instead.
20. Rocky Road Cookies
Get the taste of rocky road ice cream in cookie form! This tasty snack is sweet and impossible to eat just one – so you’ve been warned!
These soft and chewy cookies only take a few minutes to make and are so worth it.
Sliced almonds are the secret ingredient in this dish, but you can always use almond flour if you don’t have almonds.
You can always use a different nut as an alternative, such as walnut or hazelnut. This will change the flavor a little, but trust us when we say the alternatives are just as good!
21. Hot Chocolate Lasagna
Lasagna? As a DESSERT? You heard us correctly! If you’re looking for something innovative to bring to your next potluck, try making some hot chocolate lasagna.
This layered dessert is incredibly sweet and features many tasty elements such as Oreos, Nutella, and chocolate pudding.
The best thing about this dessert is that it is completely versatile.
If you don’t want to make chocolate lasagna, you can use white chocolate and blueberries instead. Or, you can try strawberry and white chocolate.
The possibilities are endless, which is why it ranks as one of the best marshmallow recipes.
22. Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Dipped Marshmallows
I could be the pickiest eater, and if you served me something drizzled in dark chocolate, I’d eat it.
The secret ingredient in this dish is no surprise: dark chocolate! Dark chocolate adds such a rich and bold flavor profile, which pairs nicely with the sweetness of the marshmallows.
Of course, you don’t have to use dark chocolate. You can easily use semi-sweet or even white chocolate instead.
If you don’t want to use chocolate at all, you can try a hazelnut-based spread instead.
23. Homemade Marshmallows
If you’re a Diabetic or counting calories, you may have had to give up marshmallows.
However, you can make this sugar-free option at home. While this is a sugar-free option, you can make it vegetarian by using agar powder to substitute for gelatin.
However, if you decide to do this, remember that the agar powder has to sit in water for about an hour before using it.
This recipe is very customizable to different dietary needs and restrictions.
The secret ingredient is vanilla extract, which adds some necessary sweetness since it’s sugar-free.
24. No-Bake Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie
Nothing screams holiday quite like a pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie is a classic autumn dessert, but the addition of marshmallows is a fun and welcomed twist.
The secret ingredient in this dish is, of course, the pure pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.
If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, you can swap it out to blend ground ginger and cinnamon.
This dish already calls for cinnamon, so be aware of that before adding too much. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or some cold vanilla ice cream, and enjoy.
25. Gluten-Free S’mores Cupcakes
Are you on a Gluten-free diet? If so, you’ll love this unique and creamy recipe.
The secret ingredient is buttermilk, which makes the cupcakes moister.
You can swap it out for some watered-down sour cream or yogurt if you don’t have buttercream. Or, if you have the time, you can make your buttermilk by adding two teaspoons of lemon juice or white vinegar to milk.
Whichever you choose, this is one of those recipes that you’ll be surprised is gluten-free by how good it tastes!
26. Flourless Marshmallow Crunch Brownies
If you’re looking for a unique flourless dessert to make for your next party or get-together, this is one we highly recommend.
The secret ingredient is peanut butter, which is used for the topping.
This recipe calls for several ingredients, including Rice Krispies. You can use either traditional Rice Krispies or Cocoa Krispies, whichever you prefer.
If you don’t have Rice Krispies, you can use Cheerios. Just melt some butter and mix it with the marshmallow, and you have a crunchy alternative the kids will love.
27. Marshmallow Treats
Marshmallow treats are the ultimate marshmallow snack. It’s a simple recipe, as all you need are some Rice Krispies and marshmallows to make it.
You can get creative if you want and swap out the type of cereal you use. Some popular alternatives have included Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes, and Cheerios.
If you want to swap out the marshmallows, you can add either chocolate or peanut butter instead.
However you decide to make your marshmallow treats, one thing’s for sure: every bite will be delicious.
27 Easy Marshmallow Recipes
When you think of marshmallows, the first thing that probably springs to mind is s'mores, right? If so, you’re not alone, as these are one of the most popular snack treats out there!
- ¼ c butter
- 4 c miniature marshmallows
- 5 c crisp rice cereal
- Melt butter in a large pan over low heat. Add marshmallows to the pan and stir until fully melted (approximately 2-3 minutes). Remove from heat.
- Add your cereal to the pan and mix until everything is well-coated.
- Remove from the pan.
- With either waxed paper or a buttered spatula, firmly press the mixture into a buttered 9x13 pan.
- Let cool and cut into 2x2” squares.
- Serve and enjoy.