The Summer of Pinterest, Part 2 …
By Jacki Wood for the Nodaway News Leader
S’mores scream summer yum and fun, sitting around a campfire, enjoying the stars and lightning bugs.
But there’s more you can do with your graham crackers, chocolate bars and marshmallows. Pinterest is full of ideas for variations on s’mores, especially when you’re not near a campfire or fire pit and still have a craving for that favorite summer treat.
My 17-year-old son, Hunter, who loves to cook and bake, helped me with these s’mores ideas.
S’mores in a Jar
This idea came from OliviasCuisine.com. She writes: “My favorite thing about making S’mores in a Jar is that they are portable.”
They are made indoors but can be enjoyed anywhere and her recipe goes a bit beyond normal s’mores because she utilizes a simple ganache.
She used half-pint jars but we had some extra pint jars from last week’s projects so Hunter doubled it and did two layers instead of just one; a little different than hers but they turned out great. I loved that these could be eaten with a spoon and not the mess. And the ganache was a fun twist.
- 4 chocolate bars, roughly chopped
- 1/2 C. heavy cream
- 1 C. marshmallow creme
- 16 graham cracker squares
- 3 Tbsp. butter, melted
- mini marshmallows for topping
- 4 half-pint jars
In a saucepan, heat the heavy cream until bubbles start to form on the side, about two minutes.
Add the chopped chocolate to a medium-sized bowl and pour the hot heavy cream on top. Let it sit for a minute and then whisk until smooth. Set aside.
Process the graham crackers until finely crumbed. Add the melted butter and pulse a few times until the mixture resembles wet sand. Set aside.
To assemble, start by adding 1/4 of the graham cracker mixture to the bottom of the jars. Then add 1/4 of the marshmallow creme, 1/4 of the ganache and finish off by topping with marshmallows.
Using a cooking torch, toast the marshmallows until browned. Or, you can line the marshmallows in a baking sheet and put them under the broiler until toasted.
Baked S’mores Bars
This is another twist that can be made indoors. It comes from RachelSchultz.com. It’s one we’ve actually been making for a couple of years now because I’m not really a fan of traditional s’mores. I don’t like that the chocolate never melts enough and the marshmallows never turn out perfectly when we roast them. So this recipe satisfies those things for me. It’s melted chocolate and marshmallow bliss. No #PinterestFail with this one.
- 1/2 C. butter, room temperature
- 1/4 C. brown sugar
- 1/2 C. sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 and 1/3 C. flour
- 3/4 C. graham cracker crumbs
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 king-sized milk chocolate bars
- 1 and 1/2 C. marshmallow creme
Preheat oven to 350˚. Cream butter, brown sugar, sugar, egg and vanilla together in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, stir flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into butter mixture. Press half of dough into a greased 9×9 pan. Set chocolate bars on top. Spread marshmallow creme over chocolate and top with remaining dough.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden. Don’t worry if the marshmallow oozes out the top. Makes 9 bars.
S’mores Campfire Cones
This s’mores twist from FrugalCouponLiving.com is fun and easy, whether you’re camping in the woods or just grilling in your backyard.
I maybe got a little too confident with my no #PinterestFail comment above after our recent successes because we had a couple of problems with this one. Now that we know what we did wrong, though, a little tweaking should improve them.
Hunter layered the marshmallows and chocolate chips so that when it melted, all of the melted marshmallow was together in a clump, either at the top or the bottom of the cone, and all of the melted chocolate was together. We decided it would be good to mix the marshmallows and chocolate chips together in a bowl and then add them to the cone that way. Parts of the cone also got a bit charred so we would recommend the lower amount of time and put them back on the grill or campfire if longer is needed.
- 12 sugar or waffle cones
- 1 bag mini marshmallows
- 12 oz chocolate chips
- optional: butterscotch chips or any other flavor (we also tried peanut butter with the chocolate)
Fill each cone with marshmallows and chocolate chips. Wrap in aluminum foil.
Heat on the grill or campfire for 7 to 10 minutes (also works in the oven). Keep away from direct flames.
Be careful as contents may be hot. Unwrap and enjoy.
Additional s’mores ideas can be found on the NNL’s “Summer Fun” Pinterest page including s’mores brownies, cheesecake, cheese ball, parfait, cobbler, snack mix and even fried s’mores.
For these and other ideas for the summer, visit pinterest.com/nodawaynews/summer-fun.