Recipes for a Delicious National S’mores Day
Ooey, gooey, and a whole lot of fun—S’mores are the summer time sweet that folks just can’t get enough of. But what does that funny word even mean? Is it even a real word? According to Merriam Webster, the formal definition of S’more is “a sweet snack consisting of a chocolate bar and toasted marshmallows sandwiched between graham crackers.” So, to celebrate National S’mores day on August 10th, you could gather your friends and family around a campfire, roast some marshmallows, and enjoy the classic version of this decadent dessert, or you could try out one of these unique, S’mores inspired treats. Either way, you’ll be craving s’more.
Bring your S’mores out to Avila or Pismo Beach to maintain that campfire feeling and enjoy a summer sunset with the sand between your toes. If you book an Owner’s Suite at Avila Lighthouse Suites, you could even make these treats in the attached full kitchen and satisfy your sweet tooth in the comfort of your own room. Don’t forget to show us how you celebrate National S’mores Day by using #CentralCoasting.
1. S’mores Krispie Treats
They’re just like your typical Rice Krispie Treats—only way better. With Graham cereal, chunks of milk chocolate Hershey’s bars, and mini marshmallows, these treats have all the elements of a classic S’more, presented in a deconstructed fashion. According to Renee’s Kitchen Adventures, here’s what you’ll need:
• 6-7 cups Graham cereal pieces
• 5 cups mini marshmallows
• 3 Hershey’s milk chocolate bars, broken up
• 3 TBS unsalted butter
• Pinch of salt
On medium heat, begin by melting your butter and salt. Then, stir in 4 cups of mini marshmallows until completely melted into a smooth concoction of sugary goodness. Remove this mixture from heat, add in your Graham cereal, and stir. Next, toss in the remaining cup of mini marshmallows and stir. Pour half of the mixture into a greased 9″ x 13″ pan, pressing down and topping with chunks of Hershey’s chocolate. Repeat this step with the second half of you mixture for the top layer of your S’mores Krispie Treats. Let your treats sit at room temperature or refrigerate for about an hour before you serve them to your eager taste-testers. Once they’re ready, cut them into bars as big as your heart desires, and enjoy!
2. Toasted S’more Chocolate Chip Cookies
Two classics come together in this recipe to form a traditional marriage of soft and chewy, crunchy and gooey. Start out with your favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, or use this one from Sally’s Baking Addiction. For the S’mores part of the cookie, here’s what you’ll need:
• 3 ounces of chopped semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate chips
• 2 full sheet graham crackers, broken up
• 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
Begin by baking your cookies, following your chosen recipe. Once they’re done, take the cookies out of the oven and press chocolate chunks, graham cracker pieces, and marshmallows onto the top of each cookie. To melt the chocolate and marshmallow for the feel of a classic S’more, put the cookies back into the oven for two minutes. To get the toasted look on your marshmallows, turn the broiler on for the last 30 seconds of baking or use a kitchen torch on the tops after you’ve removed them from the oven. As with any cookie, let them cool completely before devouring.
3. S’mores Dip
Another deconstructed version of your classic S’more, this recipe will certainly have you double-dipping. Here’s what you’ll need to prepare this literal melting pot that’s sure bring the entire family together:
• 1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
• 1/4 cup of milk
• 15-20 marshmallows (cut in halves)
• Graham crackers or your choice of dipping treat
As with any baking recipe, preheat your oven to broil. Then, combine the chocolate chips and milk in a microwave safe bowl, heating for 15 second increments until you’ve done so for one minute or until melted and smooth. Be sure to stir the mixture well between each interval and to refrain from overheating the chocolate. Next, pour the melted chocolate into an oven-safe dish and top with halved marshmallows. Place in the oven and broil until the marshmallows are golden brown, as if you were toasting them over a campfire. Keep a close eye on your dip while it broils, because it happens quickly—in as little as two minutes! Afterwards, remove from the oven and serve up this melted, sticky, hot mess of a dessert immediately with graham crackers, fruit, or cookies!
4. Frozen S’mores
Frozen S’mores, you ask? Aren’t S’mores supposed to be the exact opposite? Aren’t they supposed to be melted? Well, yes—but with this cool twist on your favorite campfire treat, it’s all the goodness of the S’more, minus the campfire. To enjoy It’s Always Autumn’s recipe, you’ll need:
• 1 box instant chocolate pudding mix
• 2.5 cups of milk
• 7 oz marshmallow creme
• 4 oz softened cream cheese
• 8 oz thawed cool whip
• 16 whole graham crackers
Start by combining the chocolate pudding mix and milk together, following the package’s directions. Spread and smooth the pudding into a foil-lined 9″ x 13″ pan. Next, beat the cream cheese and marshmallow cream together, folding in the cool whip next. Smooth this mixture over the pudding in the pan and cover with foil or plastic wrap. Test your patience as this recipe requires 4 hours of freezer time until the mixture is firm. After carefully removing the pudding and marshmallow filling from the pan, cut it into graham cracker sized squares. As with a classic S’more, use the graham crackers to sandwich the filling, and serve immediately.
5. S’more Campfire Cones
Finally, a S’more recipe that actually requires a fire! This simple recipe from Frugal Coupon Living is perfect for camping or for a bonfire at Port San Luis! For these S’mores Campfire Cone you’ll need:
• 12 ice cream cones (Sugar or Waffle, your choice!)
• 1 bag mini marshmallows
• 12 oz chocolate chips
To make, simply fill your chosen ice cream cone with marshmallows and chocolate chips. Then, gently wrap the cone in aluminum foil and place on the grill for 7-10 minutes, keeping them away from direct flames. Unwrap and enjoy, but don’t burn your tongue—it isn’t ice cream in these cones!