Kami over at No Biggie saved me last week. I am going to be the cook this summer for my church’s Girl’s Camp for teenage girls. We had our Camp Kickoff last week to get the girls excited for camp this summer and make sure the parents had all of the information that they needed. I was in charge of the refreshments and had been thinking that I would do cupcakes. It felt so boring, but I couldn’t think of anything fun to do until I saw this post on No Biggie for 3 Indoor S’mores. What would be better than s’mores to get the girls looking forward to camp? Um, nothing! My hunch turned out to be right. We had the refreshments set out at the beginning of the Kickoff because I had my son’s last football game of the season (playoffs this week!) and was going to be a few minutes late to the meeting. Normally at all meetings at the church, where food is served, the refreshments are eaten at the end, after it has been blessed. Apparently these s’mores were too irresistible for that because I got a text from one of the other cooks just after the meeting started saying that people had been grabbing them before the meeting and that they were already refilling the table. People were going so crazy for these treats that they were grabbing them off the tray carried by another cook trying to refill the refreshment table. To say we had a hit is an understatement!
The first s’more that we made was a marshmallow, dipped in chocolate, rolled in graham cracker crumbs, and toasted under the broiler.
The second s’more was a graham cracker square with a square marshmallow toasted under the broiler and a piece of chocolate placed on top (after the toasting!)
The last s’more that we did was different than Kami’s. We did a brownie bite with a marshmallow frosting and graham crumbs on top.
We made close to 500 s’mores for 200 people and there wasn’t a crumb left in site. I’d say these are a definite winner!
The marshmallow s’more that’s dipped in chocolate and than placed under the broiler had us all a bit leary. We were sure that the chocolate would just melt off. I did an experiment with placing one in the freezer for 15 minutes and one that was left on the counter. The frozen one did not broil as well and the chocolate did not melt on either! Kami was right, the chocolate doesn’t melt off. (sorry I doubted!) I used milk chocolate chips for my dipping chocolate. I melted 1 cup of chocolate chips with 1 Tablespoon of shortening. If you melt the chocolate on the stove, you will want to use a double boiler; in the microwave, use 50 percent power and 30 second increments. I was able to do about 75 marshmallows with one cup of chocolate. After melting the chocolate, simply dip the marshmallow in the chocolate up to about 1/3 of the way, scrape the bottom to remove excess chocolate and then roll the chocolate part in graham cracker crumbs. Watch carefully under the broiler and remove as soon as they are the color that you desire. Kami had cute skewers in them that made a fun handle, but we decided with the number that we were making, to forgo them. Word of Warning: do not place your marshmallows on a hot pan to put under the broiler or these “blob” s’mores will be your result.
The second s’more is made by placing the graham squares on a baking sheeting, Placing one square marshmallow on each, toasting under the broiler and pressing on a square of chocolate just after they come out of the oven. The one trick that we learned with these is that if you buy the square marshmallows with a chocolate stripe in the middle, it doesn’t stick to the graham cracker after cooking ( I think it’s because it’s thicker than the regular square marshmallows). We put a dab of the marshmallow frosting on each square before the marshmallow and this seemed to help them stay together.
The third is also pretty straight forward. A brownie, a dollop of marshmallow frosting and a sprinkling of graham crumbs. The one warning I have is that when you make the frosting make sure and beat the eggs on the stove to a firm peak (somewhere between soft and stiff). The original recipe says soft peaks but I’ve gotten mine to what I thought was a soft peak before only to have runny frosting after all was said and done. That is very frustrating after going to the effort to make this frosting. Other than that, easy peasy.
If you want a s’more cookie to add to your collection, these are one of my favorites! One of the beauties of each of these s’mores is that you can make just a few or a few hundred. I hope these s’mores are as big of a hit for you as they were for me!
Place the sugar, water, and egg whites in a medium-size heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat, beting continuously with an electric hand mixer on high speed until firm soft peaks form. *make sure and keep the mixer cord away from the burner.
Remove the pan from the heat. Add the marshmallow crème and beat the mixture with the mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Use at once. Store extra in the refrigerator.