Stack on fillings Top graham cracker squares with a peppermint patty, a thin slice of fruit, chocolate-hazelnut spread and/or mini chips.
Bake it Assemble the s'more and bake it on a foil-lined baking pan in a 300° oven for about 5 minutes or broil 4 to 5 inches from heat for about 2 minutes. It's ready when the marshmallow is soft and the fillings are melty. Press the graham crackers together to seal the deal.
Take it to the table Looking to liven up a summer dinner party? Let your guests roast marshmallows over candles (fondue burners work great, too) on the deck or patio.
Superfast s'mores The first s'mores recipe in the 1927 Girl Scouts handbook was all about the campfire's crackle. But if pushing a few buttons is more your style, you're still in luck. Build s'mores on a microwave-safe plate then nuke 'em on high for 15 to 30 seconds or until marshmallows soften. Your graham crackers won't get soggy. Promise!
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Three ingredients melt together for a grown-up dark chocolate fondue spiked with amaretto. Along with the requisite grahams and assorted marshmallow dunkers, get creative with fruit segments and brownie bites.
Trade out the graham crackers for 3-inch cookies (chocolate, peanut butter, chocolate chip, molasses, ginger). Or use 1/2-inch-thick slices of brownie, pound cake, angel food cake, cupcakes, muffins, gingerbread or unpeeled apple.
Some large supermarkets carry a variety of marshmallows, from toasted coconut to caramel. We found that big, big marshmallows soften more evenly when cut in half. To find unusual flavors, like strawberry and salty caramel, look for artisanal choices at specialty food stores and candy shops. Amp up the melty goodness by using marshmallow crème.
Think outside the Hershey's bar with these options: Almost any candy bar, chocolate peanut butter cups, ice cream topping, peanut butter with banana slices, peanut butter with jelly and crushed potato chips, canned frosting with pie filling, granola with fruit preserves, sliced strawberries .... You get the idea.