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More Ways to Eat S'mores

June 3, 2014

More Ways to Eat S'mores

June 3, 2014

Toasted over a fire, grilled, or even broiled in the oven, marshmallows are a delightfully gooey treat that tastes like summer.

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Star S’mores

Punching out the center of the graham cracker with a star-shaped cutter gives these s’mores a patriotic flair.

For the Cookies
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey

For the S’mores
8 ounces chocolate, broken into small pieces
16 clean twigs or wooden skewers (preferably soaked in water 30 minutes)
32 marshmallows

1. Make the cookies: Whisk together flours, wheat germ, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.

2. Beat together butter, sugar, and honey with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture; beat until combined.

3. Turn out dough onto a floured surface, and divide in half. Roll out each dough half to 1/8-inch thickness, and refrigerate until firm, about 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut out squares with a 3-inch fluted square cutter. Cut a star out of the center of half the cookies using a 1 1/2-inch star cutter. Reroll scraps once, and repeat.
Place squares 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets, keeping cookies with cutouts together. Refrigerate until very firm, about 15 minutes.

4. Bake cookies until dark brown, 14 to 16 minutes, rotating halfway through (star cookies take about 1 minute less). Let cool on sheets 10 minutes. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container up to 2 days.

5. Assemble the s’mores: Preheat grill on high (if using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill for just 2 seconds) or build a campfire.

6. Divide chocolate among cookies without cutouts. Skewer marshmallows; toast over grill or fire, rotating, until gooey in center and nicely charred, about 2 minutes. Remove marshmallows from skewers; place 2 on each chocolate-topped cookie. Sandwich each with a cutout star cookie; press gently. Let sit 2 minutes to melt chocolate.

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Marshmallow Cookie Sandwiches

Set between cinnamon-and-sugar-laced cookies, these marshmallow treats are reminiscent of moon pies.

Vegetable oil cooking spray, for pan
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (about 2 tablespoons)
2/3 cup cold water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
Coarse salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Confectioners’ sugar, for cutting
9 store-bought graham crackers, split in half, or 18 Cinnamon and Sugar Graham Crackers
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
1 cup salted, roasted peanuts, chopped

1. Coat a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray; line with parchment. Sprinkle gelatin over 1/3 cup water in the bowl of a mixer; let stand for 5 minutes.

2. Heat granulated sugar, corn syrup, remaining 1/3 cup water, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until syrup reaches 238 degrees on a candy thermometer, about 5 minutes.

3. Whisk gelatin in mixer on low speed, adding syrup in a slow, steady stream down side of bowl. Whisk, gradually increasing speed to high, until almost tripled in volume, about 8 minutes. Whisk in vanilla. Transfer to baking pan. Smooth top. Let stand until set, at least 3 hours.

4. Cut out nine 2 1/2-inch square marshmallows using a cookie cutter or a knife dipped in confectioners’ sugar. Dip surface of crackers into chocolate to coat, and transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until set, about 10 minutes. Sandwich marshmallows between crackers, chocolate sides in.

5. Dip half of each sandwich into chocolate, on the diagonal; sprinkle with peanuts, and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until set, about 10 minutes.

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S’mores Cookies

Add marshmallows to these cookies for the last few minutes of baking to create toasty tops.

1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
1 cup whole-wheat flour (spooned and leveled)
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup light-brown sugar
1 large egg
8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, cut into 30 squares
15 large marshmallows, halved horizontally

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, pulse oats until finely ground. Add flours, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; pulse to combine. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, scraping down side of bowl. With mixer on low, beat in flour mixture just until combined.

2. Drop dough by tablespoons, 1 inch apart, onto two baking sheets. Top each with a chocolate square. Bake just until lightly golden, 11 to 13 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Remove sheets from oven; heat broiler. Top each cookie with a marshmallow. One sheet at a time, broil until marshmallows are lightly browned, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.

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Homemade Marshmallows

Fluffy goodness doesn’t have to come from a bag — and neither do the graham crackers in this recipe.

Vegetable oil, for brushing
4 envelopes unflavored gelatin (3 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons)
3 cups granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1. Brush a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with oil. Line with parchment, allowing a 2-inch overhang on the long sides. Brush parchment with oil; set aside.

2. Put granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 3/4 cup water into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cook, without stirring, until mixture registers 238 degrees on a candy thermometer, about 9 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, put 3/4 cup cold water into the bowl of an electric mixer; sprinkle with gelatin. Let soften 5 minutes.

4. Attach bowl with gelatin to mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. With mixer on low speed, beat hot syrup into gelatin mixture. Gradually raise speed to high; beat until mixture is very stiff, about 12 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Pour into prepared dish, and smooth with an offset spatula. Set aside, uncovered, until firm, about 3 hours.

5. Sift 1 cup confectioners’ sugar onto a work surface. Unmold marshmallow onto confectioners’ sugar; remove parchment. Lightly brush a sharp knife with oil, then cut marshmallow into 2-inch squares. Sift remaining 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar into a small bowl, and roll each marshmallow in the sugar to coat. Marshmallows can be stored in an airtight container up to 3 days.

Uncle Scott’s S’Mores

Thanks to a bit of ingenuity, these s’mores combine chocolate and graham crackers into one cohesive bite.

If you are using wooden skewers to roast marshmallows, be sure to soak them in water for 30 minutes first to prevent them from scorching.

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
40 graham crackers
40 large marshmallows

1. Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat, and let cool until slightly thickened. Holding graham cracker by the edges, dip 1 side of each cracker in chocolate, letting excess chocolate drip back into bowl. Put dry side down on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.

2. Press each marshmallow onto the tip of a skewer or a clean whittled stick. Roast marshmallows, turning occasionally, until toasted to desired doneness. Place 1 or 2 marshmallows on a cracker, and top with another one.

S’mores Bark

Mini marshmallows and chopped graham crackers are suspended in a slab of glossy milk chocolate.

1 pound milk chocolate
1 cup coarsely chopped graham crackers (about 3 sheets)
1 cup mini marshmallows
Basic Bark or Bark Bars

Cook’s Note
Bark can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

1. Coat a 9-by-12 1/2-inch rimmed baking sheet or 6 small loaf pans (2 1/2-by-5-inches) with cooking spray, and line with parchment, leaving an overhang on long sides. Pour melted chocolate into baking sheet or divide among pans (3 tablespoons each), and spread in an even layer. Sprinkle toppings over chocolate. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour. Peel off parchment, and break bark into pieces.

Grilled S’Mores

Make the most of smoldering coals after a cookout and grill a crowd-pleasing batch of s’mores.

4 graham crackers, halved
1 ounce bar semisweet chocolate, broken into 4 pieces
4 large marshmallows

1. Set up a grill for indirect cooking over medium. Place 8 graham-cracker halves on cooler side of grill. Top 4 halves with chocolate and 4 with marshmallows. Cover grill and cook until chocolate melts and marshmallows soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Sandwich and serve immediately.

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