I am going out on a limb here are posting about desserts two weeks in a row. I hope no one minds terribly, I will keep it short and sweet!
I love to have a s'more (or several) on the Fourth of July. There is something about the combo of graham cracker, chocolate and gooey marshmallow that just makes me think, "God Bless America." Another highlight of s'mores, compared to many other traditional picnic treats they are not going to throw you off the conscientious eater wagon (as long as you stop after a few and don't continue on eating the rest of the chocolate bars on the side).
This year we are not going to be sitting around a campfire but I still want to capture that essence in a few nostalgic bites. Thus we are having Indoor S'mores! Okay so forgive me if this is blasphemous but they are a really close second to the campfire version. I experimented with making a batch the other night and was handsomely rewarded. These can be made a few at a time or a larger batch to feed a crowd. As always adjust to suit your taste and have fun!!
Our Lady Of Second Helpings' Indoor S'mores
suggested recipe - serves 4
4 graham crackers broken into 8 squares
4 Tb. Nutella (or other nut butter spread for non-chocolate eaters)
*optional banana, strawberry or other small fruit slices
Place oven rack to the height 1 level below the highest.
Set oven to broil and allow to heat while preparing the s'mores.
Break 4 large graham crackers into 8 squares and place on a baking sheet
Spread the center of each square with 1 Tb of Nutella or other nut butter spread
Place a single marshmallow in on each graham square.
*If including fruit place a single slice between the marshmallow and the Nutella
Once assembled and oven is heated, place the tray of s'mores in the oven. DO NOT LEAVE THE KITCHEN! (I had to toss the first batch).
They will only need to cook for around 2 to 3 minutes depending on your oven temperature. Keep a close watch on them through the door and check after 1 and then 2 minutes to gage their done-ness. Once they start to brown they may smoke a tiny bit, remove from the oven immediately. Let them sit to cool just a moment and then serve 'em up!
I feel pretty confident that you can increase the recipe for a crowd by filling a sheet pan but without altering the cooking time.
***Follow up note. I made two sheet pans of indoor s'mores for dessert on a rainy night during my family reunion. One pan had Nutella and peanut butter and they were all gobbled up with gusto!