S’more of the Week: Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

The time has come, my friends. This is going to be the last segment of S’more of the Week. Will it be the last s’more concoction I ever have? Surely not. But this segment has definitely served its purpose, and I think it’s time we put aside the s’mores for now and continue on to another segment…but first, of course, we have to check out these cupcakes!

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I thought for a while about what I wanted my last s’more post to be, and I knew I wanted it to be something special. I decided on these Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes from Martha Stewart since they looked amazing, had excellent reviews and featured toasted marshmallow frosting. I was super excited to use a handy dandy torch in the kitchen until I made the cupcakes and realized something: I decided to use a different marshmallow frosting recipe, and the recipe I used was neither torch nor broiler friendly. I’ve never tried to toast anything I’ve made in the kitchen before (except for, of course…toast <- bad joke), so I didn’t realize that, oh wait a second, Martha Stewart probably picked this particular frosting recipe for a reason because, oh wait another second, she knows what she’s doing.

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Oh well – lesson learned! For anyone who is curious, I chose a different frosting recipe because I didn’t feel like dealing with placing a bowl “over a saucepan with simmering water.” Call me what you want (which in this case is probably lazy :P), but that’s why. But even though I couldn’t toast the frosting, I still don’t regret my choice! The frosting was super yummy, and the cupcakes were a total hit! I think they were definitely a good selection for my final S’more of the Week post. From top to bottom you have the marshmallow frosting, chocolate cupcake batter, chopped pieces of bittersweet chocolate and graham cracker crust. If that doesn’t scream “s’more,” I don’t know what does.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and looking at these s’more posts as much as I have enjoyed making (and eating!) each recipe. I am super excited though to introduce the new weekly segment, so check back next week to find out what it is! And let me know: what is your favorite s’more recipe?

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Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

I halved both the cupcake and the frosting recipes, since I didn’t feel like making 24 cupcakes. I’ve included the original recipes and amounts below. I made 12 regular sized cupcakes, although I probably had enough batter to make 6-8 more (I used the rest of the batter to make a little more than a dozen mini muffins), and I had more than enough frosting for the 12 cupcakes after halving that recipe as well.

Cupcake recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 20 squares)
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (I just chopped up bittersweet chocolate chips)
  • Marshmallow Frosting (If you want to toast the frosting, I suggest using Martha Stewart’s recipe or finding another recipe that is kitchen torch/broiler friendly. If you aren’t interested in toasting the frosting, keep scrolling for the recipe I used!)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 standard muffin tins with cupcake liners; set aside.
  • Sift 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix ingredients together on low speed.
  • In a large bowl, mix together eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and beat on medium speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl and continue mixing on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add boiling water and stir to combine; set cake batter aside.
  • Place graham cracker crumbs, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl; stir until well combined. (I accidentally used far less butter than I was supposed to, and the graham cracker crust came out fine, so if for any reason you feel like using less butter or you accidentally use less, no worries. It may not hold together quite as tightly, but everything will come out fine.)
  • Place 1 tablespoon graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each prepared muffin cup. Use the bottom of a small glass to pack crumbs into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Reserve remaining graham cracker mixture for topping.
  • Place 2 teaspoons chocolate in each muffin cup. Transfer muffin tins to oven and bake until the edges of the graham cracker mixture is golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and fill each muffin cup three-quarters full with cake batter. Sprinkle each with remaining chocolate and graham cracker mixture. (I would be careful not to put *too* much graham cracker mixture on top. In reviews that I read, some people said adding too much made the cupcakes sink as they baked in the oven.). Return to oven and bake, rotating pans halfway through baking, until tops are firm and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer muffin tins to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and let cool completely.
  • Transfer frosting to a large pastry bag fitted with a large plain round or French Tip (such as Ateco #867 or Ateco #809). Pipe frosting in a spiral motion on each cupcake. Transfer cupcakes to a baking sheet. Using a kitchen torch, lightly brown the frosting, taking care not to burn the cupcake liners. (I ignored those directions since I used a different frosting recipe, but I wanted to include them for anybody interested in using the Martha Stewart frosting recipe.) Serve immediately or store in an airtight container, up to 2 days.

Frosting recipe from Food.com

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups margarine, softened
  • 2 cups marshmallow cream (7 oz tub)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 – 1 1/2 teaspoon milk
  • 2 2/3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Blend margarine and marshmallow creme together till smooth.
  • Add liquids and mix well.
  • Blend in powdered sugar and beat till smooth and creamy.
  • If thinner frosting is desired, simply add more milk.

S’more of the Week: S’mores Fudge

After making so many s’more recipes, sometimes it’s hard to believe that people have thought of even more ways to make graham cracker, marshmallow and chocolate into a delicious concoction. Thankfully though, they have, and some brilliant person thought to combine the flavors into decadent fudge. I’ve been a fan of fudge for quite some time, but it usually only makes an appearance around the holidays. My aunt makes it every year, so I’ve never needed to make it myself. I decided though that it was time for me to give it a go, and I couldn’t believe that making fudge could be so easy!

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I know there are more complicated ways to make fudge using candy thermometers and whatnot, but that’s just too much for me. This recipe, on the other hand, couldn’t be any easier. All you need are the below four ingredients (graham crackers, chocolate chips, condensed milk and mini marshmallows), and after melting the chocolate chips and condensed milk together, you just combine the rest of the ingredients, pour them in a pan and refrigerate. Simple, right? I was surprised when I tasted the fudge that it could be so easy to make something so creamy and rich tasting. I think my aunt might have a run for her money with this stuff. 😉

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And now folks, it’s time for another announcement. After making different s’more creations for about 2 months, I’ve decided that it’s almost time for “S’more of the Week” to reach its conclusion. I know that summer continues into September, but as August comes to an end, I feel like it’s a good time to put the summer s’mores to rest. I’ll post one final s’more recipe next week, and then we’ll move on to the new segment! I already know what it’s going to be, but I’m going to keep it a secret until the big reveal in a few weeks! I think it’ll be a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy it. But for now, let’s bring out attention back to this S’mores Fudge. Check out the recipe below, and I hope you give it a whirl!

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S’mores Fudge

Recipe adapted from Mandy’s Recipe Box

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. bag of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (mine was 14 oz.)
  • 3 graham crackers
  • 1 Cup mini marshmallows

Instructions

  • Melt chocolate and milk together over medium low heat or in a microwavable bowl in the microwave. (I placed a bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds, stirred everything, and heated it again for another 30 seconds, and then it was done.)
  • Break crackers into small pieces and stir into chocolate.
  • Add marshmallows and stir together.
  • Spoon into a greased or buttered dish. Either a 9×9 or 8×8-inch dish works well. (I used an 8×8).
  • Refrigerate fudge for 1 hour or until solid.
  • Cut into squares and enjoy! Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

S’more of the Week: Chocolate Fudge S’mores Mug Cake

Oh, the magical mug cake. I’m definitely a fan, although I’ve only made a few of them before. This week though, I decided I was in need of a mug cake, mostly because there are just so many desserts around the house right now that I really can’t afford to make a recipe that would yield at least 12 of something (ie: cookies, brownies, etc). And I don’t mean my wallet can’t afford it; I mean my waistline. 😉 I’m specifically putting the blame on those chocolate chip pudding cookies from the other day. I’ve had to start giving them away because it’s too easy to inhale a few before I realize what I’ve done! I even thought about putting Nutella on a cookie and then eating it…I didn’t, but I could have.

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Therefore, a single serving mug cake seemed like the perfect choice for this week’s s’more recipe. I’m always a little hesitant with mug cakes because everybody’s microwave is different, and it’s a bummer when you end up with an overcooked cake. To my pleasure though, this one came out perfectly! It was cooked through but still had some gooey patches, which is just how I like my mug cakes. And if you check out the comments section under the recipe on How Sweet It Is, you can find a bunch of variations people have done so you can make this just the way you want it.

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I’m definitely pleased with how mine came out though. And I have to say, I actually forgot that this was called the “Chocolate Fudge S’mores Mug Cake,” and after having a few bites I thought to myself, “Wow, this tastes so fudge-y!” So does this mug cake live up to its name? Why yes, I believe it does.

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Chocolate Fudge S’mores Mug Cake

Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Tbs graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 1/2 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbs granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 Tbsp milk chocolate (chopped or morsels)
  • marshmallows or marshmallow fluff/cream

Instructions

  • Combine 3 Tbsp butter and 2 Tbsp chocolate in a small bowl. Melt in the microwave for 20-30 seconds and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, combine remaining melted butter with 2-3 Tbsp (I used 2) of graham cracker crumbs and stir until moistened. Press graham cracker crumbs into bottom of mug.
  • In a bowl, whisk egg, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa and stir until a thick batter forms.
  • Gradually add melted butter and chocolate, mixing to combine. Then fold in remaining chocolate.
  • Pour half the batter into the mug. Add some marshmallows or a scoop of marshmallow fluff/cream.
  • Pour remaining batter into mug and place in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, depending on the strength of your microwave. (I put mine in for 1 minute and 20 seconds, knowing that I would put it back into the microwave for a little while to melt the marshmallows I would add on top).
  • Top with additional marshmallows if you would like, and then put the mug back into the microwave to melt the marshmallows a bit. (I put mine in for an additional 20 seconds. Be careful though, since you don’t want to put the mug back in for too long and overcook the cake). You can also place the mug directly under the broiler for about 10 seconds so that the marshmallows become toasted.
  • If you would like, feel free to add some more graham cracker crumbs to the top and enjoy!

S’more of the Week: Frozen S’more Bites

Hello, everybody! This week’s s’more is a few days later than usual, but don’t worry! I’m back again with another tasty graham cracker/marshmallow/chocolate combo. I’m not really sure what it was (the hot weather? The success of last week’s Mango Goat Cheese Steak Bites? The desire for a s’more that more closely resembles the original?), but as I was deciding what exactly I wanted to make for the blog this week, I kept going back to the idea of a mini frozen s’more. I looked around the Internet but couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for so I decided, hey, why not just whip something up myself? As I’ve learned throughout this segment, you really can’t go wrong with graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate. 😉

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The end result: Frozen S’more Bites. I could have just called them “Mini Frozen S’mores,” but I think “Frozen S’more Bites” sounds more adorable, and who doesn’t love eating adorable food? I’ll provide the instructions below for how I made these, but there’s definitely room to adjust the ingredient amounts. Feel like covering more of your bites in chocolate (I actually contemplated dunking the entire thing in chocolate…I still don’t think that’s a bad idea.)? Use more chocolate chips!

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These are pretty refreshing on a hot summer day and definitely a good choice if you feel like you’re looking for a classic s’more but aren’t in the mood for something warm. I hope you all have been having a nice week, and let me know: have you ever created your own random concoction that was a success? I’d love to hear about it!

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Frozen S’more Bites

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of mini marshmallows
  • 3/4 – 1 Cup of chocolate chips
  • About 10 whole graham crackers, broken into quarters (I was able to make 19 bites using the above measurements)
  • Cooking spray

Instructions:

  • Spray some cooking spray in a small pot and add the mini marshmallows.
  • Cook the marshmallows on low until they are melted.
  • Break graham crackers into sections and place on a lined baking sheet.
  • Spoon marshmallow onto graham crackers.
  • Cover graham crackers and marshmallow with another graham cracker section, making a sandwich.
  • Place baking sheet in the freezer for 5-10 minutes or until hardened.
  • Meanwhile, heat chocolate chips in the microwave for 30-second intervals, stirring in between. I only needed to heat them for 1 minute total until they were completely melted.
  • Dip a section of each graham cracker sandwich into the chocolate so that both sides are coated.
  • Place back onto the baking sheet and repeat for remaining sandwiches.
  • Put baking sheet in the freezer again for another 5-10 minutes or until hardened. Serve and enjoy!

S’more of the Week: Peanut Butter S’more Truffles

Oh goodness, everybody. Do I have something to share with you. I’m going to cut right to the chase and just say it: these peanut butter s’more truffles are great. Boyfriend actually said they’re the best dessert I’ve ever made, and I’ve made a good deal of desserts. Of course, there’s a chance that he could just be acting like a nice supportive boyfriend would; however, I had multiple taste-testers on this day, and it was a hit with every one of them! I’d say these truffles were definitely a success.

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The truffles are great because you can so clearly taste all the big ingredients. You might think since the graham crackers are crushed and stirred into the peanut butter mixture, they would be overpowered by the peanut butter. Not so, my friends! They still add a crunchiness to the truffles and can clearly be tasted. It’s like a nice bonus to bite into a truffle and experience first the creaminess of the peanut butter followed by the crunch of the graham crackers. Absolutely marvelous.

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And if anybody out there is hesitant about making these because you think it looks difficult, it’s really not! When dipping the peanut butter balls in the chocolate, I used a spoon, which I think made it easy to evenly coat everything and also made the process a little less messy. My biggest concern was drizzling the melted marshmallow at the end, but because you melt the marshmallows so much earlier, the liquid hardens a bit by the time you need it. In my opinion, this is good because it makes the marshmallow come out slower, giving you more control over the drizzling.

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I suggest keeping these in the freezer (if you manage not to immediately consume them all, that is!). If you like your truffles a bit more on the softer side, all you have to do is leave them out for a few minutes. Either way, they taste amazing, and I truly hope you try these for yourself. There’s just so much goodness to be had!

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Peanut Butter S’more Truffles

Recipe adapted from Fabtastic Eats

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows, divided
  • 2/3 cup crushed graham crackers (about 5 crackers)
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips or any melting chocolate
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, divided
  • 4-5 Tablespoons whole milk, or cream

Instructions:

  • In a large bowl combine peanut butter, sugar and 2 Tablespoons butter.
  • Add crushed graham crackers and stir to combine.
  • In a small pan, with the heat on low, melt the marshmallows with 2 Tablespoons of butter.
  • Once fully melted, set aside about 1/2 cup and with the remaining melted marshmallow, slightly mix into the peanut butter mixture. You want swirls of marshmallow, so don’t mix everything too much.
  • Roll mixture into 1 inch balls and place in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt together the chocolate and 2 Tablespoons of butter. Once it starts to melt, slowly stir in milk or cream until you get a liquid consistency that will be good for dipping.
    • Note: You can use a double boiler, but I placed the ingredients in a bowl and microwaved it in 30 second increments, stirring in between. I only had to microwave everything for a minute total, and it came out fine. I also only needed 4 Tablespoons of whole milk to get the consistency I wanted.
  • Roll the peanut butter balls in chocolate and place on parchment or wax paper.
  • Place the balls in the freezer again for about 5-10 minutes and then drizzle them with the leftover marshmallow.
  • Let everything harden and enjoy!

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S’more of the Week: Frozen S’mores Parfait

So this installment of “S’more of the Week” marks one month of s’more recipes on the blog! I’m not entirely sure how long I’ll keep doing a weekly s’more, but I definitely won’t be stopping soon, especially after making this week’s recipe: frozen s’mores parfait. This is definitely one of my favorite chocolate/marshmallow/graham cracker combos so far, and I’m excited to share it with you!

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It always makes me happy to find a recipe that tastes much more indulgent than it really is, and I think this dessert falls under that category. Of course, mini marshmallows aren’t exactly a recommended dietary staple, but the main attraction in this is the “ice cream,” which is just 2-ingredient banana ice cream. All you have to do is blend some frozen bananas and cocoa powder, and you instantly have a creamy treat that has the sweetness of bananas and the slight bitterness of dark chocolate. If you’re not a huge dark chocolate fan, feel free to decrease the amount of cocoa powder. I’m sure it will taste just as delicious.

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And while we’re on the topic of modifications, if you don’t have a food processor or blender, fear not! You can still make this. I had sliced my bananas into coins before freezing them in order to make it easier for my blender, but it still wasn’t quite able to blend everything the way I wanted it to. Simply using a fork to mash the banana resulted in that same creamy consistency, and when it came time to add the cocoa powder, the fork again was just as effective at mixing everything together. In the end, I had just as tasty a mixture as I would have had if a food processor had been involved.

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{Which is proven by this here empty glass.}

This recipe technically makes 2 servings, but I just placed everything in one glass and Boyfriend and I split it. I actually ended up using the graham crackers as a spoon à la s’more dip while I generously donated the real spoon to Boyfriend. 😉 Once Boyfriend decided he was finished and handed the spoon over to me though, the rest was gone in a flash – this dessert is too good to stick around for a while!

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Frozen S’mores Parfait

Recipe adapted from The Wannabe Chef

Ingredients (makes 2 servings):

  • 2 large frozen bananas
  • 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup mini mashmallows or 2 Tbsp. Fluff
  • 2 graham crackers

Instructions:

  • Put frozen bananas into food processor or blender and blend until creamy. If this does not work, use a fork to mash bananas until you have reached desired consistency.
  • Add cocoa powder and pulse in food processor until it is well mixed with the banana, or stir it in yourself.
  • Place chocolate-banana ice cream into bowl(s).
  • Add marshmallows or fluff to the top of mixture. I microwaved my marshmallows briefly so that they were warm and a little gooey.
  • Add graham crackers and serve immediately. Enjoy!

S’more of the Week: Chocolate Banana Melts

Hello, everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. Mine was definitely enjoyable, and by that I mean I consumed so much food that it soon became uncomfortable to walk. You think I’m kidding, but unfortunately I’m not. That’s why for this week’s s’more recipe, I decided I needed something a little lighter than the past few s’mores I’ve done. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love s’more dip, and I’m still surprised at how good the s’mores popcorn was, but I just couldn’t handle another super heavy s’more recipe. I decided I needed something with a bit of a healthier base, and that’s how I ended up choosing this recipe for chocolate banana melts…because anything that has a banana in it is healthy, right?

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I feel like it’s more of an assembly manual than a recipe, since you basically just throw sweets on top of a banana and bake it. That’s definitely not a complaint though, since there’s really nothing better in my book than a quickly put together dessert, especially in the summertime! All you have to do is slice a banana down the middle, stuff it with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips, and bake it in foil for about 6-8 minutes. After that, you add some crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch on the top and bam! – chocolate banana melt.

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{It’s like a banana burrito!}

The only difficulty I had was that my banana completely split in half. On the website where I found the recipe, the picture makes it seem like the banana stayed together, but I suppose the author could have just pushed the slices back together. This is such a low-maintenance dessert though that I really didn’t feel the need to try to reassemble it. Maybe I should just call it an open-faced chocolate banana melt instead 😛 …Feel free to laugh at the badness of that joke.

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And one last note: you can also choose to grill these in foil instead of baking them in the oven. That is what I originally intended to do, but then I found out the grill was broken! They turned out fine in the oven though, so I deem this S’more of the Week a success!

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{Noms.}

Chocolate Banana Melts

Recipe adapted from Quick Dish

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • As many chocolate chips and mini marshmallows as you want
  • 1 small handful of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal

Instructions:

  • Place banana on a piece of foil, and slice banana down the middle.
  • Stuff banana with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.
  • Wrap banana in foil. Bake at 400°F for about 6-8 minutes.
  • Unwrap foil and sprinkle crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch on top of banana. Enjoy!