My S’ Mores Dip Recipe!
Before you say anything, we realize that this recipe is neither healthy or nutritious in any way. But it does have its benefits! Trust me! And just look at it, seriously. Is that not the most beautiful sight you’ve ever seen??
A Perfect S’ More Casserole from the Oven
Not sure about your kids, but mine LOVE to make smores. But sometimes you don’t want to a) make a fire, b) give your kids sharp pointy objects c) have them put those sharp pointy objects in a fire. This recipe, although again, not the healthiest, at least saves you from sharp objects and fire! I think that’s a win!!
Chocolate and Graham Cracker S’mores
Cooking s’mores over a campfire is one of my favorite things about summer and the warm nights that come with it. While we don’t get to go camping much, we will frequently light up the fire pit in our backyard just to roast marshmallows and squish them between graham crackers and chocolate bars. I mean, how can you resist such a perfect summer dessert!
Now that summer is coming to an end, I knew I was going to miss this special treat and was wondering what I would say when my daughter asked to make s’mores in the winter. There really is no good replacement! She has already asked for s’mores one rainy night a few weeks ago and I was at a loss.
It didn’t end well as anyone with a young kid who doesn’t get their way can imagine. There has to be a way to have s’mores year round! Time to get out my creative culinary thinking cap and get to work!
Making S’mores in a Pan
S’mores are actually quite a simple dessert which is why they are so easy to make outside when camping. Marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers is all it takes to make this classic indulgence. This shouldn’t be too hard to recreate inside, right?!
I first tried to microwave the marshmallows just to make them barely hot and pressed them against the chocolate and graham cracker. It was a total fail. Sure the basic flavors were there but it just wasn’t the same. You really need that perfect golden brown marshmallow crust to get that true s’mores taste.
Now, I can’t exactly light a fire inside my house (especially since we have no fireplace…), so what to do?? You know what I do have in my house? An oven! It was so obvious, I needed to make s’mores into a dip! Chocolate and marshmallows would make a mouthwatering dessert dip and graham crackers would be the perfect way to scoop it up. It is all so simple!
How to Make S’mores Dip in the Oven
I chose to make my dip in a cast iron skillet. Dark chocolate goes into the bottom of the skillet and is topped with mini marshmallows. The skillet gets nice and hot while also preventing the chocolate from burning.
Dark chocolate is a must to get a super rich and decadent flavor for the dip. I also far prefer mini marshmallows as they get that nice brown outer layer faster in the oven. Large marshmallows will work fine as well but will not get very crispy quickly.
The key to the s’mores dip is the high, fast heat of the oven. Baked at 450 ̊F, this is much hotter than many recipes and for good reason! You don’t want burned chocolate (which could happen if baked in a lower heat oven for a longer amount of time) and you really want to get those marshmallows nicely toasted. Don’t be afraid of the high heat in this recipe, just pretend it’s the camp fire!
How to Add Graham Crackers to S’mores
The graham crackers are not cooked with the s’mores dip because when you are outside making s’mores by the fire, they aren’t cooked either. I loved the idea of the graham crackers being used to pick up the dip and it worked fantastically. You just have to watch out for people who may be tempted to double dip, it’s hard not to!
Another huge plus of this recipe is that it was so easy for my young daughter to participate in making the s’mores. When we make s’mores over the campfire, it’s tough to let her get involved while also keeping her away from the hot, dangerous fire. There isn’t a marshmallow stick long enough to make me feel okay about her making her own s’mores.
What if the stick catches fire? What if she tries to get closer to the flames? Could the scalding hot marshmallow drips on her tiny hands…, how can s’mores can be so dangerous and so amazing at the same time?!
Simple S’mores Recipe for Everyone
With this s’mores dip recipe, my daughter was able to sprinkle the chocolate chips in the pan, arrange the marshmallows and scoop her own dip with the graham cracker. All so much safer and still completely delicious that making this dessert over a campfire. My daughters chocolate covered face proved that this recipe was a hit!
So my problem was solved! S’mores dip was a success. Bring on the cold winter weather, don’t worry about a rainy night, you can now make s’mores anytime you’d like right from the comfort of your kitchen. We might just have to make s’mores dip a holiday tradition just to keep that summer flavor going year round! I hope you enjoy this creation, I know my whole family did!
Indoor S’ Mores Maker
If you’d like to try a simple way to make s’mores the traditional way without the campfire, we like to use this smore maker kit.
- 1 Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Chips, 12 oz.
- 1 bag miniature marshmallows, 10 oz.
- 1 box graham crackers, for dipping
- 8 inch iron skillet
- Preheat the oven to 450.
- In a cast iron skillet, add the chocolate chips first, then bag of miniature marshmallows.
- Once the oven is up to temperature, add the skillet to the oven.
- Bake for 7-9 minutes, or until the marshmallows turn golden brown.
- Serve with graham crackers for scooping.
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