S’more Cupcakes

I’m sure I mentioned this before, but I really love everything s’mores.  And who doesn’t love cupcakes?   So add graham crackers, marshmallows and milk chocolate to cupcakes? Forget about it…I had to make these.  The cupcake is a graham flavored cake that is not too sweet just like the cracker base in s’mores.   As much as I love a good buttercream, I don’t always have time for that extra step.  But, these don’t have frosting.  Instead, you just put a big nugget of milk chocolate on the hot cupcake until it melts enough to hold the marshmallows in place.  Couldn’t be easier.  I think these would be really amazing if you torched the marshmallows to give them the final campfire roasted effect.  But, I misplaced my mini torch, so maybe next time.  But, these cupcakes are super cute and tasty just as they are.  And, oh my gosh, they are especially good warm when the chocolate is liquified and runs down the cupcake as you bite into it.  Yum!  😀

S’more Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

2/3 cup shortening

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 large eggs

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cups milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

24 chocolate nuggets Hershey’s

4 cups miniature marshmallows

1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Beat shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to egg mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla.

Place paper baking cups in muffin pans and spoon 1/4 cup batter into each cup.

Bake at 350° for 18 minutes or until done. Start checking at about 14 minutes and do a toothpick check. Quickly insert a chocolate nugget into center of each warm cupcake; top each with 4 to 5 marshmallows, gently pressing into melted chocolate. Sprinkle with pecans, if desired.

Source:  Southern Living Annual 2006


Inside-Out S’mores Brownies

When I think of s’mores, I immediately think back to camping with the girl scouts.  I can’t say I’m much of the camping type…well, really not at all.  But, back in the day, we slept on cots, in cabins with wooden floors and cooked all of our food on the campfire.  To me, that was really roughing it.  😀  I remember grilling hotdogs on sticks, fruit cobbler made in a dutch oven covered by coals, and eating s’mores while listening to ghost stories.  It was a long time ago, and I don’t remember much, but of course, I remember the food.

The cold Chicago winters don’t keep me from grilling dinner outside.  I love grilled food!  But, even I’m not crazy enough to go out in the snow and heat up the grill just to make s’mores.  So, I just have to be creative and somehow make indoor s’mores.  I was looking through the latest issue of Better Homes and Gardens and I saw these inside-out s’more brownies.  Basically you make an easy stove top brownie batter, divide it in half, and layer graham crackers and marshmallows in the middle.  It develops the cutest cobblestone top from the brownie batter covering the marshmallows.  So, you get all the familiar flavors of a s’more, while staying nice and toasty inside.  Who says you can’t have s’mores in the winter? Not me. 😀

Inside-Out S’mores Brownies

Yield: a 7 x 11 pan

1/2 cup butter

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

9 honey graham cracker squares

1 cup tiny marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 11 x 7 x 1 1/2-inch baking pan with parchment paper or lightly grease the pan. Set pan aside.

In a medium saucepan melt the butter and chocolate over low heat. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar, eggs, and vanilla until combined. Stir in flour.

Spread half the batter in the prepared pan. Top with graham crackers (divide as needed to evenly top the batter). Sprinkle marshmallows on the graham crackers, but do not let them touch the sides of the pan. Carefully spread the remaining batter on the marshmallows and graham crackers, covering them completely.  I kind of drizzled the batter on top covering as much of the marshmallows as I could, then I went back, and spread what wasn’t covered with a spatula.

Bake brownies for 25 minutes or until set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Source:  Better Homes and Gardens February 2012

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