Oven S’Mores

I don’t know about you, but there is nothing quite as satisfying as the taste of graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate and melted together in a gooey sandwich of amazingness. Okay… maybe I love s’mores a little too much, but they really are good!

The only down side is that they are a summer treat. You have them when you’re out at a campfire or having a bonfire on the beach. When winter hits, the campfires go inside, and the s’mores go into hibernating. Or do they?

Personally, I like to be able to enjoy s’mores all year round. So I had to figure out a way to make them in my kitchen that didn’t involve a real fire on my counter, or killing my microwave with marshmallow slime. This is what I’ve come up with. I hope you get a chance to try it out this winter. If you think s’mores are amazing all on their own, just wait until you have one paired with a steaming mug of hot chocolate!

Oven S’mores

Ingredients:

12 graham cracker squares
6 large marshmallows
3 Hershey’s chocolate bars

Directions:

First, turn on your broiler to its lowest setting. If you set it too high, you’ll end up with burnt marshmallows that aren’t even warm on the inside. Let the broiler preheat for about five minutes.

On a cookie sheet, place 6 of your graham cracker squares down. Then, top it with half a Hershey bar. Finally, add a marshmallow on top of that. Put it flat side down so that it doesn’t roll around when you move the tray. Place the cookie sheet in the oven, and allow it to heat for about 4 minutes. Pull the s’mores out, and immediately top them with the remaining graham cracker squares!

If you want to be even more creative, substitute the regular squares for other candy bars. Reese Cups work really well, and you can even try Kit Kats, or whatever your favorite candy bar might be.

I hope you enjoy!

Rice Crispy Treats

In all honesty, this is one of the few recipes that I haven’t had to alter to make it taste amazing at a high altitude. I love making these for my family, and my brother is a huge fan of them. He loves when I substitute in different kinds of cereal instead of using the regular Rice Krispies. Cocoa Pebbles, Fruity Pebbles, Fruit Loops, Cheerios, Captain Crunch, and just about any kind of cereal you can think of can be substituted in, and they taste amazing. There is just something so yummy about marshmallows and cereal. Kids and adults love them, and they are super easy to make.

Here is the recipe that I like to use:

Rice Crispy Treats

Ingredients:

6 cups of puffed rice cereal
1 bag of large marshmallows
2 tbsp. butter or margarine

(Seriously. That’s all the ingredients you need!)

Directions:

First, prepare your pan. Spray a large cake pan with non-stick spray. I like to use the 12 by 9 inch pans. Then, pour your cereal into the pan. Set it aside.

In a large pot, combine the marshmallows and butter. I like to use a medium heat so that I don’t accidentally burn the sugar. It will take a few minutes to completely melt everything. Make sure all the lumps have disappeared. Then, quickly pour the marshmallow goo all over the cereal. If you spread it out as you pour, it will make things easier.

Then, using a large plastic spoon, mix the cereal and marshmallow until everything is evenly coated. It may get a little messy, so be careful. Then, press the mixture into the pan to form a flat, even layer. Be sure that you cover the entire pan. If you have trouble with the mix sticking to your fingers, run your hands under some cold water. The moisture on your hands will keep any marshmallow from sticking to you. If you would like to add any toppings, like sprinkles, add them now. Be sure to press them into the top of the mix. You can also drizzle them with chocolate or caramel sauces.

Place the pan in the refrigerator to set. It should only take about thirty minutes. Cut into squares, and serve. Depending on the size you choose, it should make about 20 servings.

If you would like to dip them in chocolate, you should wait until they are set. Then, dip the bottoms into liquid chocolate, shake off the excess, and allow to cool again.

Enjoy!