You can make s’mores in the oven! S’mores indoors in rain or shine with this easy recipe. Learn how you can make smores in the oven and it’s so quick, you’ll have chocolate on your face in less than five minutes.
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You had great plans for a campout, but a major storm came through right before you hit the road. There’s no roaring campfire in your weekend plans.
No worries. You can still enjoy your typical campfire treats in the comfort of your own home.
There are the makings of s’mores in your pantry, purchased with the trip in mind. Time to make the most of them!
You can make S’Mores indoors!
What’s a S’more?
A S’more is a cracker sandwich made from milk chocolate, graham crackers, and toasted marshmallows.
The earliest mention of such a treat, specifically a recipe for Campfire Graham Cracker Sandwich, is listed in A Book of 150 Recipes Prepared with Campfire, the Original Food Marshmallows from the 1920s.
The recipe writer says that they are “especially for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts” and that they are “to be made around an open fire.”
I beg to differ on both points. Anyone can enjoy them. And you can even make S’Mores indoors.
Why is a S’more called a S’more?
Sometime in the 1950s the “campfire graham cracker sandwich” became known as the S’more, a contraction of the term, some more.
Because, seriously, once you have melty chocolate and toasty marshmallow smooshed together between two cookie-like wafers, aren’t you gonna want some more?
Of course you are!
Why would you make S’mores in the oven?
I might have said the same thing, if it hadn’t been for my daughter, almost nine years ago, prompting this delicious and convenient alternative to an open fire s’more-making experience.
It was a cool, rainy day back in 2010 – a perfect day for something hot and chocolatey. My little FishChick3 was sitting at the table at lunch, looking at the box of graham crackers.
Through a mouthful of crumbs, she mumbled, “Look Mama, they make this thing with chocolate and marshmallows.”
At three years of age her words were still hard to understand sometimes, especially through crumbs, but I knew exactly what she meant. And it just so happened that we had all the things we needed.
Clearly, I’d never taken her camping.
If I had ever been an Adventure Mama, I might have swaggered outside and started a fire in a pit or at least in the BBQ. Or I might have lit a fire in the fireplace that we never use and let the kids stab each other with skewers of flaming hot sugar torches.
Instead, I used the broiler of my toaster oven, saved my home and children from injury, and enjoyed a sweet treat all at the same time.
You can do this, too!
Oven Baked S’mores Ingredients
- graham crackers – I used good old regular graham crackers but feel free to use a different flavor like cinnamon or chocolate
- marshmallows – One large marshmallow for each S’mores
- chocolate – I just break a Hershey’s chocolate bar in half for each S’mores. I give you some fun S’mores variations below!
How do you make S’mores without a campfire?
Use that oven! So here is a step by step breakdown of how to make s’mores in the oven:
Making S’Mores in the oven is incredibly easy. So easy, you can make them a daily habit if you’ve got the mind to.
You’ll need only three ingredients: graham crackers, milk chocolate bars, and marshmallows.
- On a baking sheet or broiling pan, lay out as many graham cracker halves as S’Mores you’d like to make.
- Place a portion of chocolate bar sections on each cracker.
- Top each piece of chocolate with a marshmallow.
- Place the pan in the broiler for 2-3 minutes, depending on your oven and how toasty you like them.
- Top with a second graham cracker half. Squish the elements together into a melty, gooey sandwich.
Note: If you want to be tricky with the baby, make her one without the chocolate. Not as much fun — for her- but a lot less clean up for you!
Also of note: if you prefer your chocolate less melty, you can add the chocolate bars at the end with the top cracker.
Enjoy! And then make s’more.
What if I don’t have a broiler pan?
You can simply use a baking sheet you would use to make your favorite cookies. If you want less clean up, try lining the sheet with parchment paper first.
How can you make S’Mores different?
You don’t have to stick to the tried and true, classic combination of chocolate, graham cracker, and marshmallows. Instead you can make some variations.
- Switch out the milk chocolate for another chocolate. Dark chocolate will certainly mix things up as will Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Heath Bars for a unique twist. Be creative and try several different options to find your favorite.
- Add a spread. Nutella, caramel sauce, jam, jelly, lemon curd, or a nut or seed butter are fun to slather on the second cracker before topping it all off. Try it without the chocolate, for another kind of flavor!
- Change the cracker. Digestives (the British alternative to the graham cracker) are a great swap as are whole wheat crackers, chocolate graham crackers, saltines, and even vanilla wafers. You can even use thin cookies to make these tasty sandwiches.
How can you make S’Mores inexpensively?
S’mores are a year-round, must-make dessert. So, how can you enjoy them as often as you like while still stretching your dollar?
Here are some of the strategies I use to make this recipe more economical:
- Shop at the right stores. Not all stores are created equal. Some charge more than others, so you need to choose wisely. Whole Foods is going to charge more than ALDI for virtually the same product. ‘Nuf said.
- Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. When you see a great price on S’Mores ingredients, stock up and buy a few extra boxes to keep on hand.
- Check the after holiday clearance. Specially marked holiday chocolates and marshmallows will be heavily marked down after a holiday. My son found ghost-shaped marshmallows after Halloween one year for 19 cents a package! You will never know what shape that marshmallow was or how that chocolate was wrapped once it’s made into a S’More.
Give the gift of S’Mores indoors!
Packaging up the ingredients to a S’Mores kit makes for a super fun present. You can include a variety of different chocolate bars, crackers, and of course, marshmallows.
The present comes together in minutes and is perfect for gift-giving all-year round. When are s’mores not in style, after all.
Head here to get tutorial and the free printable recipe cards to go with your S’Mores kits.
Looking for more yummy things to do in the kitchen with kids?
Try these fun food activities perfect for family nights?
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- DIY Smoothie Bar
- Mud and Worm Cupcakes
- S’mores Fudge
- Play a Game of Chopped
- Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches
Get in the kitchen with the kids!
You may have all the good intentions in the world to get in the kitchen with your kids and cook with them, but making it happen can be a tough row to hoe.
Take an easier route with In the Kitchen with Kids, a cooking guide that provides a year’s worth of cooking activities that you can do with your children.
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