During your summer camping trips, you probably cooled your tired feet in bubbling streams, fell asleep under the stars peeking through the trees overhead, and woke up in clothes with a stench of wood smoke. There may have been scary stories and there may have been sing-a-longs, but one thing’s for certain: near the campfire, there were s’mores.
As it gets colder, we yearn for those warm evenings of talks by the fireside and stuffing our faces with copious amounts of marshmallows. To cure your summer withdrawals, pillows of perfectly browned marshmallows sit atop a moist double chocolate cake and a butter graham crust. I promise, by the time you pull these bad boys out of the oven you’ll be yelling, “Gimme s’more!”
—Teresa Sabga, co-editor-in-chief of Baked Magazine. Follow Teresa on Twitter @teresamarias.
Yields 4 16-oz. mason jar treats
For the crust:
- 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
- ½ stick salted butter, melted
For the cake:
- 1⅛ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup dark cocoa powder
- 1¼ tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup plus 1 Tbsp. heavy cream
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 2 Tbsp. sour cream
For the topping:
- 1 bag of large marshmallows
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Begin with the crust: In a medium-sized bowl, mix melted butter and graham crackers until moistened. Spray 4 mason jars with non-stick butter spray and use your fist or the flat bottom of a clean screwdriver to press the graham crust firmly into the jars.
- In a large bowl, whisk egg and sugar until smooth and no lumps remain. Add milk, cream, butter, and vanilla, and mix until combined. Stir in sour cream. Sift dry ingredients together and add to wet mixture. Mix until batter is smooth. Add batter to the mason jars, making sure you only fill them up halfway—the batter should distribute evenly for 4 jars. Place the mason jars in a baking dish and add 1½ cups of water to the bottom. Bake for 30 minutes, or until cake is set.
- Remove the jars from the oven and press large marshmallows down on top, being careful not to burn yourself. Heat the broiler on the oven and brown the marshmallows for 2 minutes, or until golden brown. Do not take your eyes off them—watch carefully. Serve immediately.
(Recipe adapted from howsweeteats.com)