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d.i.y.: s’mores

If you’ve been reading this blog for some time now, then you KNOW how much I love s’mores. And if  you follow me on Instagram (sherisilver, if you’d like), then you KNOW how much I love One Girl Cookies s’mores cookies.

So you KNOW what’s coming, right?

You make some of these:

s'mores, graham crackers, marshmallows, one girl cookies

And some of these:

s'mores, graham crackers, marshmallows, one girl cookies

Then – well, you KNOW what to do.

s'mores, graham crackers, marshmallows, one girl cookies

s'mores, graham crackers, marshmallows, one girl cookies

s'mores, graham crackers, marshmallows, one girl cookies

s'mores, graham crackers, marshmallows, one girl cookies

s'mores, graham crackers, marshmallows, one girl cookies

Graham Crackers
from One Girl Cookies

(New to baking? Read my post on baking tips and tricks to get you started.)

These are quite different from commercial graham crackers (which I happen to love!). Sturdier and “snappier”, they complemented the chocolate and marshmallow perfectly.

2 1/4 c. (10 oz.) white flour
1/4 c. (1 1/4 oz.) whole wheat flour
1/4 t. cinnamon (I omitted as I do not care for cinnamon and chocolate – the choice is yours…)
1/4 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 c. (100 g.) sugar
1/4 c. (1 3/4 oz.) packed light brown sugar
1/2 c. water

1/4 c. turbinado sugar (such as Sugar in the Raw)

Whisk together dry ingredients in a bowl. Using your mixer, beat butter and both sugars till light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add one-third flour mixture and one-half water; mix on low speed for 30 seconds. Repeat. Finish with remaining one-third flour mixture. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for 10 seconds. Divide in half; wrap one half in plastic and set aside.

Roll the uncovered dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper, till about 1/8″ thick. Repeat with second half.  Chill dough for 30 minutes.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Using a square cookie cutter (mine was 2 1/4″ – if you don’t have one you can just cut the shapes out with a small sharp knife), cut out the dough and place squares on parchment-lined baking sheets. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar and bake 15-20 minutes, or till dark golden brown around the edges. Let cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Re-roll scraps and repeat.

Marshmallows
from One Girl Cookies

Homemade marshmallows. Wow. These are to die for and SO easy to make! A world apart from the store bought variety – less sweet, more flavorful, and when run over a flame they don’t just char – they caramelize.

3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
2 c. (400 g.) sugar
3/4 c. light corn syrup
1/2 t. salt
2 t. vanilla

confectioners sugar

Coat a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom with parchment paper and spray the paper too.

Put 1/2 c. cold water in your mixer bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over the water and set aside.

Combine sugar, corn syrup, salt and 1/2 c. water in a saucepan. Stir, over medium heat, till sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil and cover. Boil for  5 minutes. Remove lid and insert a thermometer, being careful not to agitate the pot. Continue boiling until the temperature reaches 240 degrees. Remove pan from heat.

Turn the mixer to low speed and carefully pour the hot syrup over the gelatin mixture. Increase speed to high and beat for 8 minutes. With mixer still running, add vanilla. Continue beating for 7 minutes. Scrape marshmallow into your prepared pan. Using a spatula that’s been sprayed with cooking spray, smooth the top and and let cool for at least 5 hours.

Sprinkle a cutting board generously with confectioners sugar. Turn the marshmallow out onto the board, and sprinkle the top with more confectioners sugar. Using a knife that has been sprayed with cooking spray, cut marshmallows into 2″ squares. Coat cut sides with additional sugar (I put the sugar in a bowl and tossed 2 marshmallows at a time).

Store marshmallows in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

(print this recipe)


This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver
http://sherisilver.com/2012/05/14/d-i-y-smores/

30 Comments

  1. jen on May 14, 2012 at 7:57 am

    oh yum!! making these this week for sure!!!

    • sheri silver on May 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      So so good! You’ll love them!

  2. Leslie on May 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Who makes their own marshmallows and graham crackers? You are AMAZING! This reminds me of my plan to make banana pudding completely from scratch one day–vanilla wafers and all. 🙂

    • sheri silver on May 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks Leslie – amazing? Not so sure……Crazy? Absolutely! xo

  3. Hotly Spiced on May 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    These look amazing Sheri. I love how you tied them up with kitchen string xx

    • sheri silver on May 15, 2012 at 8:41 am

      Thank you – it’s the little things, right?? xo

  4. Nancy on May 15, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Any left? I’ll be over!!

    • sheri silver on May 15, 2012 at 8:41 am

      Why yes! 🙂

  5. Lisa on May 15, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    These are the prettiest s’mores I’ve ever seen! I love the packaging detail – so awesome! I almost find them too pretty to eat (though, could be persuaded into doing so :))

    • sheri silver on May 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Thanks so much – my family needed little persuading! 🙂

  6. Jenn Baker on May 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Awesome job and pics, Sheri! I am inspired and so is One Girl Cookies! They reposted your blog on Facebook. Huzzah! Can’t wait to see what’s next.

    • sheri silver on May 16, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Thank you Jenn! I know, I was so flattered! One Girl inspires me too – the story, the store – everything……….

  7. Jennifer Cullen on May 16, 2012 at 6:30 am

    You had me at the homemade marshmallows. The kids will love these. (And so will I!)

    • sheri silver on May 16, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Thanks Jennifer – remember to share! 🙂

  8. Tionoasin on June 8, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Is there any substance I could use to substitute gelatin? I’m a vegetarian so I haven’t eaten Marshmallows in a long time and I got my hopes up when I saw home made marshmallows. If not thanks anyway.

  9. Michele McIntosh on June 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Wow! The photos were fantastic! Cannot wait to try these! Several families in our neighborhood get together every Saturday night in the late Summer and early Fall and have smores prepared over a fire pit! I’m sure these will make it an even more memorable experience!

    • sherisilver on June 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you so much – they’re delicious! 🙂

  10. Maria Claudia on June 16, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    What a perfect comibnation!
    I have a question, how much confectioners sugar should i use for the Marshmallows??

    • sherisilver on June 16, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you! As for the confectioner’s sugar – there’s not an exact amount. I keep a metal shaker filled with confectioner’s sugar for dusting (see this post for more: http://sherisilver.com/2011/11/26/favor-ette-friday-holiday-edition/) and just keep the surface of the cutting board well coated. Let me know how they turn out! 🙂

  11. Pamela on July 8, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Hello! These look amazing. What attachment do you use for the marshmallows? Paddle or whisk? Thank you!!

    • sherisilver on July 8, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks! I used the paddle – let me know how they turn out! 🙂

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  13. Jane Gassner (@MidLifeBloggers) on August 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I’ve made my (and Martha’s) version of these the past two holiday seasons. My graham crackers are more “homely” and I dip the sandwich in melted chocolate and nuts, instead of putting the chocolate in the sandwich. Making marshmallows is super easy and l always want to dive head first into those gobs of white!

    • sherisilver on August 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      I’m with you on that – LOVE marshmallows!

  14. allison carmen on August 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    my 13 old daughter is a baker – she bakes without me – she is going to love this recipe!! Your pictures are so beautiful!

    • sherisilver on August 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Lucky mom! xo

  15. Sheri Guyse on November 24, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Check out #39 on my Life List. SO EXCITED to find this post!

  16. Sheri Guyse on November 24, 2012 at 10:14 pm
    • sherisilver on November 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      That’s too funny – let me know how they come out! 🙂

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