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This month’s Recipe Redux challenge invites members to create a hand-held dessert recipe destined to be the next big trend.
I’m a dessert girl at heart, so I was happy to see this challenge. I think cupcakes are getting a bit overdone, so I decided to create a recipe that’s been on my to-do list for months.
Last summer when I visited Hershey Park with my family, I was captivated by the “S’mores Cart” that sold several variations of s’mores using different Hershey candy products. This is genius because everyone loves s’mores, right?
I sampled one of their creations, and while it was a yummy treat, I had to lie down shortly after eating it so my stomach could recover. The ingredients in that s’more were the opposite of nutritious, and in my sugar-induced stupor, I thought to myself, “There has to be a better way. . .”
I’m happy to report that there is a better way to eat a s’more. My version is made with whole grain, homemade graham crackers, homemade mascarpone cream, and homemade chocolate sauce. I also have a homemade gluten-free graham cracker recipe if you don’t want the wheat version.
There isn’t a grain of refined sugar in these grown-up s’mores, but they’re rich and delicious. After you’ve tasted these, you’ll never look at a marshmallow s’more the same way again.
Ingredients for the Graham Crackers
- 2 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Ingredients for the Mascarpone Cream
- 12 ounces mascarpone
- 1 tbs honey
Ingredients for the Chocolate Sauce
- 2 ounces chocolate (e.g. Baker's single ingredient chocolate)
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 2 tbs honey
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a cookie sheet.
- To make the graham crackers, mix together the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, stir together the butter, honey, and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients and mix until a ball forms.
- Place the ball onto the cookie sheet. With a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a large rectangle about 1/4-inch thick. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut the crackers into 2 1/2-inch by 2 1/2-inch squares. Pierce the tops of the crackers with a fork.
- Bake for 10 minutes. If you’d like crispy crackers, turn off the oven after 10 minutes but leave the crackers in the oven with the door open for an additional 5 minutes. Keep an eye on them to make sure the edges don’t get too brown. When they're out of the oven, re-cut the crackers and let them cool on a wire rack. (Note: This makes 18 crackers, but you’ll only need 12 for the s’mores recipe.)
- To make the mascarpone cream, whip together the mascarpone and the honey in the bowl of a stand mixer. You may need to add a little milk or water if the mascarpone is too thick to yield a spreadable cream.
- To make the chocolate sauce, melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a small saucepan. Stir in the honey.
- Assemble the s’mores by placing a layer of chocolate sauce on 12 graham crackers. Add a layer of mascarpone cream (I use this fun frosting tool), and then drizzle more chocolate on top.
Mascarpone S’mores Price Breakdown
This batch of 12 s’mores costs a total of $5.79, or $.48 per s’more. The full batch of plain graham crackers costs $2.09, or $.12 per cracker. Delicious, grown-up mascarpone s’mores will impress your guests no matter what age they are.