Frogs croaking, birds chirping, and trees blooming are sure signs that summertime is in full swing in northern Michigan. For a brief 3-4 months, we Michiganders fill our days with trips to the beach, boating on the lake, and exploring our great mitten state before the snow makes a fierce return (for what seems like an eternity : ) ).
The best way to wind down after a full day in the sun is to pull up a chair to a warm bonfire and spend the last few hours of the day recapping all the fun memories made. Now don’t get me wrong these days tend to be few and far between for my family and I.
Just because summer is here, that doesn’t mean either my husband or myself get to take those 3-4 short, sweet months off and enjoy every minute of the breathtaking summer Michigan has to offer. Those days usually take quite a bit of time to plan and actually make happen. Life gets busy with jobs, family, cooking, cleaning, etc. But when those days do happen…they are amazing.
Now let’s get back to unwinding after those busy days. There is something about a warm, gooey marshmallow sandwiched between two crunchy, slightly sweet graham crackers with chocolate melting out the sides and down your fingers that remind you what summer is all about. Sitting around that bonfire twirling my marshmallow, hoping to get that perfect golden brown color makes me forget all about my adult responsibilities. Not that I wouldn’t enjoy sitting by a bonfire every night, I have discovered a more convenient way to enjoy that tasty treat indoors all year round that does not include an open flame indoors.
Not only are these bite sized delights delicious, they are also fun to make for both kids and adults. So please try these mini s’mores out for your next get together or to put in your cookie jar for the next week (if they last that long ; ) ). Once they are gone I know you’ll want S’more!!! : )
Now I initially made these to feature in a kids cooking class. This is the perfect treat that kids could practically make themselves! Not only did my family fall in love with these little treats but I did too! I also love how versatile these can be!!! (You’ll see what I mean later on.)
Make sure you get the waffle style pretzel, it keeps everything together. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper, it makes it a lot easier to clean up afterward because sometimes the marshmallow will ooze off the side of the pretzel.
The mini marshmallows seem to have worked best. I did get the big size marshmallows and tried to cut them in half but when I heated them up they were a little too big. If all you have are the big marshmallows just make sure you cut them in half before you put them on the pretzel.
After you fill your cookie sheet with pretzels place one marshmallow in the middle of each pretzel. Keep an eye out to make sure no marshmallows go missing in the process : )
Next, we are going to pop them into the oven at 375 for approximately 8-10 minutes. All you really want is for them to puff up and to just start turning a light gold color.
Once you pull them out of the oven you will want to try and work kind of quickly. Because the marshmallows will that to harden as they sit out. Now, this is an area where you can definitely try different “glues” to hold your mini s’mores together. I have only used the marshmallow fluff but I am thinking these would be delicious with some Nutella, peanut butter or any other tasty sweet spread you can think of. Now to keep the top pretzel on the marshmallow you are only going to need a small amount of spread. The photo below shows you about how much I use on each pretzel.
Once you have all the sandwiches complete, you can move on to the fun part. I use the mini chocolate chips because they melt faster. I melted my chocolate with Crisco but feel free to use another oil such as coconut if you prefer. Once the chocolate is melted make sure you sprinkle them with graham cracker crumbs or sprinkles before the chocolate sets. I made these for a girls night and had a friend request them for her daughter’s graduation. And then it occurred to me, that I can dip these in different colored candy melts for a fun spin.
These are my favorite in their original form, dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs. Enjoy!
Recipe: Mini S’mores
1 S’more, 2 S’more, 3 S’more MORE
- • 1 Bag mini marshmallows
- • 1 Bag of Waffle Pretzels
- • 1 Bag of mini Chocolate chips, or regular
- • 2 Tablespoons Crisco
- • 2 crushed graham Crackers
- • 1/2 Cup of Marshmallow fluff or your "glue" of choice
- Preheat your oven to 375.
- Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper and lay out a layer of pretzels. I do a row of 9 down and 7 across.
- Place 1 marshmallow in the center of each pretzel.
- Put the cookie sheet in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Remember all you are really looking for if for the pretzel to swell up a little bit and just start to brown.
- While you have your cookie sheet in the oven, measure out your marshmallow fluff and have a butter knife out with the fluff so you can immediately start to create the sandwiches.
- Once you remove the cookie sheet from the oven, apply a small amount of marshmallow fluff to a pretzel and place on top of the marshmallow to make the sandwich.
- Place your chocolate chips and Crisco in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
- Take a marshmallow/pretzel sandwich and dip half of it into the melted chocolate and place on a sheet of parchment paper.
- Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs after about 20 are dipped and then continue to dip the sandwiches and sprinkle in sets of 20 until they are all finished.
- Allow the sandwiches to set until the chocolate is firm.