A letter in the mail is a wonderful treat. But a letter is even better when it's delivered by way of a sandwich cookie snack.
'graham crackers' on Serious Eats
Growing up in New York City, I didn't have frequent access to fire pits, fire places, or campfires. That's part of why, for me, making s'mores took on a level of excitement that I imagine other children felt about going to see Phantom of the Opera or Cats.
We spent a recent Friday afternoon gathered around the big table at SEHQ with graham crackers, frosting, and whatever candy, snacks, cereal, and other miscellaneous cupboard items we could find, most of which was still left over from taste tests.
Like Anthony and Cleopatra, Gilbert and Sullivan, and Bert and Ernie, I'm confident peanut butter and chocolate will go down as one of history's epic pairings. And when it comes to peanut butter and chocolate you simply can't have too much of a good thing as evidenced by this tailgate-ready Buckeye Pie.
Summer technically isn't quite over yet and I'm doing my best to cram in a last hurrah before September 23rd rolls around and I have to make peace with apples and pumpkins, shorter days and longer nights. There are few desserts as closely bonded to summer memories as s'mores and this recipe gives you all the toasty tastiness you remember from camp—without the fire pit.
The last Moon Pie I had (a few years ago) didn't live up to the magnificence I remembered from childhood. Perhaps it was me—I'll admit my intense sweet tooth has dulled with time, and I can no longer pound packages of Peeps like I once did. Or maybe I just have less of a tolerance for all the artificial goodies—I'm looking at you, high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oil blend! Nevertheless, the concept behind a Moon Pie is great, and the marshmallow cream/graham cracker/chocolate shell trifecta is more than worthy of a makeover.
In case you didn't already know it, August 10th is both National S'more Day and National Banana Split Day. And in celebration of this momentous day, here's a dessert mash-up which allows you to go above and beyond your civic pastry eating duty: the Banana Split S'more Whoopie Pie.
Nothing says early summer to me quite like a juicy berry pie, topped with fat snowcaps of cream. Especially when you can find tiny gem-like strawberries nesting in farmers markets, almost a different species from the cottony hulks in supermarkets. But with a clutch of berries this good, it felt like a waste to sully them with heat. So I veered to the other end of the thermal spectrum, but couldn't get pie off my mind.
These graham crackers are crunchy, toothsome, and just a smidge sweet. They really do taste like a punched-up version of the store-bought kind. The hints of walnuts and maple syrup make me want to slather them with cream cheese, but they would be equally delicious sandwiched with chocolate and marshmallows, or served in lieu of a biscuit with coffee or tea.
I was so excited to see Stonewall Kitchen's new S'mores Brownie Mix ($10.95), which combines toasted marshmallows and rich chocolate with a buttery graham cracker crust to boot! When they were finally finished baking, the marshmallows were crispy and brown on top, as if burnished by an actual campfire.