Halloween is this week and I’ve gotten as far as laying out the fabric for the children’s costumes on the floor. Eek! However, we did make monster s’mores with a couple of neighbor kids last week so I’m not totally failing this holiday. There were lots of giggles and “Look at my monster’s face!” yelps and many chocolaty, marshmallowy smiles. It’s really easy to do and doesn’t require any cooking on your part, aside from a few toasty moments with the broiler. There’s just enough time left before Halloween to get it in and I promise, it will be fun.
Now, before you get worried that your monsters won’t look perfect or be “right”, let me assure you – no one cares. As the children made their faces, a couple cookies broke, monster faces smeared, eyeballs dripped, but they didn’t care. They laughed and ate them! It’s just fun to make (and eat) together.
For our s’mores bar, I kept the flavors fairly basic: chocolate, marshmallows and peanut butter. With those flavors in mind, I picked a variety of fixings and monster-making ingredients (with a few extra flavors mixed in for fun). Think about what you like as per s’mores. Are you a traditionalist or do you like to experiment? There are so many s’more options out there.
-various cookies – chocolate chip, butter, fudge stripe
-peanut butter cups
-chocolate hazelnut spread
-marshmallows: minis, regular & large
-peanut butter chips
-mini chocolate sandwich cookies
-anything you want to put in your s’mores!!
-Cover a cookie sheet and build the s’mores on it. It’s easy to transfer the sheet to the oven for toasting. Put all the fixings on one too. Keeps things neater.
-Use kitchen sheers to cut down the marshmallows.
-The big marshmallows brown too quickly for the inside to get soft and gooey. Cut them in half to ensure full gooey-ness.
-Add eyeballs (chocolate/peanut butter chips) after broiling.
-Add antennae (pretzels) after broiling as well. Sandwich them between the toasted marshmallows and the top.
We found it best to make the tops and bottoms separately. Add the fixings to the bottom of the s’more and make the monster face on the top. Once the parts are ready, pop them under the broiler until the marshmallows are warm and toasted, then stack the two halves together for a delicious treat.
There are so many possibilities.
Even the mistakes can still be monstrous (a good thing!)
So invite over your friends and enjoy!