It is absolutely no secret that I love s’mores. It’s one of those childhood guilty pleasures I have never grown out of. I am constantly dragging my friends to a local Toronto restaurant where you can roast marshmallows over an open flame at your table and make your own s’mores. Incredible, amIright?
The best thing about s’mores is that they’re pretty much year round treats. You can roast them over a bonfire during summer camp outs, but they’re just as good cooked over your indoor fireplace on snowy winter evenings (or in the oven just for kicks if you’re a [soon to be ex-!] apartment dweller like me).
And there isn’t really anything more cozy than s’mores. Something about all that melted goodness is just so heartwarming, and on that note we have the perfect way to transition this classic treat into a holiday favourite. I’ve been dreaming today’s post up for weeks, ever since my friend and I stumbled upon these Butter gingerbread marshamallows at a downtown market. I was immediately inspired – think of the possibilities! Hot chocolate with gingerbread marshmallows! Gingerbread rice krispy squares! Candy cane brownies with gingerbread marshmallow centers! And then of course, my lightbulb moment – gingerbread s’mores!
The best way to make s’mores in a way that can be served to other people (i.e., not all over your hands) is to make them into little mini tartlets. I can’t take credit for today’s recipe because I shamelessly stole it from my grandmother, but adding the gingerbread was all me. Just saying.
To make gingerbread s’more tarts, here’s what you need:
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 6 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 12 gingerbread marshmallows
1. Mix together the ingredients for the “crust” and press them gently into the bottom of a muffin tin. I suggest using the bottom of a glass to get them in there compactly.
2. Pop the crusts in the oven at 350 degrees Celsius for about 5 minutes.
3. Take them out of the oven and turn it off. Add one piece (or more, we won’t judge) of chocolate and top with a gingerbread marshmallow. Pop back in the oven for about 2 minutes (take them out as soon as they start to melt)
4. Serve and enjoy!
They’re so easy, but I guarantee you’ll have people talking all night long. It’s the perfect midnight snack for a holiday cocktail party, or a great way to treat yourself!