Introducing Indoor S’mores, the classic combination of toasted marshmallows, melted chocolate, and graham crackers that you can enjoy in under 5 minutes in the cozy confines of your own home. Whether you microwave s’mores, use your kitchen blow torch for a single serving dessert, or just bake chocolate and marshmallow cookie bars, these ideas for easy indoor s’mores will bring back all your campfire memories, minus the pesky mosquitoes and the smoke in your face.
So grab your skewers. Gather your loved ones around the microwave. And get ready to embark on mind-blowing kitchen adventures that will leave you begging for s’more!
To make indoor s’mores, you need the same three ingredients you’d need if you were making campfire s’mores. Those s’mores ingredients are, of course:
- One large marshmallow.
- Chocolate. The half-ounce squares of Ghirardelli bars are the best chocolate for s’mores, but you can use your favorite chocolate.
- One graham cracker, broken carefully in half.
Repeat as necessary!
Please see the recipe card below for complete information on ingredients and quantities.
Variations and substitutions
- Don’t have chocolate bars? Spoon and swirl Nutella on your graham cracker instead of saving it for your pie crust cookies.
- Make homemade marshmallows in any flavor you can dream of. How about chocolate marshmallows or peanut butter marshmallow s’mores?
- Make loaded s’mores with two marshmallows and full-sized Reese’s peanut butter cups!
Campfire s’mores are arguably the best way how to make s’mores. However, indoor s’mores are ideal when there’s a burn ban, you’re stuck in the middle of the city, or you want a quick treat for yourself.
If you were ever a Girl Scout, you know to thank Girl Scouts not only for thin mint cookies, but also because the Girl Scout handbook published the first s’mores recipe and created the name a century ago.
Though it tastes like “some more” one is really enough.
As if anyone could stop at a single Thin Mint or s’more.
Recipe tips and tricks
I’ve been suffering for you lately and trying out methods for indoor s’mores in all sorts of ways, So here are four ways to get your indoor s’more fix.
Kitchen torch s’mores
A butane kitchen torch is by far the best way to make indoor s’mores that most resemble campfire s’mores. A kitchen torch lets you gently toast all sides of the marshmallow to get to your desired doneness, whether you like a marshmallow that’s light brown or fully charred. Put your marshmallow on a fire-safe surface and keep all flammable items away from the torch.
The biggest disadvantage of this method for indoor s’mores is the requirement for a kitchen torch. It’s also probably best for making treats for only yourself, since you may need to blow out your marshmallow if you set it on fire!
Microwave s’mores sit on the opposite range of the spectrum of indoor s’mores. They’re kid-safe and you can make several microwave s’mores at a time. The downside of making s’mores in the microwave is that the microwave melts marshmallows from the inside, and you get no toasting or texture at all.
To make microwave s’mores, place a graham cracker on a paper towel and top with a piece of chocolate and then a marshmallow. Don’t put the top graham cracker on yet or it will fall off when the marshmallow expands.
Microwave the s’more for about 15 or so seconds until the marshmallow puffs up. Then, sandwich it with the top graham cracker half, and enjoy!
Gas stove s’mores
There’s a third way to make indoor s’mores, but I don’t recommend this method. In addition to being a waste of gas, cooking with a gas cook top has been associated with respiratory problems. You can read more about why many locations are phasing gas cooking out of the home in this post about surprising hazards in the kitchen.
But in a s’mores emergency you can always grab a metal skewer and toast your marshmallow over a gas cook top. Just be careful not to get melted marshmallow on your burner.
You can also make indoor s’mores in the oven. Oven s’mores are great if you’re making s’mores for a crowd but they aren’t a great option if you’re turning on your oven for just a treat for yourself or if it’s super hot outside. Even worse, oven s’mores take longer than 5 minutes to make!
Put a bunch of graham cracker halves on a broiler-safe tray. Add your chocolate and top with a marshmallow, but again don’t add the top graham cracker. Broil the marshmallows til they’re toasted how you like, but keep a close eye on them because they toast really quickly!
The second way to make s’mores in the oven is to bake s’mores bars. These chocolate chip marshmallow cookie bars are made with pulverized graham crackers in a chocolate chip cookie base topped with graham crackers, marshmallows, and more chocolate chips. After baking, the pan is broiled to get toasted marshmallow perfection.
Only the s’mores bars can be made ahead of time. The others are best made and eaten immediately.
You can, if that’s all you have, but those might be best if you’re making the s’mores bars alternative. Otherwise, it seems like extra work.
A kitchen torch is a great tool for making crème brûlée or browning meringues. Supposedly you can also use them for blackening the skin of peppers and other vegetables to peel them, though I haven’t tried it yet!
Related no bake recipes
Here are some suggestions for other no-bake desserts from the Ugly Duckling Bakery candies and sweets archives:
Or check out some oven-free sweets from my sweet blogger friends like this amazing-looking no-bake blueberry cheesecake or dark chocolate no-bake cookies. Or, omg, I need to make this Strawberry Zuccotto Fiorentino with Mousseline Cream!
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- 1 Kitchen torch see post for alternative methods for making indoor s'mores
- 1 graham cracker
- 1 chocolate square use a thin bar or a half-ounce square from a good quality baking bar
- 1 marshmallow regular size
- Split the graham cracker in half crosswise and put one half face up on a plate.1 graham cracker
- Put the chocolate on top of the face up graham cracker.1 chocolate square
- Put the marshmallow on a fire-safe surface like a cast iron skillet. Using your kitchen torch with a relatively low flame, heat the marshmallow, turning it or the pan around as needed to brown all the sides. Just like with campfire s'mores, be ready to blow out your marshmallow, and make sure to keep fingers away from the flame!1 marshmallow
- When your marshmallow is toasted to your desire, put it on top the chocolate, top with the other graham cracker half, and enjoy immediately!
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