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Sophisticated S’Mores

One of the items on my October Bucket List was to make s’mores.  We’re not really one of those families that sit by the bonfire out back on cut logs, roasting weenies and marshmallows on sticks we found in the woods and telling ghost stories.  We’re more like the family that hangs out in the house, on our computers or video games or watching T.V., doing our own things in the central air or heat.  Consequently, if we do make real s’mores, there’s usually a Weber grill involved or sometimes even – dare I say, a microwave.  Shocking, I know.  But instead of fabricating an elaborate LIE and staging something that really probably wouldn’t work for us anyway, I came up with a version of s’mores that seemed to work pretty darn good!

The Mini S’more Cupcake and WOWZA, these little gems were delicious!  I have found as I age, I like things a little less sweet than I used to and these, I thought, were perfect!  One recipe made way more than we could eat and the best part, they are a little less than 200 calories each!  They made for a perfect sweet snack after dinner!

 

Mini S’More Cupcakes
(Makes 36)

Place rack in center of the oven and preheat to 325*. Line mini cupcake tins with 36 cupcake liners and set aside.  I used a 24 & a 12.  Begin by making the…

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Crust:
1 1/3 c. graham cracker crumbs
5 T. sugar
5 T. butter, melted

Mix ingredients together with a fork in a small bowl. Press about a tablespoon to a tablespoon and a half of the mixture into a cupcake liner and press down with fingers to level. Bake for 6 minutes. Set aside to cool and keep left over crumbs to sprinkle on top of finished cupcakes.  Then make the…

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Cupcakes:
1 box Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Premium Cake Mix

Prepare according to package directions. Add batter to each mini cupcake liner until ¾ full. Bake 16-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Once cooled a bit, remove center of cupcake with a knife or a cupcake corer. Set aside. Make the…

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Marshmallow Filling:
2 egg whites
½ c. sugar
¼ t. cream of tartar
1 t. vanilla

In a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water, whisk together egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar until the sugar dissolves. Do not let the simmering water touch the bottom of the bowl. Continue whisking until egg mixture is warm to the touch. Remove from heat and beat with a mixer until stiff peaks form. Add vanilla and stir in. Spoon filling into a Ziploc bag with the corner cut off or into a pastry bag and squeeze to fill the center of the cupcakes. Then make the…

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Buttercream Frosting:
8 T. butter, softened
2 1/3 c. powdered sugar
½ c. unsweetened cocoa
1/2 c. half and half
1 t. vanilla extract

Place butter in mixing bowl and beat with a mixer. Gradually add powdered sugar and cocoa then slowly add the half and half to desired consistency. Bake on medium speed until fluffy. Spoon frosting into a Ziploc bag with the corner cut off or a pastry bag fit with your preferred tip and pipe icing onto the cupcake.  You can…

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decorate the tops of the cupcakes with Hershey’s chocolate drops and a sprinkle of the graham cracker crumb mixture.

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Delicious and just the right size!  Here is the nutrition info without the Hershey chocolate drop!

Nutrition Facts
Servings 36.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 195
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8 g 13 %
Saturated Fat 4 g 20 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 23 mg 8 %
Sodium 127 mg 5 %
Potassium 34 mg 1 %
Total Carbohydrate 23 g 8 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 3 %
Sugars 18 g
Protein 2 g 4 %
Vitamin A 3 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 1 %
Iron 2 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

If you like s’mores, but you’re not doing the outdoorsy thing, give these a try and stand in front of your fireplace while eating one.  You won’t be disappointed!  Have a great day everyone!

xoxo

Mini S’More Cupcakes

  • Servings: 36
  • Difficulty: medium
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Place rack in center of the oven and preheat to 325*. Line mini cupcake tins with 36 cupcake liners and set aside. I used a 24 & a 12.  Begin by making the…

Crust:
1 1/3 c. graham cracker crumbs
5 T. sugar
5 T. butter, melted
Mix ingredients together with a fork in a small bowl. Press about a tablespoon to a tablespoon and a half of the mixture into a cupcake liner and press down with fingers to level. Bake for 6 minutes. Set aside to cool and keep left over crumbs to sprinkle on top of finished cupcakes.  Make the…

Cupcakes:
1 box Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Premium Cake Mix
Prepare according to package directions. Add batter to each mini cupcake liner until ¾ full. Bake 16-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Once cooled a bit, remove center of cupcake with a knife or a cupcake corer. Set aside. Then make the…

Marshmallow Filling:
2 egg whites
½ c. sugar
¼ t. cream of tartar
1 t. vanilla
In a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water, whisk together egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar until the sugar dissolves. Do not let the simmering water touch the bottom of the bowl. Continue whisking until egg mixture is warm to the touch. Remove from heat and beat with a mixer until stiff peaks form. Add vanilla and stir in. Spoon filling into a Ziploc bag with the corner cut off or into a pastry bag and squeeze to fill the center of the cupcakes. Then make the…

Buttercream Frosting:
8 T. butter, softened
2 1/3 c. powdered sugar
½ c. unsweetened cocoa
1/2 c. half and half
1 t. vanilla extract
Place butter in mixing bowl and beat with a mixer. Gradually add powdered sugar and cocoa then slowly add the half and half to desired consistency. Bake on medium speed until fluffy. Spoon frosting into a Ziploc bag with the corner cut off or a pastry bag fit with your preferred tip and pipe icing onto the cupcake.  You can…

decorate the tops of the cupcakes with Hershey’s chocolate drops and a sprinkle of the graham cracker crumb mixture!

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