So it makes sense that these twelve year old kids would sit around making s'mores at their tree house sleepover. It's the most kid friendly meal imaginable. As Ham Porter so helpfully explains in the following clip, "These are s'mores stuff, okay? Now everyone pay attention. First, you take the graham. You stick the chocolate on the graham. Then, you roast the mallow. When the mallow's flaming, you stick it on the chocolate. Then you cover it with the other end. Then, you scuff. It's kind of messy, but it's good. Now, try some."
So how can I get my s'more fix then? Easy. By turning a different, favorite, and marshmallow based childhood treat into a s'more. That's right. I put a s'more on top of a rice krispie treat, and I regret literally nothing. If you think about it, it's actually a great combination because you're really just bringing out the marshmallow that's already in the rice krispie treats, without sacrificing the gooey chocolate and graham cracker crunch. It just amplifies everything great about s'mores, hence the name s'more s'mores.
Now I realize I could just stop my complaining and make a s'more in the oven. But, eh. It's just not the same to me. And unlike Ham Porter, I was unwilling to try the candle flame method for marshmallow roasting. Besides. These rice krispie treats are f-ing legit.
Basically, this is another one of those recipes that's really all in the method. You can use any basic rice krispie treat recipe, but I'm obviously partial to my own (which I've provided below). The trick to a good rice krispie is getting the butter and salt ratios correct. For the love of the gods, don't skip the salt. Anyways.
Once I had a pan of rice krispie treats, I cut them into squares big enough for individual s'more s'mores. I covered those with two pieces of chocolate and popped them in an oven set to broil for about 20 seconds (just long enough to melt the chocolate).
Then, I pressed a cinnamon graham cracker (because I love cinnamon and chocolate together) down on to the pieces of chocolate. I cut large marshmallows in half and placed them on top of the graham crackers. Finally, I popped the whole thing back in the oven until the marshmallows browned on top.
You could cover the entire pan of rice krispies with chocolate and marshmallows instead of cutting them into individual squares first, but I don't recommend it for two reasons. One, it would make them very hard to cut apart and serve because of the nature of the ingredients. That chocolate is basically never going to reharden, and it will be hard to cut around your graham crackers. Second, you can save some plain rice krispies if you cut them first. That way, if, for some unexplainable reason, someone hate s'mores, you're still left with a bomb ass plate of rice krispies to serve them.
For rice krispie layer
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 8 cups of mini marshmallows, plus 2 more cups of mini marshmallows reserved (this is about a bag and half of mini marshmallows)
- 6 cups rice cereal
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 9 chocolate squares for s'more making
- 9 cinnamon graham cracker squares
- 18 large marshmallows, cut in half
- Line 9x9 pan with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray. (You can use a 13x9 pan, but the treats will be much thinner.)
- On low heat, melt butter in a very large pot.
- Once butter is completely melted, add in your 8 cups of mini marshmallows. Stir constantly until marshmallows are melted.
- Remove from heat. Stir in the salt and vanilla until combined.
- Pour cereal into pot and fold gently until well combined with the melted marshmallow. Add the reserved 2 cups of mini marshmallows and gently fold, until the marshmallows are distributed (but you do not want them to melt).
- Turn into the greased pan, and press flat with the back of a spoon. It may be helpful to spray the spoon with cooking spray. Let cool completely, and cut into squares. If you don't want to add the s'more top layer, stop here and enjoy a delicious rice krispie treat. Otherwise, soldier on.
- Move oven rack to upper position, and turn oven on to broil.
- Place rice krispie squares on a foil lined baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
- Place the chocolate squares on top of the rice krispie squares, then put pan in oven. Broil just long enough to let the chocolate melt, which will for sure be less than a minute. Probably around 15 to 20 seconds.
- Smoosh the graham cracker squares into the melted chocolate. Line each graham cracker with four marshmallow halves. Put pan back in oven until marshmallow reach the desired doneness. I left mine in for about 30 seconds.
- Let your s'more rice krispie treats (or s'more s'mores) cool for twenty minutes before serving.