S’mores hand pies are a sweet, gooey, and delicious treat that is perfect for the summer. They are a perfect dessert to enjoy at your next cookout.
The hand pie crust is made with graham crackers, chocolate chips, and butter. The filling is made with marshmallow cream, melted chocolate, and sugar. Once the filling has cooled completely it’s ready to be placed into the prepared crust. The final step is to top it off with some more chocolate.
S’mores are a kind of magical thing for me. They are full of memories in every bite, and they make me love what I would normally never eat.
Like most, s’mores were the epic camping food that somehow would make the whole trip worthwhile to me. Sitting next to the campfire as a kid, trying to burn my marshmallows till they were about to fall off the stick. All of my crazy family around me, Grampa smoking cigars and playing backgammon with my aunts and uncles. My mom was always taking care of everyone, and my grandma probably took care of my sister and me to give my mom a break. Camping used to be a once-a-year tradition for my family. Go up to lake Tahoe, to the same campsite every year, and swim in the freezing lake, if only for a second. While those days are very far behind me, from people moving away. And from the last time, we went getting snowed on and our tents collapsing on us in the early hours of the morning. I remember my sister getting the bulk of the tent falling on her, so there were tears streaming from everyone. My Grampa is standing outside the tent, taking photos and laughing. We ended up having to pack up our frozen things after trying to defrost the shoes filled with snow that was left out and staying at a hotel. Somehow the next trip never happened… My family is crazy, 100%, but they are mine, and as much as I have refused to go to family functions, tell them all they are mental; it was always a good time camping, and I love those crazy people.
So back to the food. Chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows. Two out of three, I would generally eat. Marshmallows are something I would normally never eat. Too chalky, squishy, the after-taste, everything just always seemed wrong with them to me. Admittedly the only marshmallows I have tried come in big clear packages from the grocery store; I should give those handmade ones a go.
But when you mix just those three ingredients together, add a bit of fire; it’s heavenly.
So given that I have gone camping once in the past, probably 15 years or so, I get massive cravings for s’mores. I’ve had them a few times outside of camping, probably in someone’s backyard or over the stove in high school when we all got bored. So I knew I had to do some type of s’mores-ish post for here. Now there will be more variations to come in the future. This one isn’t perfect, you don’t get that crunchy char from the open flame, but it’s the gooey marshmallow and melty chocolate that this recipe will tide me over on.
I used mini marshmallows to stuff in the pies, but I’m thinking that mixing the graham cracker crumbs and chocolate together with marshmallow fluff to create more of a batter you would scoop onto the pie would work better. Give it a go, give both a go if you are extra hungry, and change it up a bit; these pies are meant to be fun. Don’t take them too seriously; how could you? It’s marshmallow chocolate and graham crackers stuffed into a flaky shortcrust. Sugar overload loveliness
S’mores Hand Pies
makes a dozen or so
- 3 1/4 cups (400g) flour, chilled
- pinch of salt
- 14 tbsp (200g) butter, chilled in cubes
- just under 1/2 cup (100ml) of cold water
- filling & topping:
- graham crackers, crumbled
- mini marshmallows or marshmallow fluff
- chocolate chips or preferably chocolate chunks (Quantities are up to you. It all depends on how big you make them, how jam-packed with filling you want them to be, or not.)
- 1 egg beaten with a dash of cream
- brown sugar
Put flour & salt in a food processor. Pulse to combine. Add in butter, then pulse for 20 seconds to incorporate. Put into a chilled bowl. Make a well in the center & pour in 2/3 of the water. Twist in with your hand being very gentle. Add in the last bit of water & work until the ball has formed. Knead on a lightly floured surface until it has come together. Form into a disk, wrap in plastic, then chill for 2 hours.
Oven 350 f. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to a 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. Using a circular cookie cutter, use whatever size you want your pies to be, and cut out as many circles as you can. Press remaining dough together, chill for 20 minutes, then roll out again and repeat.
If using marshmallow fluff, mix fluff, chips, and graham crackers together. Scoop onto one circle of dough, leaving an edge. If using mini marshmallows, layer marshmallows, chips, and graham cracker crumbs on one dough. Make sure to leave an edge.
Brush the edge with the egg wash and top with a dough circle. Press with a fork to seal. Brush top with egg wash, then sprinkle with brown sugar.
Place on a baking sheet; once the sheet is full of pies, bake for 15-25 minutes until golden brown.
Let cool only slightly, than eat.