Wednesday, June 24, 2009
S'mores just scream summer. They take me back to girls camp, camping trips with the family, and fire pits in my parents' backyard. I even made s'mores over a barbecue, a stove, and a candle when I was in college and didn't have a place to build a fire. Needless to say, it's one of my favorite treats. Building a fire isn't always practical, though. Plus, let's face it, it's super messy! These are my solution. They taste just like a s'more, plus they're super cute and don't invovle lighting any fires. They're the perfect summer treat!
Graham Cracker Cupcakes
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (I used 1 cup regular and 1/2 cup cinnamon)
1/2 cup flour
1 Tb. baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup milk
Marshmallow Frosting (from The Smitten Kitchen)
1 large egg white
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tb. light corn syrup
1 Tb. water
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
14 squares hersheys chocolate
2/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
3 Tb. heavy whipping cream
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 14 muffin cups with papers.
2. Beat the butter and the sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla.
3. Add flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, salt, and milk. Divide batter between muffin cups (the cupcakes don't rise much so feel free to fill them pretty full).
4. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until top springs back when touched. Cool completely.
5. Meawhile, make the frosting. In large bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, combine all frosting ingredients. Beat with a hand mixer for 6-7 minutes, until light and fluffy. Remove bowl from heat and continue to beat for 3-5 more minutes, or until slightly cooled. Top each cupcake with a dollop of frosing. (Optional: Broil cupcakes for 1-2 minutes after frosting to brown for that "toasted marshmallow" look, or toast with kitchen torch).
6. Prepare the ganache by combining the chocolate chips with the heavy whipping cream. Microwave on high for 30 - 35 seconds. Stir until thoroughly melted and combined. Drizzle over frosted cupcakes. Garnish with hershey's squares.