A s’more, a summertime treat consisting of a toasted marshmallow, melted chocolate, and two graham crackers, is irresistible and shouldn’t be reserved for camping excursions alone. You no longer need to build a fire to enjoy this traditional camping delight; all you need is your reliable oven.
Why Make Oven S’mores?
- I can still do it without a campfire! All you need is an oven and you can bring the classic campfire ritual of toasting marshmallows and making s’mores right inside your own house.
- You can satisfy your sweet hunger with oven s’mores whenever the mood strikes—there’s no need to go camping!
- When an outdoor campfire isn’t an option, these inside activities are great for people of all ages to enjoy on chilly evenings or rainy days.
- With the oven, you can toast the marshmallow to perfection without burning it, and you have more control over the whole process of producing s’mores.
Oven S’mores Supplies
If you want to make s’mores in the oven, you probably already have everything you need:
- Candy Grahams
- Chips, bars, or milk chocolate of any colour
- For the greatest results, use big marshmallows.
- Baking pan Foil made of aluminium
- Archival parchment
This concludes it! These ooey-gooey campfire sweets are ready to be assembled and baked.
Follow these simple steps for perfect oven-baked s’mores every time:
- Preheat your oven to broil (low or high setting depending on your oven). You want it to reach at least 500°F to ensure the marshmallows brown.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly grease it. You can use cooking spray or spread a little butter around to prevent sticking.
- Top the foil with a sheet of parchment paper for easy cleanup later.
- Assemble the s’mores on the prepared baking sheet by placing a graham cracker square, breaking a section of the chocolate bar to lay on top, and then topping with a marshmallow.
- Pro Tip: Break the chocolate into quarters so it more evenly melts between the graham cracker and marshmallow.
- Space assembled s’mores at least 1 inch apart on the baking sheet. Make as many as you like but leave a little room around each one.
- Place the baking sheet under the broiler for 60-90 seconds. Stay nearby and watch them closely because broiler intensities vary. You want the marshmallow to become lightly browned without burning.
- Using a spatula, remove from oven and gently squeeze another graham cracker on top to make a sandwich. Be careful as the interior will be molten hot!
- Allow to cool briefly before enjoying! The chocolate will still be melted for at least 5 minutes so be cautious of drips.
Oven S’mores Tips
- Feel free to get creative with your s’more toppings! Try using peanut butter cups, toffee, caramel, or other candy bars instead of plain chocolate.
- Make “sammies” with cookie thins instead of graham crackers for a fun twist.
- Add chocolate chips on top along with the chocolate bar for extra gooey pockets of chocolate.
- Use large marshmallows for best oven roasting results. However, if you only have small marshmallows just keep a close eye on them.
- If your oven doesn’t have a broiler, set it to 500°F and bake the s’mores for 60-90 seconds, watching very closely.
- For best results, use parchment paper instead of just foil alone to prevent sticking. The parchment allows for easy transfer off the hot pan.
Frequently Asked Questions About Oven Sʼmores
Here are answers to the most common questions about making these classic treats in your oven:
1. How do you keep the chocolate from melting before the marshmallow is toasted?
Break it into sections and sandwich it between the marshmallow and graham cracker. This allows for more even heating.
2. Why should you broil instead of bake the sʼmores?
Broiling applies high heat from above similar to campfire roasting. It will toast the marshmallow quicker while leaving the bottom graham cracker unburnt.
3. Can you cook oven sʼmores on a grill?
Yes, you can assemble them the same way but be sure to watch closely over direct heat. Consider indirect or low heat to prevent burning.
4. What can you substitute if you donʼt have graham crackers?
Vanilla cookies, shortbread, peanut butter cookies, brownies, or even waffles with give you a tasty foundation for sʼmores.
5. Why isnʼt the chocolate fully melting?
It may be taking slightly too long to melt a full chocolate bar. Try semi-sweet chocolate chips instead that melt quicker or leave it in the oven slightly longer.
Get Creative with Oven S’mores
Once you master the classic oven s’more, there are lots of ways to put your own creative spin on this favorite campfire treat:
- Make s’mores cups by lining cupcake tins with graham crackers, baking them into crispy cups, and then filling them marshmallow, chocolate, and other mix-ins.
- Toast cute shapes like hearts or stars into your marshmallows using cookie cutters before assembling s’mores.
- Dip your graham crackers into melted chocolate before using to add extra chocolate drizzles and flavor.
- Add sprinkles, crushed peppermint candies, caramel sauce, peanut butter cups, or other fun mix-ins for decked out s’mores. The possibilities are endless!
No matter how you make them at home, oven-baked s’mores will transport you back to carefree summer nights in front of a flickering campfire. Just watch them closely so your marshmallows come out perfectly golden brown and your chocolate gets just melty enough.