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If you are an American (and by which I mean, if you live on United States of American soil, no matter your immigration status…naturalized, illegal, DAR, we are non-discriminatory in the EatsWellWithOthers kitchen) then it is your constitutional right.  Nay, your DUTY, to make these this weekend.

It’s right there, clearly written in-between the lines of Amendment 18.

Thou shalt not drink, therefore thou shalt make cupcakes.

Duh.*

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I’m dating a lawyer now.  So, you know.  I know these things.

(Just to be clear, though.  My understanding and interpretation of the US Constitution has little to do with The.Boy’s ability to practice law.

Clearly.)

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Seriously, though, I never realized just how quintessentially American s’mores were until a girl from Holland came to work in our lab for a few months and informed us that she had never had or heard of them.

Sacrebleu!  Heresy!  Treason!  WTF!

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But after a little bit of research, I realized why.  S’mores were actually invented by the Girl Scouts, which, given their creation of other such morsels of deliciousness (samoas, thin mints, tagalongs…) is truly unsurprising.

And the only thing more “American” than s’mores.  Is Girl Scout cookie consumption.

Does any other country allow their female youth to go door-to-door or stand on street corners selling processed and mass manufactured (but ultimately truly delicious) baked goods?

Possibly, but not that I know of.

(And seeing as how my interpretation of our own country’s constitution is sketchy at best, you really should not trust any statements I make about any other country’s cultural and/or legal practices.)

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My knowledge (or lack thereof) notwithstanding. I firmly maintain that these cupcakes must be made at your earliest convenience.

Not only is it mandated by national law.  But it’s also just plain old common sense.

Graham cracker crust, melty chocolate filling, luscious chocolate cupcakes and toasted marshmallow meringue frosting.  So good they should be illegal.  Except…they’re the opposite.  At least…according to my legal framework.

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*not included in the original edition but added into future versions to make it more readable for today’s youth.

*not really, but let’s be honest. At the rate we’re going, it’s on the horizon.

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S’mores Cupcakes
Makes 24, adapted from Annie’s Eats

Ingredients

For the crust:

    • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (I used mostly honey but about 1/4 cup chocolate because that’s what I had on hand)
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 5 1/3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
    • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

For the cupcakes:

  • 2 cups plus 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or olive oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

 

For the frosting:

  • 8 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

 

Instructions

For the crust:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line two cupcake tins with cupcake liners.  In a small bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter.  Drop 1 tbsp graham cracker mix onto each cupcake liner. Press down so that it lines the bottom firmly. I used a small jar of honey that I got as a favor at a friend’s wedding to do this.  Sprinkle a small amount of the chopped chocolate on top of each graham cracker bottom.  Bake for 5 minutes.  Remove from the oven and set aside.

For the cupcakes:

  • Sift together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Pour into the bowl of an electric mixer and mix on low to combine.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, almond milk, oil, and vanilla.  Add this to the dry ingredients and mix on low speed for 30 seconds.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then beat on medium for 2 minutes.  Add the boiling water and stir just to combine.  Batter will be very thin.
  • Divide batter evenly among the cupcake liners, filling each about 3/4 of the way full (about 1/4 cup in each).  Return the pans to the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Let cool in baking tins for 5-10 minutes and then let cool completely on a wire rack.

 

For the frosting:

  • Clean your mixer bowl and then combine the egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in it (or use a metal heatproof bowl).  Heat the mixture, whisking frequently, over a pot of simmering water, until it reaches 160 degrees (F).  Transfer the mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer if not already using.  Whisk, starting at low speed and gradually increasing to medium-high, until glossy stiff peaks form.  Mix in the vanilla until combined.  Frost cooled cupcakes as desired.  For the roasted cupcake look, broil the cupcakes for 1-2 minutes (depending on your broiler).

 

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108 Responses to S’mores Cupcakes

  1. OMG, these cupcakes look amazing. Rich, moist and delicious… you are right, we all need these right now! Or really I do, not sure I care about everyone else:-)

  2. Maria says:

    Ok, twist my arm. I will take a dozen:)

  3. london bakes says:

    Can I pretend to be American for this weekend?!

  4. Umm…HELLO! These are freaking awesome looking! I just love that graham cracker bottom. Love it!

  5. Adrienne says:

    Goodness gracious now I want a hundred of these and maybe a fire in the middle of my apartment so I can make some traditional smores. That shouldn’t be a problem, right??

  6. Your cupcakes look amazing! I love the icing and the cake part looks so deliciously rich. Here in England, there are neither S’mores nor Girl Scout Cookies, *sniff*. I grew up in Canada so I definitely miss them both. I’m going to make your cupcakes very soon to comfort myself :-) My son, who has had S’mores on our many visits to Canada and definitely misses them, will be very pleased indeed!

  7. Claudia says:

    You are seriously messing with my sugar intake. Must make these for grown children – then they won’t be so grown-up anymore!

  8. These are just gorgeous! Look at those swirls! and the toasty tops! And the fluffy chocolate cake! Amazing.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Yessss. I never thought I liked s’mores cupcakes until two years ago when my now friend Kelly who owns her own baking business brought them to the first CupcakeCamp Boston. I seriously can’t get over the graham cracker crust.

  10. JasmyneTea says:

    I’ve never tried a s’more, but I HAVE heard of them – but maybe that’s because I visited your fair country. These cupcakes look sinfully delicious, I’ll have to try this recipe asap!

  11. Patsyk says:

    S’mores are truly an American treat… and making them into cupcakes is simply brilliant! I’m going to have to make these for my boys!

  12. Ben says:

    I dated a lawyer once… It didn’t end up well… But in another topic, delicious cupcakes! Once again, you’re ruining my diet :D

  13. Margarita says:

    I have never heard of s’mores either until i moved to the US! They are one of the best things i have ever tried. Man, if only the Girl Scouts walked around selling THESE cupcakes though, I would take them over thin mints. I love everything about these cupcakes. Must make!

  14. Yep, it’s definitely my constitutional duty, well, my child would say it’s my mom duty, but, yeah, I have to make these…love the swirl!

  15. Rona says:

    I had no idea that s’mores were invented by girl scouts! I love s’mores and the idea of making them into a cupcake is great! They look delicious!

  16. Cathleen says:

    Haha, well I am not American, but I’ve BEEN to the States.
    …Close enough, I’m making them anyways ;)

  17. Holy yum yums!! This looks so darm amazing! The cupcakes look sos moist and mouth watering! I have to make these!!

  18. Gloria says:

    Love somores and these look wonderful! delicious and yumm!

  19. Melissa Bo says:

    These cupcakes look amazing! Great photos! =)
    Thanks for posting the recipe!

  20. Mary says:

    What lovely morsels! They really look delicious, Joanne. They would make anyone hungry. So, he’s a lawyer :-). Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings…Mary

  21. Joanne! You beat me to it! I made s’mores cupcakes too, haha. They were going to be my next post, but perhaps I’ll wait a bit. Yours look much more s’more-ey than mine though, I couldn’t figure out how to toast the tops. Also my cake part is graham cracker flavored (subbing some flour for pulverized graham crackers) which, btw, is the best tasting batter EVER for spoon-licking.

  22. Beth says:

    I’m Canadian. Please tell me it’s my constitutional duty to make these too!

  23. Oh my gosh, these look incredible. No convincing needed here!!

  24. Nicole, RD says:

    Proud to be a law-following, constitution-abiding US citizen. DROOL. I LOVE that you broil these vs. using a torch. That said, I had Amazon.com on stand-by to purchase one because I’m 100% certain these are needed in my life.

  25. Are you spying on my computer? Because yesterday I was researching smores recipes! Or maybe we really just have similar minds (you know what they say: great minds think alike…) These look so, so, so very good!!

  26. Big Dude says:

    Since I don’t care for store bought marshmellows, I almost didn’t read this, but glad I did. They look and sound awesome and I’ll save the recipe.

  27. daphne says:

    oh my goodness.. I’m not american but these look absolutely delicious!

  28. Julie says:

    These look perfect! I made Smores cupcakes a while back but could never get the perfect toast on the marshmallow.

  29. OMG! You are killing me. I’d never be able to stop at just one.

  30. Deborah says:

    Well, if you are going to make me…. I guess I *have* to make up a batch of these!

  31. I love knowing that things are going well with the lawyer, Joanne. Woohoo! :)

  32. Jenna says:

    The toasted marshmallow meringue frosting–aaaaAAAAHHH! It’s screaming “eatme!eatme!eatme!” in my ear, and I can just sense it won’t let up until I make them. Or force somebody else to make them for me (now that’s more like it! =)

  33. Guru Uru says:

    I am a s’mores addict – this is definitely not helping my case! ;)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  34. How pretty they are! I’ll have to try this the next time we take the kids to the family cabin..

  35. Haha you are funny. But really, these cupcakes look so awesome! Your photos are making me drool non stop. All I need is courage to bake (I’m not much of a baker…)!

  36. Man, these look incredible! I’ve been consuming a little too many sweets lately so unfortunately despite my duty as an American to do so, these will not be made this weekend… but I am definitely saving the recipe! Yummm

  37. Wow, Joanne! These cupcakes look so delicious and decadent. Love the idea of a s’mores cupcake… Got to try these for myself!

  38. Shannon says:

    these look so totally over the top!! and i had no idea that girl scouts invented smores… crazy :)

  39. Karen says:

    Love the meringue on top!

  40. Amy says:

    A lawyer and a doctor. You’re like the wet dream couple to all parents. But seriously… you had me at S’mores Cupcakes. DYING.

  41. Eileen says:

    Needless to say, these look fabulous. Check out that beautiful just-browned marshmallow! I have to say that my campfire s’mores usually looked quite a bit more, shall we say, rustic than this–either on fire or totally blackened to a crisp. But hey, how else do you make the entire middle of the marshmallow melt? :)

  42. Dana says:

    A lawyer huh? Nice. My kids would freak the “f” out if I made these. They are obsessed with marshmallows probably because that is the one candy I don’t like them to eat (gelatin) and I could probably fool them with these. Totally making them.

  43. YOU are an evil temptress. Just sayin’..

    But I love you in spite of that. Or maybe it’s because of that. Either way – YUM!

  44. Lynn says:

    Oh my – those look good. :) Yum.

  45. Debbie says:

    Oh wow, Oh boy……Joanne those look sooo delicious. Another of your recipes that I am saving and will have to try. Great pictures too!!!!!

  46. Kristen says:

    These look dangerous. I’m pretty sure I would polish them all off at once if I made these. Good thing I’m not eating processed sugar right now. My mouth is seriously watering though. And I had no idea that the Girl Scouts invented s’mores!

  47. bellini says:

    Our group made our s’mores with Nutella, but loving the cupcake version!

  48. “Sacrebleu! Heresy! Treason! WTF!” I snorted when I read that!
    So the Girl Scouts invented the smore? Seriously, where would we be without them? I’ll tell you..a world without Samoas or Smores..and that, my friend, is not a world I would enjoy.
    Thanks for linking up and playing smores with me :)

  49. Smores are definitely popular in Canada too but I remember being shocked when I first met someone from Ireland who’d never heard of them! I think smores-inspired desserts are even better than the real thing, and I love that you made your own meringue frosting instead of just dumping marshmallow fluff on them (although I’m sure that would be a good easy alternative)!

  50. Reeni says:

    My thighs hate those girl scouts right now! Every fiber of my being is screaming at me to go make these! So irresistible and so darn tempting.

  51. OohLookBel says:

    I am not American but can see myself making these cupcakes in the near future. Will think of you when I do! And you are now part of a power couple (doctor and lawyer?) – how glam!

  52. Katie says:

    S’mores were invited by the Girl Scouts? I never would have guessed that, but it makes PERFECT sense. They’ve developed so many of the treats that I just love. I like the idea of these cupcakes a lot for those times you want a s’more but don’t want to make a fire.

  53. Nina says:

    Wow they look sinful….looks fantstic. Gosh I have to make this now…am craving for some. Bookmarking this one:). And am gona obey the law!

  54. Holy @$#$!%! These are a masterpiece. I have to make these. Yes, I do, and I will. Just wait and see. (So, when do we get the boyfriend “reveal”?)

  55. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!! they look SOOOOO DECADENT!! Okay, I believe you!! I WILL DEFINITELY MAKE THEM!! As soon as I make some crazy custard and am left with a bunch of egg whites, they babies will be created!! hahaha… They really look SOOOOO GOOD!! And SOOOO MOIST!! AND DELICIOUS! okay, I should stop talking like I’m crazy now.. lol

  56. Oh grown , these look so good…… I am not a US citizen but I wish there ws one living near me cause they would have to make these.
    PS Our Girl Guides also walk the streets peddling cookies!

  57. As an American NOT living on US soil, it saddens me to say that Australia knows nothing about graham crackers nor their crumbs. I can order them from the states though and I do that every year just to confirm my American-ness. :) I’ll save this recipe til the order arrives.

  58. Hotly Spiced says:

    I’ll immigrate just so with your permission, I can cook these. These are awesome! And I just love the frosting and the way it’s been piped and the ingredients and then how you finish it off with grilling. I have a blow torch that I use for creme brulees and I’m sure I could use it for these cupcakes – thanks Joanne for the inspiration xx

  59. Foodycat says:

    I’ve heard of s’mores, but only as an American thing! These cupcakes look a bit sweet for my taste, but totally luscious!

  60. That Girl says:

    I’ve been dying for a good cupcake lately.

  61. Barbara says:

    I’ve got this recipe stuck on my “want to make” Pinterest Board. Got the recipe from Pastry Affair. I’ll check to see if they’re the same
    They look as fabulous as I thought they would, Joanne. Of course, nothing is more nostalgic than eating the real thing…but these look as though they’d hit all the same mental and tastebud triggers. Double yum.

  62. Kerstin says:

    Mmmmm, yes please! These look amazing!

  63. JoJo says:

    oh my gosh, this looks like something I need right now!!!!
    Looks like a great brain food (I’m studying for my microbiology right now.. well supposed to be anyway.. :P)!

  64. Kim says:

    Oh yes…that fluffy golden brown frosting is just calling my name. I haven’t got around to making a s’mores based dessert yet. What am I waiting for?

  65. Dawn says:

    S’mores are one of my most fav desserts ever, wonder if I could figure out a vegan version.

  66. Erica says:

    Loveeee those…Those cupcakes look delicious,Joanne!

  67. Johanna GGG says:

    yep these are a mystery! I’ve never even tasted graham crackers so s’mores are quite a challenge (though if I got graham crackers I am sure I would love to try them in s’mores). Your cupcakes look adorable though.

    As for your thoughts on girl guide cookies, those are also a mystery. I was a girl guide in Australia and we sold biscuits (ie cookies) but they were quite bland cookies – only good for grubs and hedghogs (and those are sweet foods not animals). So I am always curious when I hear americans talk about girl guide cookies because they sound quite different

  68. Lori says:

    Same here! I had no idea that s’mores were only a US thing until we learned that all our Brazilian friends had never heard of them. These cupcakes are gorgeous! I just may take your suggested obligation seriously!

  69. Candace says:

    S’mores cupcakes would be even better than plain old s’mores. Count me in!

  70. Mary says:

    Oh my goodness, these look fantastic! The frosting is beautiful.

  71. Well if it’s my constitutional right to make these, then I have to make them! And I have to eat them all right? That’s in there with amendment 18, right?

    Btw, how did the bake sale go?

  72. Hannah says:

    I love the fact that I have no excuse NOT to make marshmallowy chocolate cupcakes now. Thank you for making that decision for me! Now I just need to do the veganizing. ;) They do look amazing, my dear. Sounds like the perfect procrastination project for avoiding my homework essay.

  73. I did hear about this constitutional right, and i think there is a mandatory 2 weeks attendance to a baking class for not taking up this right;) You are safe, for many lifetimes:)

  74. At the end of every summer we have a s’mores party at a friend’s home over the pit after a lobster boil. It’s one of my favorite parts of the evening (other than the lobster, of course). These would make my tummy very happy!

  75. Elizabeth says:

    You might want to pick a different amendment than the 18th… since, you know, it was repealed by the 21st amendment. ;)

    These look really fabulous, though. And good luck with the lawyer boyfriend. I like to think we’re a pretty awesome bunch.

  76. I think you’re trying to make me fat so my boyfriend will leave me and you’ll be able to move in. But I’m here to tell you… you’re barking up the wrong tree, sister!

  77. Carolyn Jung says:

    These are gorgeous with their fluffy, torched tops. And I think the United Nations should hire you to spread the godspell of s’mores to countries far and wide. I truly think there would be more peace in the world if everyone sat down together over s’mores, don’t you? ;)

  78. Gracey says:

    Yum!
    You can’t start summer without Smores, I just posted a smore Milkshake, you should check out my website!!!

  79. Pam says:

    It’s funny but I thought the world knew about s’mores. The cupcakes look irresistible!

  80. Lora says:

    Wow! These look fantastic!

  81. Chaya says:

    If you were a good friend, you would have provided one of these for each of us. To tempt us like this……

    They are phenomenal.

  82. This is one of those recipes that’s like…duh! Why didn’t I think of doing this before? Those flavors would work awesome in an itty bitty cake. Love it.

  83. Ugh! Deliciousness in a patty tin. Love it

  84. Miriam says:

    Yes Mam, I will make them! I am duty bound after all :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  85. OH MAN! These look awesome! I don’t usually like marshmallow, but I love them in smores!

  86. grace says:

    how gloriously deeply chocolate are those cupcakes! i love the frosting too–it makes me wish i had a kitchen torch to break out. :)

  87. RJ says:

    what a brilliant idea! I cannot wait to make these :D

  88. I was amazed when I moved to Hawaii (which is actually part of the US contrary to my Mom’s belief) ;-) how few people I know that grew up here were truly familiar with the S’more. Of course I would venture to say that many of these people had never gone camping so maybe that is the reason for my sweeping generalization. ;-) Anyway… these look truly fabulous and the roasting on that marshmallowy frosting is picture perfect. ;-)

  89. Ok, these sound and look absolutely scrumptious! I love your description of the Girl Scouts – hilarious! And I need to take a closer look at the constitution… clearly. ;)

  90. Natalie says:

    i wish you could come to stlouis and teach me how to a. make some beautiful looking cupcakes (mine always look better in my head!) and b. take such gorgeous pictures!

    beautiful post!

  91. vianney says:

    The pics are stunning, I NEED THEM!!

  92. I have been staring at these for hours now….I need to make them and ASAP

  93. The cupcakes would definitely satisfy my sweet tooth!

  94. sally says:

    Love s’mores, so I know I would love these cupcakes.

  95. Jackie says:

    I’m Australian, and while most of us have heard of the word “smores”, personally I’m never quite sure just what they are. I have vague ideas of campfires that go with it, and maybe some kind of sandwich…

    Regardless, these cupcakes look OMG SO GOOD. And I am going to make them and so help me if anyone tries to steal one!

  96. Vera Zecevic says:

    These S’mores cupcakes look absolutely yummy! I would really like to try some of these,because I’ve never have try S’mores.I’ve featured this recipes on my blog but I hope that you don’t mind! If you don’t agree with that please contact me and I will remove it. All the best.

  97. Killer! Just made a half batch in hopes they would work for the school dessert auction……”This is my best bite EVER!” From my picky 8 year old. I think they’ll be a hit with Nutcracker-themed toppers. Thanks for many inspirations- I was just introduced to your blog by a UW resident rotating here in the Alaskan hinterlands and am so enjoying the experience

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