Since I wasn’t raised religious, holidays in my family were all about food when I was growing up. This time of year was always filled with sharing potluck Passover meals with neighbors, plucking marshmallow Peeps out of stringy plastic grass, and breathing in aromas of the most delicious sweet rolls, which my mother made from scratch and decorated with pastel-colored frosting every Easter. I’m sure my mom will be making those sweet rolls this weekend, and I like to imagine that their scent will waft all the way from the East Coast into my kitchen. On the off chance that those nostalgic smells of cinnamon and confectioners’ sugar don’t make it to my neck of the woods, I’ve been on the lookout for a quick Easter tradition I can start for myself. And, I could not have been more delighted when I spotted Eclectic Recipes’ idea for Peeps S’mores via Pinterest. This is just the twist on tasty traditions I need, and the best part is that the recipe doesn’t require a lot of time or a bonfire. In case you want to join me in making this simple dessert in your oven this weekend, here are some s’mores pointers…
- Stock your kitchen with Graham crackers, Peeps (why not splurge on bunnies and chicks of varying colors to make it visually interesting?), and two large milk chocolate bars.
- Preheat your oven to 300°F and line a cookie sheet with tin foil.
- Break about a dozen Graham crackers in half so you’ve got a bunch of Grahm-cracker squares, and cut the chocolate bars into squares that measure slightly smaller than the cracker squares.
- Place half of the Graham crackers on the cookie sheet, face down, and put one peep on each square. Bake in the oven for 4 minutes. (Keep an eye on the marshmallows – when they’re really swollen, they’re done.)
- While waiting on the Peeps to heat up, place the remaining Graham-cracker squares on a plate and position one piece of chocolate in the middle of each square.
- Once the marshmallows are swollen, take them out of the oven and press their melty Peep goodness onto the squares of chocolate like a sandwich.
- If you want to really mix things up, you can try another variation using traditional marshmallows and different kinds of fancy chocolate. In my experience, s’mores are great with Reese’s Cups, Caramellos and Milka Hazelnut Chocolate bars. Enjoy!
Psst: Do you have any tasty plans this weekend? How about any planet-friendly activities on the agenda for Earth Day?