Want s'more? Four variations that don't require a campfire

Published: Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:15 p.m. MDT

S'mores Kiss Cookies from "A Year with Six Sisters' Stuff."

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It's a campfire tradition in my family — sitting around the campfire's smoldering coals, turning a skewered marshmallow slowly until it's ready to fall off and then rushing to get it between graham crackers and chocolate in all its gooey, sticky, melted chocolate goodness.

There is more than one way to enjoy the marshmallow, graham cracker and chocolate deliciousness of a s'more without the campfire smoke and ashes and having to watch out for the whereabouts of the sticky ends of the skewers.

Here are four recipes from local cookbook authors or locally published cookbooks for indoor s'mores.

— Christine Rappleye

S’mores Kiss Cookies

These cookies are just like eating s’mores, only without the smoke-scented clothing at the end of the night. — Elyse

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

1¼ cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature

½ cup light brown sugar

1⁄3 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

20 large marshmallows, cut in half

About 40 chocolate kisses

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In another bowl, beat butter and sugars together until creamy and smooth. Add in egg and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.

Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto a baking sheet, 1 to 2 inches apart.

Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are just golden brown. Remove from oven and gently press half a marshmallow, sticky side down, onto each cookie. Let cool completely.

Once cookies are cooled, preheat broiler. Place cookies back on baking sheets and broil 1 to 2 minutes, keeping a close eye on them so they don’t burn. Once marshmallows are golden brown, remove from the broiler and place a chocolate kiss on top of each cookie.

Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.

— "A Year with Six Sisters' Stuff: 52 Menu Plans, Recipes and Ideas to Bring Families Together"

S'mores Fondue

This recipe for S'mores Fondue is the favorite camping treat in an easy, slow-cooker format. No need to start a campfire or set up a tent to enjoy the best treat of summer.

Click here for the recipe on 365daysofcrockpot.com

S'mores Cupcakes

Chocolate cake:

1 box devil's food cake mix

3 eggs

½ cup melted butter, cooled

½ cup sour cream

1 cup buttermilk or milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1½ cups mini chocolate chips

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