S’mores Thumbprint Cookies with Homemade Graham Crackers
The classic graham cracker, marshmallow and chocolate smore is iconic. Why not make your own homemade graham cracker toast that marshmallow on the individual cookie and top with your favorite Hershey kiss! SO good! Check out the recipe below to make it for your self or for a fun party with friends!
When I think about s’mores I think about fall and relaxing nights around a fire. So many great memories are made by relaxing in the back yard while roasting marshmallows. Traditional s’mores are fun to make, but there seems to be a science behind perfectly roasting a marshmallow that is not so easy to master. Nothing ruins s’mores faster than a marshmallow that turns to ash, and if your child has their heart set on roasting their own marshmallows it’s likely to happen. However, this recipe allows you to perfectly toast the marshmallows in your oven.
Let’s talk about the graham cracker base first. This homemade graham cracker is simple to make. It is thick enough that you don’t miss the top graham cracker of the s’more and has just the right amount of flavor to balance out the sweetness of the marshmallow and Hersey’s Hug on top. The graham cracker recipe is versatile and can be used in more than just s’mores. If you want to make just the graham crackers, I would recommend adding a 1/4 cup honey to the recipe. This will make it the perfect sweetness to eat plain. Add a teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice for an added fall flavor.
The results of toasting the marshmallow in the oven turned out beautiful. The key is to use the broil. Keep a close eye on the marshmallow while it is toasting. It only takes about a minute for it to become perfectly toasted. The top is crispy while the rest is gooey and soft.
For this recipe, I chose to use Hugs instead of Kisses because I love the flavor and the color variations look gorgeous. However, feel free to go a little crazy with the topping. The great thing about this recipe is that it is so versatile. You can use regular Kisses, Rolos, Mini Peanut Butter Cups, maybe even Andes Mints.
These cookies come in so many forms they definitely beat a campfire s’mores in a taste test. This recipe is a fun way to use Trick-or-Treat and stocking candy. Top each cookie with a different candy, then have fun taste testing them all.
S'mores Thumbprint Cookie with Homemade Graham Crackers
- 1 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 ½ Cups Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 8 Tbsp. softened unsalted butter
- ¾ Cup Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 10 Tbsp. Milk
- 1 Tbsp. Cinnamon optional
- Sugar for sprinkling
- Hersey Hugs
- 1) Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Use your hands or a food processor to mix and knead the dough into a ball.
- 2) Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour.
- 3) Place dough between two sheets of wax paper and roll to ¼ inch thickness.
- 4) Use a circle cookie cutter or mason jar lid to make circle shaped graham crackers.
- 5) Sprinkle with sugar.
- 6) Use fork tines to poke ventilation holes in the center of each graham cracker. Place on a lined baking sheet.
- 7) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet.
- 8) Top each graham cracker with a marshmallow then place back in the oven for about a minute. Set oven to broil. Keep a close eye on marshmallows until toasted to desired level. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes. If the marshmallows don’t cool the chocolate will melt.
- 9) Top each marshmallow with a Hug. Place in the center of the toasted area and gently push it to the center of the cookie. This will center the marshmallow. Let cool for a few more minutes. These cookies are best eaten warm, but can be stored in an air tight container to be enjoyed over a couple of days. Just toss in the microwave for 5 seconds to make them gooey again.
Any chocolate candy will work as topping.