There are only a few desserts that are synonymous with summer, one specifically is eaten around a campfire, can you guess which classic treat I am referencing? If you guessed s’mores than you are correct! S’mores are really the perfect summer treat. S’mores do not require any fuss, no prep work, no heating up the kitchen with the oven, and no dishes to cleanup afterwards. It’s so fun roasting the marshmallow over a campfire to the desired toastiness of the s’mores consumer, all the while hoping that the marshmallow does not melt or burn too much and succumb to the fire below it. Some like their marshmallows lightly toasted and others (like myself) like a browner, almost burnt outer shell. Once the marshmallow is perfectly toasted, it is sandwiched between two crisp graham crackers with chocolate squares. The warm marshmallow melts the chocolate in the sandwich, and that is when I love a s’more. The gooey marshmallow combines with the melted chocolate; every time you take a bite, the marshmallow stretches and stretches into long gooey, sticky strands and gets stuck on your fingers and face. When the kids were little, we always had baby wipes on hand when we made s’mores as our kids could not stand sticky fingers!
How about a twist to this summertime favorite? I recently read a blog on Williams-Sonoma.com about taking s’mores to the next level. The blog post had many great ideas and recipes but one of the photos instantly caught my eye. Picture this…a grilled s’mores doughnut! Yes, a grilled donut with marshmallow and chocolate! I knew I had try this recipe out on the family this summer. This new twist on the classic s’more is just as easy to put together as the classic, especially with a little help from the store (or you can make your own marshmallow crème or fudge sauce, for this I used all store bought ingredients). Instead of roasting a marshmallow, you grill a donut. Grilling the donuts caramelizes the glazed sugar coating, which makes the outside of the donut crunchy while the inside of the donut remains soft and doughy. The warm, grilled donut melts the marshmallow crème, creating a perfectly sweet little sandwich (I dare you to eat more than one!). Although this recipe does not require the roasting of marshmallows, it is equally as quick and delicious as the classic s’mores, and I think one that adults and kids alike will enjoy.
Grilled S’mores Donuts
Marshmallow Crème or Fluff
Parchment Paper (Optional, but this does help with stickiness.)
Preheat grill. Slice each donut in half lengthwise. Place the glazed side of donut on grill. Check donuts every 20 seconds or so, they will grill quickly with the sugar coating. Once the glazed side is grilled, remove donut from grill. Do not grill the inside, doughy part of the donut. Smear marshmallow crème on the dough part of one donut half, then place the other half of donut on top (grilled side facing out). The marshmallow crème will start to melt from the heat of the donut. Drizzle with fudge sauce or dunk the donut sandwich in fudge sauce. Enjoy!
I hope this inspires you to try a new recipe this summer! I would love to know if you try this twist on a summer classic, and if your family loved it as much as mine did.
Xoxo ~ Heidi