S’mores in a pan: an indoor take on the campfire classic

s'mores bars

The last bag of marshmallow that I bought was the size of my pillow.

I was more than a little self-conscious as I went through the grocery store check-out with a bag that large but I sure felt like a hero when I walked in the door at home and practically had my kids cheering my arrival.

s'mores bars

We’re down to half a bag of marshmallows.

This past holiday weekend was a s’mores fest up at our cottage. Three clear evenings and our first campfires of the season.

My kids have perfected marshmallow toasting for s’mores but this year I threw something new into our weekend mix: indoor s’mores bars, chocolaty marshmallow graham squares that require neither fire nor oven.

This recipe celebrates what my kids love most about s’mores – the marshmallows and graham crackers. There is just enough chocolate to bind the marshmallows and graham crackers and a touch of molasses intensifies the chocolate flavour.

This recipe doubles well.

s'mores bars

Indoor S’mores Bars

Makes 12 bars

Adapted from Karen’s Kitchen Stories 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, very soft
  • 1 Tbsp. Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 2 ¼ cups chopped graham crackers (save the crumbs)
  • 2 ¼ cups marshmallows (mini marshmallows or regular marshmallows quartered)

Directions:

  1. Line an 8” baking dish or pan with parchment paper.
  2. Pour the chocolate chips into a medium bowl and pour over the boiling water. Set aside for 5 minutes to let the chocolate melt.
  3. In a large bowl toss the graham crackers and marshmallows
  4. Stir the chocolate chip mixture until smooth then add the butter. Stir until melted and then stir in the molasses.
  5. Pour the chocolate mixture over the marshmallows and graham crackers and stir with a rubber spatula, scraping the chocolate from the sides and bottom of the bowl to incorporate.
  6. Scrape into prepared pan, pressing down gently to compact the bars (taking care not to crush the graham crackers).
  7. Sprinkle over the crumbs left from cutting the graham crackers and refrigerate for at least two hours before cutting.
  8. Store in the fridge.

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Molasses and Soy Glazed Salmon Skewers

Easy molasses and soy glazed salmon skewers
Quick and easy recipes that taste great — that’s what I love.

Especially on sunny days when it’s finally starting to feel like spring. For me, food on a skewer dissolves all memory of winter and welcomes warmer weather to our supper table. With their fresh spring colours these salmon skewers even look great on a plate, stacked over rice with some fresh bright vegetables alongside.

Of course they taste delicious too. Molasses and soy sauce are an excellent combination, especially with salmon. Since it’s a rich tasting fish salmon can handle the extra flavour of the marinade and the tangy sweet from the molasses is a lovely touch.

easy molasses and soy glazed salmon skewers
Salmon was always a sign of spring when I was growing up. To this day a classic New Brunswick spring supper is whole roasted, or oven-poached, salmon served with local fiddleheads and new potatoes.
These speedy salmon skewers are suitable for a main dish meal but they work just as well as a tasty, finger-friendly appetizer too.
Want to teach your kids to cook? Get them started with this recipe. The marinade is simple to mix up, and it’s very hands-on, so fun to assemble.

Molasses and Soy Glazed Salmon Skewers

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (or gluten-free Tamari)
  • 1/3 cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 1 tsp. fresh grated ginger or ½ tsp. dry ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • Pinch of hot red pepper flakes (optional)
  • About 1 ½ lbs. salmon, cut into strips
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped chives or scallions (green onions)
  • Wooden skewers for threading (soaked in water for 30 minutes before cooking)
  1. In a shallow dish combine soy sauce, molasses, ginger and garlic (and hot pepper). Add the salmon and mix it around with your hands until it’s well coated.
  2. Let marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes if you have time. If not, Preheat oven to 400 F
  3. Thread salmon onto prepared wooden skewers.
  4. Place salmon skewers on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, turning once half way through, until cooked.
  5. Remove to a plate, squeeze over lemon and sprinkle with chopped chives.

You might also enjoy our Molasses Salmon with Coriander:

Molasses salmon

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