Just in time for the holiday weekend is my Italian twist on an outdoor favorite. Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer and for many families the first camping trip of the season. Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Before we all become involved in our three-day weekend, I’d like to remind you of the resolution that was passed in December of 2000. It’s called the “National Moment of Remembrance” which asks that at 3:00pm local time for all Americans, “To voluntarily and informally observe and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a Moment of silence or listening to taps.” God bless you and our country!
Whether you are going camping, on a picnic or staying home, these tasty little bites are pure fun.Traditionally, a S’more consists of a roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two graham cracker squares. Who came up with this (needs no dish) dessert is unclear but I first made them when I was in Brownie’s (little Girl Scouts). Roasting marshmallows over a campfire with your girlfriends was the best time ever. Enjoy this fun food in or outdoors!
- 2 cups crushed amaretti cookies
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 10 marshmallows, cut in half
- chocolate, melted for top (I used bittersweet)
- To make the cookie crust, see Cannoli Bites. (I make the crusts thicker for the S’mores resulting in only 20). I prefer more cookie to marshmallow and chocolate, conversely, in Cannoli Bites it’s all about the filling for me).
- When cookie crust is cool, cut a marshmallow in half crosswise, place on top of crust. Repeat with each crust.
- Bake in a 350* oven for 1-2 minutes (depending on how hot your oven gets) I bake mine for 90 seconds.
- Let cool in muffin tins, then remove papers.
- Melt chocolate in microwave, using a small spatula, gently spread a bit on top of each marshmallow.
- You can eat these now or pack them in an airtight container for later (no need to refrigerate). When you are ready to serve them, place on a microwave safe plate, heat on high for 25-30 seconds. The chocolate will melt and the marshmallow will puff up just a bit creating that ooey gooey goodness of a campfire S’more. Serve immediately.