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When it comes to s'mores, there's no denying that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts: marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate. Sure, each component is good on its own, but with an open flame (or stovetop burner, broiler, or kitchen torch) and a bit of layering, you've got yourself a treat that's gooey, sweet, summertime perfection.
The classic version is a camping favorite, and rightly so: The ingredients are extra simple and don't spoil, although they might get a little bit melty if you leave them out in the sun for too long.
But whether or not you plan on pitching a tent this summer, there are plenty of creative ways to bring all those s'mores-y flavors straight to your kitchen—no bonfire necessary. Think: icebox cakes, cookies, brownies, tarts, and more. Here are 16 of our best s'mores-inspired dessert recipes that take the classic version up a few notches, and then some.
1. S'mores Icebox Cake
Get all that toasty nostalgia of s'mores without a campfire—or even an oven, for that matter—with this easy icebox cake that's perfect for summer.
2. S'mores Cookies
There's nothing not to love about these moist, super-fudgy dark chocolate cookies with gooey pockets of melted marshmallows, graham cracker crumbles, and a sprinkle of shredded coconut.
3. S'mores Pop-Tart Slab Pie
This kid-friendly slab pie is a masterpiece, plain and simple. Why? Well, it's basically a sheet pan-sized s'mores Pop-Tart you can cut into huge slices and share with the whole family.
4. Strawberry S’mores Sundae
Take two summer favorites—quality strawberry ice cream and melty s'mores—and combine them to make the ultimate sundae.
Semifreddo is almost exactly what it sounds like: a semi-frozen dessert that's kind of like ice cream, but doesn't require any churning. This six-ingredient shortcut version is fast, tasty, and has that classic s'mores-y flavor.
6. S'mores Layer Cake
If you're throwing a big get-together this summer, you've absolutely got to make this showstopping layered graham cake with chocolate ganache and fresh marshmallow fluff.
7. Cinnamon Spice Rice Krispies Treat S'mores
Fact: Homemade Rice Krispies treats taste even better when you bring cinnamon, nutmeg, marshmallows, and lots and lots of chocolate chips into the equation.
8. S'mores Ice Cream
The s'mores chunks in this fun, simple recipe would make a delicious treat all on their own, but they undoubtedly taste best when mixed into fresh burnt marshmallow ice cream.
9. Big Kid Hot Day S'Mores
These flame-less s'mores might seem kid-friendly, but the rum in the marshmallow fluff, plus the cayenne and espresso powder in the melted chocolate, make them a delicious, adults-only dessert.
10. Sheet-Pan S'mores
Think of these sheet-pan s'mores kind of like sweet nachos. Simply sprinkle the graham crackers over the pan, top them with mini marshmallows, and toss the whole thing under the broiler to brown. Then, finish it off with your favorite toppings, like chocolate sauce and coconut flakes.
11. S’mores Pudding Cake
A rich chocolate custard is the star of this luscious, layered pudding cake, while a thick marshmallow crème and soft, crumbly graham crackers step in as the supporting cast.
12. S'mores Croissants
We always love a warm, flaky chocolate croissant for breakfast (or even dessert), but we love this s'mores-inspired twist on the traditional French pastry even more.
13. S'mores Tart
This easy tart brings all those campfire flavors indoors with its graham cracker crust, chocolate ganache, and a thick layer of homemade marshmallow that becomes golden-brown with a kitchen torch or quick stint under the broiler.
14. Homemade Moon Pies
These handheld moon pies are much less of a mess to eat than a batch of your typical, oozy s'mores and—thanks to a trip to the refrigerator—far better for a hot summer day.
15. Grandma Joan's Marshmallow Brownies
These rich, nutty, and, most importantly, Grandma-approved brownies taste great on their own, but are absolute heaven when slathered with a chocolatey marshmallow frosting.
16. Burnt Cinnamon Toast & Chocolate S'more
These luxed-up s'mores are just like the originals, only with cinnamon swirl bread instead of graham crackers, and a sprinkle of flaky salt to balance out the sweetness.