Tabletop S’mores and a Homemade Graham Cracker Recipe

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Sneak Preview: These tabletop s’mores ideas will help you make your own tabletop marshmallow roaster using Sterno to set up a beautiful, delicious, and interesting tray with homemade graham crackers.

DIY Tabletop S'Mores grilling a marshmallow over a homemade sterno grill
DIY S’Mores Party Bar with a small grill (Sterno) for the marshmallows

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Invite your friends, kids, or grandkids, to celebrate a special occasion with a tableside s’more party. Let them help you make graham crackers from scratch in your kitchen if you’re brave. (I’ll share my “Ziplock-bag-trick” to make it easier.)

Follow the directions to make a simple DIY marshmallow toaster. Finally, you’ll find ideas for different fillings you can add to your toasty marshmallows to make the whole event memorable.

Smore on a plate with party bar in the background

Making S’mores is a fun dessert and activity for a relaxed, sit-down meal or a party where people linger around the food.

kids making Smores

Kids love it too.  Adult supervision is required, of course.

How to make a DIY table-top grill:

You can buy a miniature table-top grill at the store–if you can find one, for 30$ and up. But it’s easy to make them yourself. It’s nice to have more than one if you are serving more than four people.

roasting marshmallows at the table

I first tried using a soup mug and an old apple corer.

If you don’t have the same, you can make a table-top grill with a clay pot,  hardware cloth (available at a hardware store by the inch or foot), and a can of Sterno. 

wire cutter, wire mesh and a flower pot for making a table-top marshmallow roaster

How to make a table-side s’mores grill or marshmallow roaster:

  • Invert pot and trace shape of 4-inch clay pot onto a sturdy piece of hardware cloth.
  • Cut hardware cloth with wire snippers and trim if necessary to barely fit inside. You need to be able to remove and replace the wire easily to change the Sterno.
  • Use a can of Sterno to provide the heat. (In case you’re wondering, Sterno is a formulation of denatured alcohol, water, and gel. Commercially sold table-side marshmallow roasters use the same.
  • Sterno comes in more than one size. Buy one that will sit on the bottom of the pot with at least 1-2 inches of clearance from the top. 

S’more bar ideas to get you started:

Graham crackers:  I like to make my own honey wheat graham crackers (see recipe below), but the store-bought crackers are good, too. I recommend including a variety.  The homemade chocolate crackers are most popular and fabulous with various spreads.

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Chocolate: Use your favorite chocolate bar, but milk chocolate is traditional. Gently melt in a microwave oven, Spread it thin (see the picture of the s’more above) on wax paper, and chill. Cut the chocolate in squares about the same size as the crackers. A variety of different chocolate makes the tray interesting.

Marshmallows: If you are a candy maker, trying making your own in different flavors just as maple, coffee, or orange.  I’m not a candy maker, so I can’t recommend a recipe. Store-bought marshmallows work fine, too.

Roasting Sticks:  Wooden or metal k-bob sticks.

Spreads: Sweetened cream cheese and peanut butter are easy. My favorite is cookies and cream frosting.  If your party includes kids, they might enjoy a plain buttercream frosting with colored sprinkles or chocolate chips.

components of s'more party tray--labeled

You don’t have to make your own graham crackers but doing so will make your graham cracker bar a more memorable event. Making them yourself means you can experiment with the spices. It also means you can roll them out thinner–more like a wafer.

My Ziplock-bag-trick for rolling out graham crackers for s’mores:

Using zippered plastic bags is much easier than the traditional method of rolling out the dough on a floured cutting board and transferring each cracker to a cookie sheet.

graham cracker dough in a zippered bag
Place 1/3 of dough into a zippered plastic bag. Chill in the fridge for 15-30 minutes. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough and distribute it evenly throughout the entire bag. Use hands to smooth out wrinkles. Freeze.
cutting bag open with scissors
 When completely hard, remove from freezer and barely trim bag on 3 sides.
peeling back the plastic from chilled dough
Carefully peel plastic back from the ugliest side of the frozen sheet of dough. Flip over onto parchment paper or silicone baking mat so the smoothest side is now showing. Pull plastic from the top side.
Cut into 16 squares with a pizza cutter or large knife.
poking holes in cracker
Poke 4 holes in each square with the blunt end of a wooden k-bob stick.
sprinkling sanded sugar over the top
Sprinkle with sparkling or sanding sugar. Transfer dough to parchment or baking mat, then to a cookie sheet.
Bake. Re-cut squares immediately after removing them from the oven.

The chocolate wafers are my favorite.  Cinnamon is delicious, too.


Did you enjoy this recipe? If so, leave a rating 🤩 inside the recipe below. No comment required. If you have any questions or suggestions, email me privately: Paula at saladinajar.com. Hope to see you again soon! Paula


homemade graham crackers

Homemade Graham Cracker Recipe for Tabletop S’mores

Store-bought graham crackers will never be the same after you try these homemade Honey Grahams.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Cookies
Servings 48 wafers

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon - optional
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter - chilled
  • cup lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Sift flours, cinnamon if using, soda and salt together.
  • Mix butter and sugars together. Add honey, egg and vanilla and continue to mix.
  • Add dry ingredients in three batches, mixing just until ingredients are combined and come together in a ball.
  • Divide dough into 3 equal portions. Place each dough ball inside of lightly floured gallon-sized zippered plastic bag. If dough is very soft, refrigerate for 15-30 minutes.
  • Remove from refrigerator and use a rolling pin to roll dough out inside plastic bag until evenly distributed and the same thickness everywhere. If wrinkles develop, use your hand to smooth out bag.
  • Place plastic bag in the freezer and leave until hard. Dough will keep in the freezer for several weeks.
  • When ready to bake, use scissors to barely trim edges from 3 sides of the bag. Carefully pull plastic from one side (the ugliest side). Place ugly side down on parchment paper or a silicone mat. Peel other side of plastic from dough.
  • Use large knife or pizza cutter to make 16 equally sized squares. Make 4 holes in each wafer with a wooden k-bob skewer. Sprinkle with sparkling or sanding sugar. If making cinnamon grahams, add a bit of cinnamon to granulated sugar and sprinkle crackers.
  • Bake at 350˚F for 13 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and re-cut the squares in the same place as previously cut.

Notes

To make chocolate grahams, substitute 1/2 cup of Dutch-processed cocoa for 1/2 cup of flour.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Graham Cracker Recipe for Tabletop S'mores
Serving Size
 
2 wafers
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
49
Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
3
g
5
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
11
mg
4
%
Sodium
 
38
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
5
g
2
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Author: Paula Rhodes
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keywords: best homemade graham crackerschocolate-covered graham cracker recipegraham cracker recipehomemade graham crackers

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36 Comments

  1. This is such a fun idea, and thanks for the instructions to make a tabletop grill. Besides being cheaper, I think it’s more fun to give everyone their own mini grill!

  2. So much fun!!!!!!!
    I can’t wait to make the chocolate graham crackers!…Do you put cinnamon in them?

    1. Der, Good question. I did not add cinnamon with the chocolate.
      Thanks for the pic of the kids!

  3. What a great idea, Paula! I’m seriously thinking about doing this for our annual Super Bowl party. Btw, I made Alton Brown’s Ambrosia Salad for Christmas dinner and the homemade marshmallows were delicious and very easy to make.

    1. Do you think even a candy challenged person like me could do it? Part of the problem is that marshmallows are my favorite. Of course they are good in s’mores.

  4. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit says:

    This looks like so much fun! Your marshmallow roasters are so clever- I’m going to have to rummage around the kitchen to see what I can find to make one with. 🙂

  5. I love this idea, thanks for sharing!

  6. What a great idea to roll out the dough in a plastic bag — less messy & very even. I can’t wait to try this!

  7. Wish I had some of those chocolate graham crackers right now!

  8. What a fabulous post! I pinned it before I even read it because I saw what a great idea it was, just genius and lots of fun for a small gathering. My family would absolutely love to do this, thanks Paula and great photos your family looked like they enjoyed it 🙂

  9. *Just Fran* says:

    This looks like fabulous fun! I love the idea to make your own table-top grill. Great post!

  10. This is just the most wonderful idea ever!

  11. Paula, I am completely candy-challenged. Whenever I make caramel, I always burn the first batch. Marshmallows are truly easy-peasy. You need two things — a stand mixer (Kitchen Aid) and a good candy thermometer. I was gifted a digital candy/oil thermometer (less than $20 on Amazon) and it rocks! They are a bit messy and sticky, but worth it.

    1. Tamara, My niece just brought me some homemade marshmallows and they made the most fabulous s’mores. I am definitely going to try them for our New Year’s Day party.

  12. The Café Sucré Farine says:

    Paula,
    I LOVE this idea! It would be fun in the summer but what a great treat at this time of year. I’m definitely going to try this with my little girles! They will go crazy!
    Oh – I just recently discovered that Biscoff spread – oh my, I really can’t keep it around as I can’t stay away from it! Thanks for this wonderful idea!

  13. Thanks for the s’mores last night! We had a great time and enjoyed your homemade graham crackers!

  14. I love this idea and am happy to have your recipe for homemade graham crackers. I really want to try making a homemade Moon Pie someday, and I’ll use your graham cracker recipe!

    BTW, I had some advice for you re: the floors. Not sure, but I think you are a noreply blogger, so my reply email probably never got to you, right?

  15. Megan's Cookin' says:

    5 stars
    What a great idea to make your own marshmallow grilling pot. It’s a perfect solution when you don’t have a campfire available. I have never made graham crackers but of course have always wanted too. The tip to roll it in the plastic baggy is terrific and I’ll do it that way when the time comes. Great pictures too!
    Happy new Year Paula!!!

    1. If not for the Ziplock bags, Megan, I would not do these cookies. Also great to put these in the freezer and bake one sheet at a time. Happy New Year to you too!

  16. What a fun idea and I love your grilling pots! Next time you have this party…I’m available and I’ll bring the chocolate 🙂 Happy New Year Paula, all the best in 2012

  17. Nicole@The Galley Gourmet says:

    I love this! Perfect for a kids (or adults:) indoor winter party!

  18. This dessert was soooooooooo much fun. I don’t know when I have had such a good time. The assortment of homemade goodies topped it all off. Thanks for giving us all such a fun idea. I adore the picture of the kids. They had a great time and I know memories were made.

  19. Miriam @ Overtime Cook says:

    What an amazing party idea! I bet this would be a real hit if I do it at my next party. Delicious and fun- perfect!!

  20. Vicki Walton says:

    Hi Paula! Love this idea for indoors. I recently saw an idea on You Tube that shows an inexpensive “stove” that you can not only roast marshmallows and hotdogs over, but actually cook in a pot as well. Very handy if you’re grilling meat outside and want to cook something else and not be running back and forth to the kitchen. Very economical and entertaining for the kids, too. It’s called a “Redneck Rocket Stove.” I actually have the Stovetec Rocket Stove which is portable. But I think everyone should have this low cost alternative in their back yard. Just a little kindling scraps and sticks is required. Places like Lowe’s sell the cement blocks already cut in half. Just buy 3 pieces (see the video) and gather some sticks and you have a stove!

    1. Hi Vicki,
      Sounds like I should check that out, although kindling scraps and sticks are pretty hard to come by around here. Thanks for sharing. pr

  21. caring carington says:

    please don’t use a pizza cutter on your baking mat.

    1. Thanks for the warning. I do it all the time myself but I am careful.

  22. This is a cute idea, but please consider the environmental impact of using three gallon size plastic bags each time you want to make some graham crackers. Please don’t mess up the environment just to keep a mess out of your kitchen. An extra two minutes of cleaning can keep needless trash out of the landfill. Plus, you can buy handy rings that go on the sides of your rolling pins to keep your dough level and they are very cheap and reusable! 🙂

  23. What a great idea to make your own marshmallow grilling pot. It’s a perfect solution when you don’t have a campfire available. I have never made graham crackers but of course have always wanted too. thanks!

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  26. Megan's Cookin' says:

    5 stars
    What a great idea to make your own marshmallow grilling pot. It’s a perfect solution when you don’t have a campfire available. I have never made graham crackers but of course have always wanted too. The tip to roll it in the plastic baggy is terrific and I’ll do it that way when the time comes. Great pictures too!
    Happy new Year Paula!!!

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