S’mores are one food that evokes so many memories of summer for me.  The combination of graham cracker, chocolate and cooked marshmallow take me flying back to summer days of my childhood at the big cookouts we would have with a group of family friends.  There were grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, pasta salad (yum), baked beans (yuck) and there were always, always bonfire s’mores.  It’s funny looking back now because I really didn’t like s’mores all that much then, but it didn’t stop me from eating them…anything for the chocolate, you know.  I think I’m just too particular about the way I like my marshmallows cooked.  Just light golden, not too browned and definitely not charred.  Since then I have found lots and lots of s’mores desserts I love (not to mention many more to try) that allow me to enjoy the classic flavor combo without dealing with the unpredictable cooking properties of bonfires.  These s’mores puddings are another to add to the ever-growing list.

This is a fun riff on traditional chocolate pudding, layered with graham cracker crumbs and topped with torched marshmallow.  The torched marshmallow on top is easiest to achieve with a kitchen torch, though I know some people like to use a regular torch from the hardware store.  If you don’t have a torch, you can achieve the same effect by using the broiler but this requires very careful monitoring and broiler-safe dishes (ramekins should work).  I think this would be equally well received by kids and adults.  I can see it being a really fun dessert for summertime sleepovers and would also be a great ending for a summer dinner party.  A few quick notes regarding the recipe – the original amount of cinnamon in the graham cracker layer was way overpowering, so I have reduced it here.  To be honest, I think the baking of the graham cracker layer is not entirely necessary.  Mixing the graham cracker crumbs with butter and sugar certainly enhances the flavor but if you wanted to skip that step and just use plain ol’ crumbled up graham crackers, I still think this would be a great dessert.


For the graham cracker layer:
4½ whole graham crackers (5 x 2½ inch rectangles), coarsely crumbled
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp. sugar
Dash of ground cinnamon

For the chocolate pudding:
1 cup sugar
3 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. espresso powder (optional)
Pinch of salt
3 large egg yolks
2 cups whole milk
½ cup heavy cream
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 tbsp. whiskey (optional)
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the marshmallow topping:
2 large egg whites
1 cup sugar
¼ cup water
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
1¼ tsp. vanilla extract


  • 01

    Preheat the oven to 300˚ F.  Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.  To make the graham cracker layer, combine the crumbled graham crackers, butter, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Toss with a fork to blend.  Spread the mixture in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet.  Bake until crisp, stirring once during baking, about 10 minutes.

  • 02

    To make the pudding, combine the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, espresso powder and salt in a medium saucepan.  Add the egg yolks and whisk to blend.  Gradually whisk in the milk and the cream.  Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil.  Allow to boil for 30 seconds.  Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate, whiskey, butter and vanilla; whisk until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and the mixture is smooth.  Let the pudding cool slightly, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

  • 03

    Spoon 1/3 cup of the pudding into each of 6 serving dishes.  Sprinkle each with some of the graham cracker mixture, dividing evenly between the dishes.  Top each with 1/3 cup more of the pudding mixture.  Cover each with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding.  Chill for at least two hours.

  • 04

    To make the marshmallow mixture, combine all ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer.  Set the bowl over a pan of simmering water and heat, whisking frequently, until an instant-read thermometer registers 160˚ F.  Return the bowl to the mixer fitting with the whisk attachment and whip on high speed until the marshmallow mixture forms stiff peaks.  Spoon or pipe the marshmallow mixture over the top of the chilled puddings.  Use a kitchen torch to lightly brown the marshmallow topping.  Garnish with additional crumbled graham crackers, if desired.


  • oh no, you’ve provided an opportunity for choice…I am the worst decision maker on the planet. plain graham or sugared and buttered? I’m probably just going to have to do both. What is wrong with me?

  • OOH! A sophisticated version of the classic campfire treat :) Love it.

  • These sound delicious and I just love the presentation!

  • What a wonderful twist on an old classic! Love it, I am bookmarking this for the beach this summer, what a fun treat it will be!

  • We are aaaaaall about s’mores during the summer and love this adorable way of serving them up!

  • Oh. My. This is genius. LOVE how you just seem to transform food and how amazing it looks on a plate!

  • Never tried anything like this. Great pudding glasses by the way :-)

  • Annie, these look wonderful. I like how you did them in indivudal dishes.

  • My Hubby would love me even more if I made something like this for him – he loves s’mores and he loves pudding – how ingenious to put them together – I love it!

  • This looks delicious! I’m adding this to my ever-growing list of s’mores-inspired recipes!

  • Laurel

    I’m a sucker for anything s’mores! Thanks for the extra post :)

  • I have house guests coming in a couple weeks, and this would be a perfect dessert for entertaining.

  • Love it! Such a classy way to eat s’mores.

  • Now that it’s summer, my hubband and I have been making s’mores oooooh… every.single.night. (almost!) I definitely need to try this pudding!

  • Too funny you posted this because I stumbled across it a few weeks ago and put it towards the top of my “Must try when I FINALLY get a kitchen torch” list. Coincidentally, most everything on that list is a s’mores recipe.

  • I feel so behind ont he s’mores extravaganza this summer! All I’ve made is peanut butter cup s’mores ice cream. I need to work on that for sure. Especially since this pudding sounds tasty!

  • I actually Love smores! my husband makes fun of me because we can’t have a bonfire without me eating like 5 of them! I can’t wait to try this recipe, thanks for posting it!

  • Lynne

    Hmm…I have some cinnamon graham crackers in my pantry. I may use those and omit the sugar & cinnamon. Thanks for the idea! And I love, love, love your individual trifle dishes!

  • So tasty! I’ve got to try this!

  • Mmmmm… this look so good! I don’t normally crave s’mores since I’m not a huge fan of marshmallows… but Annie, this looks so good I actually am going to go home and make this tonight! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe! I love your little trifle dishes, where did you get them?!

  • Oh my gosh. . . that’s all I can say about this. It looks so good I’m speechless.

  • Swoon. I’m all about s’mores these day. Even went to a Tea and S’mores party a few weeks ago. This should help satisfy my continued cravings.

  • Looks delicious. I love smores.

  • I really need to get a kitchen torch. These look incredible!!!

  • Love this! Fun treat for a dinner party, minus the need to light a fire in the backyard.

  • I searched all day for the perfect pudding recipe to teach next week and here’s this! My class is going to love you for it :c)

  • What an awesome interpretation of Smores!

  • Looks delicious! My husband would love this.

  • S’mores remind me so much of my family camping trips when I was a kid! I loved s’mores, but I hated getting my fingers and mouth all sticky from the marshmallow! This s’mores pudding looks absolutely wonderful! And I love that you can eat it with a spoon :)

  • These s’mores look absolutely beautiful and they sound delicious.I love s’mores. They bring back great memories for me. Thanks for a great post. I will be making these this weekend!

  • this looks *amazing*… may have to buy a kitchen torch just for this! :)

  • you made me smile at my monitor again. I think this is about the best s’mores recipe I have seen. and I like the idea of the baked layer, but the simplicity of the not….beautiful as always!

  • Alison

    These look fabulous!! Do you think it could be done in a trifle dish? I have one of those laying around and would love and excuse to actually use it for once! Would I need to increase the quantities to fill it up? Thanks!!

  • Annie

    I don’t think this would make enough to fill a trifle dish. You would probably have to make a lot more of it for that.

  • This will be PERFECT for my son’s upcoming birthday party – a camping theme! I think we’ll serve them in mason jars. Thank you!

  • What a lovely way to bring s’mores to the dinner table in an elegant way!

  • Oh my gosh I am dying for this right now…looks sooo good! :)

  • Oooh! Grown up s’mores! I can’t wait to try these out. Maybe I will try it with a touch of Bailey’s. Do you think that the pudding will set ok if I add more alcohol than the touch of whisky? They look amazing and as usual your photography is gorgeous.

  • Oh my heavens! This is RIDICULOUSLY amazing.

  • Annie this look amazing,!! gloria

  • I am definitely about to try this. VERY SOON. I just got some cute mini trifle dishes so I am SO excited to try this.

    Looks so so so soooo amazing:)

  • My oh my, this looks absolutely divine! Everything about S’mores are heavenly except for the fact that it sometimes puts my fingers into a “sticky” situation because of the mallows. Happy to know that this s’mores pudding can be eaten with a spoon!