A Delicious Dessert Makeover: Shortbread S’mores

Photography by Gav Martell

One of the best things about the holidays is that every year we travel down to my in-laws in Atlanta and my kids get to spend some quality time with their cousins, who also make a point of visiting at the same time. In the week or two they get to spend together they make sure to cram in as much “cousin time” as absolutely possible. They eat, play and sleep together, and generally have their parents entirely overwhelmed. Laughter, fun and hijinx entirely rule the day.

Nothing says family bonding like watching six kids scarf down some freshly made s’mores. The wonderful thing about this recipe is there’s no campfire necessary and the lowly graham cracker has been replaced by the divine shortbread cookie. (An upgrade in my opinion, without a doubt!) Try this easy and delicious variation on the traditional and see what your giggling crowd of taste-testers thinks.

Shortbread S’mores (Adapted from David Joachim)

• 2 dozen round shortbread cookies
• 2/3 cup Nutella
• 2 dozen marshmallows

1. Heat the grill or gas stove top to medium-high heat.
2. For each S’more, spread the cookie with about 1 teaspoon of Nutella. Toast marshmallows in traditional fashion over the flame using a long skewer or stick, about 2 to 4 minutes.
3. Pull the marshmallow onto the cookie and allow to cool before eating, about 1 minute.

By day, Gav Martell is vice president at a software company. By night, he’s busy cooking up a storm, exploring culinary adventures, watching copious amounts of Food Network, drinking a nice red wine, training for half-marathons, playing endless amounts of hockey, and being a dad to three awesome taste-testers—not necessarily in that order. Each Monday, he shares a yummy recipe or great food tips to help your family get the most out of mealtime. Check out his blog at GrillInterrupted.com. You can also find him on Twitter.

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