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For Christmas, my brother got me a gift card for Sur La Table. It is a well known fact that I can spend hours in Sur La Table or Williams Sonoma, all while acting like a giddy child in Disney World.

My husband will say that I don’t need anything because I have everything. He has no idea what he is talking about.

The gift card from my brother was an excellent choice. His heart is always in the right place, including last year when he got me gifts from the Nike outlet. He is so sweet and must think I’m super skinny, because he bought me gifts from the young girl’s 6x-14 section. It’s the thought that counts, right?


Included in one of my many mass-purchases from Sur La Table were a few mini tart shells.









Since my husband and I have an issue with consuming massive amounts of food, I thought making mini desserts would keep us happily satisfied. It also could save us thousands of dollars from having to go out and buy a completely new wardrobe in a larger size.

Someone (not me) has this hobby (not this blog) that requires eating ’round the clock. We’re not complaining.



I thought for my first mini dessert, what could be better than smores tarts? Don’t those sound fabulous?


I made a graham cracker crust.









Lots of graham crackers. Lots of butter. Lots of sugar. Lots of exercise.




Anyone ever had these Ghiradelli chocolate chips? They are the best ones I’ve ever tasted. Little chips from heaven.









That I devoured in less than 24 hours. Sheesh.




I found a recipe for a chocolate tart filling from Tyler Florence and halved it.









It still made much more than was needed for the tarts, but that was fine because I was hungry.

And since I was making mini tarts, I needed to fill up since they were so small! I know you understand.



After the chocolate filling was baked, I topped it off with some marshmallows and threw it back under the broiler.









I almost burnt the house down. Roasted marshmallows smell great at a campfire, but not so great when they are on fire in your kitchen.

It almost smelled worse than the time my Aunt Lisa burnt rubber bottle nipples in our rented condo on vacation. But not really. That was bad.



After burning multiple marshmallow tops, I finally got it right. These were so tasty. And might I add – the perfect size for dessert.









If you ever decide to broil marshmallows, they only need to be under there for about 6 seconds. Unless you want your house to stink to the high heavens.

But if you have a husband, it probably already stinks. Or is that just me?










Mini Smores Tarts

Serves 4

4 mini tart shells

3/4 cup mini marshmallows


graham cracker crust:

3 tablespoons butter, melted

3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs

1/2 tablespoon sugar

Preheat oven to 325

Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix until moistened. Form into tart shells. Refrigerate while making filling.


for filling:

from Tyler Florence

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup milk

5 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

1 tablespoons sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 large egg, at room temperature

Heat the heavy cream and milk in a pot over medium-low flame, until it simmers slightly around the edges. Remove from the heat; add the chopped chocolate and stir until melted and smoothed out. Add the sugar and salt and whisk until well incorporated. Beat the egg in a small bowl until blended and add it to the chocolate mixture, stir until completely blended. Pour the filling into the cooled tart shell and bake at 325  for 15 to 20 minutes until the filling is set and the surface is glossy. If you see any bubbles or cracks forming on the surface, take the tart out right away – that means it is beginning to become over baked.

Preheat broiler. Top each tart with a few marshmallows. Place until broiler for 10-30 seconds, depending on how roasted you want the marshmallows.










It wasn’t until my husband returned home, took one look at me, and said ‘I don’t like smores,’ that I was ready to ring his neck.

What??? Who doesn’t like smores?

It was ok. More for me.

And I told him he still smelled worse than the petrified marshmallows. He did.

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72 Responses to “Mini S’mores Tarts.”

  1. #
    Jenny — January 12, 2010 @ 7:36 am

    Personally, I dig burnt marshmallows. Maybe I’m just weird? But not weird in a “doesn’t like s’mores” kinda way. These look awesome. Seriously. How do you come up with this stuff??


  2. #
    Jess (Fit Chick in the City) — January 12, 2010 @ 7:57 am

    I seriously have to remember not to read your blog before lunch as I now only want to eat chocolate smores! =)

    Seriously, your deserts always look amazing! I love small treats like tarts. It does tend to make it easier to eat less.


  3. #
    Biz — January 12, 2010 @ 8:10 am

    What an awesome idea to make mini desserts! And smores?? PERFECT!

    My daughter will love this recipe – she’s the baker in our family – thanks!


  4. #
    Ally (Sweet & Savory) — January 12, 2010 @ 8:14 am

    Ha! Love the “I don’t like smores” comment….sounds like something my husband would say after I’ve been slaving in the kitchen!


  5. #
    Caitlin@TheTwentyFifthYEar — January 12, 2010 @ 8:19 am

    As soon as I got to those marshmallows, I literally said, “OH MY GOD!” This looks awesome. I lurve s’mores. I may or may not roast marshmallows over an open flame on my stove from time to time. I mean, I live in the City, it’s not like I can have an open fire on my deck.


  6. #
    Abby (Nibble, Nourish, Run) — January 12, 2010 @ 8:23 am

    Doesn’t like smores?! Doesn’t think you need more kitchen stuff?! Lady you’re clearly in the right here on both those arguments…these look delish! One of my favorite desserts is peanut butter, chocolate and marshmallows…YUM!!


  7. #
    Whitney @ Lettuce Love — January 12, 2010 @ 8:28 am

    Sur La Table is the best place ever! Cute desserts :)


  8. #
    Amanda — January 12, 2010 @ 8:32 am

    These are adorable Jessica!! And so creative! And I really just want to eat them right now! :) You are the bestest ever!!



  9. #
    Kelly B. — January 12, 2010 @ 8:54 am

    Burnt marshmallows are BEST! We go camping every year…yes with tents with nothing but an open fire to cook on…and we always do smores. I actually like to light my marshmallow on fire and let it burn for a while before blowing it out. Then it is all chared on the outside and gooey on the inside! So perfect!


  10. #
    Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen — January 12, 2010 @ 8:54 am

    these are so SO cute!

    i just want to say that i was so inspired by your post last night about starting your book. i’m not in any place to do that with mine yet, but you gave me confidence to start taking the next steps :)


  11. #
    eatingRD — January 12, 2010 @ 9:11 am

    I know I sure like smores!! Wow, they look gorgeous and I love mini desserts, so cute! I’m like you and can’t be let loose in either williams sonoma or sur la table. I could spend hours upon hours like a kid in a candy store! lol too many good things!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ve just been experimenting so far with CSS ‘trial and error’ style which has left me a bit frustrated and ready to rip my hair out :) so I think I’m going to see if a professional can help, hopefully not too pricey. How is your site help coming??


  12. #
    Barbara — January 12, 2010 @ 9:15 am

    We can never have enough kitchen stuff! Never! I’m addicted to those stores too.
    I really must stay away from this luscious dessert- everything I would love to stuff down my tummy this very minute, but I am trying to control myself.
    (Copying anyway!)


  13. #
    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — January 12, 2010 @ 9:18 am

    sur la table = my one true love :-)

    These tarts could come in at a close second, though!


  14. #
    Stephanie — January 12, 2010 @ 9:35 am

    Hey girl, I wanted to tell you how excited I am for you with your recent decision to write a book proposal! Your posts really are very entertaining to read and your recipes also fantastic, I think you will have great success with this and I am so excited to see how it all goes :) Best of luck and much support from over here!


  15. #
    Seth @ Boy Meets Food — January 12, 2010 @ 9:45 am

    Oh wow, and I thought I would never improve indoor smores beyond my microwave version… I’m not sure anything can ever beat the freshly toasted over the fire method, but this looks like an excellent contender.


  16. #
    Katie (Sweet Tater) — January 12, 2010 @ 9:47 am

    ohhh, frigging INCREDIBLE.


  17. #
    Therese — January 12, 2010 @ 9:50 am

    Who doesn’t like smores?? This is America…tell him he needs to get with the program :)


  18. #
    Stef — January 12, 2010 @ 9:53 am

    great recipe, you can’t tell from the pics that there was nearly a 4 alarm fire ragiing in your house! i LOVE sur la table, so cool that you got a gift card for there.


  19. #
    Niki — January 12, 2010 @ 10:00 am

    Those look so good! I just bought shells to make peanut butter cups. I saw them on a blog once and decided to try them out and they turned out amazing!


  20. #
    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — January 12, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    I want you to come live with me and bake these every single day.


  21. #
    Nicole (dishin') — January 12, 2010 @ 10:11 am

    These are totally cute!! Love ’em!


  22. #
    Meg @ be bit bef ull — January 12, 2010 @ 10:26 am

    If I could bake, I would make these pronto!


  23. #
    Good Taste. Healthy Me — January 12, 2010 @ 10:26 am

    LOL too cute! I hate it when I slave over the stove (being melodramatic) and my bf gives one look at it and says oh I don’t like that. EXCUSE ME!? Luckily he usually eats it anyway. ;)


  24. #
    Christina — January 12, 2010 @ 10:32 am

    Omg who doesn’t like smores? I think that’s grounds for divorce!


  25. #
    Katrina (gluten free gidget) — January 12, 2010 @ 10:44 am

    OMG I want to make these now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  26. #
    Melinda — January 12, 2010 @ 11:00 am

    That looks awesome. Well, not the marshmallow part, but if they didn;t have gelatin in them I would be all over it. I would top mine with fluff! oh maybe add some PB.


  27. #
    Heather @ Side of Sneakers — January 12, 2010 @ 11:08 am

    How do you not like s’mores!! Mmmm! And yours look SO good. I love Sur la Table..I could spend hours in there :)


  28. #
    katie — January 12, 2010 @ 11:14 am

    i cant read your blog when im hungry anymore!


  29. #
    megan — January 12, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    this is amazing…how in the world are you so creative?
    I was in williams sonoma last night for a cooking demonstration. that is a dangerous store. i currently want everything I saw…most of all a stainless steel pan….why oh why are they so expensive?


  30. #
    Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) — January 12, 2010 @ 11:53 am

    AHH sur la table!! We use to live a few blocks from the ss works and walk down there all the time. I loved to just look at all the good stuff!!!


  31. #
    LiLu — January 12, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

    I’m pretty sure your hubby is a Communist.

    Just sayin’.


  32. #
    Maria — January 12, 2010 @ 12:31 pm

    I love these! I must make them and soon!


  33. #
    Kacy — January 12, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

    Yeah I can’t keep those chips in the house. They don’t last long! I love the mini tart tins, too cute!


  34. #
    Kristen @ Change of Pace — January 12, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

    Holy YUM! You have the BEST recipes! Can you just come to my house and cook for me?!


  35. #
    Diana @ frontyardfoodie — January 12, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

    OH MY YUM!!! That’s like a dream come true. Seriously a genius idea and well performed!


  36. #
    Paula — January 12, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

    I’ve never been camping and never had a s’more. (i KNOW, how deprived am I???) But they look DELICIOUS!


  37. #
    Kelsey — January 12, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

    OMG these look AAAAMAZING.


  38. #
    Gracie @ Girl Meets Health — January 12, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

    girllllll. I need to make it a note you only come to your blog when I just ate because your posts make my mouth water!! It’s like….food porn, haha! Smores are my *fave.* I’m actually about to write down graham crackers on my shopping list right now so I can make some lame-o versions of them soon (yours are like, magazine worthy!). <3<3<3


  39. #
    julie — January 12, 2010 @ 3:00 pm

    oh i love love love those little tart pans :) sur la table is so cool for things like that!

    the toasted marshmellows on top make the little treats look gloriooous. hope to see this in your cookbook girl!


  40. #
    homecookedem — January 12, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

    Girl, if you have any trouble getting that cookbook deal, just show ’em this recipe… it will seal the deal!! You are so amazing in the kitchen!! This looks incredible… like something off of the food network, seriously!! :)


  41. #
    Nicole — January 12, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

    those choc chips are amazing – i personally love the dark choco ones ven more. those i eat every single day one way or another. (usually in cookie form :) ) I am so tempted to make these desserts for a dinner party I’m having but my mom may kill me since she’s trying to lose weight! They ARE small though…


  42. #
    Simply Life — January 12, 2010 @ 4:19 pm

    oh these are adorable and look great!


  43. #
    Blond Duck — January 12, 2010 @ 4:19 pm

    I love Sur La Table! And those tarts are just precious!!! I’d use PB chips on mine since I’m allergic to chocolate!


  44. #
    Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run — January 12, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

    I just saw a recipe for a large s’mores tart. these are way cuter. yummm.


  45. #
    The Cookie Girl — January 12, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

    Hello Fuzzy!!!!! I am completely hooked. I have got to try this.


  46. #
    Jolene ( — January 12, 2010 @ 6:45 pm

    I love smores!!! This is SO creative!!!


  47. #
    Katie — January 12, 2010 @ 6:47 pm

    Holy Moly I am so impressed with this dessert! It looks phenomenal…I want those little tart pans. I have a gift card to William Sonoma that I fear has it’s fate sealed now…


  48. #
    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — January 12, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

    first, how amazing is sur la tabe? I MEAN REALLY one of the msot amazing stores!!

    this is super creative nad delicious! I only like marshmellows when in a smores like treat like thiss!!!


  49. #
    Yum Yucky — January 12, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

    Good thing these weren’t on the dessert tray I harassed today. I should be locked up for crimes committed against cookies. These Smores would have been stalked.


  50. #
    Nicole — January 12, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

    LOVE S’MORES!!! Mmm! Looks right up my alley!

    Did you see I made your BBQ sauce? I thought you’d be proud!!



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