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S'mores Pop Tarts Recipe

S'mores Pop Tarts
Difficulty: Medium | Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins, plus dough chilling time and tart cooling time | Makes: 6 pop tarts

Variations on the classic s’more, like fancy s’mores, baked s’mores, or this graham-flavored s’more pastry, prove that the combination of graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate works well beyond the campfire circle.

Game plan: You can roll the dough scraps into 1 or 2 more tarts, but you’ll then need extra filling and glaze.

You can make the dough a day in advance; just be sure to let it soften at room temperature for about 10 minutes before rolling out.

Though best when eaten fresh, the cooled pop tarts can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days at room temperature. Reheat them, if desired, in a 300°F oven on a baking sheet until hot, about 10 minutes. Freezing is not recommended.

This recipe was featured as part of our Make Your Own Pop Tarts project.

INGREDIENTS

For the dough:

  • 9 (4-3/4-by-2-1/2-inch) whole graham crackers (1 sleeve)
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup milk (not nonfat)

To assemble the tarts:

  • Flour, for rolling the dough
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • About 1 cup marshmallow crème, such as Kraft Jet-Puffed

For the topping:

  • 6 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
INSTRUCTIONS
For the dough:

  1. Place the graham crackers in a resealable plastic bag, press out the air, and seal, leaving about 1 inch unsealed. Using a rolling pin, roll over the crackers until they are fine, uniform crumbs (you should have about 1 1/4 cups).
  2. Whisk the flour, graham cracker crumbs, and salt in a large bowl until combined. Add the butter and toss with your fingers until well coated in the flour mixture. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until reduced to pea-size pieces.
  3. Whisk the egg yolks and milk in a small bowl until combined. Add the egg-milk mixture to the flour mixture and mix with your hands until a dough forms (it will be a little sticky).
  4. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions and shape into 2 (6-by-5-inch) rectangles. Wrap each tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 1/2 hours.

To assemble the tarts:

  1. Heat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Lightly dust a work surface with flour and roll 1 dough portion out into a rough 12-by-10-inch rectangle, rotating the dough and reflouring the surface and rolling pin often to prevent the dough from sticking. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, trim the dough to a 10-1/2-by-9-inch rectangle. Cut that into 6 equal rectangles (each about 3 1/2 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches tall). Using a flat spatula, transfer the rectangles to the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches of space between each. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator.
  3. Whisk the egg and water in a small bowl until evenly combined; set aside.
  4. Roll out the second dough portion to the same dimensions as the first, trim, and cut into 6 rectangles.
  5. Remove the baking sheet from the refrigerator and brush a thin coating of the egg wash over 3 of the dough rectangles. Spread 2 rounded tablespoons of marshmallow crème onto each of these rectangles, leaving a 3/4-inch border. Place 3 nonchilled rectangles over the marshmallow crème, press on the edges to adhere, and push down gently on the filling to slightly flatten. Using a fork dipped in flour, crimp the edges of the tarts. Repeat with the remaining dough rectangles and crème. Cut two 2-inch slits to form an “X” in the center of each tart. Place in the refrigerator until the dough has stiffened slightly, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. When the dough is ready, bake until golden brown and the marshmallow crème has puffed, about 20 to 23 minutes (the marshmallow crème will deflate as it cools). Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

For the topping:

  1. While the tarts are cooling, bring a small saucepan filled with about 1 inch of water to a simmer over high heat; once simmering, turn off the heat. Place the chocolate in a dry, heatproof bowl large enough to sit over the water without touching it. Set the bowl over the saucepan and stir until the chocolate is completely melted, about 5 minutes.
  2. Set the wire rack with the tarts on it over a baking sheet. Using a spoon, drizzle each tart with melted chocolate. Eat right away, or let the chocolate set before serving.