Dessert to Die For: S’mores Hand Pies

Halloween is coming. Halloween is coming. HALLOWEEN IS COMING. I’m not sure you can understand my glee about Halloween unless you are yourself a five year old about the whole holiday. Tradition dictates the watching of Hocus Pocus and The Covenant with some kind of yummy treat and usually a spiked hot drink of some kind (this cider is a fav) … and to anyone who has had to suffer through watching The Covenant with me: I’m sorry. I typically make it to the “swimming scene” where upon I get a bit irate and launch into a well practiced soliloquy about correct stroke development / body placement when swimming (and for god sakes stop driving your head down) and who in the name of Pete taught these guys to swim and or thought it would be a good idea to let them try the BUTTERFLY of all things? Ahem.

Wacky movie traditions aside the next best thing about Halloween is the treats. And this year the ULTIMATE treat is coffin shaped s’mores hand pies. They take a bit of the gooey situation out of eating s’mores, plus that whole open fire thing can be kinda tricky at times (like with wee children around or lack of fire pit, etc. etc.).1030smore-2571151_1920

If you notice I use VERY DARK VERY BITTER chocolate. Be like me when baking. Don’t be like those folks who tell you to use milk chocolate. Want to know why? Good. I’ll tell you. The darker (and by it’s very nature, more bitter) the chocolate the more chocolate flavor will shine through at the end. When you add sugar and butter, or in this case condensed milk, it cuts down on the depth of the chocolate flavor. So, milk chocolate will come to taste like nothing AND will also cause your baked good to be – at times – unbearably sweet. So, again, I say: be like me when baking.

Sidebar: I just got a Vinyasa scarf and I’ll be over here watching this video approximately 9 million times to learn all the fancy ways to wear it. Do you have any scarf tying tips? If so please hit me up on Twitter and teach me your ways! I’m pretty good with a normal, run of the mill scarf … but this one has snaps and options and there’s SO MUCH material to it. #helpimstuckinsidemyscarf

Dessert to Die For: S’mores Hand Pies

Ingredients:

2 ready-made pie crusts
¾ cup 85% cocoa dark chocolate
½ cup condensed milk
½ cup marshmallow fluff
1 egg white, slightly whisked
cinnamon graham crackers, crushed

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.

Make a coffin-shaped stencil (roughly 3×4 inches) and cut out your pie tops and bottoms until all the pie curst is gone. If you’re not feeling coffin shapes, you can use whatever shape you’d like or a 3-inch round glass works perfectly well.

On the stove over medium-low heat melt together the dark chocolate and condensed milk, constantly stirring. It will make a sort of chocolate gel, so don’t panic when things get thick.1030untitled

Scoop 1 TBSP of marshmallow fluff into the center of the dough. Top marshmallow fluff with 1.5 TBSP of chocolate mix.

Using a knife, make some small slashes in the top of your hand pie (for steam to escape), then cover and press crusts together with a fork. Brush crust with egg white and dust with graham cracker crumbs.

Bake your hand pies for 11 minutes, or until the crust is nicely golden. Let your hand pies cool for at least 10 minutes before eating. Store any left overs in an air-tight container.

Have you given these s’mores hand pies a try? How were they?

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