By Annie McGrail
Summer is approaching and late night campfires are upon us. Soon we will be roasting marshmallows over hot campfires, creating the staple summer dessert with two graham crackers and Hershey chocolates topped with perfectly roasted marshmallows. But until then, we can combine that signature summer flavor into a different type of dessert, a cheesecake. Specifically, a S’mores Cheesecake.
Adapted from Will Cook For Smiles
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 Tbsp melted unsalted butter
¾ cup mini chocolate morsels
1 cup marshmallows
4 8oz packs of cream cheese, softened
½ cup sour cream
¾ cup heavy cream
¾ cup white granulated sugar
2 Tbsp corn starch
2 tsp vanilla extract
10 oz hot fudge topping, warmed
2 cups marshmallows
Preheat the oven to 325 and grease a 9 inch springform. You will need a large roasting pan (one that’s bigger and longer than the springform. I use the aluminum foil disposable ones.)
In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, vanilla extract and brown sugar. Mix very well.
Spread crumb mixture in the bottom of the springform, evenly, pressing it over the bottom and half way up the sides.
Spread mini chocolate morsels and marshmallows over the bottom, evenly.
In a bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth and fluffy. Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl and beat for another minute.
Add corn starch and sugar and mix until combined.
Beat in eggs until well incorporated.
Add sour cream, vanilla extract, and heavy cream and beat until mixed well.
Transfer batter into the springform and spread evenly. (If you are not sure about your springform holding up in water, you can wrap the springform in heavy duty aluminum foil from bottom up to the sides.)
Place roasting pan into the oven and place cheesecake springform inside the roasting pan. Carefully add water to the roasting pan, about half way up the side of the springform.
Bake for 90-95 minutes. Turn off the oven and open the oven door half way. Let cheesecake rest for 10 minutes in the oven.
Let it rest for 10 minutes on the counter and then gently run a butter knife between sides of the cheesecakes and the springform to carefully separate it. (You don’t actually have to take the cheesecake out of the pan until ready to serve.)
Cool cheesecake for an hour.
Turn on the broiler in the oven.
Spread warm hot fudge over the top of the cheesecake and spread marshmallows evenly on top.
Place cheesecake back in the center of the oven, under the broiler. Let marshmallows toast for only 30 seconds. Watch it closely because they toast very quickly. Take the cheesecake out once marshmallows are lightly browned.
Cool cheesecake completely, cover gently and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.