S’mores Waffles: The Ultimate Summer No-Bake Dessert

S’mores waffles are not likely part of your summer cooking roster. But they should be, and here’s why: Summer isn’t complete without s’mores. The taste of toasted marshmallow and rich, melted chocolate sandwiched between crisp graham crackers takes us back to smoky campfire nights and warm beach picnics.

But we don’t find ourselves at a campfire every night. And outdoor s’mores can be a bit of a production, worthy more of a vacation week or camping trip than a nightly dessert.

And as the summer heats up, we’re less and less inclined to turn on our ovens. That’s where no-bake desserts come in. You can make all sorts of excellent summer treats without traditional baking: puddings, ice creams, fools, icebox cakes, and more.

But this summer’s ultimate no-bake dessert is the s’mores waffle. Now hear us out: Technically, you could argue that using a waffle iron is a form of baking. Some of you might!

I would counter that waffles should be considered “no-bake” since you don’t need an oven and they won’t heat up your kitchen. But instead of arguing, let’s all sit down and toast some marshmallows, OK?

I’ll show you how to make two versions of s’mores waffles, which are perfect for summertime. But don’t stop there: waffles are an excellent base for all sorts of toppings. Turn them into an ice cream sundae, top them with whipped cream and fresh fruit, or layer them with chocolate mousse. The possibilities for no-bake desserts are endless.

S'mores waffle via @kingarthurflour

The classic s’mores waffle

To make this riff on a s’mores, start with our basic buttermilk waffle recipe (or use your favorite). Swap out 1/4 cup of the flour for 1/4 cup of finely crushed graham cracker crumbs. Optional: For a nice nutty crunch, I like to also add an additional handful of graham crackers, coarsely crushed instead of finely crushed, to the batter right before cooking.

Make the waffles according to the instructions accompanying your waffle iron. Once prepared, take two graham cracker waffles. Place one on the bottom of your waffle iron, top with a layer of marshmallows and then a layer of dark chocolate chunks, and then place a second waffle on top. Close the iron and cook until the marshmallows just begin to melt.

S'mores waffle via @kingarthurflour

Baker’s Tip: To avoid getting marshmallow and chocolate all over your waffle iron, place a parchment paper round underneath the first waffle and on top of the second waffle before closing the iron. Our 9″ parchment rounds work beautifully for this.

S'mores waffle via @kingarthurflour

The s’mores waffle sundae

For those of you looking to take things up a notch this summer, here’s your chance. This decadent (dare we say excessive?) dessert starts with our fudge waffle recipe as the base.

S'mores waffle via @kingarthurflour

Once you’ve made your waffles, set them aside.

Next, make a quick graham cracker streusel. You’ll need:

1 cup coarsely crushed graham crackers
2 tablespoons butter
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons sugar

S'mores waffle via @kingarthurflour

Combine all the ingredients in a small pan and cook, stirring to combine, over medium heat. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until the butter melts and begins to smell nutty and fragrant. Let the streusel cool (it will get crisp).

Place one fudge waffle on a baking sheet. Top with a handful of marshmallows (bonus points for making your own with this easy recipe), and toast them. You can either pop them under the broiler until they begin to brown (watch them carefully!), or use a small kitchen torch if you have one.

Transfer the toasted marshmallow-topped waffle to a plate, top with a scoop (or two!) of vanilla ice cream, and a handful of the graham cracker streusel. Drizzle with chocolate sauce. Serve, enjoy, and don’t be afraid to get messy!

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Posie grew up on a farm in Maryland and spent her summers in Vermont. As an editor for King Arthur and Sift magazine, she feels lucky to bake every day and connect through writing. She loves homemade bread warm from the oven, raw milk cream, ...

comments

  1. Cathy C

    What if they don’t fit in my waffle iron? Can I just use the toaster oven, or do I need to weight the top one a little to smush it?

    Aside from the dark chocolate (s’mores are made exclusively with milk chocolate, in my opinion), this is the most delicious looking dessert/breakfast I’ve seen in weeks. I want it so much.

    Reply
    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Sure, give it a try in the toaster, Cathy! Like a fireside s’more, you may find that the smush happens in your hand, rather than on the iron – a little oozier, but equally delicious. Mollie@KAF

  2. DeerPark Momma

    Seriously, though. My grandkids love s’mores. I will have to make these for them! (And control myself!!)

    Reply
    1. The Baker's Hotline

      We do too, Debbie! Most of our recipes do come in a printable form (available on the linked recipe page itself), but this one is a creative take on a few of our favorites (all linked within the blog text) and so doesn’t have a recipe page of its own. Sorry for any inconvenience! Mollie@KAF

    2. Crystal

      Hey Debbie,
      Just copy and paste the text and/or pictures into Word, edit and/or print from there. That’s what I always do!

  3. Kathy

    Three of my grandchildren are coming to spend their summertime week at the end of the month with me and my husband. I think they will go crazy for this.

    When we make waffles, we make a double batch of batter so we can cook up a bunch and then freeze them. So, this will be an easy dessert to make.

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  4. sylvia

    How can we make a waffle that tastes like a ‘waffle cone’, then put ice cream in it and roll it up like a spring roll?

    Reply
    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Hmmmm, I am not sure what that flavor is. I only know that I love it! Malt powder? You would have to obtain a waffle cone iron. While in my teens I made waffle cones (from a mix) for a frozen yogurt company. The batter goes in the iron and comes out very flexible for the first few seconds. Flexible enough to bend into any shape you want! Elisabeth@KAF

    2. Teresa

      If you don’t have a waffle cone iron, pizelle irons work great. They are smaller, but nice and crispy.

  5. Kay

    Graham cracker streusel? You mad genius! I know what I’m going for dessert at my next game night now!

    The “replace some flour with Graham crackers” is also a good trick to turn a chocolate chip cookie recipe into a S’mores cookie recipe! Add some chopped up mini marshmallows (or a little marshmallow fluff?) and they’re really good.

    Reply
    1. Posie Harwood, post author

      Should have guessed you’d have a brilliant name for this! Love it, as always, could not appreciate your blog more! -Posie

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