No-Bake S'mores "Hamantaschen"
It really only makes sense that I’ve got all these kid-friendly recipes popping into my head lately, because I’m about to be an aunt for the fourth time (my sister-in-law is due to have a baby girl in just a week!).
And with great power comes great responsibility.
Luckily for me, most of that responsibility falls on the shoulders of my siblings. See, aunthood is wonderful, because you get to spoil your nieces and nephews without having to worry about the consequences of your/their terrible decisions. This means you can be The Favorite Most Fun Grown-Up Ever, so long as you skedaddle shortly after you make said fun times happen. Want chocolate, guys? Want sugary graham crackers? Want to roast a marshmallow over the open flame of a gas burner as though it were a campfire? HERE YOU GO!
Just be sure to run out the door before the adverse effects kick in, and you’re gold.
…I have a feeling i’m going to regret having written this post when I have children of my own. I’m going to regret it very much.
Anyway, all of that brings me to the point of today’s post, which involves 1) chocolate, 2) sugary graham crackers, and 3) roasting marshmallows over the open flame of a gas burner as though it were a campfire.
All in the name of kiddos and purim. and no-bake desserts.
HERE WE GO.
If you’ve been living under a rock since 357 BCE and have never heard of Hamantaschen, allow Wikipedia to enlighten you:
A hamantash is a filled-pocket cookie or pastry recognizable for its triangular shape, usually associated with the Jewish holiday of Purim and Haman, the villain in the Purim story. The shape is achieved by folding in the sides of a circular piece of dough, with a filling placed in the center.
Thankfully, adaptations of the recipe have flooded the blogging world of late, most of which do, in fact, yield buttery, delicious Hamantaschen. (Second case in point: molly yeh’s delicious and oh-so-whimsical marzipan sprinkle Hamantaschen, which I made over here.)
But the truth is, there are enough divisive conversations going on in the world right now without bringing Hamantaschen into it. If all this three-cornered drama is too much for you…might I suggest an alternative route?
Not baking hamantaschen at all!
I know. A radical concept, really.
But that’s precisely what these s’mores “Hamantaschen” are…and they were all quickly devoured by 2 out of 3 of my toddler nephews (the third lives far away and can, I suppose, be excused for his absence). We used an indoor burner (or rather, I did; that’s the adults-only" step!) to “roast” the marshmallows, and a microwave to soften the graham crackers into triangle shapes — but no oven. Which means that all in all, these adorable, ‘taschen-inspired treats took less than 10 minutes to throw together. And they got us into a conversation about all things Purim — albeit a confusing one, seeing as it’s only February and Purim is over a month away.
Truly, though, I do think there’s an enormous importance in being able to share traditional Jewish foods with your children, and, when possible, in bringing them into the process of making those foods.
(Particularly when you can skedaddle and leave the mess for someone else.)
What You’ll Need:
A few paper towels
A gas stove or burner!
1 15-oz. box of graham crackers
1 16-oz. bag marshmallows, cut in half lengthwise
1-2 of your favorite chocolate bars
1-2 long wood or bamboo skewers, for roasting the marshmallows (the operative word here is “long”)
1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips, optional (for drizzling!)
What You’ll Do:
[KIDS + GROWN-UPS!] First, you’ll microwave the graham crackers so that they soften up and can be cut into triangle shapes. To do this, place no more than 2-3 graham crackers or graham cracker halves on a microwave-safe plate, with no overlap. Next, place a damp, nearly wet paper towel over the crackers so that it’s touching their surface.
[GROWN-UPS ONLY!] Microwave for 20-30 seconds — each microwave is different, so check after 20 to see whether they’re soft enough to cut yet. This is a “grown-up” step because the plate may get a little warm or even hot in the process, especially if you’re continually adding time…so be careful!
[GROWN-UPS ONLY!] Once the graham crackers are out of the microwave, use a knife to cut each cracker (or each cracker half, depending on what you went with!) into triangles and let cool for 5 minutes.
[GROWN-UPS ONLY!] Turn a gas burner on LOW heat to create a small flame, skewer the marshmallows, and “roast” them, one by one, over the flame.
[KIDS + GROWN-UPS!] Allow kids to assemble their creations using the roasted marshmallows, a small piece of chocolate, and the triangular graham crackers. Top with drizzled melted chocolate, if you want to be fancy about it (microwave chocolate chips for 1.5 minutes, pausing microwave and stirring every 30 seconds, then drizzle onto the tops of the finished s’mores creations!) and a tiny piece of extra marshmallow on top for the ultimate “Hamantaschen” look.
Otherwise, just enjoy as triangular s’mores — and be sure to tell the purim story while you’re at it.
(Here’s a great retelling specifically for kids.)