I’ll take setting stuff on fire for a thousand, Alex….

Last year at this time I couldn’t find a Girl Scout to save my life. It was like they were all trying to earn the Ninja badge or something. The one girl I did finally found made a killing as I panicked that I would not find another girl and cleaned her out. Seriously, I bought so many, I still have some from last year.

But this year. The year I am choosing not to buy them, these girls are everywhere. Swarming at the grocery store and changing shifts every hour or so, there are that many troupes. Which is awesome that Girl Scouts is so popular but darn it all, I’m trying to be good.

Now I’m not a total stick in the mud. I do donate straight cash to every troupe I run into. That way I avoid the cookies and the troupe gets my direct donation. See, they only make $0.70 for every box they sell. But if I straight up hand them $5, they get to keep the whole thing. They are happy and my jeans are happy they don’t have to stretch.

Of course, when you run a baking blog avoiding Girl Scout cookies is kind of stupid. I mean, I’m still going to be eating bad stuff. :) Oh well, in my mind it makes sense.

All these Girl Scouts everywhere reminds me that Girl Scout uniforms are about as ugly color green as one can get. And of camping.

Ah, camping. Oh how I loved it as a kid. Tromping through creeks. Picking up rocks, sticks, bugs, etc… Getting excited to see a chipmunk.

Then I grew up and realized, the ground is hard. It hurts to sleep on the ground. My back gets out of whack and I limp after I wake up. And of course, where the fuck am I suppose to pee?

But the one thing I still enjoy of course is S’mores. This little ice box pie is a product of me being seduced by the mini graham cracker crust at the store. I liked the idea of not having to make my own (just call me Sandra Lee). The only time consuming part was making the marshmallow ice cream. I had planned on using mini marshmallows on the top, only to discover when making these that I only had the large ones. Oh well, some much for the Be Prepared part of Girl Scouts. I think they should change their motto to Make Due With What You Have. I think this would be far more appropriate in real life.

Mini S’mores Ice Box Pies (or yet another excuse to light stuff on fire)

2 packages of mini graham cracker crust (6 come to a pack) or 1 regular sized graham cracker crust
½ batch Marshmallow Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (recipe follows)
Chocolate Glaze (recipe follows)
Marshmallows (about 15-18…you’ll want some just to eat)

Marshmallow Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

1 cup whole milk
A pinch of salt
½ cup granulated sugar
2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
2 cups  heavy cream
6 large egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
10 ounces Marshmallow Fluff
Heat the milk, salt, and sugar in a saucepan. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla beans into the milk with a paring knife, then add the bean pod to the milk. Cover, remove from heat, and infuse for one hour.

To make the ice cream, set up an ice bath by placing a 2-quart (2l) bowl in a larger bowl partially filled with ice and water. Set a strainer over the top of the smaller bowl and pour the cream into the bowl.

In a separate bowl, stir together the egg yolks. Rewarm the milk then gradually pour some of the milk into the yolks, whisking constantly as you pour. Scrape the warmed yolks and milk back into the saucepan.

Cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heat-resistant spatula, until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula.

Strain the custard into the heavy cream. Stir over the ice until cool, add the vanilla extract, then refrigerate to chill thoroughly. Preferably overnight.

Remove the vanilla bean and freeze the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Place the soft ice cream into the bowl of an electric stand mixer(or use a large bowl and beaters). Beat in on medium-high speed the 10 ounces of marshmallow. Beat until fully incorporated, about 3 minutes. Place into a freezer friendly container and freeze for at least 3 hours.

Adapted from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

Chocolate Glaze

6 ounces milk chocolate
4 TBSP unsalted butter

Break chocolate into small pieces and place in a small stainless steel bowl over a pot of hot(not boiling)water. Melt the 4 TBSP butter in a small saucepan, and skim off the white foam that rises to the top. When chocolate is just melted, stir in the clarified butter(discard the white solids left behind). Set aside until chocolate is 86F.

To assemble:

Evenly distribute chocolate glaze to bottom of each pie crust. Dip marshmallows into the remaining chocolate if desired. Let set up in fridge for 10 minutes.

Set ice cream out so that it gets soft. Soft enough that it can be piped through a pastry bag. Pipe ice cream into the prepared crusts. Cover lightly with foil and place in freezer to re-freeze. Leave at least an hour.

Using a culinary torch, toast marshmallows. Place on on top of each pie.


  1. Yummmmy, these look so good!! I have made S’mores cookies and they were pretty delicious….I agree totally about the Girl Scout thing, I can never find one when I am looking for cookies!! Incidentally, I actually REFUSED to be a Brownie (sort of a Girl Scout in training) when I was small because I didn’t want to wear the brown beanie that was part of the uniform!!

  2. What a fun pie! Love smores!! Remind me of my childhood when I loved mine burned, like your first picture!!!

  3. I love any excuse to light stuff on fire. Especially if it involves chocolate. And marshmalllows. These are so cute! Loved this post. The whole avoiding girl scout cookies thing makes sense to me. I mean. You’re going to be baking no matter what, right. So it’s better to be baking and NOT eating girl scout cookies than it is to be baking AND making girl scout cookies.

  4. What more could we want? You get a great recipe for Mini S’mores Ice Box Pies and you get to set them on fire. Score!

  5. Love S’mores! Great post, way to ward off those cookies!

  6. I literally choked on my soda when I read, “It was like they were all trying to earn the Ninja badge or something.” It was serious (ironically enough it was a mt.dew code red, haha).

    but whoa, marshmallow vanilla bean ice cream??! count me in.

  7. Ooh marshmallow ice cream is a brilliant idea! Sandwiched between graham crackers, with some chocolate chunks swirled in, maybe? :D

  8. Wow, incredibly scrumptious! Those pies must be divine!



  9. Yowee on that ice cream! I’m eating that all by itself!

    I was a GS leader. Yep, I was. And my troup was badge-crazy. We did camping, but only once in a tent…may I never have to repeat that experience…the other time I was smart and we went to Greenfield Village (in Michigan) and stayed in a big dorm room. Much more comfortable.

  10. shag the cookies – i want one of those pies!!!!!

  11. I <3 s'mores. My husband totally doesn't get it. But you do! *mwah!*

  12. Gabriela says:

    what a great post! i sure wish i could have seen your photos. it’s been almost a year since i’ve been able to see your blog photos. and yes, i right click on the tiny red x inside the little box in the upper left corner where the photo is supposed to be and i tell it to “show picture” but it won’t show me your pictures anymore. so sad. i know i’m missing out. i’ve visited your blog from various comptuers with the same results. your writing skills are quite enjoyable despite the missing pictures.

  13. I could use my kitchen torch to light this fire..but who doesn’t remember camping and Sm’Ores with the Girl Guides..we alsways used Nutella.

  14. oh my goodness, these look fabulous!!

  15. Marshmallow ice cream, you are truly a genius. My two favorite things, I am off to the kitchen right now to come up with a non-dairy version of your brilliant recipe.

  16. Mmmm s’mores. My favorite! Lets not even talk about trying to pee while camping. That is when I wish I a was a man. They have it made when it comes to that!

  17. I WISH I had an ice cream maker to make this dessert. I love s’mores like you have no idea! The excuse given to me is we have no more room for anymore kitchen equipment. (IE. Ice cream maker) :(

  18. I’m all over this one!

  19. M-M-M-Marshmallow Creme Ice Cream?!?! HOLY HELL YEAH!

  20. I, uh… hope they don’t buy their own cookies with the $5 so they can eat and make the smaller commission. Oh well, no matter – if skipping the cookies means more fantastic desserts like these, then I’m grateful for your abstinence..

  21. Thanks – I got an ice cream feezer for Christmas! And, I love s’mores so much that I’ve been known to make Peep s’mores in the microwave. :)

  22. i prefer homemade goodness to girl scout cookies in every way, so i’ve never been tempted to by them. nice of you to donate anyway!
    as for this excuse to break out the flames, i like it. i like it a lot. :)

  23. ooooo smores….lovely.
    it’s so cold though, i’d also just take a campfire :D

  24. I am a huge smore’s fan. Great twist on the classic!

  25. What a great twist on s’mores!

  26. I love s’mores!! Now I want to go out to the beach and have a bonfire so I could make some. :)

  27. OMG, that ice cream is positively sinful! Love the post, I LOL’d. And the answer to your question is: anywhere you won’t be seen. Just try not to pee on top of a hornet’s nest. It’s not the greatest idea. ;)

  28. Heavens! how did you figure this out?

  29. Sca-rump-shush! xoxoxoxoxoxo

  30. Oh, yeah! A new kind of ice cream to make. I’m hyperventilating just thinking of all the fun things to do with marshmallow ice cream!

  31. You had me at “s’mores” – say no more!!!

  32. Good lord that looks good. If Girl Scouts sold these I’d be following them all over the city. Thankfully they just sell cookie crack which I bought seven boxes of (I pick them up this Friday). And I bought my mom a box outside the grocery Monday. And I’m sure I won’t be able to resist the next batch of girls I see in front of a store. My hips hate this time of year.

  33. I was thinking the same thing about the abundance of Girl Scouts at the grocery stores this year. My son has already devoured ten boxes so I figure that I’ve contributed enough and finally had to start saying no.

    This twist on S’mores looks absolutely amazing! The ice cream with the vanilla beans is something I’d have a hard time resisting!

  34. You have a smart, funny blog. And I so love the title of this post! I just chased away the one girl scout that came to my door. Sorry…..

  35. being a spanish, i nver had one of these before, and i am sooo curious about it, it really loks so yummy! cant wait to try them! cheers from london

  36. Yuuum!!!!!
    Marshmallow ice cream?? Oh My.

  37. Omg wow these look amazingly good, I love the look of the melted marshmallow on the top hehe :).

  38. I never knew they made so little off the cookies. I found generic samoas at my local grocery store for $2 a box and was so excited! bought 2 boxes yesterday and they are already gone now!

  39. I have never been camping before. I’m too much of a whimpy city girl to endure it. But I always wanted to do it just for the pleasure of make smores over a real campfire and not my kitchen gas stove.

  40. Loving the marshmallow ice cream! Love the way your mind works!

  41. S’mores is one of the all time great flavor combos…and this is the most clever way of using that combo! It would be fun to set the big marshmallow on fire when serving these…but then I’m a pyro.

  42. these look amazing! i made a different version of s’mores cookies for my baking blog…yummmmy!

  43. Yet another reason for me to buy a culinary torch! Looks fabulous!


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