Baked S’mores Donuts

S’mores donuts are baked graham cracker cake donuts topped with chocolate ganache, toasted vanilla meringue, and crushed graham crackers!

Friends. *deep breath*. This recipe was one of the first ones ever published on my website and it is still one of the best. It hasn’t gotten much attention in the last few years because, well, no one saw it. Even if they did, the photos definitely didn’t do it justice so the whole post got a glow up. 

How to make s’mores donuts

S’mores donuts consist of three glorious parts. The graham cracker baked cake donut layer. Frosted with a creamy chocolate ganache layer and then topped with a toasted vanilla meringue.

If you ask me, there’s no better flavor than s’mores. Funny thing is, I don’t care much for actual s’mores but s’mores flavored anything is my favorite. 

How to make graham cracker donut 

If you’ve been following me for a while you may have read about my s’mores flavor distribution rants in one of my other s’mores posts…lol. Let me explain: I don’t know why but most “s’mores” recipes online have a chocolate base and I disagree with that concept. 

A s’mores’ base is graham cracker cookies so I think the base of a s’mores dessert should be graham cracker flavored. Ok rant over for now.

So I made a graham cracker flavored donut to start. & to be perfectly honest with you, a graham cracker flavored donut is kind of plain and just boring…like a graham cracker (which I actually love lol). But when you top it with the chocolate and the homemade fluff, it’s magical. 

Ingredients: 

  • Graham Crackers – I prefer to crush my own graham crackers because I think they taste better. They’re a little more fresh and flavorful than the pre-made graham cracker crumbs. I like the Honey Made original Honey version. 
  • Flour – I use all-purpose flour because it’s the most readily available for people. I also HIGHLY recommend using a digital scale, as flour is the most over-measured ingredient. 
  • Baking Powder – I use baking powder, if you don’t have it you can sub ¼ tsp baking soda. 
  • Sugar – I use light brown sugar. You can also use dark brown sugar but I don’t recommend granulated sugar. 
  • Butter – I use salted butter but if you want to use unsalted, I would add ¼ tsp salt with the dry ingredients. 
  • Egg – I use large, room temperature eggs, always. If you’re in a pinch, warm up your eggs in hot water for 5-10 minutes. 
  • Heavy Cream – Heavy cream is my new favorite ingredient in desserts. It’s higher in fat, so it makes baked goods really tender and moist. It is also more flavorful than milk. If you’re in a pinch, you can also use milk; full-fat is best or mix milk with sour cream or yogurt until you have the right amount. 
  • Vanilla – do we need to talk about this one? 

How to make the chocolate ganache

Chocolate ganache is really simple to make. All it requires is some chocolate chips and heavy cream. 

The heavy cream gets simmered on the stove and then poured over the chocolate. Let it sit for a couple minutes and then gently stir it until it comes together and it’s smooth. Allow it to cool until it’s spreadable.

What kind of chocolate to use for chocolate ganache?

A typical s’mores uses Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars so that’s what I used in my reels on Instagram. It tastes more like a s’more with that chocolate but if I’m being perfectly honest, it’s a little too sweet for me. 

I prefer to use dark chocolate chips instead but you can even use milk, semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips.

If you want to use a chopped up chocolate bar instead of chocolate chips, the ganache will be a little more runny because of the lack of stabilizers. You may need to wait longer for it to thicken until it’s spreadable or you could refrigerate it for a little. 

How to make meringue (homemade marshmallow fluff)

This is truly the star of the show and I am certainly going to do a whole post on meringue one day.  Meringue is just egg whites whipped with sugar until it’s a fluffy cloud of deliciousness.

On its own, it’s not very stable so I included a few things you can add/do to make it more stable.

After you frost the donuts, I use a torch to toast the meringue and give it that nostalgic toasted marshmallow flavor. 

Tips to stabilize meringue:

  1. Egg whites can’t whip up to their full potential if there is any fat residue touching it so it’s best to use a metal bowl and whisk instead of plastic, silicone, glass, etc. because they hold the least amount of residue. 
  2. Make sure to thoroughly clean your bowl and utensils. After drying them, squeeze some lemon or a drop of vinegar onto a paper towel and whip the bowl and utensil. 
  3. If you have a kitchen thermometer, it’s best to take the egg whites and sugar up to 160F (71C). The higher temperature keeps it more stable.
  4. When you start beating the egg whites with the mixer, start slow for a minute, then increase to medium and then to full speed, just until stiff peaks form. Avoid going straight to full speed and avoid over-beating. Over-beating runs the risk of deflating, where the water runs out of the egg whites and you have a split meringue. 
  5. Add lemon juice or cream of tartar to the meringue. This prevents the meringue from splitting as easily. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I double the recipe

Yup! The original recipe was the same, just double the amount. For this recipe, there’s a little leftover meringue so if you double the whole recipe, I would just do 1.5x the meringue. That’s 3 egg whites and ¾ cup sugar. 

Can I make mini donuts?

Yes! You’ll get about double the amount of mini donuts (maybe a few more). I bake them at the same temperature, just for 7ish minutes. They don’t get quite as brown but they should spring back when you press on them.

Why did my meringue split 

Read the tips on how to stabilize a meringue 🙂

Can I use store bought marshmallow fluff?

Store bought marshmallow fluff does this thing where it doesn’t “stay put”. Lol, I don’t know if you know what I’m talking about but basically it doesn’t hold peaks so it won’t stay on the donut, it’ll kind of run off. 

If you’re eating them all right away (like the first few minutes) it definitely will still be good but if you’re transporting them anywhere or saving them even for even a few hours later, I don’t recommend. 

How to make donuts ahead of time

If you want to make these in advance, make the graham cracker donuts and the chocolate ganache, frost them and refrigerate them for a few minutes until they’re set. 

Then either leave them room temperature for a day or place them in an airtight container and then place the container in a freezer bag for a few weeks/months.

Defrost the night before and top with fresh meringue the day of serving.

How to store s’mores donuts 

I like to refrigerate these because of the meringue made with egg whites. I place them in a large, shallow airtight container because stacking them makes a mess. They’re good for up to a week but dry out over the course of a week in the fridge.

If you want to freeze them, place the airtight container in a freezer bag as well. They can be frozen for up to a few months. Defrost in the fridge or room temperature. 

Thanks for reading today’s post, if you have any questions just comment down below in the comment section (not the rating section, because I can’t answer there).

If you make these s’mores donuts, make sure to tag me @baranbakery on instagram. As always, have a blessed day and happy baking!

Love, B

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Like I said, I love anything s’mores flavored so if you’re looking for more s’mores desserts, I got you.

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