Vegan S’mores Minus the Camping

I hate camping. I know, I know…camping is great, kids love it, you can enjoy nature, its so beautiful etc etc. As hard as I try I just hate the whole idea of camping. Sleeping outside or in a camper when I have a perfectly good home and bed is totally unappealing to me. Harrison has been trying for years to convince me that camping with Trey and the dogs will be great. It sounds like a complete nightmare. The roasting marshmallows for s’mores part of camping does seem fun, although I’d rather just do that over a fire pit in someone’s backyard. I decided to make vegan s’mores cookies so I could enjoy the one appealing part of camping without having to sleep on the ground.Vegan S'mores PintrestThese vegan s’mores combine Dandies marshmallows, chocolate chips and Cat Cookies from Trader Joe’s. S’mores aren’t too hard to veganize, but it does involve finding vegan marshmallows and vegan graham crackers. Most marshmallows contain gelatin and most graham crackers have honey in them. Fortunately companies like Dandies and Sweet & Sara make fantastic vegan marshmallows. I can always find Dandies in my local Whole Foods. I only had large Dandies on hand for this recipe so I cut them into smaller pieces. I would NOT recommend doing this if you have mini marshmallows around. It was a very sticky project!

Vegan S'mores Dough

Vegan graham crackers are a bit trickier to find. Sweet & Sara’s makes delicious graham crackers that you can mail order, but I wanted to find something I could buy locally. I decided to try the Cat Cookies from Trader Joe’s and they worked really well.  Crunchy and full of cinnamon flavor they make a great graham cracker substitute.

Vegan S'mores Cat Cookies

I took a plate of these cookies to friend’s BBQ and they disappeared in minutes. People loved the idea of a s’mores cookie and were surprised these were vegan s’mores. Make them the next time you want the “flavor” of camping without having to go to the trouble of sleeping in the great outdoors.

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Vegan S'mores Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 2⅔ cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Cornstarch
  • ¾ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Earth Balance, softened
  • 1 cup packed Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground Chia, mixed with ¼ cup Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 cup Trader Joe's Cat Cookies, crushed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl mix butter and both brown and granulated sugar together until well combined. Add chia & water mix, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients until well mixed. Stir in chocolate chips, marshmallows, and crushed cookies.
  5. Roll dough into Tablespoon sized balls and place on parchment baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.

 

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Comments

  1. Melissa says

    I boycott all packaged foods with palm oil (e.g. Earth Balance, Tofutti). I just googled Trader Joe’s Cat Cookies- they contain palm oil as most packaged cookies do.

    • vegangretchen says

      Hi Madison – the ground chia and water are an egg replacer. You can definitely use ground flax instead. Hope you enjoy them!

  2. Melissa says

    I see you deleted my first comment. I guess you didn’t like me pointing out that the cookies and earth balance butter called for in your recipe use palm oil, which causes rain forest destruction and loss of habitat for orangutans and other animals. Amazing that some vegan bloggers still put earth balance in their ingredient list. Un-enlightened.

  3. says

    I made these cookies last week and my family loved them! I made my own vegan graham crackers and only had the large Dandies marshmallows but even with the extra work, they were worth it. I’m planning to make another batch today!

    • vegangretchen says

      Hi Jaye – I’m so glad you and your family loved the cookies! I just checked out your blog. Your boys are adorable. Look forward to continuing to read your blog – congrats on baby #3!!

    • vegangretchen says

      Hi Brittany – I definitely think you could use coconut oil in place of the Earth Balance. Make sure the coconut oil is fairly soft or even liquid before using. I have used canola oil in this recipe and it was successful. I hope you enjoy it!

  4. Sarah says

    Correct me if I’m wrong but aren’t marshmallows made with gelatine? Is there a vegan form I don’t know about?

    • vegangretchen says

      Hi Sarah – most marshmallows are not vegan, but there are a few vegan options. The brands Dandies & Sweet n Sara are the most well known brands of vegan marshmallows. Trader Joe’s recently started selling vegan marshmallows as well. Hope you find some to give these cookies a try!

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