Sweet marshmallow cheesecake layered over milk chocolate ganache and a graham cracker crust. Topped with graham cracker crumbs and a toasted marshmallow, no campfire required!
I jinxed everything.
Evidently, by mentioning the fact that I was excited for less traffic on my way to work this summer, I jinxed it. Instead of less traffic, I got way, way more.
Monday was supposed to be the first easy-breezy traffic day, but instead…. there was a water main break on one of the main roads parallel to the route that I take. Detouring traffic has been pouring non-stop into the highway and clogging up the ramps, and it’s taken me well over a (quite miserable) hour to get to work every day so far. Not at all what I was hoping for.
When I’m stuck in traffic, I try to think of only positive things — like all of the episodes of Walking Dead I have to binge on this weekend, the 3 new books lined up for me on my Kindle, and, most recently, these sweet s’mores dessert shooters that I have waiting for me in the fridge.
In case you haven’t gathered by the half dozen or so dessert shooters currently taking up real estate on my site, I’m a big fan of these miniature treats, sold in shot glasses. With campfire season upon us, I wanted to pay homage to one of my favorite, messiest outdoor treats. And of course, I added cheesecake.
For the graham crackers, there’s a slightly sweetened graham cracker crust at the bottom of each shooter.
For the chocolate, a milk chocolate ganache that takes only minutes to melt together on your stovetop.
Then — for the marshmallow — A sweet marshmallow cheesecake, made with marshmallow fluff and whipped cream and topped with a toasted marshmallow (or, if you don’t have a campfire or culinary torch handy, just a regular marshmallow).
These little guys are sweet. Almost to the point where I worried that they were too sweet, but my troupe of taste-testers assured me that they were perfect and that they should not under any circumstances be changed.
So, I left the recipe as it was, but I strongly encourage you to do a lot of taste testing as you’re making the cheesecake (great excuse to swipe a few extra spoonfuls, right?).
The recipe calls for 12 oz of Cool Whip (1 and a half 8 oz container), but once you’ve added the cool whip and stirred it well, make sure to do some sampling (if you can manage such a thing 😉 ). If it seems too sweet, go ahead and add up to the remaining half of the Cool Whip. This will make the cheesecake lighter and less rich (and will probably get you a few extra servings out of the deal).
Enjoy (and does anyone know how long it takes to fix a water main break? Please tell me less than a week.)!
S'mores Cheesecake Dessert Shooters
- ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 2 Tbsp butter melted
- 1 ½ cups milk chocolate chips
- ¾ cups heavy cream
- 12 oz cream cheese
- 14 oz marshmallow fluff
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- 12-16 oz cool whip*
- 24 Marshmallows for topping**
- Set out 24 plastic 2 oz shot glasses
- Using a fork, combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Stir in melted butter.
- Measure out approximately 1 ½ tsp of the graham cracker crumb mixture into the bottom of each shot glass and lightly tamp down. Set prepared shotglasses ½aside and make your cheesecake filling.
Milk Chocolate Ganache
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stir together milk chocolate chips and heavy cream until melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool at least 15 minutes and until chocolate is not hot to the touch (you don't want to melt your shot glasses).
- Layer 1-2 Tbsp of chocolate over the graham cracker crumbs.
- Place dessert shooters in the fridge so that the ganache can harden as you prepare your cheesecake layer.
- In KitchenAid or with electric mixer, beat together cream cheese and marshmallow fluff until completely combined.
- Stir in powdered sugar.
- Add cool whip and beat on medium-low speed until smooth. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Scrape the cheesecake mixture into a large ziploc bag. Snip off one corner and pipe the cheesecake filling on top of the milk chocolate ganache.
- Top with marshmallow (toasted or not) just before serving.
- Keep leftovers refrigerated in an airtight container.
**If you are going to add marshmallows on top or toast them, do it immediately before serving, as they get a bit stale and hard in the refrigerator.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more.
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These little shooters are fabulous. I made them for friends last weekend and they all went crazy for them.
Emily @ Sugar Spun Run
We’re so glad they were a hit! Thanks for making our recipe, Sue 😊
Can they sit in the fridge un covered already done for several days?
I don’t think I would recommend uncovered, because the refrigerator tends to dry things out. I stick mine in a large plastic container that has a lid on it. 🙂
Okay! Thanks Sam! One more thing …How long will they last?
If they are covered so they don’t dry out they could be good for a week. 🙂
These look awesome! Can they be made ahead and kept in the fridge? Minus the garnish of marshmallows, of course. Thanks!
Sugar Spun Run
Hello, Seema! Yes, that will be fine. I hope that you enjoy the dessert shooters! 🙂
I’m a little confused with the powdered sugar measurements. Is it 1/3 and 3/4 cup of powdered sugar?
Hi Milagros! I’m so sorry about the confusion, the correct amount is 1/3 cup and I have updated the recipe to reflect that. I hope that helps!
I was going to make these for a graduation party how long can they sit out unrefrigerated
Hi Susan! They should be ok for several hours as long as it is not a very humid environment. 🙂
These look amazingggg – I had no idea marshmallow cheescake was even a thing! And I love the toasted marshmallows on top! Perfect finishing touch. 😉
Thanks so much Alexandra!! 🙂
Alaina @ A Not So Quiet Kitchen
I love the mini desserts! So adorable and fun, perfect for a party! These look so delicious!
Thank you, Alaina!
Yummy treat for any time of the day…
Medha @ Whisk & Shout
These shooters look awesome! Love those toasty marshmallows on to 🙂
Thank you, Medha! 🙂