It might be chilly outside, but this S’mores Cheesecake is loaded with chocolate, marshmallow and graham crackers…and it’s sure to remind you of a summer campfire!
As a kid, I used to love going on road trips. For the most part, road trips always meant going somewhere fun. Sure, I had to share the backseat with my sister, but we had an imaginary line back there that she wasn’t allowed to cross. (Although, I will point out that she used to love poking her finger over the line just to make me mad.) Robbie might look exactly like me, but the one place where we differ is roadtrips. The little guy hates riding in the car. And by hates, I mean hates. I’m hoping he snaps out of that as he gets older, but we shall see.
For me, roadtrips always meant fun. Roadtrips meant going on vacation or perhaps going up to visit my grandparents in upstate South Carolina. Roadtrips also meant fun games in the car. I’m not talking about “I Spy” or the License Plate Game. I’m talking logic games. Yes, those books full of logic puzzles where you have to sort out who did what. I used to love those puzzles!
They’d give you a list of statements like: (1) David likes coffee cakes. (2) The person standing in the kitchen ate the coffee cake. (3) David is standing in the kitchen. Who ate the coffee cake? Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an easy example, but the point remains that I love those logic games. (And for the record, we can’t definitively say that David ate the blueberry coffee cake in the example above…although we all know he did!)
And you know what’s funny? When I first moved to Atlanta, I taught LSAT prep courses as a way to make a bit of extra spending money. And there was a whole section of that LSAT prep course dedicated to logic puzzles. It totally reminded me of the hours I would spend working on those books somewhere on I-26W between Charleston, SC and Belton, SC…all the while watching to make sure my sister didn’t encroach into my half of the backseat.
Speaking of my sister and logic, we need to talk about cheesecake. As a kid, I hated cheesecake. I think this was partly because I thought it was cake with cheese in it. I like cake. I like cheese. But the thought of cheese in a cake didn’t appeal to me. That’s childhood logic at its best right there! Similarly, my sister loved cheesecake. And since my sister had cooties, I decided that cheesecake must also have cooties. Another excellent example of childhood logic at its finest!
While I spent my formative years actively avoiding cheesecake, I’ve more than made up for that mistake as an adult. Take this S’mores Cheesecake for example. I would happily eat a slice of S’mores Cheesecake for dessert every.single.night. Of course, I’d have to start working out 7 days a week to justify that one, so maybe I’ll just save slices of S’mores Cheesecake for the weekends instead. Seriously, though, this cheesecake is delicious!
Given that it’s quite chilly outside, I won’t be venturing out to make any s’mores over a bonfire in the backyard. But that doesn’t mean I can’t have that delicious combination of marshmallow, chocolate and graham crackers inside…in cheesecake form! To boost the marshmallow flavor of this S’mores Cheesecake, I sprinkled mini-marshmallows all over the crust before pouring in the cheesecake batter. Oh, and I also used a cup of marshmallow fluff in the batter itself. On a side note, scooping out a cup of marshmallow fluff is quite possibly one of the messiest kitchen tasks ever! I think I ended up with a bit of fluff in my hair. Don’t ask how that happened.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and I hope you’re spending this weekend with family and friends. Oh, and I hope you’re also spending this weekend curled up on the couch with a slice of S’mores Cheesecake…I know I am. Cheers, friends!