Homemade Ritz Crackers (recipe)
Peanut Butter
Half a Large Marshmallow


In many ways, this is what started the whole S’MORMON movement. When I was a young child, my mom would make these using Ritz Crackers — she got the recipe from someone else — and I always looked forward to them. Years later, when I was in graduate school in Texas I made them one evening for a few friends. As we ate them I realized how similar they were to S’MORES. Not really knowing what they were called and thinking of my surroundings I decided to dub them the “Texas S’MORE.”

The Texas S’MORMON is really just an artisan version of the Texas S’MORE, using homemade Ritz Crackers. Other than that, they are made the same way — fill a cookie sheet with them and place them in the oven on broil until they brown on the top. They taste heavenly, which people often confuse with Texas, so the name is fitting.

Recently, my brother reminded me that his name for Texas S’MORES, from way back, is “San Francisco Belly Buttons.” The reason why is far less interesting than the name, but, suffice it to say, I live in the Bay Area nowadays, so that name is also fitting.


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