How to Build a S'mores Buffet

Who says s'mores are for summer only? Build a bar of marshmallows, jams, sauces and more for a DIY dessert spread that'll let party guests get as playful and creative as kids by a campfire.

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Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©Â 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

S'mores Galore

Set a cozy winter scene at your party with Alie and Georgia's fun and festive dessert buffet. A bevy of spreads, fruits and sugary sweets encourages guests to build their perfect personalized s'mores.

Get the Recipe: S'mores Buffet

Cracker Stack

If you really want to impress guests, bake your own thick-cut graham crackers. They'll possess fresher flavor, and they are easy to pull together with graham flour, molasses and cinnamon. Or ditch the classic cracker and sandwich your s'mores between chocolate chip or gingersnap cookies instead.

Get the Recipe: Graham Crackers

Made-From-Scratch 'Mallows

Get creative with the "glue" of your s'mores by mixing up the flavor of the marshmallows. Homemade 'mallows have a superior creamy texture and can take on a variety of flavors beyond vanilla. Try adding seasonal ingredients like apple cider, cinnamon and cloves to the marshmallow base to create a warmly scented, extra-special s'more.

Get the Recipe: Mulled Cider Marshmallows

Beyond the Basics

Once you've covered the basic cracker and marshmallow, let your imagination run wild on the filling front. Set out alternative spreads like jam or peanut butter or seasonal additions like pureed pumpkin. Add a crunchy, salty element with chopped nuts or crispy bacon, and offer fresh fruit options like raspberries and sliced bananas.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Banana S'Mores

Fine & Festive Fillings

Alie and Georgia recommend swapping out plain chocolate bars for a bittersweet chocolate spread that's spiked with hazelnut liqueur and dulce de leche. For the fruit fans, they suggest offering an easy, thick sangria marmalade made from warm reduced red wine and orange marmalade.

Get the Recipe: S'mores Buffet

The S'more Course Is Served

Design an appealing buffet by arranging the s'more-ready sweets on decorative serving plates with piles of graham crackers and marshmallows on each side. Don't forget tiny bowls of sea salt and turbinado sugar for sprinkling, as well as a mini pastry torch to help brown the marshmallows.

Get the Recipe: S'mores Buffet