Guest Chef: Textbook S’mores by Olivia Sell


Posted by Alicia Sell

Today we have a very special guest chef, Olivia Sell.


Olivia is my youngest child and is probably one of the cutest chefs in the world, if I do say so myself.  She loves horses, soccer, babysitting her little cousins (because they are INFATUATED with her) and baking.  In her spare time, she loves to watch baking video blogs (“vlogs” for those in the know, which I apparently wasn’t ).  Today we are sharing the Textbook S’mores recipe from the Nerdy Nummies Cookbook that Olivia got for Christmas.  (Nerdy Nummies, hosted by Rosanna “Ro” Pansino is also Olivia’s favorite vlog.)  She loved this recipe because it seemed appropriate for the back-to-school season and she loves marshmallows.  I thought it was perfect because I am a Librarian and making food into books is so clever.  A win-win for everyone.

This post is more in the variety of a “Pass or Fail” type of recipe because in all honesty I wasn’t quite sure how this was really going to turn out.  At first glance I thought this would be easy to do, but as is always the case, it was more complicated than expected. It took a lot of planning, a little bit of frustration, and a whole lot of mess but I can say they turned out really great. They were a huge hit with Randall and the boys.  She even brought some in to her teachers  and grandparents and they loved them too!

Here is how the Textbook S’mores look in the Nerdy Nummies cookbook.  Pretty impressive (read to the bottom to see how Olivia’s turned out!)


I would say this recipe is definitely worth the try and is an easy one for kids to try with some adult supervision.  You may want to lay out rules and restrictions about what is an appropriate level of messiness for such a project.

This is how we looked after making the marshmallows.


Just kidding.  Kind of.

So without further ado, here is the Nerdy Nummies’s Textbook S’mores recipe tested out by Olivia Sell.  There is a link to the vlog recipe post and the printable recipe on Nerdy Nummies in case you want to give it a go.  Enjoy!


(3) Cups Sugar
(4) 1/4 oz. Packets Gelatin
(1) Pinch Salt
(1) Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
(1-1/4) Cup Light Corn Syrup
(3/4) Cup Water x 2
(2) Cups Powdered Sugar
(1) Box Graham Crackers
(12) Ounces Milk Chocolate
(6) Ounces White Chocolate


Brush two 9 x 13inch metal baking pans with oil and line with parchment paper, leaving  a 2 inch overhang on the narrower sides. Brush the parchment paper with the oil.

In medium saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 4/4 cup water over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring mixture constantly.

Place a candy thermometer in the pan and continue cooking until the sugar mixture reaches 238 degrees F.


Meanwhile, pour 3⁄4 cup cold water into bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin over the water and let soften for 5 minutes.

Once the sugar mixture reaches 238 degrees F, pour it into the gelatin mixture and beat with an electric mixer on low speed. Gradually increase the speed to high, beating until the mixture is very stiff, about 12 minutes. Beat in vanilla.



Pour the mixture into the two lined pans and smooth the tops with a spatula. Let marshmallows sit uncovered until completely firm, about 3 hours.


Sift a layer of powdered sugar on top of the marshmallows and a work surface.


Remove the marshmallows from the pans and flip over onto the prepared work surface, then remove the parchment paper. Sift a layer of powdered sugar on the top of the marshmallows so all sides are covered.

Use the square cookie cutter or a sharp knife to cut about 24 marshmallow squares. Dip the cookie cutter or knife into powdered sugar between each use to keep the marshmallow from sticking.


What is my weird finger doing in this picture?  Sorry, I digress.


Break 24 graham cracker sheets in half into squares-these will be the front and back covers of your books. Break 6 graham cracker sheets into quarters-these will be the spines of your books.

In the microwave or a double boiler, melt the milk chocolate and scoop it into a decoration bag fitted with a #2 tip. Using the melted chocolate as adhesive, attach the graham crackers to the marshmallow to create your books.




Pipe on cover and side details with the milk chocolate.


Melt the white chocolate and scoop into a decorating bag fitted with a #1 tip. Pipe on the book titles with the white chocolate.


Viola!  that is it.  So as a reminder, here is how the Textbook S’mores that Ro at Nerdy Nummies made.  Pretty professional.


And here is how Olivia’s turned out.  Pretty close to perfect, if you ask me.  And, in addition to being adorable, they taste delicious.  I am POSITIVE we will be making homemade marshmallows for hot cocoa season!


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