Pie Iron S’mores Sandwiches

We love s’mores but don’t always want to spend the time roasting marshmallows. Enter the Pie Iron S’mores Sandwich!

cinnamon bread stuffed with Nutella and marshmallows sandwich on green plate

Many people start off making desserts in their pie irons, using bread and canned pie filling. This did not appeal to us as our kid is not a fan of pie. However, he loves chocolate, and he loves marshmallows, and he loves cinnamon bread so one night, instead of traditional s’mores, we threw this together. It was a huge success, and we make our pie iron s’mores sandwiches on almost every camping trip now. It also allows for easy modification if you have different ingredients you’d like to try. We have some of our favorite customization suggestions listed at the bottom.

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Who doesn’t love food cooked over a campfire? Actually, we know a lot of people who don’t and we just have to feel sorry for them. Because we love to cook over a campfire, especially in a pie iron. These are sometimes called camp cookers, pudgy pies, or even hobo pies, but we use the term pie iron. Whatever you choose to call it, know that these trusty tools make extremely delicious food cooked over the campfire.

What we love about Pie Iron S’mores Sandwiches:

  • They are quick, easy, and fun
  • We can customize them to everyone’s tastes
  • These are slightly less sticky than traditional s’mores

The Ingredients for our Pie Iron S’mores Sandwiches:

  • Butter
  • Cinnamon bread
  • Chocolate hazelnut spread
  • Miniature marshmallows
pie iron that has been buttered
covered in marshmallows
cinnamon bread spread with nutella
s'mores sandwich closed and ready to grill

The Process:

  1. (Optional) Preheat your pie irons over the fire while getting your supplies ready.
  2. Butter the insides of your pie irons.
  3. Spread one side of each slice of bread with chocolate hazelnut spread.
  4. Insert one half of the bread, chocolate hazelnut spread side up, in your pie irons.
  5. Place a handful of miniature marshmallows on top of the chocolate hazelnut spread.
  6. Place other slice of bread, chocolate hazelnut spread side down, on top of the marshmallows.
square pie irons on grate over fire
cooked s'mores sandwich
cinnamon, nutella, and marshmallow pie iron s'mores sandwich
  1. Close pie iron carefully and place over campfire.
  2. Cook over fire, flipping occasionally, until bread is toasted and marshmallows have melted. Time needed will depend on how hot your fire is.

FAQ and How to Customize:

Q. Does it have to be cinnamon bread?

A. Definitely not! We like to use cinnamon bread for a little extra sweet treat but any type of bread that you bring will work. You could also use dough of some sort if you want to cook it a bit longer. If you use  dough we recommend also bringing along some cooking spray instead of using butter.

Q. Why do you use chocolate hazelnut spread?

A. We use chocolate hazelnut spread because we are huge fans of the flavor. However, again, this can be made with other types of chocolate such as chocolate chips or chocolate bars (either plain or with nuts, krispies, etc.). You could also include other flavors of chips such as white chocolate, cinnamon, peanut butter, etc.

Q. What other spreads do you suggest?

A. If you don’t want to use chocolate hazelnut spread, you can use any nut or cookie butter. We also enjoy using marshmallow fluff instead of marshmallows if we have it.

Q. How long should I cook the pie iron s’mores sandwich?

A. This will depend on how hot your fire is and if you preheated your pie irons. We like to preheat our irons so the food will cook faster. However, then you are at risk of burning yourself while assembling the sandwiches. Which is why we state that step is optional and leave that to your discretion.

Q. How do I know if my pie iron temperature is hot enough?

A. You can tell if your pie iron is hot enough by simply throwing a few drops of water in it and seeing how they sizzle. Again, we want to reiterate that preheating the pie iron is optional. When kids are involved in the creation, we tend to leave the irons cold and just cook our items longer.

Q. How do I clean my pie iron after cooking?

A. The best way to clean your cast iron pie iron is to allow it to cool off. Then, while it is still warm, use a damp paper towel or rag to wipe it clean. Do not use soap as you will need to reseason the cooker. The easiest way to clean a Teflon coated cooker is to use a little bit of camping safe soap and water. Make sure to get all the soap off before cooking with it again.

Q.  What type of fire is best for cooking a pie iron s’mores sandwich?

A. We have experimented with all different kinds of cooking our pie iron goodies and prefer a campfire. But if a fire is not an option, we have used charcoal grills, gas grills, even our oven during a torrential downpour. That was interesting because we couldn’t shut the oven door due to the poles. We would NOT recommend repeating that experiment.

Q. How do I prevent a burnt or stuck sandwich?

A. First, you will want to ensure that you are using something to coat your irons. Depending on what we are cooking we use butter, oil, or spray. With these s’mores sandwiches using bread, we butter our sandwiches. These will keep them from getting stuck.

Now, to prevent them from burning, you will need to flip frequently and keep an eye on them. Unfortunately, because we don’t have exact temperatures on the fire, we can’t give a definite “cook for X minutes” in the recipe. Which is why we open ours up to do a visual check on a regular basis.

Q. Can I add other ingredients?

A. Yes! This is where you can get creative. We have a whole list of customization suggestions for you to try listed below. However, be sure not to overload your pie iron with too many ingredients so it can cook properly.

Customization Suggestions to Try:

  • Traditional — graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallow
  • Berrylicious — assorted berries, chocolate, marshmallow
  • Fluffernutter — peanut butter, marshmallow, graham crackers
  • Mexican Chocolate — chocolate, marshmallow, cinnamon & chili powder
  • Milky Way — malt powder, caramel sauce, chocolate
  • Minted — graham crackers, peppermint patty, marshmallow
  • Pretzel — salted pretzels, chocolate, marshmallow
  • Rocky Road — almonds, chocolate, marshmallow
  • Salted Caramel — caramel sauce, sea salt, chocolate
  • The Elvis — peanut butter, banana slices, candied bacon pieces

Equipment needed:

  • Pie iron(s): We have two cast iron double pie irons, two cast iron single pie irons, and two aluminum single pie irons. Pie irons also come in a variety of specialized types such as circles, hamburger (round with slots for draining grease), hot dog/bread baker, and (hard to find) waffle versions. Most of our pie irons come from Rome. We recommend a square or rectangle for this recipe.
  • Cutting board and knife: You will want to have a clean surface to work with, as well as knives for spreading ingredients. We also prefer to cut our s’mores sandwiches into pieces for eating.
  • Heat resistant gloves: If you are going to be working around a fire, at some point you will probably get burned. These gloves can help prevent that.

More Sweet Treats to Enjoy:

You just learned how to cook a Pie Iron S’mores Sandwich.

Try this recipe out on your next camping trip and tell us about it in the comments or tag us on instagram @CampingAnswer and tell us about your favorite variations on s’mores, made camping or at home! We love to see photos and get suggestions for new combinations to try.

Pie Iron S’mores Sandwich

Why limit yourself to traditional s'mores when you can enjoy a decadent sandwich grilled in a pie iron?
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: camping, marshmallows, pie iron
Servings: 2 sandwiches

Equipment

  • Pie Irons

Ingredients

  • Butter
  • 4 slices Cinnamon Bread
  • Nutella
  • Miniature Marshmallows

Instructions

  • (Optional) Preheat your pie irons over the fire while getting your supplies ready.
  • Butter the insides of your pie irons.
  • Spread one side of each slice of bread with Nutella.
  • Insert one half of the bread, Nutella side up, in your pie irons.
  • Place a handful of miniature marshmallows on top of the Nutella.
  • Place other slice of bread, Nutella side down, on top of the marshmallows.
  • Close pie iron carefully and place over campfire.
  • Cook over fire, flipping occasionally, until bread is toasted and marshmallows have melted. Time needed will depend on how hot your fire is.

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