Friday, April 3, 2015

Recipe Redux: S'mores Cookies


Happy Friday!

Time for this month's Recipe Redux. I wasn't even planning on redoing this recipe anytime soon, however my little brother asked for S'mores Cookies for his birthday. Let's jump right in, shall we?

Here's what the cookies previously looked like:


So, yeah. Since I was already making them, I decided to make S'mores Cookies April's re-do. 


These cookies were actually partially a mistake back in 2012. I had made the cookie dough intending for a thicker cookie, like a chocolate chip cookie. Instead, the butter I'd used had been too soft, and the cookies spread a ton and were kind of flat. Ok, really flat. I was upset at first, simply because they weren't aesthetically what I was going for. And aesthetics are important to me. However, one bite was enough to convince me the recipe was not a mistake. The thin texture of the cookie provides a base that almost tastes like a graham cracker. I've made these cookies with firmer butter for a thicker cookie, and you lose that graham flavor. 

You could use a food processor to break down your graham crackers. You can even buy graham cracker crumbs at the grocery store now (really, seriously? People can't even break down their own crumbs anymore??). But my preferred method for graham cracker crumbs is to put the crackers in a ziploc bag, grab a blunt instrument, and pretend I'm playing Whac-A-Mole. 

Does anyone remember Whac-A-Mole? Ah, growing up in the 90's. Sigh. 


While I've been known to use Mallow Bits for these cookies, I was out this time. The only place I can buy them in the area (that I've found) is Walmart. And I didn't feel like going. Here's the thing about my Walmart. The hubby and I basically live on the Ohio River. Walmart is right across the river from us, however there is no bridge to cross there. Or even a road. So, we have to take the highway about 5-6 miles south to the nearest bridge, cross the river, and then head back north towards frickin' town. We can do the same thing if we take the highway north initially. We still come to a bridge about 5-6 miles north, cross the bridge, and then again, head back south towards Walmart. Picture a diamond shape with a river running right across the center of it. That's our situation. It's not horrible, but for some reason, it annoys me. To be perfectly honest, it annoys me for one big reason. Walmart is at the base of a large hill. A seriously large hill with one lone, ginormous white house on it. When we come out of the hills from our house to the highway (yes, we live in the hills of Appalachia. Stereotypical, I know), you can look right across the river and see that gigantic house. Once again being reminded that if I were a bird, it would take me 5 minutes to get to Walmart. Instead, it takes me about 30 minutes. 


Wow, was that a privileged and entitled rant or what? Anyhoo, the point of all that was I was out of Mallow Bits. So I decided to sub mini-marshmallows. I found they melted into the dough a lot more than Mallow Bits, but they lent the dough a seriously chewy factor. In a good way. In a Tony-the-Tiger great way.


My method for getting a little bit of marshmallow on the tops of the cookies is to bake the cookies for 6 minutes, pull them from the oven, hurriedly arrange a couple of marshmallows on top of the cookie, and then bake them for 2 more minutes. 2 minutes is the perfect melting time for the marshmallows on top. 


Gosh, these were almost too pretty to ship away. But I did it. I received a hilarious text from the bro upon trying the cookies. One I would normally share, however, this one is amusing due to it's inappropriateness. So I'll spare the little bro the embarrassment this time.

Ok, I'll give you a hint on the content of the text. There is an SNL-Lonely Island song named after the theme of the text, mainly doing something in his pants. The video guest-stars Molly Sims and Jamie-Lynn Sigler. SNL fans, it's likely you know exactly what sketch I'm talking about.

And you're probably giggling to yourself now.


Cuz' that's how I roll!

Have a great weekend everyone! Make these cookies! All the fun of a campout, you know, without the campfire smell, the dirty sticks, and getting sticky, melted marshmallow everywhere! Oh, and I almost forgot-

Happy Birthday Little Bro! :)


Ingredients (makes 2 dozen cookies):

3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
6 tbsp white sugar
6 tbsp brown sugar
1 egg, room temp
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup mini marshmallows, halved 
topping: 1/4 cup mini marshmallows, halved (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper ---> This is not optional. Cooking spray will not cut it here. Parchment paper is mandatory for best results. 
2. In a large bowl, combine flour through salt. Whisk to combine, set aside.
3. In a separate large bowl, add butter and sugars. Beat with a hand mixer until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in egg. Mix in vanilla. Mix in flour mixture. Add chocolate chips and marshmallows to the bowl, fold in with a spatula.
4. Using a 1-tbsp cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough onto parchment paper. Place 6 cookies per sheet with plenty of space in between. I got the best shape for my cookies by rolling the dough into a little log that you stand upright. This helps the cookie spread into a circle. Bake cookies in preheated oven for 6 minutes. Remove sheet form oven, place 3 marshmallow halves in the center of each cookie. Place sheet back in oven, bake for 2 minutes. {If skipping this last step, simply bake the cookies for exactly 8 minutes before removing them from heat}
5. Remove cookie sheet from oven. Cookies will look undone, and indeed, they need about 15 minutes before you remove them from the sheet. I found it easiest to lift the parchment paper from the cookie sheet, place the cookies on the counter, and allow them to cool on the parchment paper for about 30 minutes. At this time, I removed the cookies to a cooling rack, covered them with a dish towel, and let them set until morning. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. 


Recipe adapted from Baked Perfection.
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27 comments:

  1. Lol - we also enjoy bashing a ziploc bag full of graham crackers with a rolling pin - the best part of making cheesecake! Cookies look good too :)

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    1. I agree, the best part! Exercise plus anger management! :) Have a great weekend!

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  2. Oh this looks divine. I love smores and I love cookies! The best of both worlds.

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    1. I share your affinity for s'mores and cookies! One of the best combinations in the world is graham, chocolate, and marshmallow. And then throw in cookies? Heaven! :)

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  3. These look so delicious! It's exercise to crush graham crackers, right? :)

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    1. Yes, most definitely exercise! A fantastic arm toner depending on the heft of your rolling pin :) Have a great weekend Jennie!

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  4. These look absolutely delicious! Thank you for the follow. I added your blog to my Feedly.

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    1. Thanks Danielle! The cooks are pretty tasty, in my opinion! :) Thank you for the follow, I look forward to following yours! Have a great weekend!

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    2. Thank you! Have a great weekend yourself!

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  5. Im craving chocolate right now and then I read this!? Looks super yummy!

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    1. Oh evil, I know. I was reading a post on chocolate mousse this morning that got me all in a tizzy :) Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

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  6. They look delicious… and possibly something to make with the kids this weekend! Love it! Thanks :)

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    1. These would definitely be a kid-friendly cookie! My nieces and nephews love them :) Thanks for stopping by Kaitie!

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  7. My children will love these! Can't wait to try them :)

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    1. I hope the kids love them! I mentioned in the last comment, but I'll say it again- my nieces and nephews loved these cookies. And they are pretty picky eaters :) Hard to go wrong with s'mores though!

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  8. We have that exact same problem with Chickamauga Lake. There is no bridge to cross where we live. So we have to drive down (or up), cross a bridge and then drive up (or down) to get to where we are going.

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    1. It's frustrating! A silly thing to be annoyed by, really, but I can't help it! It does annoy me :) Have a great weekend Pam!

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  9. Great to see another Oregonian! I'm Jenn, from mommytime365. :)

    Those look so yummy, my kids would love those. Pinned!

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    1. Hi Jenn! I love finding other Oregonians! It warms my heart :) I'll be following you! Have a great weekend!

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  10. Looks so good... you can't go wrong with anything s'mores!

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    1. Thanks Irene! And I'm with you, hard to go wrong with s'mores! Have a great weekend! :)

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  11. love smores anything! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Cristi! Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend! :)

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    1. Thanks Gail, I concur :) Have a great weekend, hopefully the weather is better than yesterday!

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  13. Wow, those look amazing!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)
    Sophia
    someplaceinthemidst.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Sophia! I'm headed over to check out your blog! Have a great day! :)

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