Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bring on the Smores....

I absolutely love to bake. Trying new recipes is ultra exciting for me. I decided to try Smores cookies. They look incredible and...yes, they also taste incredible.  I whipped these up last week with the help of my little 3 year old chef. He was mesmerized at the thought of putting marshmallows and Hershey bars in a cookie, as was I.

S'mores Cookies 


11 Tablespoons unsalted softened butter 
1 cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temp
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 ½ cups flour
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows
2 – 3 regular sized hershey’s bars, broken into pieces*
1 package graham crackers, broken into squares

* In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon to combine. Set aside.
* In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter with both sugars until light and fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla.
* Add flour mixture to the butter mixer and combine on low speed.
* Fold in chips and marshmallows.  Chill dough in refrigerator for 1 hour to overnight.

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Line baking pans with parchment paper** Lay out graham crackers side by side on the pans as close as possible (they should be touching).  Place tablespoons of chilled dough on graham crackers about 1 – 1 ½ inches apart.  Press down slightly with fingertips.  Bake for 5 minutes then remove from oven to press Hershey’s bar pieces  on to the top.  Bake for 5 – 7 more minutes or until dough is beginning to turn golden brown at the edges.  Remove to a wire rack to cool.

**If you want thicker cookies, use less graham cracker-lined pans and put your cookie dough closer together.  For thinner cookies, spread out graham crackers and cookie dough across more baking pans.

Is it possible to have regrets after making such a lovely dessert?  Yes, I am afraid so. The regrets could be that:
     A) I ate the whole pan     
     B) I should have made a double batch so I could eat twice as many  or 
     C) something not quite as sinister as options A or B.

Answer is C. We will call them minor regrets.  Two things:

     1)   Next time when I make the fabulous Smores Cookies, I vow to put in WAY more Hershey bars in the final baking round. As you see I used restraint in the photos above in only placing 1 Hershey bar square on each graham cracker square.  I hope to prevent any of you from making such a mistake as I have.   More Hershey Bars, you won't regret it.   :)
     2)   Less cinnamon.  This is just my taste preference, but next time I will only put in 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. I thought it was a bit too strong with a full teaspoon, but that is just my taste preference.  The food critics I live with also agree, a bit less cinnamon.

There you have it..........

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