June 21, 2010

S'mores Cookies


Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 cup mini marshmallows
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1/3 cup ground graham crackers (about 2 crackers pulverized in the blender)
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 egg, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
6 1/2 oz semisweet chocolate chips
2-3 graham crackers, broken up (for sprinkling)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350. Line 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper*. In a medium sized bowl combine flour, ground graham crackers, salt, and baking powder. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and combine thoroughly. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the sweetened butter and mix until a very thick dough forms. Fold in the chocolate chips and distributing them evenly. Form cookies by dropping 1 teaspoon of dough on the sheet two inches apart. Flatten slightly. Bake for 10 minutes then top each cookie with marshmallows and broken graham crackers. Press the graham crackers and marshmallow in a bit so they don't fall off. Bake an additional 2 minutes. Carefully remove to a wire rack to cool completely before serving.


*Please line with parchment paper or a silipat. The marshmallow will run and make the cookies stick to the pan if you do not.

Yield: about 2 dozen cookies

My thoughts:
I was trying to think of a new, summery brownie or cookie recipe and was coming up empty until I remembered one of summer's quintessential desserts, s'mores. I actually have graham flour but it tastes less like graham crackers than you'd think so I ground up some graham crackers and used that in place of some regular flour to give it extra graham cracker-y flavor. I was a little nervous about trying that but it worked really well. Everyone who had one remarked on how much they tasted like s'mores, I think that is because the extra ground up cookies, the ones on tops are really just for decoration.

To be absolutely traditional I guess I could have cut up candy bars but I do think that for the most part, chips work best in cookies, they hold their shape better. That was important since I knew I was topping them with marshmallow and graham crackers, I didn't want chocolate oozing out as well. Anyway, enough talking, you need to make these cookies! Delicious and fun.