The Gleeful Gourmand: Best-Ever S'Mores Cookies

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Best-Ever S'Mores Cookies

Once upon a time (this past Christmas), I was on the hunt for a new cookie recipe. I always like to switch it up at Christmastime - I enjoy making recipes that we have loved over the years, but I also love tackling something new and fresh. That way, when it comes time to give baked goods as presents to friends and neighbors I know I'm sending out one tried-and-true goodie, and one fresh and exciting goodie (at least to me). Yes, friends, there is a method to my madness.

Bon Appétit usually has some of the best new recipes for thinking outside the cookie/bar box during the holidays, what with their annual holiday cookie editions, but it was actually Pinterest that helped me to find one of the best cookies I've ever had in my life, hands down.

Maybe you saw it floating around on the web last December - The Hot Cocoa Cookie. Featured on the blog Glorious Treats, this delightful cookie has it all: decadence and whimsy all bundled up together in one chocolatey little present.


It starts with a basic chocolate crinkle cookie, and then gets ramped up with a half a marshmallow, and topped off with chocolate sauce. I know that sounds very rich, but the truth is, it all works together so that it's not completely overwhelming. I mean, one cookie at a time is enough for me, but it's just sinful enough, if you know what I mean. Like Glory's recipe, I topped it with Christmas sprinkles. But I noticed that she suggests using all sorts of different colors and themes, so that the cookie doesn't have to be just a Christmas cookie.

That's when it hit me: Graham Crackers. What if instead of sprinkles I crushed up some graham crackers to make the perfect S'Mores Cookie? I mean, yes, I know, it's summer and every other recipe and brownie and dip out there is s'mores this, and s'mores that. And let's not forget the traditional s'more, which, let's face it, no cookie or bar or brownie could ever hold a candle to (due directly to the perfectly singed nature of the marshmallow which is crucial to maximum sweet/salty/smoky flavor).

Yum. That is all.

But there's a catch. Melted marshmallows are messy. With three kids, I get tired of trying in vain to clean their little faces of chocolate and mallow. Have you ever noticed that the more you try to wipe, the more marshmallows cling defiantly to their faces, until you're just at that point of ordering a hose and a tarp to get the job done?

These cookies don't produce that type of epic mess*. The marshmallows, thanks to only being in the oven for about 2-3 minutes, don't really melt. They puff, and then reset, even when you drizzle the chocolate sauce over them. They are soft, and chewy, and oh-so-good; and with the hit of crushed graham cracker you get the taste of s'mores. My only problem was that I crushed the graham crackers to finely. I very highly recommend crushing them so that there are big chunks to let the graham flavor shine through.

Trust me, you want to try this now. You can find the recipe by clicking here. Simply swap toppings and you're on your way to S'More Cookie Heaven.

Note: I found that her recipe for the chocolate icing tends to get a bit thick as you work. Adding about two tablespoons of warm water helped thin it out to continue icing. Be sure to sprinkle with graham crackers before the icing has a chance to set.

* Disclaimer: They actually do get quite messy when your toddler insists that she doesn't like marshmallows after all and attempts to pull all the marshmallow off herself. Then it's a problem. 

Best-Ever S'Mores Cookies

2 comments :

Anne M. said...

These look incredible. But, I know better than to make them as my kids are not here to devour them! I will keep these on tap for a teacher luncheon. Thanks for sharing!!!!

Jenna said...

They will be a hit! So fun to give as gifts, too. Thanks so much for reading, Anne!

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