Monday, August 10, 2015

Chocolate Chip S'mores Cookies

I don't know how my fellow bloggers feel, but man, s'mores cookies are hard! As a blogger, I think I'm supposed to omit that fact and ramble on in this post about how perfect and awesome and easy these cookies were to make.

I won't do that. What would be the point? It's reality. S'mores cookies are challenging - baking with marshmallows is very challenging. Marshmallows melt quickly, brown quickly, and since they're so sugary, they burn quickly.

I've attempted many s'mores themed treats in the past few years and they were pretty much all failures. I just can't get the marshmallows right! If you mix them into the dough with the chocolate chips, they just melt and burn and create really chewy sugary pockets. If you wait and try to add the marshmallows in the last minute of baking, well, that just didn't work too well, either.

Maybe there's a trick I never learned. Care to share?

I have heard great things about marshmallow bits (they come in a plastic container and are small, dried out marshmallows) but I can never find them anywhere so I haven't tried them myself.

Anyway, I think I found a method that works - works better than my previous attempt anyway!

First, I finally found the perfect cookie base that has the perfect graham cracker punch. Karly, over at Buns in My Oven, posted her version of S'mores cookies awhile back and I've had it bookmarked for ages. I decided to give them a shot this summer for Cody's co-workers to test run for me.

Of course, I tweaked it a bit to work for me - I had to double it if I wanted to feed the whole office and since I didn't have marshmallow bits to mix in, I had to change up some of the steps and baking times.

Instead of mixing mini marshmallows right in, I flattened each ball of dough and pressed three mini mallows into the centers. Then, I rolled them up good to seal each cookie and baked them.

The results weren't perfect - some of the cookies definitely have an ugly vibe going - but most came out with just little melty pockets of marshmallows peeking through. Looks like stuffing the dough with marshmallows works!

Have you baked with marshmallows before? What were your results? Have any tips or tricks? I'd love to hear them!

Chocolate Chip S'mores Cookies

Adapted from Buns in My Oven

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In stand mixer, cream the butter with the sugar (you can also use a hand mixer).
  4. Add in vanilla and two eggs and mix until well combined.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to your wet ingredients until just combined.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Chill dough for 20-30 minutes.
  8. Using a medium cookie scoop, roll a ball of dough and then flatten in your palm.
  9. Place 2-3 marshmallows into center and roll dough around, enclosing the marshmallows entirely.
  10. Place cookies onto parchment lined baking sheet.
  11. Bake for 9-10 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to cooling racks.