Saturday, September 29, 2007

Rainy Saturday Concocting

There are many things I am grateful for. Among them?? Rain. Saturday afternoons. Sales on Baking Ingredients. Coffee. Cooking shows. All five at the same time. The sale is the critical point here. Normally, I would not buy marshmallows unless I needed them for something specific. For some reason, though, they called out to me among the chocolate chips, coconut flakes, bags o' nuts, et cetera. GOOD THING! What came of these gelatinous little confections?? Why, s'mores, of course. Afterall, no one likes "raw" marshmallows.

So I began by creating a cookie base. There were no eggs in the house, and I realized this a little too late in the game. Having no intentions of going to the store, I decided to make do. I wanted it to be graham crackery (duh), and not too sweet. Here's what I came up with...

Graham Cracker Cookies

1 c. salted almonds, pretty finely ground (I used my magic bullet)

2 graham cracker sheets, finely ground (again, the magic bullet, bless it)

1 c. dark brown sugar

3/4 c. white whole wheat flour

1 t. baking powder

1/2 c. softened butter (one stick)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray (PAM) a mini-muffin pan (mine has 32 spots). Whisk together everything but the butter. Add the butter and incorporate with your hands. The dough will come together into one nice ball. Set out some parchment paper, and roll the dough into two foot long logs. Slice the logs into 16 pieces each. Place the slices into your greased muffin pan. Bake for 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool for a good ten-ish minutes before you take them out.

After the cookies were cool, I couldn't decide if I wanted sandwich cookies, open-facers, or something resembling a moonpie. I decided to go the sandwich route. I melted a couple cups of mini marshmallows over medium high heat, stirring constantly. I wanted the toasty flavor of a campfire s'more, so I waited until the marshmallow began to brown slightly. When this happened, I began spooning the marshmallow onto some of the graham cookie bases. AHHH! Worst idea ever. So I did that to fifteen of them before I gave up. I topped six of those fifteen with six un-marshmallowed cookies. Six sandwiches was all I was up for this afternoon.

So with the nine remaining marshmallowed, and seventeen remaining unmarshmallowed cookie bases, I decided to take the broiler route. I topped all of the cookies with 4 marshmallows, and put them under a broiler on medium heat. I stood there and watched cause I knew those suckers would brown up quick, I'm no stranger to marshmallow roasting!

Then I simply set all my marshmallowed cookies back on the parchment paper, melted a cup of milk chocolate chips, and drizzled away.

They are devilish little things. I simply could not help myself from snagging another...and get the picture.

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