The Cookie S’More: Camping’s New Best Friend.

the cookie s'more

I’m not sure when I first heard about the cookie s’more or if it was just a flittering whisper of genius in my brain one day, but it’s our new favorite camping recipe that you guys all need to know about.

The truth is: There is nothing complicated about making a s’more – it’s a tried and true recipe. So why change it?

“Ugh, all the graham crackers got smashed up in the box! I’ve got one whole one here and three angled chunks here… Hold on, let me see if I can perch these two together, no they don’t match…”

I got the wrong size chocolate bars – these are way too big for the graham crackers and they don’t have that little break off line… Does anybody have a knife on them?”

“The graham crackers got all randomly crumbly (her face seemed crumbling like pastries? what? Get out of my blog post, Ed Sheeran!) – hurry up and shove this burning hot s’more in your mouth before it falls in the dirt!”

It’s 900 degrees outside and all the chocolate is melted. Maybe we can just smear it onto the graham crackers? Oh, damn, they are broken, too. S’more parfait anyone?”

What? None of you have ever had any of these problems with s’mores before? Maybe I’m just inept at basic camp cooking (or dorm room cooking, I won’t lie) – but either way, once I discovered the cookie s’more there was no going back. The flavors, they are so heavenly – the assembly is so easy your three year old could do it (ack! fire! pointy sticks! Nevermind, I’ll assemble!) and plus, cookies.

The Cookie S’More Recipe

Cook Time: however long it takes to roast your marshmallow

Assembly Time: a few seconds

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 cookies of your choosing, I prefer chocolate chip (Pepperidge Farms Soft Baked are fantastic)
  • 1 or 2 marshmallows depending on size and preference

Directions

  1. Roast marshmallows via method of your choosing. Stab them with a skewer and throw them over an open flame (if you are using a grill, remove the grate thingy first – you’re welcome). If you’ve never roasted a marshmallow, please enjoy this handy video from the yootoobs – or just wing it. It’s kind of hard to go wrong here.
  2. Once your marshmallow is browned to perfection, place it on top of a cookie and use the other cookie to sandwich it into place, carefully removing your skewer.
  3. If you can stand it, wait a few seconds before biting in – that marshmallow is hot!

The results, will be ooey and gooey with that perfect blend of chocolate, marshmallow and cookie flavor. Make some for the other people in your camping group or keep it your little secret and laugh ruthlessly, watching them make their own Old Fashioned, Sad and Pathetic S’Mores.

Don’t have an open flame handy? Place those cookies on a microwave safe plate, top one with a marshmallow and microwave for a few seconds until the marshmallow starts to expand – then top with the other cookie. Keep a close eye on the marshmallow though, nobody wants to clean exploded marshmallow out of a microwave.

What’s your favorite camping recipe? Your This is So Easy it Almost Doesn’t Deserve It’s Own Post Except It’s Genius Recipe?

St Pattys Day Project #2: Spring Cookies To Share

speaking of cookies... on 365 Project

After lunch the kids and I made sugar cookies with light green frosting and some pretty, Spring colored sprinkles. Okay, if we’re going to be honest, this wasn’t my shining moment in Baking With the Kids, but they did come out pretty and MM did help with some pouring, frosting and sprinkling in between me yelling at him to get out of my kitchen… Oh well, I tried.

This was one of those projects where I improvised from beginning to end. I’d been hoping to find some kind of “kit” in the store that was all St Patrick’s Day Spiffy without being cut and cook cookies loaded with MSG. I ended up buying sugar cookie mix, frosting and green food coloring (that are probably loaded with MSG, but at least I had to mix my ingredients). Then I thought the sprinkles would look like pretty spring flowers. They are probably more Easter appropriate than Saint Patrick’s Day, but still a fun Spring project and delicious.

Not wanting to have too many sweets in the house, we decided to plate up four cookies and bring them across the hall to some neighbors that we’ve never taken the time to really get to know. I can still remember when our other neighbors did that around Christmas and it was such a clever way to say hello and truly started a great friendship. I decided to take a page from her book and be That Awesome Neighbor. Remind me to do the same thing when we move because it’s such a good idea and I actually know more about our neighbor now from ten minutes chatting than from two years living across the hall from each other! Another reminder to reach out more and say hello to the people you see every day!

Hope you guys are having a fantastic Saint Patrick’s Day! And if you want to steal my “Hello Neighbors” cookie idea – well, DO it! Then come tell me how it went! Let’s start a Cookies to Share revolution!

The Easiest, Most Delicious Cookie Recipe In The Universe… I Swear!

This post was originally published in January 2009. I’m republishing it for anyone who hasn’t read it yet because I made these cookies tonight and they are so delicious, I needed to share the love with all of you – because everybody needs to devour these cookies at least once, but preferably often.

perfect, moist, delicious chocolate cake cookies

My friends and family can attest – these cookies are delicious. I’ve been making them for a few years now and I don’t think I’ve ever made a bad batch. Seriously, this recipe is quick, easy, delicious and in my opinion, fool-proof. But I am a Cookie Goddess (I’m not bragging, it’s just the truth – some people have green thumbs, mine is covered in cookie dough). Regardless, I know anyone can make these cookies, they are that easy. And delicious…

This recipe was not my brain child, so it seems fitting that I share my good fortune with all of you. TEMDCRITUIS comes courtesy of the Half Baked Gourmet DESSERTS Cookbook by Tamara Holt. I bought it in a spur of the moment, thinking semi-home made and dessert was right up my alley. A lot of the recipes in here are good ones, I haven’t tried all of them – but this recipe people – this recipe was worth the small price of the book (I probably paid $7 for it – you can get it on Amazon for less than a dollar now – seriously). Anyway, enough fanfare – here it is, my not-so-secret recipe that dozens of friends and family have asked me for over the years, Tamara Holt calls it the Inside Out Chocolate Chip Cookie – I call it delicious, easy, and a million other wonderful adjectives. Try them for yourself and please let me know how you like them!

The Easiest, Most Delicious Cookie Recipe In The Universe… I Swear!

Prep Time: 10 minutes * Bake Time: 10 minutes * Makes: About 24 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (1 pound 2.25 ounces) devils food cake mix (I’ve tried several kinds of chocolate cake mix, all are good – you can really do any cake mix, funfetti is fun, but the chocolate cake mixes come out better for me, so I stick to them)
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/3 cups white chocolate chips (Truthfully, I’ve only measured once – I pour them in until it’s enough, and again you can use ANY kind of chocolate chip – chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter, swirled – go nuts)

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine cake mix, butter and egg. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 2 minutes (you can hand mix it, too, just use your judgement and stop mixing when it starts to look like cookie dough), scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Stir in chocolate chunks of your preference.
  2. Shape the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet (I don’t know how big my balls are (my google search engine results are going to go crazy now, thanks recipe gods). They typically fit in the palm of my hand with room to spare, I suspect they are larger than the recipe calls for, because I never get 40 cookies out of the batch. And really – does it matter?).
  3. Bake until cookies are set, about 10 minutes (am I the only one who bakes cookies until I can smell them from another room – this seriously works for me and I don’t know if I’m delusional. I probably under cook my cookies a tiny bit, but at the same time – my cookies are typically moist and delicious for their entire lifespan, unlike other people’s cookies that get stale and crumbly – mine do not. So there.). Cool for 1 minute on a pan (so they don’t fall apart), then remove them with a spatula and place on a wire rack to cool completely (snagging one cookie on your way out of the kitchen because they are delicious right out of the oven and you don’t really care if this one falls apart in your hand on the way to your mouth do you?).

You’re welcome.

Want to know how many calories are in each cookie? Here’s a handy tip – if you go to this calorie counting website you can hover over the tab that says FOODS and click on New Recipe. Enter all the ingredients and then how many cookies (or servings) are in the batch and it will tell you how many calories are in each cookie. Brilliant, no? For example, if I plug in this recipe and put 24 servings (assuming I make 24 cookies in my batch) then each cookie has 198 calories. Make smaller cookies, they’ll have less calories per.

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Tonight I added a little peppermint extract to my cookie mix and they were awesome. And the kitchen smells like Christmas now – it is glorious. I only used about 1/4 teaspoon and it was plenty – a little goes a long way when it comes to peppermint extract! Point is, this is a very versatile cookie recipe that you NEED to have in your baking arsenal.

Christmas Cookie Exchange: Mistletoe Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

You can go to Jan’s blog to find more delicious recipes in the
Christmas Cookie Recipe Exchange!

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This recipe is one I remember seeing year after year at my grandmother’s house growing up and it’s very simple. Just make basic peanut butter cookies but instead of pressing it with a fork, keep it rolled in a ball, then when finished, immediately press half a peanut butter cup into the cookie so that it looks like a flower pot.

I like the peanut butter cookie recipe from Better Homes and Gardens:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

1. In a large mixing bowl beat peanut butter and butter with electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Cover and refrigerate dough about 1 hour or until easy to handle.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Shape dough in 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake about 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

NOW, BEFORE COOLING, immediately press the halved peanut butter cups in the center of each cookie so that the cut side is pressed into the cookie and no longer visible.

Transfer to wire racks. Cool.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Now to decorate – You can do this a couple of ways, we typically use green frosting and red hots cinnamon candies, but you can also use green frosting and red frosting or any other variation you like, but basically you want to squirt some green frosting on top of the peanut butter cup “flower pot” to resemble leaves and then add the red candies or frosting to make little round berries. Voila – Mistletoe Peanut Butter Cup Cookies.

I don’t have any pictures handy and couldn’t find any online, which means this idea must be fairly original. But I think you can use your imagination to combine this:

and this:

Dear Diet, I'm Just Not That Into You

I know I should be working out right now to the pilates DVD that just came in the mail, but I’m so excited because I just found out that I won the anti-diet from Carol @ Siswick Construction Zone! We’re talking 2,855 yummy delicious calories in the form of new ultra healthy-ish Cadbury Chocolate Bars. Perhaps the cranberries and apricots thrown into that yummy chocolatey mix will make up for the aforementioned yummy chocolate? Still, how can I think about trivial things like waist lines and my health when I know this will be coming in the mail for me soon:

In an effort to not go completely crazy, I am now drinking my second glass of water for the day. I know that isn’t remotely impressive but it’s better than having theĀ  glass of Egg Nog that I really want or the peanut butter cookies we made yesterday which came out sooooooo good! No, instead, I’m only having a glass of water. But when that prize comes in the mail, I can’t promise to continue in my good behavior. Sorry.

And THANKS Carol!

In Other News…

  • I really want to bake peanut butter cookies but I’m worried that would be the epitome of further sabotaging my diet. But I saw this great recipe in Parents Magazine which only needs peanut butter, sugar & an egg – I have all those things! And don’t you think my adorable two year old would enjoy making cookies with his momma… I know I could give some cookies away, but that involves going out, which I’m hoping not to do until the weekend. By then they’ll be long gone.
  • I just ordered our Christmas cards from Walmart’s photo website. I am not always the biggest Walmart fan but I do love their photo products and their prices seriously cannot be beat. I made our 2008 calendar there and it came out great! I’m using my iMac to make next year’s calendar, because it means I can use iPhoto which is just easier and only a few dollars more expensive. Holiday cards really aren’t cost effective via iPhoto though so thank god for Walmart! I say the same thing, btw, when I need new clothes. Apparently only Walmart understands my body type. I’m not sure what that says about me… Do you guys like Walmart or are you strictly Target Types? Or other?
  • I’ve had four glasses of water today (the big TALL glasses) and had trail mix for a snack with MM – so even though I haven’t exercised today I’m still feeling pretty proud of myself and super healthy – I lost 3 pounds last week doing nothing so maybe doing a teeny tiny something this week will help the trend to continue?
  • I also organized MM’s toys while he was napping, trying to instead of stashing things in two huge crates and rotating, keep all the crates out at once and organize the toys so that stuffed animals are here, cars and trucks and planes are here, etc. So far I think it’s working well but we’ll see. I really don’t want to have to get rid of toys but Christmas is fast approaching. Still I think we’ll see what kind of loot we get before we go hastily getting rid of (although to be fair, none of his old toys are gone, they are just in boxes in our bedroom, which would prefer we not bring more boxes into).
  • The Halloween costume is ALMOST time. I bought dh a new sewing machine this weekend (apparently our old one only did ONE stitch, how lame is that? The new one only does 16, but he says that’s a world of difference and that it does all these other cool things, too. Please don’t tell him I’m betraying his manliness again by telling you all of this, but I love it. If he gets really good at this sewing thing he can teach me how to do some of it. But you know he’ll just do a better job. Meanwhile … I blog like nobody’s business? I’m sure I’m good at something. So he does the sewing, makes homemade breads, pizzas and anything else he puts his mind to and he’s a genius. I’m… good at spell checking. Usually.
  • This may or may not be the only random bullet points post I ever make. Usually I try to reign it in and make one topic per post, but I wanted to just talk for awhile, like in a diary or something and just get it out a bit. Without continuing to cry about my dead hamster and lack of pregnancy. You understand right?