For the second year, I participated in a food blogger cookie swap, where we get matched “Secret Santa” style to three other bloggers and send them each a dozen cookies. In return, we get a dozen cookies from three different people. This year, I sent out S’mores Cookie Cups. A chewy cookie, shaped into a cup, filled with chocolate ganache, and topped with a marshmallow! Oh yes it is. These cookies can be eaten as is, heated up in the microwave, or hit with a creme brulee torch to toast that marshmallow. I like my marshmallows on fire! My husband gets a little nervous about my marshmallow burning habit.
I wanted to make a graham cracker cookie, and I also wanted a cookie that would stay chewy and not become crumbly. I ended up mashing together a few recipes to get this cookie here. It is so full of butter and sugar – the best baking ingredients – which get the cookie to that chewy bliss I craved. I added some cinnamon and honey to the cookie dough to mimic those classic graham cracker flavors. If I had any forethought whatsoever, I would have used graham flour to stay more authentic. Alas, I didn’t plan far enough ahead to order flour to arrive in time for baking.
The cookie I ended up with stays chewy, even when left out on the counter overnight, and reminds me of a chocolate chip cookie without the chocolate chips. I asked my husband what they tasted like and he said an oatmeal raisin cookie without the raisins. When I told him my chocolate chip cookie taste he said, “you invented everyone’s favorite cookie! Take a bite, and it is your favorite cookie without the fillings.” Hahaha!
The chocolate ganache filling is, well, chocolate ganache, basically heaven. I apologize for the gyp of a marshmallow, though. These babies are cut in half so they can fit into the cookie cup and still look cute. When I left the marshmallows whole, they were towering monsters, and I wanted these to be a one bite sort of thing.
I received Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Rolo Candy from Take Two Tapas. I am not exaggerating when I say I inhaled three while opening the package. David, Abby and Katie only got one each because I ate all the rest! Whoops… The girls came home from school one day asking for cookies and I got in so much trouble from the eight year old when I had to admit they had all been eaten.
I also received Soft Gingerbread Cookies with White Chocolate Chips from Blogghetti. I somehow managed restraint with these ones, and the kids got to have more than one each. Although I did sneak two after bedtime one night! They were seriously soft and perfect!
I sent my S’mores Cookie Cups to Seduction in the Kitchen, Everyday Foodies, and Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats. I hope they loved them! I also included an adorable doughnut Christmas ornament because they were too cute to pass up when I saw them.