My sister and I got into a discussion about camping the other day. She lives in NC and folks out that way refer to any sort of sleeping in the wilderness as camping (sleeping in a cabin, RV, your car if there is room and your cheap). People who live in Utah are born wearing fleece and once they are able to walk begin roaming the hills like mountain goats, so naturally they firmly believe that camping is solely done in a tent. Actually driving to your predetermined campsite is considered lazy. I am probably considered one of those crunch granola types, not only because as I type this I am wearing a fleece jacket, no make-up, and am drinking out of a Nalgene bottle, but because I love to camp. One of the first things I do after setting up the tent is to forage for sticks to roast marshmallows for s’mores. I cannot write the words to say my love of roasted marshmallows nestled between chocolate and graham crackers. Needless to say this week’s Baked Sunday Morning challenge of campfire cookies, which pay homage to the s’more, was right up my alley (or hiking trail in this case).
The campfire cookies are pretty similar to a chocolate chip cookie although you add marshmallows, crushed graham crackers, cinnamon (which I omitted due to my husband’s request), and honey. The option is given to make your own marshmallows but I opted for the very classy, generic store-bought variety. These came together very quickly, but they did have a loose texture which was slightly worrisome. The recipe called for refrigerating these for at least four hours and I had my dough put together by 9:00 AM and only started to think about baking these around 6:00 PM. I was really nervous about both the texture of the dough and the inclusion of the marshmallows so I attempted a tester. I formed one cookie and into the oven it went. The recipe calls for baking these in the wide range of 14-20 minutes and I kept mine in for about 16. The cookie exploded, but not to worry I still ate it and it was delicious. I thought this one was a fluke and attempted a second tester. This one turned out perfect and then I proceeded to cook off an additional six cookies that were also perfect (or close enough-there was some marshmallow carmalization seepage). Not sure why these turned out. I did put the second and third batch of cookies on my already hot cookie sheet, so that could have been why.
My intention was to bake a different batch of these throughout the week as the recipe indicated that the dough could be refrigerated for an entire week. That would have made for a really great blog post, but sorry I really loved eating this dough. I would snack on it throughout the day and only had enough dough to bake a batch the second day. Not sure how many cookies this recipe yields, as my dough consumption was significant (at least two to three cookies), but even then I have a hard time believing this recipe could yield 36 cookies.
The lowdown my friends is that this is one tasty cookie. A little more work than your standard chocolate chip, but not much, and is great cookie to impress those who love chocolate chip (or just cookies in general). I did not really get a ton of s’more action from this cookie, but that did not damper my love of it. Did everyone else love this cookie? Check out the responses on Baked Sunday Mornings.
Recipe from: Baked Occasions by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito