Happy National S'mores Day!
We couldn't have asked for better timing here in the UK because after a few weeks of washout weather the sun has FINALLY remembered it's late to the party and has put in an appearance which means everyone should be BBQing it up tonight and in our house BBQ's = S'mores! So for all you first timers out there who have yet to enjoy the s'moreish goodness I'm urging you all to go out buy some marshmallows, buy a pack of biscuits, buy some super delish choc (Milka was my choc of choice this time) and join in the s'mores party, seen as how it's National S'mores Day it would be rude not to!!
My search continues to incorporate s'mores into every baked good possible! so when I stumbled upon Tara's amazing s'mores stuffed chocolate chip cookies I knew I had to bake some up!
Tara made her own graham crackers from scratch but after trying my hand at these a few months back I don't think they compare to regular graham crackers - there's not enough crunch to them! so I stuck with Nabisco's boxed ones to keep the cookies as authentic as possible!
I decided to incorporate both milk and white chocolate chunks into my cookies just to add to the fun! and yes that's about a fistful size of cookie dough you have to put either side of the ready made s'more!
So I ended up baking my cookies on one baking tray at the time because by the time they spread out in the oven they were the size of small pizzas!
Yes, they're over the top! but who could deny a giant warm and melted chocolate studded cookie complete with a gooey marshmallow s'more baked into the middle! Not me, that's for sure!
Go get some s'mores love, you won't be disappointed!
Giant S'mores Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies:
From Smells Like Home
For the cookie dough:
2 cups plus 2 tbsp plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
12 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled until warm
1 cup soft brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk chocolate chunks
3/4 cup white chocolate chunks
1 cookie dough recipe, at room temperature
8 graham cracker squares, broken into halves
4 marshmallows, chopped in half lengthwise
2 rows of milk chocolate from an 100g bar of Milka (or your chocolate of choice)
Prepare 4 s'mores: Break each graham cracker square in half. Place 2-3 squares of milk chocolate (depending on which size/brand you have used) on top of the graham cracker. Cut marshmallows lengthwise, place one half on top of the chocolate. Finish with the graham cracker half. Set those 4 s'mores aside for later.
For the cookie dough: Whisk the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt together in a medium bowl; set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or by hand, mix butter and sugars until thoroughly combined. Beat in the egg, yolk and vanilla until combined. Add dry ingredients and beat at low speed just until combined - the batter should look a little lumpy. Stir in chocolate chips.
Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Line two baking trays with parchment paper.
Get two large spoonfuls of cookie dough and shape them into a flat circle. Put the cookie dough round onto the baking tray and place a pre prepared s'more on top. Take two more spoonfuls of cookie dough and shape them into a round and place them on top of the graham cracker and then shape the dough around the s'more until it is completely covered - at this stage it will resemble a cookie dough mound!
Mine were so big that I had to use one tray per cookie, so I baked in two sessions. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until the tops and edges are slightly browned and the edges just lift off the tray with a spatula. The s'mores will most likely peek out of the cookies but it just adds to the charm so go with it!
Leave them to cool on the trays for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool for a further 10 minutes.
If you have made something s'moreishly delicious then hop on over to Mandy's blog where you can add your blog post to her link party - go on...then we can have a giant collection of s'more related baked goods - it will be amazing! It doesn't just have to be something you've made today either!