Once we got back to the house, I immediately started baking my cookies. I decided to try something super fabulously awesome.......S'mores Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies. I found this recipe on Picky Palate. I had found some exciting new marshmallows at Walmart the other day and decided, that since it was pumpkin baking time, that I was going to use them in these cookies.
I was so stinking excited to see these that I let out a squeal in the middle of Walmart before snagging a bag! As soon as I got to my car I opened the bag to try one! OMG!!!!! That's all I can say. They have the perfect amount of pumpkiny flavor and spice. Mmmmmmm........
So these were going to be the marshmallows in my s'mores. I got everything together and started baking!!!!!
Pumpkin Spice S'more Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
(as adapted from Picky Palate)
2 sticks softened butter
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 TBSP vanilla
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
24 graham cracker quarters (or 12 full sheets separated at perforations)
3 Hershey Bars, broken into rows of 3 bars
12 large marshmallows cut in half lengthwise (I used one whole pumpkin spice marshmallow in mine)
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat liner (I used my new Silpat!!!)
-In a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy
-Add eggs and vanilla; continue to beat until well combined
-Place flour, salt, and baking soda into a large bowl; mix to combine, then slowly add to wet ingredients
-Add in the chocolate chips and mix some more
-Ok, so now here is where it gets complicated.......construct a s'more:
-Place one large scoop of cookie dough on baking sheet
-Place s'more on top of that cooke dough and then top with another large scoop of cookie dough
-Press around to cover s'more completely with cookie dough
*They will be LARGE!!!!
-Place cookie sheet in oven for 15-17 minutes (mine were done in 15 minutes using a Silpat mat)
-Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack
So, you all want to see the finished product, don't you!?!?!?! I know you do, so here it is!
Ta-dah!!! So wonderfully beautiful, aren't they!?!?! So large and delicious looking!
So how many smarty pants are out there and are thinking to themselves, the picture above showed 6 cookies being placed into the oven, she only shows 3 in the final product.......
Yeah......FAILURE!!!!!!!!! 3 out of the 6 cookies actually made it to the finish line and baked perfectly! The other 3......
Can you see them? Numbers 1, 4, and 6 didn't quite make the cut. No matter which way the cookie crumbles, 3 out of 6 = 1/2, which equals 50% which of course means I get an F for this baking project. Hey, we all can't be wonderful bakers like the lovely lady at Picky Palate, but shoot, I gave it one hell of a shot. They were still yummy, none-the-less, so I guess it wasn't a TOTAL failure.
I gave up after that batch and decided to try something different. I was still wanting to use my pumpkin spice marshmallows and decided to make regular chocolate chip cookies and press a marshmallow onto the top. Here is what I got:
Not the best looking things, but didn't taste bad. They had just a hint of pumpkin spice flavor. Not enough, though, to make a second batch, so I ended up just finishing off the batter with plain old simple chocolate chip cookies. Now, I have had issues with cookies in the past with them being flat and crunchy. Davey likes soft, chewy cookies, and wouldn't eat my "cow patties" when ever I would make cookies. I was really hoping things would be different this time around.....and boy was it!!!!
These are the most beautiful and perfect chocolate chip cookies I have ever baked in my life! I couldn't be any happier!!!!!!!! I give thanks to Pillsbury flour and my Silpat mat! If you never have used one or don't own one, do yourself a favor and go buy one! They are the best things ever! Go now....click on the link above and order one, or head to your nearest Williams-Sonoma and get yourself the most awesome baking mat ever created! I will wait for you to get back! :)
Ok, so you got one, right? I hope so! If not, well, you're just missing out. I had no idea what I was missin' til I got one.
Anyway, after baking I knew I had to start prepping tomorrow night's dinner. You will have to wait until tomorrow to find out what it is. I am just hoping it doesn't disappoint. While getting it all made up (one hint....it's a crock pot recipe) I looked down and saw my adorable little doggies!!!! <3
<3 Scrappy <3
Scrappy again! He's telling you to go get a Silpat!!!
<3 Zoey <3
<3 Billy <3
They were just too darn cute to NOT photograph!!!!
After all the dishes were cleaned up and the kitchen was tidy once more, I headed to the workout room and jumped on the treadmill for a run. After my run, and once I had cooled off/dried off, I had a very yummy dinner consisting of half of a ruby red grapefruit and a bowl of Cheerios with skim milk. Yummmmm!!!!
So, with today being October 2nd, this means two things:
1) Day 10 of the photo challenge
2) I have less than a week now until my triathlon!!!!!
I have my bags packed and ready for the race! I am so excited to be competing in my 4th tri!!!! <3
It's almost time for bed. Gotta get up bright and early for a workout and then head off to the grind at work, but before I go, I cannot forget about the photo challenge!!!!
Day 11: Something Fun
The desert! I love fall season for the desert! We always have so much fun with friends hanging around a fire at night or riding in the truck or our dirt bikes/quads during the day! Halloween weekend marks the first trip of the season and I cannot wait!!!! :D
Well, off to bed I go! Have a wonderful night and sweet dreams all!!!