December 4th is National Cookie Day, and I could let the opportunity pass by without trying out a delicious new recipe: Marshmallow Stuffed S'mores.
I have tried all manner of S'mores-related recipe, and they have all been delicious. I mean, really, it is impossible to go wrong when combining graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate. For starters I love camping and no camping trip is complete without a good, fire-roasted marshmallow s'more. Two summers ago I discovered Kraft Jet-Puffed Stackermallows, a flat square marshmallow designed for easier stacking. This was also around the same time we started experimenting with other chocolate options: Rolos, Reese's Cups, and Dove Sea Salt Caramels ranked as our favorites.
I have also made S'mores Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Meringue, S'mores Dip (the best mess-free way to enjoy the otherwise sticky treat), S'mores Chex Mix, and about a million other cookie recipes. And don't even get me started on Ben & Jerry's S'mores Ice Cream!
But this one is my new favorite, in part due to my secret ingredient: Graham Flour. Graham Flour was named after Sylvester Graham, whose teachings on dietary reform emphasized vegetarianism and eating whole-grain bread. It is similar to whole-wheat flour, and contains all of the wheat berry's elements- germ, endosperm, and bran. I love Bob's Red Mill Graham Flour (which should be able to find in your local Health Food store). It is very coarse, with a flavor that is slightly nutty and sweet.
I used half all-purpose flour, half graham flour for this recipe. Adding to that, a little extra brown sugar for that added chewy texture, semi-sweet chocolate chips, Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits, mini marshmallows, and a hint of ground cinnamon, and you end up with a thin, tender, chewy cookie with a flavor is truly reminiscent of sitting next to an open fire and fighting over the last piece of chocolate.
These cookies spread a lot, so chilling the dough beforehand, and allowing plenty of space between cookies when baking is very important. The yield on this recipe is about two dozen cookies, so you may want to double up if you have lots of sweets eaters in the house and don't want to share.
So, there you have it. One of my favorite cookies, on one of my favorite holidays. Happy National Cookie Day!