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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

S'mores Cookie Bites

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The great thing about baking is that most recipes yield enough to feed a crowd. The terrible thing about baking is that most recipes yield enough to feed a crowd.

Thing is, I love to bake. I love to bake often. Some baked goods last mere days before they're completely gobbled up, giving me an excuse to bake something new. Other times, I find myself pawning baked goods off on people so that I have an excuse to bake something new. When my sister mentioned her 4th of July potluck at work (nurses don't always get holidays off!), I jumped at the chance to bake something for her.
This made enough for her to share at work and enough for us to enjoy several at home. Win win. It would have been way too easy to eat the entire batch ourselves, so having people to share them with turned out to be a win win win (for my thighs, anyway).
These are adapted from the S'mores Bars I made awhile back, and they really do taste like S'mores in one bite. The toasted marshmallows are key, but don't let them burn...the broiler turns them from perfect to burnt in a matter of seconds! Also, be sure not to overbake the cookies before adding the marshmallows--you still want the cookies slightly gooey before you broil to ensure a perfectly soft cookie when all is said and done!

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S'mores Cookie Bites
adapted from my S'mores Bars

-2 sticks butter, softened
-1 1/2 cups sugar
-2 eggs
-2 tsp vanilla extract
-2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-2 cups graham cracker crumbs
-2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-2 cups chocolate chips (I used a mixture of mini and regular)
-3-4 cups mini marshmallows

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a mini muffin tin and set aside.
2. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add eggs and vanilla, beating to combine.
3. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture, beating until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
4. Press about a tablespoon of dough into each prepared muffin cup. Bake for  9-10 minutes, until edges begin to set but middles still look gooey. Remove and top each cup with 2-3 mini marshmallows. Return to oven and broil for 2-3 minutes (watching carefully, they turn color fast!) until toasted and light brown.
5. Repeat with remaining dough--makes approximately 50 mini s'mores cups.