S'mores Cookies

Here's the situation: you've been dating this guy for a couple months and things are going well. You've met his family, he's met yours, you get along great. The fourth of July is coming up and he says you're invited to the annual day-long BBQ/gathering that his family goes to every year at a cabin on a lake north of the cities. This means 1) there will be tons of family and close friends there 2) you might possibly be wearing a bathing suit when you meet said people and 3) it would probably be polite to bring some salad or dessert to share at the BBQ.

Let's just say you start obsessing over #3. Food is important, okay?

You brainstorm and brainstorm for days about what you should bring. You have plenty of salads and dessert recipes that you like, but none of them seem quite right. What you bring should be delicious. Something that is memorably good, so that even if you don't make the best impression, at least you will be remembered partly as the girl who can make a mean potato salad. Except potato salad is off the list because it has mayonnaise and you don't want to be remembered as the girl who gave everyone food poisoning. You want something summery, but that doesn't require refrigeration, cost a fortune, seem too snooty, seem too processed, seem too ordinary or duplicate something else that is there. Boy, you are kind of a nut.

Finally, you get an epiphany. Is there such a thing as a s'mores cookie? A cookie that could combine all the great summery-ness of chocolate, marshmallow and graham crackers together in one treat? You ask your trusty friend, Google, and after some time, you land upon a recipe. (My guess is that a similar search now would find MANY more recipes, but this was way back in 2008, y'all. WAY back then.) This recipe sounds perfect - it has all the required ingredients, including crushed graham crackers in the dough. You head over to your sister's house to whip up a batch (cooking is always better with a friend) and taste the first baked cookie.

Success! The s'mores cookie is amazing! Rich and soft, chocolatey and marshmallowy, you've found cookie perfection. You proudly bring the cookies to the BBQ, slip them onto the dessert table and happily meet the friends and family gathered there. Everyone is so sweet you realize you didn't even need to stress about making a good impression.

Although, it's still nice to be known as the girl who made the wonderful s'mores cookies.

S'mores Cookies

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup graham cracker crumbs (This is about 2 crackers shy of a whole pack, chopped in a food processor.)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup (more or less) of marshmallows (not large style)
2 Hershey Bars, broken into pieces

Beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Blend in egg and vanilla. Add combined flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Stir in chocolate chips (if using).

Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets about 3 inches apart.

Bake in pre-heated oven 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. Remove and quickly press marshmallows Hershey bar pieces into cookies. Return to oven and cook until done (about 1 more minute)

Makes about 3 dozen

Recipe source: adapted slightly from www.cookiemadnes.net

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