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Chocolate S'mores Cookies by The Cooking Actress for JavaCupcake.com

Chocolate S’mores Cookies

A sweet guest recipe for you today that transforms your favorite summertime dessert  into decadent, delicious Chocolate S’mores Cookies!

Chocolate S'mores Cookies by The Cooking Actress for JavaCupcake.com

Hello there JavaCupcake readers!! My name is Kayle and I’m the gal behind the food blog, The Cooking Actress. In case you didn’t get it…I’m an actress…and I cook. I also live in Ohio (my home state, but I moved here a couple years ago from NYC) with my husband and I love to make homemade crave-worthy foods! There, now we’re introduced. Nice to meet ya 🙂 I’m so excited to be here and help Betsy out while she takes care of her family and prepares for their move and such. She’s seriously one of the sweetest, strongest women I know-I’m sure you all agree. PLUS-she makes some of the most gorgeous and delectable looking sweets, that is just a fact!

Chocolate S'mores Cookies by The Cooking Actress for JavaCupcake.com

Alright now…let’s talk cookies. They’re kinda my thang. I’ve been referred to as the cookie queen on more than one occasion…just sayin’. Ha, but seriously they’re my favorite and I do sort of think of them as my specialty. Which is why I’m always wary of buying cookies because they so rarely live up to my expectations, especially now that I live in OH-which has admittedly fewer quality bakery options than NY did. BUT there is one place I’ve found that has solid cookies…Insomnia. They’re a national cookie chain that has shops located on/near college campuses and they deliver until all hours of the morning. I do not live on a college campus BUT I do live 15 minutes away from Kent, a college town (Kent State University…where my husband is getting his master’s and almost everyone I know went for undergrad)-and they have an Insomnia Cookies, and I have had the pleasure of stopping in and enjoying said cookies on more than one occasion.

Chocolate S'mores Cookies by The Cooking Actress for JavaCupcake.com

Although Insomnia has a few different kinds of tasty looking cookies, I am always drawn to their Deluxe S’mores Cookie—it’s just something I can’t get anywhere else. And I LOVE IT! They’re the kind of smart bakery that serves your cookies warm, as they should be. And the cookie is chocolatey and chewy and has gooey mini marshmallows and little bites of crunchy graham crackers…and I live too far away to have them on the regular. So-I decided to make my own!

Chocolate S'mores Cookies by The Cooking Actress for JavaCupcake.com

Ahhh I was nervous! I tried scouring the internet for their recipe or copycat recipes and nothing was right! I needed a fairly flat, definitely large, yet chewy and gooey and very chocolatey cookie base-I knew as long as I had that I could just add mini marshmallows and graham crackers and that would be simple enough to figure out. So I searched. And I found something I thought might work. And then I adapted it slightly (baking it for less time so they’re softer and chewier, in addition to adding the ‘mallows and grahams). And I reveled in my success….I HAVE DONE IT! I recreated the cookies (…pretty close anyway. As close as I think is possible without the actual recipe) and they are delicious. I’m so excited. And I’m so excited to share them with YOU GUYS!

Chocolate S'mores Cookies by The Cooking Actress for JavaCupcake.com

My brother (who is currently in basic training for the Air Force) shares my love of the s’mores cookies and I know he’d love these. Which is why I’m freezing some to bring to him when I go to his graduation, and why I plan on making and shipping him a batch once he’s out of basic. Because I’m a good sister 🙂 But for reals…these cookies are so decadent and rich and perfectly chewy and they have gorgeously melted chunks of chocolate (I prefer dark but feel free to use milk!) and little bits of graham cracker and then-GUYS-some of the mini marshmallows toast while they bake. So the s’mores-ness is on the next level. They’re everything I wanted them to be and more and I know you’ll all love them as much as I do!

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Chocolate S'mores Cookies

Chocolate S'mores Cookies

Yield: 18+ Cookies
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 8 oz. milk or dark chocolate, 4 oz. coarsely chopped, 4 oz. cut into 1/4-inch chunks
  • 1 stick (8 tbsp.) unsalted butter
  • 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows, divided
  • 4 graham cracker squares, broken into small pieces, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Melt chopped chocolate with the butter in a small heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Remove the bowl from heat and let cool a few minutes. Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla to the chocolate mixture and, using an electric mixer, beat on medium speed until combined.
  4. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients on low speed.
  5. Fold in chocolate chunks, 1/2 cup mini marshmallows, and 2 squares of broken up graham crackers.
  6. Scoop batter using a large cookie scoop (about 1/4 cup of dough) and place at least 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Press the remaining mini marshmallows and broken up graham cracker bits into the tops of each cookie dough ball (approx. 2 marshmallows and 2 graham cracker pieces per cookie).
  7. Bake until cookies are slightly only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="165" data-gr-id="165">flattened, about 12 minutes. Let cool on the sheet for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Notes

Adapted from Martha Stewart's Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies and inspired by Insomnia Cookies' Deluxe S'mores Cookie.

Chocolate S'mores Cookies by The Cooking Actress for JavaCupcake.com

Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers - Perfect for s'mores! | JavaCupcake.com

Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers

Never buy store bought graham crackers again!  Instead, use this simple recipe to make your home Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers!

Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers - Perfect for s'mores! | JavaCupcake.com

I’ve had the idea to make chocolate graham crackers for several weeks now, but the timing to make them never seemed perfect.  I wanted to make them on a day where I could take the bake chocolate graham crackers into the back yard, roast marshmallows, and make s’mores! But, the weather has been yuckie and I was a little busy welcoming home my soldier from Afghanistan!

Finally, we’ve got a 4-day weekend, the weather is perfect and my husband decided to break out the firepit and picked up some wood from the store.  The perfect conditions for s’mores in the back yard.

These Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers made the most amazing base for our s’mores.  The dough came together incredibly easy in the mixer and baked up so crisp.

Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers - Perfect for s'mores! | JavaCupcake.com

The sweet taste of the honey comes through in these crackers just enough to add the perfect amount of sweetness to compliment the dark chocolate flavor.

Unfortunately, I don’t own a square cookie cutter.  So, instead I used a spring themed flower shaped cutter.  Which worked out pretty well actually.  Any shape cookie cutter could be used as long as it didn’t have any pointy edges, like a star does.  You want the crackers to bake evenly without any of the tips burning.  Soft edges are best.

Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers - Perfect for s'mores! | JavaCupcake.com

To build these s’mores we simple roasted marshmallows over the hot coals of our fire until they were golden brown.  Then added a chunk of Lindt dark chocolate to one of the chocolate graham crackers, put the hot marshmallow and another cracker on top and smushed it all together.

Oooooooooh yes.

So gooey.  So delicious.  So good.

I’ll take three, please!

Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers - Perfect for s'mores! | JavaCupcake.com

I think this summer, I’ll make regular honey graham crackers and homemade marshmallows and use super fancy dark chocolate to make s’mores.   Gourmet s’mores!  Yum! I can’t wait for that!

Until then… I hope you make these chocolate graham crackers!  They’re so easy and so good! Your family will love them!

Happy Baking!

Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers

Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers

Yield: 3+ dozen crackers
Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold & cubed
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, very cold

Instructions

  1. Line 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine on low speed the flour, sugars, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure everything is incorporated thoroughly and that no lumps are visible.
  3. Add the cubed cold butter and continue mixing on low speed until the butter has broken down into very small pieces.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the honey and cold heavy cream. Add this to the mixing bowl and mix on low speed until a dough ball forms. If you dough is too dry and does not come together after 2-3 minute of mixing, add 1 additional Tbsp of cream.
  5. Separate the dough into two balls and place one on a lightly floured surface. Roll dough to about 1/16in thickness.
  6. Using a cookie cutter, cut 2-3 inch shapes out of the dough and place on prepared baking sheet. You could use a square, circle, rectangle or a flower shape.
  7. Use a fork to poke holes into the top of each cracker.
  8. Repeat until all the dough has been used. Chill on baking sheets for about an hour in the refrigerator.
  9. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  10. Bake each sheet for about 15 minutes.
  11. Cool on the pan for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Use these graham crackers to make s'mores, dip in chocolate or eat as a snack!
  13. Store in an air tight container or a ziplock bag for up to a week.

Notes

Recipe highly adapted from Happy Food Happy Life

S’mores Peeps Pops

S'mores Peeps Pops by JavaCupcake.com

Last week I participated in the Spring Hop Along Peeps party with 22 other amazeball bloggers and I collected a LOT of Peeps to prepare for it.  So now, I’ve got DOZENS of Peeps and needed something to make with them – S’mores Peeps Pops!  Seriously can’t go wrong with dipping marshmallows in chocolate and crushed graham crackers!

{Fun for the kids} S'mores Peeps Pops by JavaCupcake.com

I had a few helpers with these yummy treats!  My daughter and a few of the neighborhood kids came over to help decorate some of the Peeps.  We had graham crackers, sprinkles, jimmies and little baby chicks to sprinkle all over the chocolate.   Afterwards, one of the parents told me they thought these were such a great idea that next year for Easter they were going to decorate Peeps instead of eggs!  I think I started a new family tradition!

After the chocolate hardened on these pops, I packaged them up in treat bags and tied them with a piece of string and sent them to school with my daughter to hand out in one of her classes.  They make the perfect individual treat!

Enjoy!
S'mores Peeps Pops by JavaCupcake.com

S’mores Peeps Pops

Ingredients

  • 3-4 dozen Peeps Chicks in assorted colors
  • 250g Lindt chocolate (or any other chocolate you want - just not baking chips)
  • 1 cup crushed graham crackers
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Styrofoam block
  • Wax paper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Chop the chocolate into small chunks and place them in a microwave safe glass bowl. Microwave the chocolate for 45 seconds on 60% heat. Stir and repeat until the chocolate is 85% melted. Continue stirring until all the chocolate has melted and it is smooth.
  2. Dip the bottom of the Peep chick in chocolate and shake off excess chocolate until no more drips off.
  3. Set Peep into the crushed graham crackers and press cracker onto the chocolate until it is covered.
  4. Dip about 1/2 inch of the lollipop stick into the chocolate the press it up into the bottom of the Peep - don't press it all the way through.
  5. Press the lollipop stick into the Styrofoam block and allow to set until the chocolate has hardened. NOTE: If you don't have lollipop sticks, you can just place the completed Peeps on wax paper to harden.
  6. Store in air tight containers or use candy bags to individually wrap them.
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