It's the un-official start of summer, and summer means bonfires, grillouts etc...
Which is why it's only fitting to make something w/o the bonfire just yet, but reminiscent of a cool night by a fire...
What would that be?
In a COOKIE!
Now, as I mentioned I failed at this cookie miserably last year, but I am going to give it another try, and do a few things differently this time.
Let's look at my fail, shall we?
Ooh so not pretty, but actually they were good. (As you know, I eat my fails)
So, some history?
If you're not familiar with s'mores, they are made by sandwiching a toasted marshmallow and a piece of chocolate in between two graham crackers. The name of the treat comes from the two words "some more," clearly combined because people often wanted to have at least a second serving after having one s'more. The treat was developed by campers in the early part of the 20th century, making use of the fairly new mass-produced marshmallows. Marshmallows were easy to transport, as were candy bars and graham crackers, and the marshmallows could be warmed easily over a fire to make a delicious treat in a situation where other types of sweets would have been difficult to come by.
The true origin of the snack is unknown, as camping recipes tended to be passed from person to person and family to family - often over the campfire itself. The first recipe for s'mores was published in 1927 in the Girl Scout Handbook and the event marked the official introduction of the s'more into popular culture.
The publication of the s'more recipe was not the first pairing of chocolate, marshmallow and cookies. In 1913, the Mallomar cookie was introduced to market, followed in 1917 by the Moon Pie. Both products have a graham cracker-like base - a sandwich, in the case of the Moon Pie - and are topped with marshmallow and a layer of chocolate.
S'mores (as well as Mallomars, Moon Pies and other confections with similar components) are popular because the simple ingredients make a perfect balance of flavors. The marshmallow is sticky and sweet, the chocolate is smooth, and the graham cracker is crisp and crumbly, acting almost like a pie crust to contain the filling.
So, we all know (well I'd like to think we do) that marshmallows are NOT vegan.. they contain gelatin, which is not vegan. And cookies, have butter and eggs, so this has been a bit of a challenge, but I'm ready for it this time.
So - numbers now.
Traditional S'more Cookies V'more Please Cookies
1 cookie 1 cookie
Calories 190 109
Total Fat 9.0 g 5g
Cholesterol 26mg 0
Sodium 95mg 42
Total Carbohydrate 26g 15.2
Dietary Fiber 1 g 2.0
Protein 1g 1.5
WWpts - 5 3
Double date with my girl, my bff, my bff jr and bff husband tomorrow night.. bff is going to make a salad, chickpea burgers and sweet potato fries, and dessert - MY COOKIES! (These were chosen by Elena - bff jr, who had a choice of these or chocolate cupcakes.) :)
We'll rock, we'll roll, we'll be outta control and hopefully we'll watch something funny on the tube for a while too. ;)
Til tomorrow - when I - weirdo that I am - turn on the oven in 90 degree heat outside with no ac a blowin' cuz that's how "I" roll.
Stay tuned, S'more time is comin' and you don't want to miss it!!
Music enjoyed while blogging:
Goldfrapp Radio on Pandora (because I'm not-so-secretly in love with Alison Goldfrapp)
Redux on a failed redux
Thanks to the girlfriend - I'm now craving Chipotle!