S’mores Cookies & Peanut Butter Cookies

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And now I present to you the last cookies of the year.  Awww I’m so sad.  2012 was a good year for cookies, I think.  I wonder how much I baked.  Hundreds?  Thousands? 

Cookies are pretty much all I baked at home when I was going through school.  They were quick, easy, and always good.  Eric and I love a good cookie.  When I saw these Mallow Bits at Target, I knew they would go well in cookies.
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I’d heard about these mallows before but hadn’t seen them before.  They taste just like the mini marshmallows in hot chocolate packets.  They work well in cookies because they don’t melt down like regular marshmallows do. 

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I used the marshmallows in two different cookies – a Biscoff cookie and a peanut butter cookie.  My friend, Emily, hosted a cookie exchange at her house a few weeks ago, and I brought these.

The Biscoff cookie is thin and crispy, and loaded with mini marshmallows, chopped chocolate, and Biscoff spread. 

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The peanut butter was made with ground up honey roasted peanuts, peanut butter, honey, and mini marshmallows. 

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Both were good, but I preferred the Biscoff one. 

So this is my last post of 2012, and it might be my last post for a little while.  I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging, and changes I want to make.  When I go back to Chicago I’ll be starting my new full-time job.  My first real job. It’s important to me to do well, and I’ll need to devote all of my time and energy to it. 

I think I’ll take a break from blogging, or maybe slow down.   When I started this blog, my goal was to go to pastry school, and now I’ve accomplished that goal.  Now I need to set new goals.  Start a new path. 

Blogging has always been fun for me, and I want to keep it that way.  I never want to feel like I “have” to blog. 

Thank you for reading and caring!  Best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous new year!!

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S’mores Biscoff Cookies

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup Biscoff
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup extra mini marshmallows
140 grams chopped dark chocolate (or chocolate of choice)

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt.  In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, biscoff, and brown sugar until creamy.  Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well combined, along with vanilla.  Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in dry ingredients until just combined.  Stir in marshmallow and chocolate until just combined.  Chill dough in refrigerator for 45 minutes.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. 

Drop rounded spoonfuls of dough onto cookie sheets, spacing about 1 1/2 inches apart.  Bake 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown.  Cool 2 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.


Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookies
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup honey roasted peanuts
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 large egg
1 cup extra mini marshmallows
140 grams chopped chocolate

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.

Grind the peanuts in a food processor until finely ground. 

In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together ground up peanuts, butter, peanut butter, and sugar until creamy.  Beat in honey and egg until well combined.  Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in dry ingredients until just combined.  Stir in marshmallow and chocolate until combined.  Chill dough in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Drop rounded spoonfuls of dough onto cookie sheets, spacing about an inch apart.  Bake 11-13 minutes, or until golden brown.  Cool 1 minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.

25 comments:

  1. I love those mallow bits! I just used them in some hot cocoa cookies.
    I hope that you do still blog every so often! Please?! I love your posts, especially cookies! but I understand it can become a lot of work. I'll be here if you write!

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    1. I will do anything for you, Alex! Mmm hot cocoa cookies sounds good. I need to pick up more of those mini mallows!

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  2. Yum! These cookies both sounds great. I wonder if I could chop up vegan marshmallows and use them with good results. I'll have to give it a try!

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    1. I think that would work. They'd probably be even better!

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  3. Those PB cookies are calling me right now.

    So tell us more about your job. Don't leave us in suspense.

    Obviously your life is taking a new direction, but please don't abandon your blog. I don't know what I'd do without it. You have provided me with so much laughter and great recipes over the years. Don't be a slave to it of course. You have other priorities now, but make sure you keep us all posted on how you're doing and share a recipe or three with us now and then. Pretty please!

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    1. Of course! I want to talk more about my job but I'm pretty sure I shouldn't. :)

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  4. I have NEVER seen those Jet Puffed Marshmallow Bits! Wow! and YUM!

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  5. I'm sure you'll figure out some kind of new balance to blogging, even if it's only once a month to check in! <3 you girl!

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  6. Cookies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am such a cookie monster! I love them!

    Happy New Year! All the best to you in 2013!

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  7. I totally relate to your thoughts about blogging, and although you don't need our approval to do so, please feel free to take a break. Not because I don't enjoy your blog! I've peeked in on your life since at least 2008, have saved (and made) many of your recipes, have watched your success on the Food Network and recipe contests, been as proud as a grandma when you moved to Chicago and completed pastry school, and I remember vividly a post introducing Eric and the pecan trees. I still love the picture of you crouched by the side of the road picking pecans. :)

    Happy New Year and may you enjoy your new path.

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    1. Aww thank you, Linda! You're so kind. I love that post with Eric, too. Sometimes I go back and read that one. :)

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  8. The Biscoff cookies were tasty! I'm glad I took 3 of them at the exchange. Congrats on finishing school and good luck starting your new jobby soon!

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  9. I feel sad for myself but glad for you that you now have a fulltime job and did such an amazing job in pastry school as you dreamed of. Your blog was the first I started to follow and have inspired me to start my own blog (in Swedish). All of your recipes that I have tried have been amazing and I truly hope that you find the time to make a post every now and then. Best of luck to you!

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    1. Well, Emma, I'm flattered! I'm so happy you have your own blog now. That makes me feel good. :)

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  10. Happy graduation and congratulations on your shiny new job! Thanks for sharing your recipes, your life, and your time with us here. I've very much enoyed reading and trying your recipes, and you've actually inspired me to start thinking about pastry school myself (true story!). All the best to you and your Eric going forward!

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    1. Heather! That's great! Which schools are you looking at? Thank you so much for reading! I really appreciate it.

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  11. Congratulations on graduating!
    This cookie looks Wonderful!

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  12. Blogger isn't letting me reply to each comment!! Argh! Lemme see if I can fix it. Thank you everyone!

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