S’mores Cookies

It was my birthday a little while ago and a friend gave me 3 s’mores cookies from a local convenience store, which was perfect, for I was hungry for some good, chocolate, cookies, but didn’t want to bake them or have an abundance to eat later.

They were better than I expected, given their origin, and I thought, if they’re this good from a store, I should be able to make some that are even tastier! Plus, I’d gotten a 6 qt. KitchenAid stand mixer for my birthday and it seemed like the perfect thing for its maiden use.

Found a recipe online that was similar to what I’d eaten, a chocolate cookie with chocolate chips, marshmallow bits, and graham chucks, and set about mixing it up. It said it served 12, but not how many cookies I should expect from it, so I made a triple batch, wanting to have enough for several events over the weekend. It nearly filled my new mixer bowl,  see?

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And it looks so chocolately too!

Used my largest cookie scoop and baked them just until the wet look was gone from the top. They looked good.

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Three batches might have been too many though, I started running out of containters.

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Tasted one, the big moment… They were full of chocolate flavor, no complaints there, but the graham flavor didn’t come through at all. You could see them, but not taste them! The marshmallow could be found, but nowhere near as much as the chocolate.

I’m thinking maybe some sort of graham cookies will add some of the flavor I’m looking for, but I’m stumped on the marshmallows. In the cookies that were given to me, they weren’t as melted, how? Does anyone out there have a tip they’re willing to share? I want to mix them in, not add them on to at the end… please help!

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream!

We’ve finally done it! We’ve finally made ice cream with liquid nitrogen!

A friend of ours asked us to help cook for her son’s wedding rehearsal.She served a cheese platter for the appetizer. We made green beans almandine and roasted a pork loin and some baby vegetables for the main course, then all that was left was the dessert.

She had mentioned ice cream and my fiancé instantly promised her ice cream and a floor show, if she’d get some liquid nitrogen. She did.

He mixed up a batch of vanilla custard and left it to chill in the refrigerator while they ate, then when the time was right, we went into the dining room with a stand mixer, a metal pitcher with liquid nitrogen in it, and the custard. He handled everything, I simply watched as he poured the custard into the mixer bowl, then turned it on and slowly added the nitrogen.

When it started to clump up on the outside, he didn’t miss a beat, but simply stopped the mixer and knocked it back into the main ice cream. I realized at that moment that we’d never gotten around to testing/practicing this at home beforehand at all, um… I thought for certain that we’d now have lumps in our ice cream. Fortunately, I was wrong, for he knew what he was doing, having done his research, it mixed right back in.

As it mixed and the steam/fog slowly poured across the table and down on to the floor the ring bearer and flower girl thought it was amazing and loved feeling how cold it was, but some of the grownups were on their phones, checking to see whether or not we’d be poisoning them!

Still, everyone happily ate some once the groom had a taste and proclaimed it ready. It was smooth, creamy, and full of flavor, by far the best vanilla I’ve ever had, and vanilla isn’t at all my preference.