Eric came home from work a few weeks ago with a big bag of groceries. He’ll do this from time to time. During his lunch break, he’ll pick up stuff to make for dinner or some other goodies that I’ve requested. This time, however, I hadn’t asked him to purchase anything.
A look of pure delight formed on his face when I asked what was in the bag. He reached in and revealed three items: a box of graham crackers, two bags of chocolate chips, and a jar of marshmallow Fluff.
I looked at him for a moment. “Ok, now what would you like me to do with these items?”
He proudly displayed each item on the kitchen table and then explained. “I want you to make s’more cookies.” From here, he went on to go over some ideas for how I could go about making said cookies. I listened and agreed… I would try it out and see what happened.
My first attempt was neither a success nor a failure. The cookies tasted good, but the Fluff disappeared into the cookie and you really didn’t get any marshmallow consistency. It was just a regular chocolate chip cookie (I did, however, use graham crackers as a base, which gave it a different flavor and a unique texture).
As I sat down to think about my next move, I contemplated the mistakes that I made with the first batch. And what it came down to, I felt, was one major issue with baking these suckers: Fluff melts when it is heated. I knew this all along, but I just didn’t know what to do about it.
And then, just a few days ago, I was sitting with my morning cup of coffee and it came to me: I had to make something that wouldn’t be baked. My game plan quickly changed. I wasn’t going to do cookies, but I’d do bars. And instead of putting them in the oven, I’d have them set in the freezer.
The result turned out to be pleasantly surprising. I think these make for some tasty little treats and these are most definitely kid-friendly (both in preparation and in consumption).