It is hot as crud here, in Florida.
Which I am thoroughly enjoying, because I have been missing warm weather (though we did get a random 80 degree heat spike in Seattle, last week…). But it totally feels like Summer here, rather than Spring. Of course this has me thinking about Summery foods, like grilled corn on the cob, watermelon wedges, and s’mores. Cue the s’mores cookies thought!
Remember when I made Chocolate S’mores Cookies? Those are kinda like a brownie and a s’more had a baby. These are like a chocolate chip cookie and a s’more had a baby. Both are awesome in different ways.
These I made for my dad. He is a die-hard crispy cookie lover. Personally, I prefer chewy cookies, but my family rarely gets to partake in my cooking, so while here, I aim to please 🙂 Of course, I couldn’t help myself, and did make a few of them chewy, but I left 3/4 of the batch nice and crisp for my father.
It’s actually super easy to adjust the crispness of your cookies. If you refrigerate the dough before baking, it won’t spread out as much, and the cookies will turn out more chewy. If you bake the dough from room temp, they will pool out more and get nice and thin and crispy—just how my dad likes ’em.
As you can see, the crisper cookies are much, much thinner, far darker, and quite a bit less photogenic, haha. However, do not think for a second that just because the thinner ones aren’t pretty that they aren’t delicious—in fact, my dad would definitely say they’re the best. The crisp ones have a more caramelized flavor than the their chewy brethren. They’re almost like lacy florentine cookies. Plus, the lend themselves to milk-dunking better 😉
These cookies are so freakin’ tasty. My entire family was super pleased with the outcome, and they got 2 thumbs up from my dad (who is usually not so into most of my cookie recipes, which I like to keep soft and chewy). The dough has graham cracker crumbles and mini Hershey’s mixed into it, and the tops of the cookies are studded with mini marshmallows and more mini Hershey’s. They’re just as awesome to look at as they are to eat!
By the way, sorry about picture quality. I’m learning how to shoot in a brand new environment with super orange indoor lighting. Hopefully, I’ll be able to experiment shooting in natural Florida sunshine today!