First, I'd like to welcome any new visitors that are here as a result of the article in the Daily Record on Monday. I had the pleasure of being interviewed as a result of participating in the Blogging out Hunger Campaign I participated in back in December. That one day campaign resulted in about $7000 in on-line donations! Thanks, to everyone's generosity for such a worthy cause. You may have noticed I still have a badge for it in the left sidebar. If you click on it, you will be taken directly to the Food Bank of NJ website where you can donate directly. The need continues well beyond the holidays, so your donations are appreciated all year long.
Now, on to a new recipe! A few days ago, My Husband had a brilliant idea for a cookie. He said I should come up with something that included chocolate and marshmallows. While I'm sure there are other cookies out there with this flavor combination, I decided to play around and come up with a variation on another cookie that I've made before. By the time I was done, the changes resulted in a new recipe!
The cookies were gooey - even a day later, and full of deep, dark chocolate flavor. They stayed soft and didn't get hard as some cookies tend to do after a couple of days. They were well-loved not only by My Boys, but by their friends as well.
I had to bake some cookies to keep the men in the house happy. It's funny, but when I don't have some homemade baked good available they are very disappointed. So, while I am still focusing on lots of light and healthy recipes you'll still find some treats around here.
If you are looking for a treat check out these recipes:
Jenny @ Picky Palate made Sugar Dusted French Toast Doughnuts for her boys, and let's just say she got the best review ever. You'll also want to congratulate her for winning the Best Family/Kids category of the 2008 Food Blog Awards! Way to go, Jenny!
Over at Simply Tasty, her post titled "Want to Wreck Your Diet?" is an appropriate lead-in to her Caramel-Pecan Snappers.
Just before Lori at Recipegirl began her healthier lifestyle, she was able to indulge in Peanut Butter Cup Brownies, that look TO DIE FOR! Definitely worthy of a special treat ... as long as you can stop at one!
Now, here's my creation:
- 1 1/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
- 3/4 cup Butter flavor Crisco shortening
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Combine brown sugar through vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat a medium speed on a mixer until creamy. Add egg, and blend well.
- Combine flour through cocoa powder, then add to the shortening mixture. Beat at a low speed just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and marshmallows.
- Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper or a silpat mat. Allow about 1-2 inches between each cookie, they don't spread too much.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes. Allow to cool on pan for about 4-5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack. Store in an airtight container for 5 days, if they last that long.
Makes about 3-4 dozen cookies.