Tuesday, March 1, 2011

S'More Cookies and a Giveaway

I am such a slacker. I mentioned that I'd be having a giveaway in my last post and then got completely sidetracked by other stuff, well wait no more! I'm officially opening up the giveaway for entry and the prize is a $50 GC to anything your little heart desires from CSN Stores. For example, it could go a long way towards getting a few (and I mean very few, these things are pricey!) of these adorable little guys or maybe a dozen of these cuties. And all you have to do to throw your hat into the ring is:

1. Leave a comment telling me what you'd get with your $50 CSN Stores GC. It doesn't have to be food related, but hey, that's what my blog is about, so let's face it, it probably will be ;)
2. Make sure you leave contact information in your post! Be it your email or a link to your blog/site/profile where I can find your email. If I don't have a way to contact you in 2 days after the contest closes, I'll be forced to pick a different winner...and quite frankly that involves more work for me. Have I mentioned the laziness?
3. Bonus Entry: A friend has recently asked me for gluten and dairy free recipes and while I have one, I'm seriously lacking in that department. So, if any of you have good recipes you're willing to share or great sites you know of (my favorite so far is the infamous Mrs. Tartlette), let me know and I will give you an extra chance to win!

You have until midnight CST on March 7th to get in your entries. Good luck!

Contest is now closed and the winner will be announced shortly. Thank you all for participating!

Whew! And now onto the reason you guys come here, the recipe! There isn't much of a story that goes with these, I felt like making S'More cookies, so I did. I had a box of graham crackers lying around and I whipped up a batch of strawberry marshmallows to fill. Dunked into a vat of melted chocolate and allowed to dry these were pretty good. I might pipe on a lot more marshmallow onto these next time and maybe slip in an extra disk of chocolate, but they were quite tasty as is.


S'More Cookies
Marshmallow recipe from Martha herself

Graham Crackers, carefully broken into squares
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup seedless strawberry jam or jelly
1/3 cup light corn syrup
Dash of salt
Chocolate for dipping

1. Arrange the graham cracker squares on a flat surface. You want them to be ready once the marshmallow fluff is done or it will start to set before you get a chance to pipe.
2. Pour 1/3 cup cold water into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Sprinkle with gelatin; let stand until softened, 5 minutes.
3. Stir together granulated sugar, jam, corn syrup, salt, and 1/4 cup water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Continue to boil until syrup registers 238 degrees on a candy thermometer (soft-ball stage).
4. Add syrup to gelatin. Beat on low speed until slightly cooled. Gradually raise speed to high, beating until mixture is cool and peaks form, 20 to 30 minutes. You can mix in red food coloring if you like, one drop at a time, to achieve desired shade of pink, but I skipped it and still got a very soft pink hue.
5. Working quickly, spoon the fluff into a pastry bag fitted with a large plain round tip and pipe a square of fluff just inside the edges of each graham cracker.
6. Let the marshmallow set for an hour or so to dry. Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals, or in a bain marie, and start dunking. I only wanted the chocolate on top but you can do whatever you like here. Dunk the top or the whole thing, it's up to you. I also sprinkled a few graham cracker crumbs on top to make it pretty(and cover up my bumpy marshmallow piping job).
7. Allow the chocolate to set either on the counter at room temp, or slide the tray into the fridge/freezer for a few minutes to speed things up.

That's it! You now have perfectly portable S'More Cookies. Enjoy :D


Heidi said...

I'd really like one of these http://www.csnstores.com/Reston-Lloyd-842-RES1360.html for baking bread in... at least I think you can bake bread in it... lol.

Tina said...

Wow these cookies look amazing! I love Smores and I love cookies! How could you go wrong??!! What I'd get with the 50 bucks? I'll give you a hint:

Graham Crackers
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup seedless strawberry jam or jelly
1/3 cup light corn syrup
Dash of salt
Chocolate for dipping

Thanks for the recipe!

Danielle said...

Delicious! Thanks for the giveaway! $50? Hm. Lots of chocolate and maybe some new baking utensils. Mine are falling apart :P

Lou said...

A new roasting pan.

Meryl said...

I'd like a new set of king size sheets!

Unknown said...

cookie sheets for my new apt!


Ann said...
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Ann said...

I want cookie sheets too!

Melody said...

9" cake pans!


syx said...

measuring cups and spoons...the numbers/notches have faded on mine :(

i did a gluten-free/dairy-free search in my recipe bookmarks, and these are the winners that came up:



Gina said...

I would put the $50 towards a le creuset dutch oven in the cassis purple color, its my dream kitchen accessory
Gchord88 at aol dot com

Gina said...

For Gluten Free recipes, I've found a lot of good ones, with great pictures on this blog: http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/

Gchord88 at aol dot com

Unknown said...
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Unknown said...

I've been in need of a hand mixer, and that would probably come in handy for making these smore cookies too!


Lori said...

I think I would buy an apron! I keep making messes and still don't own one!

Donna Preston said...

I would like that new kitchen aid paddle attachment that scrapes the bowl as you mix.


threesidesofcrazy said...

Came for the recipe! YUMMY! Staying for the contest - love CSN! I need a new waffle maker and that's what I'd get!

Rachel L-E said...

I'd get either a really nice muffin pan or maybe put it towards a nice roasting pan.


Lynn said...

I would love to buy a pie dish or tart pan!

Marti said...

I'd get a new pot.
Considering I just killed my last one, this would be a huge improvement... wouldn't it?
(How pathetic of me, right?)

Adriana said...

I'd love to get a mini muffin pan or maybe put the money towards an ice cream maker!

ljyoung85 said...

I want some new cupcake pans and a covered cake stand. Great giveaway, I love CSN.

ljyoung85 at gmail.com

Bernadetta said...

I would love to get a bread machine. I have been wanting one for so long now!!! Bread is my weakness :)


Anonymous said...

s'more anything sounds sooo good! if i had to come up with just one thing to buy, i would want a set of knives. really, really good ones!

also, a friend of mine runs a GF blog: http://no-grain-no-pain.com/. she interviews key people in our community as well as bakes/cooks.

deadened-glow said...

I find that Tastespotting.com has some links to gluten-free recipes.

And at CSN, I'd probably go for some new mixing bowls (Le Creuset set $14.95) and a wire whisk set ($24.90) and a Cuisinart blender. That may be over $50, but at least that card would cut down the price.

Space Monkey 1138 said...

If they have silpats, I'd like to get one of those, or maybe a donut pan. :)

Jen@FIRR-Kids! said...

I would order new dinnerware. CSN has a super selection - I like the Caldo-Freddo in both blue and pink.


Caroline said...

I really like this recipe! If I had 50 dollars to CSN I would put it towards a food processor. My family owns a restaurant and I am constantly making new recipes and dishes to add to our menu during my free time. I don't have one and it would help a TON with creating new things!


Topher said...

I'd use it for new baking loaf pans. Thanks!

Chris M.

zekks at yahoo dot com

Melinda (cookingalamel) said...

Yum!! Those cookies look amazing! Love s'mores! :)

I'd use the 50 dollars for a pizza pan or some baking mats!

Rebecca said...

I've been wanting a KidKraft Easel for a while.

S'more cookies, delicious!

foobecca [at] hotmail [dot] com

Unknown said...

A bundt pan...I love bundt cakes.

CĂ©line said...

A pasty decorating kit!

Toria said...

i've been dying for a kitchen aid mixer. it would be so convenient to use a dough hook when baking bread than kneading with your hands. victoria.shin[at]kmob.com

Alex said...

i would love this!

Diana said...

Oh boy, I actually need a lot of things for my kitchen lol! But first and most important I'd probably get a standing/hand mixer. Then some baking pans and a food processor. Maybe a juicer too! Yeah, that's probably over $50 but that's alright hehe.

As for a gluten-free recipe, I don't have that many but I am making sweet peanut soup today. It's quite simple, just a cup of blanched raw peanuts, 6-7 cups water and sugar to taste! Just soak the peanuts in water overnight, then boil them in a pot for 3 hours and then add as much sugar as you'd like in them. Simple but the peanuts are soft and tasty!


Valerie said...

I'd use the giftcard towards finally buying my very own stand mixer!

Valerie said...

A good resource for a dairy-free diet is: http://www.godairyfree.org/

Cal said...

i am in need of some new pans: Calphalon - BW5012 - Classic Bakeware 12 Cup Muffin Pan

Unknown said...

If I were to receive the giftcard, I would use it towards helpful kitchen tools such as spatulas, pans, maybe even little ramekins.
I move away from home to go to university next year and I will be cooking all my food for myself, and I don't really have much of anything in the way of supplies yet!
You can contact me at: jocelyn.boere@gmail.com

A great recipe site is epicurious.com, you can search for whatever you want to make. Then on the left hand side it says "refine this search by" and under dietary considerations you can choose wheat/gluten-free or vegan, for milk-free.

Anyways - I am a poor college student so that 50 bucks would be a GREAT help.


Jenna T said...

i'd buy a bundt pan!

Rebecca (Indecisive Baker) said...

I'd like one of those cute Nordic Ware decorative pans, ya know the ones that are usually seasonally appropriate once a year, therefore I never buy them cause I can't validate the cost...

Unknown said...

I would probably get more pots or pans. Gluten free, let me search my list of "special" recipes.

Liz said...

A pretty yellow casserole dish and a zester. Mine went missing and I didn't realize how much I use it until I can't find it :(

lanzaelizabeth77 at gmail dot com

Ashlee said...

I would love a new hand mixer, mine is my mom's old one from the 70's!

V said...

What a fun, gorgeous cookie! I can't wait to try it.

As for your contest, I am setting out on an adventure and moving from the Midwest to Hawaii to be with the love of my life, who is stationed there with the US Army. I keep coming across recipes for individual baked eggs, and Nigella Lawson's version with cream and truffle oil has me dreaming of slow, simple Sunday morning breakfasts with my sweetheart (see Nigella Express for the recipe!). Unfortunately, I do not have ramekins to bake the eggs in.

That in mind, I would be thrilled to purchase a set of ramekins - either Le Creuset's beautiful cobalt blue (http://www.csnstores.com/Le-Creuset-PG1627-0930-LEC1898.html) or the classic white Corningware (http://www.csnstores.com/Corningware-1079640-CGW1269.html).

Thank you!


Nicole said...

Yummy! I could go for a new dutch oven!

Domestic Diva said...

Elanaspantry.com is the best for gluten free (grain free, actually)

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

Peggy said...

I'd definitely just buy some kitchen accessories. Nothing major, but just new plates/utensils/etc.

These s'mores sound really delightful!

The Fam said...

YUM! I'd choose a set of bed sheets!

shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

Nicole said...

I would put the GC towards a nice set of pots and pans!

Protein Girl said...

I'd get a bookshelf for my accumulating mass of nutrition and cook books, or running shoes so I can eat food made from above mentioned cookbooks without expanding to the size of my fridge!

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Abby said...

I'm late to the party, but that's okay bc this recipe is a gift in itself! Awesome.

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