“EVERYTHING – ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING – is BETTER with PEANUT BUTTER!”
I recently blogged about a S’mores recipe I came across that were DELISH! but I just knew they needed the one ingredient I grew up on and of course, I even put it on my s’mores by the campfire as a child. All hail JIF! So a big shout out to Amber@SprinkledwithFlour for sharing her recipe, inspiring me to add a PB Twist and allowing me to get in touch with twelve-year old me, warming my snowy weekend with plates full of warm cookies! In the adaptations below I’ve added one main ingredient – the graham cracker and changed them up with peanut butter or caramel… The base recipe is the same as shown in the link above except the changes noted below AND – I ALWAYS use DARK BROWN SUGAR! I never even buy regular, dark is just too delicious and gives my cookies the extra umph I’m always looking for.
Adaptation #1 – The Caramel Hypothesis: When my husband first tried the original recipe last weekend he loved them but also said “mmm, I bet these would be great with caramel in them!” A collegue at work wondered the same thing and mentioned Ghirardelli Caramel Squares. I thought maybe a layer of milk chocolatey and caramel goodness would be magical for them both… While they were yummy I did discover that the caramel has a tendency to explode in the oven a bit. If you filled the pan with a solid layer of graham crackers and wanted to spend a small fortune on the good stuff (Ghirardelli Squares) then I bet they would be less messy when baking…
Adaptation #2 – The Peanut Butter Permeation: I thought I’d try adding PB in two ways to be thorough in my research. First I mixed it directly into the cookie dough creating a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie base with marshmallows and hershey bar added on top as the recipe states. It gave it a more peanut butter cookie texture with a little crumbly action and was fine but I knew it wasn’t quite living up to it’s full potential. My stroke of brilliance came when I spread the PB in a hearty layer on a graham cracker square, added my scoop of cookie dough then added marshmallow and hershey bar as the recipe calls for. YUM!!!
Adaptation #3 – The Stay Puft Stratum Innovation: And the winner is… ahhh yes… the cookie with a layer of marshmallows on top of the peanut buttery goodness! I prefer this version for it’s simplicity – now there is only ingredient to add 4 minutes from the timer buzzing (Hershey) but am torn because I love the look of the of the toasted marshmallows baked into the top of the cookie and I also love the look of the marshmallows barely reaching the surface of the cookie when a layer of them is added on top of the PB. I’ll probably just continue to make them both ways from here on out!
So there you have it, it’s like Nutter Butters and S’mores met and had a gooey little love child for all to enjoy! Remember to have a glass of ice cold milk on standby! Happy Dunking!