Fall this year is truly beautiful - unlike any I had seen in Munich in the last five years. In fact, I thought it would be fully grey and rainy by now, but the sun and foliage still lingers. The days are slowly getting cooler and cooler though. That sounds kind of depressing… but actually, I kind of love it. I always look forward to the fluctuations in seasons - every new season - regardless of whether it brings heat or cold. Fall brings crisp evenings, beautiful foliage, the smell of rain, colorful umbrellas, boots and sweaters, pumpkins, apple orchards, museums, cappuccinos, cozy weekends snuggled up with a book... I can go on and on. Most importantly, for me, however, may be that Fall truly ushers in a return to baking.
I think this can be noted by my most recent blog posts!
Mostly, I want to make all kinds of deliciousness with the abundant Fall produce- apples and pears are everywhere, and then of course there's all the pumpkin. But I also can't forget my ultimate comfort food: cookies.
This is a recipe that fits the Fall, with it's festive spice mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, and then a touch of molasses and honey. The dough is meant to simulate the flavors of graham crackers. When stuffed full of bits of marshmallows and milk chocolate chunks, it is like a warm, gooey s'mores sandwich in cookie form. So you know that means it's pretty much perfect.
Chewy Molasses S'mores Cookies
1 cup (125 g) white flour
1 cup (125 g) whole wheat flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup (200 g) brown sugar - packed
1/2 cup (110 g) butter - softened
1/4 cup (70 ml) molasses
1/4 cup (70 ml) honey
2 milk chocolate bars, sliced into thumbnail-size chunks
1 cup mini marshmallows (or approx 10 regular marshmallows torn into pieces)
1. Preheat oven to 350 F / 175 C.
2. Cream together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy.
3. Add in the molasses, honey, and egg.
4. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
5. With an electric beater, combine the dry and wet ingredients to make the cookie dough.
6. Mix in the chocolate chunks and the marshmallows, and spoon out individual cookies onto a baking tray.
7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, and remove from oven when edges are just starting to turn golden and the marshmallows are gooey and melted.
8. For a real s'mores type experience, eat while still warm.