We just got back from vacationing at the beautiful Lake George in New York. My parents rented a house for the week and were kind enough to invite the kids (and grandkids!) to join them. Our family has been vacationing there since my Mom was a little girl. The places we stay have changed, and we no longer go every year as we did when I was a boy, but the Lake is always the way I remember it. Beautiful.
Baby Boy did not get the memo that you are supposed to sleep in on vacation. But Rachel and I didn’t mind. We took him for early morning walks, enjoying the quiet of the morning, the scent of dew, and the smell of the crisp and cool mountain air. The lake is truly at its most beautiful in the early morning.
The house we stayed in was at the northern end of the lake, far away from the more touristy, crowded Lake George Village in the south. We often found ourselves the only people on the local dock, and had the beach pretty much all to ourselves. It was Baby Boy’s first time at the lake (at any body of water larger than the bath tub, really). He had fun stomping his little feet in the wet sand and kicking and splashing the clear water.
I have many fond memories of Lake George, food memories included. Vacation at Lake George meant McDonald’s chicken nuggets for dinner our first night, as Dad hadn’t yet unpacked the car and coolers. It meant milk shakes and ice cream from the same ice cream shop each year, and pizza for dinner the final night of vacation. And of course, vacation meant camp fires and s’mores.
We didn’t make s’mores this year. We had everything we needed, including wood for a fire. We just never got to it. I don’t mind. Our evenings were better spent, in my opinion, playing card games together; Rachel, myself, and my siblings. Lots of laughing, joking, and sillyness.
Still, you can’t have a vacation without s’mores. So when I came home and my
chocoholic sweet tooth acted up, I decided to make S’more Cookies. I sent some to my siblings to enjoy – some, because I had trouble parting with these delicious treats.
Vacation has ended. While summer still lingers a few weeks longer, I already feel like it is also drawing to a close. I’m starting to feel ready for the Fall. But before I give up summer completely, I think I’ll have to try these cookies one last time.
Recipe: S’more Cookies
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups miniature chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
- 2 Hershey bars, chopped
- In a stand mixer, combine the butter and sugars until fluffy.
- Mix in egg and vanilla until combined. Add the flour, graham crackers, salt, and baking soda, mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Refrigerate dough for about an hour.
- Preheat oven to 375ºF (I baked at 335 F).
- Drop by heaping rounded tablespoon onto cookie sheets. Bake for 8 minutes, and remove from the oven. Push 3 to 4 marshmallows and a few pieces of a hershey’s bar into each cookie. Return to the oven and bake an additional 2-3 minutes until mostly cooked. Cool cookies on a wire rack.
- Makes 2 dozen cookies.
Cooking time: 10 minute(s)
So first things first, get all your ingredients out and ready. I used to get the ingredient as it was needed, rather than have everything out and ready. Hugely inefficient. And messy.
Mix butter and sugar together. If you have a stand mixer- use it and save yourself the trouble of mixing by hand.
Combine the remaining ingredients (except for the marshmallow and Hershey bars, those come later!)
Spoon out large, delicious, cookie dough balls. Resist the temptation to sneak a bite, if you can.
After baking for 8 minutes remove cookies from oven and gently push marshmallows and Hershey bar into the ooey gooey dough before baking another 2 – 3 minutes.
We like our cookies soft and gooey (does anyone not?), so we slightly under baked ours.
The nice thing about s’more cookies is you can eat them wherever and whenever. While I love camp fire s’mores, I think these may be my new favorites.
Where did you go on vacation this summer?
Do you have any vacation food memories you’d like to share?