No more than did I write the words there are no real surprises anymore, the very same day I went to my mailbox and there was a surprise inside.
The day after Thanksgiving I met up with Elle of Feeding my Enthusiasms. She was in Seattle visiting her daughter (who is a stunner of a woman let me tell you, drop dead gorgeous) and we decided to meet up at a local cupcake place. I had meet Elle once before when she was out visiting and I so wish that she lived around me! While we were eating cupcakes I was admiring their cupcake ornaments and mentioned that before I leave I was going to buy a couple (and I did). I had told Elle about how some day I hope to have a separate tree with the ornaments all having a baked good theme. So you know what that sweet woman did? She went out and made me the cutest pink cupcake ornament!(see photo below) Made it. And when someone makes it, it’s just that much better.
The other surprise was the snow. Oh now, we get snow here from time to time but it doesn’t stick around for very long. Well, we are having unusually low temperatures (not making it above freezing) and getting precipitation…resulting in a lot snow. So much snow that it has been deemed Snowpocalypse around these parts by the media and others.
This was my early Christmas gift. For I love snow. It makes me feel alive and content all at once. I love to just stand in it late at night while the big giant flakes fall sticking to my eyelashes giving me the Tammy Faye Baker look. I love how the blanket of white can make even the ugliest of things look so lovely. I can sit for hours and just watch it fall, my husband thinks this is the strangest thing. I tell him he should be so happy that something as little as snow can make me be happy.
I am enjoying it while I can. Come the next day or two it is switching over to rain and my beautiful snow will be gone. But I was thankful to have it here while it was and so was the dog!
Like I said in my previous post, all this snow has had me baking, baking, baking. These chocolate covered marshmallow graham crackers were one of the many things that came out of snowpocalypse. They aren’t what I would call a Christmas cookie but for some reason they were screaming bake me, so I did. If you are a fan of the marshmallow cookie, this one is for you.
Chocolate Glazed Marshmallow Mounds
1 recipe Graham Cracker Dough (recipe follows)
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
¾ cup heavy cream
1 TBSP corn syrup
¾ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp to 1 tsp hot water, if needed
Preheat oven to 350F.
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Lightly flour a pastry board or other flat surface and a rolling pin. Working with one half at a time, roll the dough to a thickness of 3/16 inch. Cut with a 2-inch round cookie cutter and place 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets. Repeat with the remaining dough.
Bake for 13 to 14 minutes, or until set on top and lightly browned around the edges. To ensure even browning, towards the end of baking time rotate the sheets top to bottom and front to back. Remove from the oven and let sit for 2 or 3 minutes. Leave oven on.
Place a marshmallow, flat side down, in the center of each warm cookie. Return the cookies to the oven for 2 minutes, or until the marshmallows are just slightly softened. Do not over bake or the marshmallows will begin to melt.
Remove from the oven and let stand 5 minutes. Using the heel of your hand, gently press the marshmallow to spread it to the edge of the graham cracker, rounding the sides of the marshmallows best you can. It’s okay if they are somewhat irregular. Let cool.
Place the chocolate in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade and process until finely chopped.
In a small saucepan, over low heat, heat the cream and corn syrup together until it comes to a simmer. Immediately pour the hot cream over the chocolate in the processor bowl. Let stand for1 minute so that the chocolate begins to melt. Pulse three or four times, then let rest for 1 minute. Add the vanilla and pulse three or four more times.
Empty the ganache glaze into a deep, 1-quart bowl. If the ganache’s surface appears oil, add hot water, a few drops at a time, stirring well after each addition. The ganache will thicken as it stands, but should remain pourable.
Working one at a time, dip each cookie into the glaze, placing it marshmallow side down. Tilt the cookie slightly, then rotate it in a circle to be sure the glaze completely coats the edge of the cookie. Turn cookie top up and place it on a cooling rack to set. The glaze will take anywhere from one to several hours to set, depending on the weather conditions and room temperature.
Store in air tight container up to one week, but does not freeze well.
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup graham flour (just use whole wheat if you can’t find)
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¾ cup unsalted butter, slightly firm
¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 TBSP granulated sugar
2 TBSP honey
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together thoroughly the all-purpose and whole wheat flours, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In the large bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter on medium-low speed until softened, then mix in the sugars. Mix in the honey, egg, and vanilla, scraping down the side of the bowl as needed.
Add the dry ingredients in three additions, mixing only to blend after each addition. Divide dough in half, and form tow 4-inch squares. Chill for 2 hours or until firm enough to roll.
Adapted from Great Cookies by Carole Walter
Oh, hi CCS! The ornament is soo cute!
I am indeed a fan of de marshmallow cookie. That looks so moreish!
Love the cookies and the ornament! Did you use a regular or a mini marshmallow?
The puppy looks so happy in the snow! I hope it lasts for more than a day. When it snows here in the city it immediately turns to dirty slush, but yesterday we had the biggest treat of seeing central park completely covered and pristine.
Gretchen Noelle says
Almost like a re-invented smore. What fun! And the ornament is adorable, love when people do things like that!
Such a cute ornament! Great cookies!
Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary says
My dog Moose is a whole 12 pounds and he loves the snow. Runs around like a maniac in it. I love watching him.
Those marshmallows mounds look fab!
Oh my goodness these look absolutely PERFECT for an evening treat. Especially with all the horribly cold weather we’ve been having!
Dana McCauley says
Love the idea of a baked goods Christmas tree theme!
If you need gingerbread ornaments, I just wrote about them on my blog:
mmmm mmmm chocolate and marshmallow!
Lovely meet-up; cute CCS; scrumptious mounds/cookies; adorable ornament!!
Peabody, I hope that your Christmas and New Year’s are truly wonderful!!
Bellini Valli says
These remind me of those wonderful marshmallow and chocolate cookies my mom would by when we were kids. I think they were called Mallos. We have been getting the same snowstorms and cold weather here in the Okanagan although I am not as thrilled about it as you are…wink…wink…The masses are about to bolt!! Also the cupcake ornament is too cute. I’ve always wanted a kitchen tree so you are well on your way!!!
Yum! That cookie looks fabulous… love the ornament too. Very cute!
Janna from Honeyed Hashette says
That ornament is ADORABLE and those cookies are calling my name! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
The ornament is *adorable*! I’m not usually a fan of marshmallow but this does look like something I gobble up!
THAT looks so good! Something fun and different. I love it. Like a fancy s’more! Glad you got a little surprise when you didn’t think they existed any more. 🙂
Every time I see your cocker, I think of the cocker spaniel I grew up with. : ) Your cookies and your ornament look great! : )
What a delightful ornament! Blog buddies are awesome. As are your cookies. Are you still enjoying the snow?
That is such a sweet ornament. I’m in Michigan, and I feel you on the “snowpocalypse”!
Mrs. L says
I would gladly be in a snowpocalypse if I had these to munch on! And I remember as a child, sitting watching the snow fall for hours. Alas, here in San Jose we don’t exactly get snow 🙁
These look great but you can keep the snow its negative degrees here in Chicago and I would do just about anything for some warm weather!
These look really amazing. I’ll be trying them some time, post-holiday, for sure. Glad you got a chance to meet up with Elle for a bit. How fun!
I was just looking through that book!! Yours look amazing! I wish I had some, they sure would help ease the snowbound cabin fever! 🙂
I love looking at your blog! That ornament is so cute! You always have such yummy treats on your blog, can’t wait to try them!
it’s like a smore! mmmmm
that cupcake ornament is so cute, how nice of her to send that to you!
Please, please send some of the white stuff over here, I would love a white Christmas.
That ornament is adorable, lucky you!
Love that ornament and cookie 🙂
Marshmallow-anything sounds heavenly to me!
OMG I LOVE those! They look just like Mallowmars, but homemade so 1000 times better! I must make them.
Madam Chow says
What a great post – the snow, the cookie, and the lovely ornament. And let’s not forget the pup!
That cookie at the top? How on earth did you stop eating to take that pic?! Looks like a dream! And I am jealous of the snow – summer is (kinda) here so it should be quite warm tomorrow. Hope you have a merry Christmas!
Wow, these look phenomenal! What a fantastic treat to enjoy on these chilly winter days! That chocolate glaze looks so shiny and delicious 🙂
The ornament looks even better on your tree…thanks for the photo of that 🙂 It is nice being blogging buddies!
That is one happy dog…and glad you are enjoying the snow, too. I had enough snow growing up that I’m happy with rain.
Those cookies are calling my name…eat me…eat me!
Well, no I’m not a fan of the store bought marshmallow cookie, but this one I sure would be Pea.
I think we must feel a bit the same about snow. I always feel at peace and charged at the same time.
Love your pup! We had a cocker spaniel when I was growing up and I remember her loving a 50 year snow in Mobile Alabama the year we lived there.
Love Elle’s cupcake!
Love this cookie creation of yours!