Holy addictive camping deliciousness, Batman! Assuming The Dark Knight has taste buds, he would totally rise for these. He would save civilization a million times over for one of these. These are s’mores like you’ve never imagined them before: All grown up with toasted marshmallows atop juicy peach slices and a dash of salt, the whole glorious mess sandwiched between fresh ginger cookies.
I stole this idea from the magazine Real Simple. Slap me now, but I’ve never been a huge fan of s’mores because they’re just too sweet and dry for me. I always feel like I have to stand by with a gallon of water when I eat the traditional graham cracker-Hersheys-mallow thing. I’m a huge fan of the salty-sweet combo, however, so these immediately caught my eye. I whipped up a batch of soft ginger cookies, picked up some peaches from my neighborhood Farmers Market, and got ready to blow some minds around the fire during a camping trip last weekend. It went as planned, and now I’m determined to spread the word about this major discovery.
Ginger Cookies, makes 24:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
2 tsp fresh ginger, finely grated
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons natural cane sugar (or turbinado), for coating (regular sugar works just fine for this, but I like the texture crunch that larger granules offer)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
1. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and 1 cup sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg. Stir in the water, ginger and molasses.
3. Gradually stir the flour mixture into the butter/sugar/molasses mixture.
4. Refrigerate dough for half an hour; it’s easier to roll into balls when it’s cold.
5. Shape dough into walnut sized balls and roll them in the sugar.
6. Place the cookies 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet
7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely…they’re soft! Store in an airtight container.
As soon as you’re sitting around a roaring camp fire (you can also follow the Real Simple indoors approach if you’re not camping any time soon. Or if you hate camping):
1. Roast a marshmallow or two…your own special technique can shine here
2. Put marshmallow(s) on a cookie, top with a few sliced peaches, sprinkle a dash of salt on the peaches, and sandwich with another cookie.
3. Take a bite. Warning: Your mouth will breakdance.
4. Share this with people. I promise they will thank you.