Last year I was desperately searching Pinterest for the perfect summer dessert, when I happened upon an idea that contained the perfect union of sweet delicacies: S’mores Cookies. I had to make them. They looked so delicious and delightful, and the recipe did not seem too difficult. The process seemed simple enough: Roll cookie dough and marshmallows into a ball, place on a base of graham crackers in a pan, top with squares of Hershey’s chocolate, and then slide into the oven. I enthusiastically started on my new project, just knowing these were going to be a hit.
Making the cookie dough and folding in the marshmallows and chocolate chips went off without a hitch. I was becoming increasingly confident in my new-found baking skills. I believe I became too confident however, because I soon found myself so eager to get to the end result that I decided to skip a couple steps, as I deemed them unnecessary and time-consuming. This was a big mistake. The first step I skipped was letting the cookie dough chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour, preferably overnight. I thought it would be fine to just go ahead and bake the dough right away. After all, how much of a difference could it make? The second step I oh so wisely chose to skip was lining my baking pan with parchment paper before placing the graham crackers in it. I did not happen to have parchment paper on hand, and once again I chose to believe my S’mores Cookies would turn out fantastic without including one tiny step. So, I lined the bottom of my pan with graham crackers, placed tablespoons of the cookie dough mixture on top of the graham cracker base, and slid the concoction into the oven, satisfied with my work. I waited the required five minutes and then removed them from the oven in order to press the Hershey’s squares onto the top. What I saw was already strikingly different than the Pinterest picture, and I grew worried. I continued with the process anyway and baked them for an additional five minutes, as the recipe instructed. When the timer rang, it was the moment of truth.
What I found upon removing my cookies from the oven was an oversized blob of cookie dough and marshmallows, which looked nothing like Pinterest told me it would. The Hershey’s squares were misshapen, the cookie dough was too thick, and the graham cracker base had nearly burnt and stuck to the pan. At once I realized my hurried attitude and lack of patience had done me in. Those two steps I skipped were obviously crucial, and I had made a huge blunder in ignoring them. If I ever attempt to redo this recipe, I will definitely follow all the steps, as well as make the cookie dough balls smaller so they won’t look inflatable, rather than edible. I would definitely suggest this recipe to all the adventurous Pinterest users out there, as long as they are prepared to exhibit patience and a knack for the meticulous details. Here’s hoping my next Pinterest project will be more of a success!