Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Day 2 of giveaways and Smores cookies


Welcome to Day 2 of 12 days of giveaways! You can view and enter Day 1 here. In honor of the second day of giveaways, I made these delicious Smores cookies.

I saw these cookies a while back, and thought “Oh cool, chocolate chip cookies, but with marshmallows and chocolate pieces.” But these are much more than that! They really are Smores in a cookie form.  The cookie has crushed graham crackers so when you bite into these cookies, you taste everything you would get in a Smore.

I love Smores, but they can be messy. The crackers make a crumbly mess, the melted marsmallow won’t break when you bite it, the chocolate sticks to your hands. And you need a fire to make them. These cookies are a much cleaner way to eat a Smore.

I was also really surprised that marshmallows, once slightly melted, will retain their ooey gooey melted form rather becoming a solid again. I love these cookies and they are going to be on my holiday baking list this year. Now I just need to figure out a way to make them more holiday festive. Perhaps I’ll use green marshmallows.

So why did I choose to make Smores cookies for this giveaway? Because the next giveaway is by Ghiradelli, and when I recently sampled Ghiaradelli’s new luxe milk chocolate bars, they were served as Smores. So, onto the giveaway:

On the second day of Christmas, Kirbie’s Cravings gave to me:  Five Chocolate Bars!

Ghiradelli will be giving five coupons for five free bars of their new Luxe Milk chocolate bars which come in milk, almond, hazelnut and toffee flavors. I got to sample their luxe milk almond chocolate at the Foodbuzz Festival Tasting Pavillion. The chocolate is definitely very rich and creamy.

I got an almond bar in my Foodbuzz bag of goodies and I used it to make these Smores cookies.

The contest for this giveaway ends at midnight PST,  December 14, 2010.  I will choose one entry using a random number generated by random.org. To enter, leave a comment at this end of the post and tell me which flavor of luxe milk chocolate you are most interested in trying.

For an additional entry:

Follow me on twitter (if you don’t already), and tweet the following: “Win Ghiradelli chocolate bars @kirbiecravings http://bit.ly/dHJnCE”

Good luck!

Smores Cookies (slightly adapted from Obsessed with Baking, who got it from Lovin in the Oven)

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
mini marshmallows (enough to put three on each cookie)
3 oz bar of ghiradelli chocolate, broken into small pieces

Directions
1. In a stand mixer, combine the butter and sugars until fluffy.
2. Mix in egg and vanilla until combined. Add the flour, graham crackers, salt, and baking soda, mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips.
3. Refrigerate dough for about an hour.
4. Preheat oven to 375ºF
5. Drop ping pong sized scoops of batter onto cookie sheets. Bake for 8 minutes, and remove from the oven. Push 3 marshmallows and three pieces of chocolate bar into each cookie. Return to the oven and bake an additional 2-3 minutes until fully cooked. Cool cookies on a wire rack.
6. Makes about 2 dozen large cookies.

 

56 Responses to “Day 2 of giveaways and Smores cookies”

  1. 1

    diva — December 7, 2010 @ 6:07 am

    I am so tired I think I need a good cookie like this one and a cup of milk to dunk it in before bedtime… :) You are too generous! If I could, I’d love to give the hazelnut a go. x

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    Niki — December 7, 2010 @ 6:23 am

    Toffee!!!

  3. 3

    LoveChocolates — December 7, 2010 @ 9:07 am

    I love chocolate so I’d like to try all the flavors, but if it was just one… Hazelnut!

  4. 4

    Faye — December 7, 2010 @ 9:09 am

    First choice Toffee, 2nd choice Hazelnut. I love their chocolate!

  5. 5

    Lauren at KeepItSweet — December 7, 2010 @ 9:19 am

    what a fun giveaway! i want to try the luxe milk toffee!

  6. 6

    Ivanna — December 7, 2010 @ 9:42 am

    The hazelnut would be my choice!

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    Marissa — December 7, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    Mmmm the hazelnut sounds delicious! Love all of your posts and recipes. Keep them coming!

  8. 8

    Marissa — December 7, 2010 @ 10:03 am

    Following you on Twitter and tweeted: http://twitter.com/mamasparkles

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    Becky Z — December 7, 2010 @ 10:11 am

    mmmmmmmm I think the hazelnut looks amazing!

  10. 10

    Nicole O. — December 7, 2010 @ 10:31 am

    i actually love the almond one!

  11. 11

    Richa bedi — December 7, 2010 @ 11:27 am

    “Hazelnut chocolates” are mine!

  12. 12

    Mike D — December 7, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    Hazelnut all the way… but what is crisp? It sounds good!

  13. 13

    Kay — December 7, 2010 @ 1:06 pm

    The Hazelnut looks great!

  14. 14

    Kay — December 7, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

    Tweeted the giveaway here: http://twitter.com/Kay819/status/12252718999543808

  15. 15

    Alice — December 7, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

    Hazelnut chocolate please!!!!!!!! But almonds are good, too. Yum.

  16. 16

    hannah — December 7, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

    almond sounds heavenly…mmmm.

  17. 17

    Tasha — December 7, 2010 @ 5:41 pm

    I’d like to try the Hazelnut. Talk about a nutella flavored bar at its best

  18. 18

    Christine — December 7, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

    I love visiting Ghirardelli Square! Toffee sounds absolutely heavenly. :D

  19. 19

    lynne — December 7, 2010 @ 7:29 pm

    The hazelnut sounds amazing!

  20. 20

    Kevin — December 7, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

    Hazelnut!

  21. 21

    Max — December 7, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

    Hazelnut!

  22. 22

    Meng — December 7, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

    I would love to try luxe milk

  23. 23

    Sophie — December 7, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

    Since I had my snickers almond. I’ve been loving almonds.
    So I would try almond lux chocolates

  24. 24

    Amy — December 7, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

    I would vote for hazelnut. sounds delicious!

  25. 25

    Jenn — December 8, 2010 @ 3:23 am

    Almond!

  26. 26

    Debbie Terry — December 8, 2010 @ 7:06 am

    the Luxe chocolate with toffee. Toffee makes me think of a holiday treat!

  27. 27

    Debbie Terry — December 8, 2010 @ 7:10 am

    I follow you on Twitter as sdiego1717

  28. 28

    Debbie Terry — December 8, 2010 @ 7:10 am

    http://twitter.com/sdiego1717/statuses/12524097183424512

    I posted about the giveaway

  29. 29

    Sandy — December 8, 2010 @ 8:33 am

    I’m more of a dark chocolate fan, but who can no to hazelnut chocolate? Not me!

  30. 30

    Jackie — December 8, 2010 @ 11:39 am

    The almond flavor sounds good!

  31. 31

    Meryl — December 8, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    I’d like to try the almond.

  32. 32

    Adam — December 8, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

    I would love to try the regular milk chocolate.

  33. 33

    Amy — December 8, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

    Hazelnut would be the one I would want to try the most, I love anything with hazelnut in it!

  34. 34

    Patty W — December 9, 2010 @ 2:35 am

    Yum! They all sound good but I love chocolate with nuts in it so my vote is for the hazelnut bar. Although almond would be good too!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  35. 35

    Tina — December 9, 2010 @ 10:58 am

    Living in the Bay Area has given me the chance to drag all my visiting friends to Ghiradelli Square which is amazing. I haven’t tried the Toffee Luxe bar but it sounds scrumptious. I posted your link on Twitter too :)

  36. 36

    Jen — December 9, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

    Hazelnut, hands-down, considering I love Nutella and Ferrero Rocher!

  37. 37

    Daphne — December 9, 2010 @ 8:22 pm

    Definitely hazelnut, it’s one of my favorite flavors

  38. 38

    Jessica — December 9, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

    Toffee

  39. 39

    Yang — December 9, 2010 @ 8:31 pm

    what a toffee! Toffee!

  40. 40

    Raechel — December 9, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

    Hazelnut without question…I have everything hazelnut in my house, including coffee and the ever popular Nutella!

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    Carly — December 9, 2010 @ 10:30 pm

    Yum! It’s a toss-up between toffee and hazelnut…

  42. 42

    Roxan — December 10, 2010 @ 10:18 am

    How did I not see this giveaway earlier??

  43. 43

    Julie — December 10, 2010 @ 11:23 am

    Toffee-YUMMMMMMMMMM

  44. 44

    Cliff — December 10, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

    I love nuts! They’re so delicious, i’d like to try the hazelnut!

  45. 45

    tigerfish — December 10, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

    Almonds!

  46. 46

    Chelsea — December 11, 2010 @ 3:22 am

    definitely want to try the toffee yummm

  47. 47

    cassie — December 11, 2010 @ 10:26 am

    Almond or hazelnut, I love nuts in chocolate…

  48. 48

    Eric S — December 11, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

    Hazelnut sounds good

  49. 49

    michelle — December 12, 2010 @ 5:21 am

    I recently found your blog and you have some fabulous things on here.

    I would love to try the toffee bars. or the almond bars. Chocolate is my weakness!

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    Angeline — December 12, 2010 @ 11:59 am

    It would be really cool if you could take those small flame gadgets that people use to slightly burn toppings, such as for creme brulee, to toast the marshmallows for the cookies. I don’t know what they’re called. But I love the taste of burnt marshmallows!

    As for the giveaway I’d definitely try the hazelnut. I feel like a spammer, sorry Kirbie!

    • Kirbie replied: — December 12th, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

      You don’t need to apologize! You’re not spamming at all.

  51. 51

    Yen — December 13, 2010 @ 12:47 am

    I will love to try the hazelnut. Hopefully I won’t need to share with the hub.

  52. 52

    toadliy — December 13, 2010 @ 12:48 pm

    Definitely the toffee. Ghirardelli chocolate plus crunchy little bits of toffee candy? Yes, please.

  53. 53

    Louis — December 13, 2010 @ 5:10 pm

    The hazelnut sounds good.

  54. 54

    Mary — December 14, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

    It’s all about the hazelnut.

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    Ttrockwood — December 13, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    The hazelnut- i adore everything hazelnut!!

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