Have you ever had s’ more cookies? Well, this recipe includes pumpkin which is very popular this time of year. You can make up a double batch of these and freeze half to have at a later date. This just shows that S’ mores are not just for summertime.
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The History of the S’ More
Sitting around a campfire and eating sticky marshmallows and warm chocolate between two graham crackers may feel like olden time traditions.
Every part of the process, even the coat hanger we unbend to use as a roasting stick—is a product of the Industrial Revolution.
The ingredient that is oldest in the s’ more’s holy grail is of course the marshmallow itself. A sweet treat that gets its name from a plant, appropriately enough, the marshmallow.
Marshmallow, a plant native to Eurasia and Northern Africa. Thousands of years ago, the root sap was boiled, strained, and sweetened to cure sore throats or ate as a treat.
White and puffy modern marshmallows look much like their ancient ancestors. For hundreds of years, the creation of marshmallows took a very long time. Every marshmallow was manually poured and molded, and they were a treat that only the people of money could purchase.
By the mid-19th century, marshmallows were made by a machine cheaply and are in most penny candy selections. Today the marshmallow on your s’ more contains no marshmallow sap at all. It’s mainly corn syrup, cornstarch, and gelatin.
Another Ancient Food is Chocolate
Many Americans have been drinking or eating chocolate for over 3,000 years. People in Mexico in the 1500s noted that chocolate was to treat many sicknesses from dysentery and indigestion to fatigue and dyspepsia.
During the Industrial Revolution that chocolate was cheap enough and tasty enough for any person to enjoy.
Peter’s company eventually merged with Henri Nestle’s two companies. Peter’s invention is the Nestle chocolate bar. It proved to be so much more popular than the darker bars on the market that other candy companies, from Hershey to Cadbury, brought out their own candy.
The Graham Cracker
The graham cracker originally used unsifted whole-wheat flour. Graham felt that separating the bran was against the wishes of God, who, according to Graham, must have had a reason for including bran.
Pumpkin S’ more Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheet with parchment paper
- Using a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and sugar until combined, smooth and fluffy
- Beat in the pumpkin puree and the vanilla
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ground cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and salt until combined.
- Gradually beat into the wet ingredients.
- Gently fold in 2 C of the Hershey Smore mix.
- Using a small ice cream scooper, scoop some dough out onto the cookie sheet.
- Gently press dough into a slightly thick disk.
- Sprinkle a few more pieces of the s’ more mix onto the cookies on the cookie sheet.
- Bake in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
- Allow cooling completely before enjoying it!