Introduction: Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Cookies
Each year during the holidays, my family enjoys making lots of different cookies and candy treats. Everyone enjoys helping out mixing ingredients, watching through the oven window, or just hanging around for samples. This instructable describes how to make my absolute favorite cookie during the holidays. The best part is that it is also one of the easiest to make. With simple ingredients and simple steps, the whole family can help out and the reward is one of the most delicious cookies I know of (assuming you like chocolate and peanut butter).
Step 1: Gather Ingredients
The ingredients are pretty simple and chances are you have some of them around the house already. There are no real measurements involved, so you can just keep making them until you run out of supplies! The brands are not specific to the steps, so choose whatever brands you like. If you like the ingredients by themselves, then you will enjoy them in the cookie.
• 1 box of round butter crackers
• 1 jar of creamy peanut butter
• 1 jar of marshmallow creme
• 1 package of chocolate bark
Keep in mind that you can adjust these ingredients to your liking. I used whole wheat crackers, for example. You can use other types of chocolate for dipping, but I like the convenience and flavor of chocolate bark. Feel free to experiment with your own cookies.
• wax paper
• cooling rack
• microwave-safe bowl
• spoon and tongs and/or food prep gloves
Step 2: Add Peanut Butter
Let's start by applying peanut butter to one side of a cracker. The biggest tip to remember about this step is to apply a thin layer. If you love peanut butter like I do, you will be tempted to spread a nice thick layer, but do not give in! Later when you assemble the cookies and try to dip them in the melted chocolate, you will end up with a slippery mess. After you spread a few, you will find a technique that works quickly for you. I tend to mound mine slightly in the center because: 1) it allows room for spreading later and 2) I really like peanut butter.
Step 3: Add Marshmallow Creme
Next, spread marshmallow creme on one side of another cracker. The same caveats apply to the marshmallow creme. Don't over do it because the excess will just get squeezed out during assembly or dipping. Marshmallow creme can be a bit sticky so you may have to be careful when spreading it to avoid breaking your cracker.
Step 4: Assemble Cookies
Now you should have a a set of crackers with peanut butter and a set coated with marshmallow creme. Just match them up and sandwich them together. You can give them a slight squeeze to seat them firmly together. If you have several helpers with you, then you can very easily set up the peanut butter, marshmallow, and this sandwich step as a sort of assembly line. It lets everyone get in on the fun and moves things along quickly.
Step 5: Coat Cookies With Chocolate
With all of your cookies assembled, it's time to coat them with chocolate. You can melt your chocolate in the microwave, just be careful not to burn it. I only melt it in small batches to make it easier. Before dipping, set up your cooling rack over a sheet of wax paper to catch any drips. You can use tongs or food prep gloves to dip your cookies into the chocolate. You may find it handy to use a spoon to scoop additional chocolate over the cookie to ensure full coverage. Once your cookie is covered, place it gently on the cooling rack to allow the chocolate to harden. After cooling, you can press gently beneath each cookie on the cooling rack to release it. Place them in a container for later or just eat them all right away...it's up to you!
Step 6: Enjoy!
These cookies disappear around my house pretty quickly. I can't think of any other cookie that tastes this good and is this easy to make. For this batch I used two sleeves of crackers (half the box) and yielded about 36 cookies. While the other ingredients had more than half of their contents left. So the number of crackers are probably the limiting factor on how many you make. Feel free to experiment with other ingredients and comment below with your results.
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