When I was young, my mother had this wonderful little garden on the side of our house. I used to love watching the garden grow each summer, and daily trips out to pick fresh tomatoes, snap peas and zucchini were a highlight. I remember spending my summer days outside, playing with friends, and we’d snack on sugar snap peas, fresh from the garden, as we played. The zucchini always fascinated me, though, because there were some years when nothing would grow, and others when we’d end up with zucchini as long as our arms, that seemed to weigh as much as a small child. My mom would make zucchini bread after zucchini bread after zucchini bread, and we’d laugh at the size of our ginormous zucchini. They were like veggie snacks for giants.
Oooooh, these cookies.
Chocolate and marshmallow is one of my favorite combinations, but I fully underestimated how delicious these cookies would be. I saw them on Pinterest, thought they were clever and fun, and then I took a bite, and fell in love.
These cookies are fudgy, and chewy, rich, and delicious. Warm, out of the oven, they are melty and gooey, like a molten lava cake. As we ate them over the next few days, they were still chewy, and decadent…and the marshmallow stays puffy and light. That was, honestly, my biggest worry. I wondered if the marshmallow would dry out and lose its bounce. Nope. Still amazingly puffy a few days out.
Last week, we were so excited that my cousin, Jessica, was able to come and visit us for a few days! Jessica is a superstar HR manager by day, and by night she loves to cook and share her recipes on her own food blog, Sassy Southern Yankee. She had a conference she needed to attend that was practically in our backyard, so we served as home base during the week. Prior to Jess’ visit, I made sure to ask her if she had any food allergies or food dislikes so I could make sure to plan appropriately. I knew that Jess had been gluten-free for a while, but it was then when I learned that she’d been recently diagnosed with a wheat allergy.
Sometimes, you just need a cookie.
This was my state of mind yesterday afternoon, when I decided to whip up these tasty little guys.
I’d made plenty of chocolate-oatmeal bar variations before, in fact, I wrote about a delicious no-bake version here a while back. This one wasn’t much more difficult than the quick no bake version, and the result was totally worth the extra time in the oven. These are buttery, and fudgy, and speckled with sweet butterscotch chips. Oh, and there’s oatmeal in there, so they are TOTALLY healthy. (wink wink)