Friday, March 4, 2016

S'mores Shortbread

So last weekend I got lost.  I was running along, only planning on running 8 miles Sunday morning in Charlotte when I got lost.  I was trying to follow map my run, and the route they picked out, but clearly I wasn't doing it properly.  Clearly I am now so dependent on someone literally telling me where to go at an exact moment that I had lost those map reading skills.  What do kids growing up now do?  Like what happens if they are in the middle of nowhere with no phone signal, and have never needed to read a map before.  I mean do they even have a map in their car?  Of course, what do I do but, plug in their address and started once again listening to an electronic voice tell me where to go.  But then I had a moment of panic, and used a few harsh words, as my phone crashed as it was giving me directions to my brother and sister-in-laws house.  A) I still didn't know if I was heading in the right direction and B) I couldn't even order an Uber to get me to their neighborhood and I had no cash on me.  It is amazing how dependent we can become on technology.  It also made me think about how important it is to just set the phone down sometimes, stick it in a draw and actually enjoy your life, not living vicariously through others.  Thankfully my phone came back up, I stopped listening to music and just listened to the occasional direction I was given.  I paid a more attention to what was going on around me, and all of the RIDICULOUSLY large houses I was running by and not even really noticing before.  

But before last weekend, and actually the weekend before...what can I say I am a little behind...I made these s'mores shortbread for my office.  Sometimes everyone needs a little treat on Monday!  The best part about these was toasting the marshmallow just before the shortbread was going to be eaten so it was super warm and toasty.  Using a torch to do this even caused the chocolate to be somewhat melty just making these little shortbread even better.  

I am a little behind here on the blog, and I should come up with excuses, but I have been baking.

Like on the same day I made these shortbread, I also made chocolate dipped Hazelnut shortbread for Charles' office.

There have also been, mini raspberry swirl cheesecakes and...

a chocolate, chocolate cake!

Okay down to the s'mores shortbread.

The graham cracker shortbread fresh out of the oven. 

and then topped with chocolate ganache half of a large marshmallow and then toasted.

S'mores Shortbread:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup semi sweet chocolate

1.  Sift together flour, graham cracker crumbs and salt into a medium bowl.  

2.  Beat butter with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.  Add sugar gradually, beating between additions; continue to beat until mixture is very pale, about 2 minutes total. 

3.  Reduce speed to low, and add flour mixture; beat until just combined.

4.  Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes to an hour.  

5.  Preheat oven to 300 degrees. 

6.  Remove dough from the refrigerator and using a teaspoon create shortbread dough balls.  Bake dough balls on a lined cookie sheet approximately 1 1/2 inches apart for 40 - 45 minutes, until shortbread is firm in center and golden brown.  Transfer shortbread to a wire rack; let shortbread cool completely.  While the shortbread is cooling prepare the chocolate.

7.  For the chocolate, using a double boiler melt the chocolate.

8.  Once the shortbread have cooled, spread the melted chocoalte on top of each one and then top with a marshmallow half.  Just before serving toast the top of each marshmallow, serve and Enjoy!

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