These S’mores Cookies Ended a 6-Month Debate with My Twin Sister

Thanks to Marc Murphy's s'mores cookie class on the Food Network Kitchen app, my sister finally sees my side.

November 07, 2019
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When you grow up having a twin sister, disagreements are inevitable. Backstreet Boys or NSYNC. Cake or pie. Buddy or Duff! The list goes on. But perhaps more than any other debate, nothing has divided us more than the s’mores.

You see, when it comes to the gooey treat, my stance is simple: anything — from truffles to ice cream sundaes — can be considered a s’more as long as it contains some combination of chocolate and marshmallow.

My sister, on the other hand, is more of a purist; in order for something to be a s’more, she needs it to be chocolate and marshmallow sandwiched between two graham crackers — no ifs, ands or buts. And though I’ve seen her enjoy her fair share of s’mores-inspired snacks, it’s often the lack of graham crackers that makes my sister exclaim, “That still doesn’t count as a s’more!” each and every time.

Recently, that changed thanks to an on-demand cooking class for Marc Murphy’s S’mores Cookies on the all-new Food Network Kitchen app. Though these cookies fell more into my s’mores camp than my sister’s, the recipe called for a key ingredient that she just couldn’t ignore: crushed graham crackers. Right then and there, I knew the scales – or in this case, the s’mores – were about to tip in my favor.

Photo by: CHRIS HAYDEN

CHRIS HAYDEN

Determined to have the last bite, I got to work. Firing up my oven, I followed Marc's lead and began combining all my dry ingredients including the star of the show, the graham crackers. While I had a box of graham crackers in my pantry, they were still on the “whole” side. Luckily, there was no need to panic. Following Marc’s advice, I added the crackers to a zip top bag and used a rolling pin to DIY my very own graham cracker dust. (Side note: This dust is a great topping for late-night sundaes or yogurt parfaits, too.)

I then got to work on my wet ingredients and had my second surprise of the day. In addition to eggs and vanilla, Marc also uses two tablespoons of maple syrup to give his cookies extra depth. Plus, it also has that signature toasty flavor I knew my sister would look for.

When it was finally time for the moment of truth, I wish I could say I kept my cool as I asked my sister to try one of these delicious cookies, but the reality was a loud flurry of excitement, shouting and cookie crumbs. I demanded she try one and waited. And waited. And waited. And waited. When she finally finished the cookie, my sister looked at me and said, "Now, that's a s'more."

Our feud finally ended.

If you want to make Marc Murphy's S’mores Cookies — or any of his other recipes — you can find them on the all-new Food Network Kitchen app. You’ll be able to drop in on all of Marc’s classes and learn all about these delicious cookies and so much more.

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