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I'm so excited to share my brand new recipe for brown butter s'mores cookies using the panbanging cookie method.
I know, it's a mouthful of a cookie name but you're going to want every single part of them.
The s'mores. The brown butter. The panbanging. Yes panbanging. If you haven't heard of it, you're going to know all about panbanging by the time you're done reading this!
How to make panbanging cookies
there's quite a bit of information about how to make panbanging cookies below, but you can jump right in before reading all of that! Watch my quick video for how to make panbanging cookies:
Marybeth's Note: This s'mores recipe was updated in February 2020 with additional information and recipe details. The original recipe wasn't changed, and no original content was deleted.
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About Brown Butter Panbanging Cookies
I know, we have a lot to talk about when it comes to this recipe. Let me break it down for you.
I love brown butter in cookies. I wanted to try making panbanging cookies. I also wanted to make s'mores cookies, because they just sounded so good. I mean, the combination of Hershey chocolate bars, marshmallows and graham crackers? You can't go wrong!
So this recipe is inspired by a several different cookies. You'll find links to a few as I walk you through the important parts.
Why Brown Butter
There's no question that real butter makes for amazing cookies. It's just the way baking work. But if you already know about this and love to use real butter in your cookie recipes, brown butter will take them to the next level!
Instead of simply softening butter and using it to start your recipe, here's what you need to do to make brown butter:
Put two sticks of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Watch it as it melts and stir it as the butter starts to foam and simmer. Keep an eye on it and watch for brown bits to form while you're stirring. Remove the pan from the heat and keep stirring, the butter will keep cooking until it's all a toasty brown color.
When you brown butter you evaporate some of the moisture, leaving a more concentrated solid. Brown butter is also has a richer, nuttier flavor than regular butter, which really changes your cookie recipe for the better!
Why s'mores cookies?
First, S'mores are delicious. I love all sorts of s'mores. crispy graham crackers, gooey marshmallows and melty milk chocolate is one of my favorite tastes in the world.
I've found a few recipes for s'mores cookies but they all required pushing the marshmallows and graham crackers into the cookie after it was baked. That probably tastes fine, but the perfectionist in me thought that squishing down fresh baked cookies was a terrible idea.
I had a hunch that baking the graham cracker pieces into the cookie dough would be better–I was so right.
You might notice that there's a good amount of butter in this s'mores cookie recipe. That's because it's necessary for the cookies to spread and get wrinkled with the panbanging method.
Some people commented that the original recipe for panbanging cookies resulted in greasy cookies, but I think this adapted version combats that.
The graham crackers seem to absorb some of that brown butter as the dough bakes. The heat of the oven bakes it all together and the graham crackers become crunchy – almost like toffee – within the cookie. It's more delicious than I ever expected!
What is panbanging?
I'm sure this word, panbanging, is what most of you are curious about. What is panbanging and how does it relate to cookies?
Panbanging is the method of opening the oven door while cookies are baking to lift up the pan and bang it down on the oven rack. Several times. Then doing it again every minute or two until the cookies are done baking.
The method comes from The Vanilla Bean Baking Book.
Here's exactly how to panbang (source):
Lift the side of the baking sheet up about 4 inches and gently let it drop down against the oven rack, so the edges of the cookies set and the inside falls back down (this will feel wrong, but trust me).
After the cookies puff up again in 2 minutes, repeat lifting and dropping the pan. Repeat a few more times to create ridges around the edge of the cookie.
S'mores Cookies Recipe
S'mores cookies ingredients:
- 1/2 pound (2 sticks butter)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2/3 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 3 milk chocolate bars (about 4 ounces) broken into pieces
- 2 full sheets graham crackers, broken into pieces
- 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
S'mores cookies directions:
- Make your brown butter. Put two sticks of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Keep an eye on it as it foams and bubbles. It will start to change color within 3-6 minutes. Remove from heat as soon as it starts to change color. It will continue to cook.
- Chill your brown butter. Put in the freezer for about 10 minutes or in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- Put your chilled brown butter in a mixing bowl and mix at medium speed until fluffy and creamy (1-2 minutes). Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat at medium-high speed until fluffy and light in color (about 2 minutes).
- Add egg, vanilla and milk to the butter and sugar mixture at medium-high speed for a few minutes until well blended and smooth.
- Add the flour, baking soda and salt and stir with a wooden spoon or in your stand mixer on low speed. Fold in the milk chocolate and graham cracker pieces.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Line at least one sheet pan with foil, dull side up.
- Form the dough into 2 ounce balls (about 3 tablespoons of dough in each ball) and place 4-6 balls of dough on a cookie sheet, evenly spaced. Transfer the pan to the freezer for 15 minutes.
- Place the pan with the dough in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Open the oven door, lift up the side of the baking sheet 4-6 inches and let it drop down against the oven rack. Repeat a few times until the centers of the cookies have deflated. Repeat every two minutes until the cookies have baked for 15-18 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle with mini marshmallows. Broil for 1-2 minutes until the marshmallows are toasted.
Nutrition Information: Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 396Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 323mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 1gSugar: 35gProtein: 4g
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