I made these delicious bites of heaven! The graham cracker recipe is something you can make alone just to have some homemade on hand. They are better than the ones you buy at the store. The marshmallow recipe is different than the one I made before and turns out so good. These are easy to make and a joy to eat. I used a biscuit cutter to cut out the graham crackers and used a pastry bag to pipe the marshmallow mixture on the parchment paper dusted with the confectioner sugar and corn starch mixture. I had a few cookies left and made some of these into mini moon pies.
Ingredients for Marshmallows
3packets unflavored gelatin
1cup cold water, divided in half
1 1/2cups granulated sugar
1cup light corn syrup
1teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4cup confectioner’s sugar
Combine the gelatin and half the water in the bowl of a stand mixer.
In a small, heavy bottom saucepan combine the granulated sugar, syrup, salt, and remaining 1/2 cup of water. Cover and let cook over medium high heat for around 4 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook for another 6 to 7minutes, or until the mixture begins to vigorously bubble and rise in the pan. (If you have a candy thermometer, clip it to the side when you uncover the pan and cook the mixture to 240° F.) Immediately remove from heat.
Attach the whisk attachment to your mixer and turn on low speed. Slowly pour the hot sugar syrup down the side of the mixing bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you’ve added all the syrup, increase the speed to high and whip until the mixture is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. (If you haven’t cooked the sugar to exactly 240° F this may take a few minutes longer. You can tell that it’s cool enough of the fluff doesn’t easily slip away from the whisk when the mixer head is lifted.) Add the vanilla extract in the last minute of whipping.
While the mixture is whipping, combine the confectioner’s sugar and cornstarch in a bowl. Lightly grease a 9- x 13-inch baking pan, add the sugar-cornstarch mixture to the pan, and shake it all around to coat the pan, return the excess to the bowl.
When the marshmallow mixture is ready, pour it into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula to smooth it out. Dust the top with some of the remaining sugar-cornstarch mixture and let to marshmallows sit uncovered for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
Once set, cut the marshmallows into 1 1/2-inch squares. (If you won’t be using them right away, toss them in the remaining sugar-cornstarch mixture and store them in an airtight container.)
Ingredients for Graham Crackers
1 1/2cups all-purpose flour
1/2cup graham or whole wheat flour
1teaspoon baking soda
8tablespoons butter, softened
1/2cup packed dark brown sugar
1teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4cup whole milk
24ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
Whisk together the flours, baking soda, salt, and spices.
Cream together butter, sugar, and honey, then beat in vanilla. Alternate beating in milk and flour mixture until everything is combined.
Line two baking sheets with parchment. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thick, and then cut into 1 1/2-inch squares. Transfer squares to the baking sheet, leaving an inch of space between each. Poke several holes in each one to keep them from puffing up too much during baking. Place the crackers in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes.
Once the crackers are chilled, preheat the oven to 350° F. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the crackers are mostly bake, but still a tiny bit soft (they will firm up as they cool).
Remove the pans from the oven and set on cooling racks. Immediately place a marshmallow on top of each cracker. (The heat from the crackers will melt the marshmallow slightly and bind the two together.) Let cool completely.
Melt chocolate in a double boiler until smooth. One by one, dip each marshmallow-topped cracker in the chocolate, making sure to coat all sides. Use a fork to remove the Mallomars, allowing any excess chocolate to drip off, and place cracker side-down on a piece of wax paper. Let cool until chocolate has set.