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The idea behind baking so entices me that my less than perfect outcomes often become disappointing. Intellectually, I understand that practice is the mode to achieving better and if my recipe doesn’t come out well that doesn’t mean failure. But in our social media world, I struggle not to envy all the irresistible, scrumptious looking photos and compare and feel lacking.
Recently, I decided to make marshmallows, which in their most original form were made with the root of the marshmallow plant, for which they are named. There are not many photos of homemade marshmallows roaming on Instagram to evaluate myself; besides how could the fluffy white sweets be made from roots? The recipes I found used gelatin but I chose not to use it so I could experiment with marshmallow root’s ability to thicken. It is reputed in herbalism as a mucilaginous herb, which means it holds water making a gooey tea consistency. On my first try, I realized I was making more of a lovely marshmallow crème with an icing like smoothness. At first I was discouraged, then vowed to give real marshmallows a second try. But I realized the crème was too good to not use. With the inspiration of the awe-inspiring Claire Ptak and her whoopee pies, these cookies offer a different take on the homemade s’mores I set out to make. I’m still working on them and marshmallows.