Fluffernutter Thumbprint Cookies
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Growing up, Fluffernutter sandwiches didn't make a regular appearance in our lunch bags. Plain, old peanut butter sandwiches were more my mother's style. We had to beg and plead to get her to buy a jar of Marshmallow Fluff, and then we'd fight over who got the privilege of scooping out the first spoonful of the gooey treat. Needless to say, I have a soft spot in my heart for the combination of peanut butter and marshmallow.
I was obsessed with the idea of turning that combination into a cookie. When I finally unpacked my new KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer -- isn't it pretty? -- that obsession manifested itself into action. Sure, I could have chosen a more complicated recipe to make in order to break in our beautiful wedding gift, but I didn't want to wait to use it any longer.
(It arrived before our wedding in August, but I didn't use it until December.)
After adding all of the ingredients to the mixer bowl and watching the cookie dough come together in no time at all, I just stood and stared in amazement.
How had I lived without a stand mixer for so long?!?
I mean, I'm not saying that using a hand-mixer to prepare the dough was an incredible hardship or anything. It's just that the stand-mixer produced a much nicer texture, not gritty at all.
I was in love.
Now, you're probably wondering why I used regular marshmallows rather than actual Marshmallow Fluff for these cookies. I thought about it. Really, I did. But the longer I thought about, the more it made sense to use marshmallows.
Plus, putting the cookies back in the oven to toast the marshmallows added an extra depth of flavor to what is a relatively simple cookie. I hope you enjoy them!
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