What cookies do you remember from your childhood?
When I was in 1st and 2nd grade we lived just a few blocks from my elementary school. It was my favorite house growing up. There were cherry trees, apple trees, plum and a huge fenced yard. I remember my Mom threw herself into the holidays then with decorations, baking and traditions.
One of the cookies I remember her making was called a Triangle Delight. With a graham cracker crust, topped with coconut, almonds, marshmallows and drizzled with a caramel coating... they were amazing! I don't think my Mom made them many times, but those cookies left an impression on me.
As I grew up my parents worked more hours, money was tight and holidays weren't as elaborate nor did my parents have much time off to enjoy them.
As an adult I have spent years looking for this cookie recipe. You would laugh if you knew how many cookie cookbooks I own, or how many hours I have spent on Google searches or Pinterest. But I have never found these.
When my Mom came for a recent visit she asked if she could bring me anything. I asked her to bring two of my favorite recipes... Triangle Delights and our family borscht recipe. I promise to post more on the famous borscht when the weather turns cooler, but today... being National Smores Day! ...I had to share my favorite cookie treat: Triangle Delights.
The recipe was handed to me on the original letterhead from her employer at the time, from her typewriter and on the original yellowed and tattered paper. She gave me the original because she knew it would mean a lot to me... You see my husband's Mom worked in the same office at the time and this recipe either originated from her or her friend. Truly a reminder of our small world.
Oh, did I mention how easy this recipe is? You are going to love it.
You Will Need:
- Whole Graham Crackers, enough to cover the bottom of a jelly roll pan.
- 3 c. mini marshmallows
- 1 c. butter
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 c. sliced almonds
- 1 c. flake coconut
- 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cover a jelly roll pan with parchment and then place graham crackers in a single layer on the bottom of the pan. Cover with marshmallows
In a small saucepan combine the butter, sugar and cinnamon. Melt over medium heat stirring to dissolve the sugar. Take off the heat and stir in vanilla. Pour the hot mixture over the marshmallows. Top with almonds, coconut and chocolate chips.
Bake for 12-15 minutes until the top is golden brown. Allow the pan to cool and then slice into 3" squares, then into triangles. A pizza cutter works well for this.
Happy National Smores Day!