Gingerbread Blondie S’mores Panini

by on December 8, 2009

Gingerbread Blondie S'mores Panini

It started with thoughts of gingerbread…

Could I make dessert panini with gingerbread?

Nice, semi-thick, cake-like gingerbread might really work on the grill. It would get all crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

I should do blondies. Is there a recipe for gingerbread blondies? Oh, thank God – Martha’s got one. Perfect.

Now I’m thinking s’mores. But s’mores with what?

Martha’s recipe calls for white chocolate, but if I put white chocolate next to marshmallow cream they’ll be indistinguishable in the photos. Plus, I kind of overdid white chocolate during that major Nestlé Alpine White kick of mine back in the ’80s.

The Flavor Bible says dark chocolate is also great with ginger. As is citrus.

Didn’t I just buy a whole palette of Cuties?

Thick, cakey gingerbread blondies filled with dark chocolate, marshmallow cream and clementine zest, grilled on the panini press…and cut into gingerbread men shapes!

I’m so doing this.

Gingerbread Blondies S'mores Panini

I’m sure you can imagine how these tasted – sweet and spicy, chewy and gooey, over-the-top and decadent. I loved them!

I never know where I’ll end up once I start concocting some of these ideas in my head. But it’s definitely fun to sample the results once they become a reality on the panini grill. :-)

Gingerbread Blondie S'mores Panini

Gingerbread Blondie S’mores Panini
Adapted from Martha Stewart’s White Chocolate-Gingerbread Blondies

Brownie recipe makes about 4 dozen 2-inch squares – yield will vary if you cut out gingerbread people shapes

INGREDIENTS:

Vegetable-oil cooking spray
2 3/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 1/2 sticks (20 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk
1 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsulfured molasses

Marshmallow cream
Dark chocolate (70% cacao), grated
Clementine or orange zest

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 17-by-12-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Line bottom with parchment cut to fit, and coat parchment. Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.

Beat butter and brown and granulated sugars with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Add eggs and yolk, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla and molasses. Reduce speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture, and beat until just combined.

Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake until edges are golden, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 2-inch squares or desired shape. Blondies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Preheat the panini grill to medium-high heat.

For each sandwich: Spread marshmallow cream inside one blondie. Top with clementine or orange zest and a generous amount of chocolate. Close the sandwich with another blondie.

Grill for about 3 minutes until the chocolate is melted and the outer surface of the blondies are crisp (watch closely to ensure they don’t burn). Serve immediately and enjoy!

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bellini Valli December 9, 2009 at 3:52 am

Wouldn’t these be perfect to serve for breakfast over the holidays. I know several kids and “kids at heart” that would get a kick out of them.

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2 Natashya December 9, 2009 at 6:28 am

You are a genius!
So cute and tasty.
You’ll be happy to know that we got a new panini press. With ridges!
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3 Kathy December 9, 2009 at 7:34 am

Awesome – congrats on the new grill!

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4 Maria December 9, 2009 at 8:33 am

That is the cutest panini I have ever seen!
.-= Maria´s last blog ..White Chocolate Holiday Bark =-.

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5 Carolyn Jung December 9, 2009 at 9:47 am

And I thought nothing beat fresh gingerbread right out of the oven! This is clever, cute and oh-so adorable.

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6 foodwithstye December 9, 2009 at 9:54 am

you are a genius, can’t wait to catch this one!
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7 Jenn December 9, 2009 at 10:20 am

Just discovered your blog…so many great recipes! This one is so clever…can’t wait to try with the kids!

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8 tia December 9, 2009 at 10:54 am

those are so adorable, so precious. AWESOME , i love it. :)

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9 Dawn Hutchins December 9, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Yummmmm!!!! I love the addition of dark chocolate, my favorite.
.-= Dawn Hutchins´s last blog ..Grilled Chicken with Sun Dried Tomato-Goat Cheese Sauce and Sautéed Mushrooms =-.

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10 Esi December 9, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Oh my goodness Kathy, these are so freaking CUTE!!!
.-= Esi´s last blog ..Garlic Soup with Shrimp =-.

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11 Esi December 9, 2009 at 3:37 pm

And PS, you win for the most creative idea I have seen in a while.
.-= Esi´s last blog ..Garlic Soup with Shrimp =-.

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12 Kathy December 9, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Awww…thanks a lot, Esi :-)

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13 Liz - Meal Makeover Mom December 9, 2009 at 8:29 pm

S’mores are my favorite food in the world (well, second only to avocados). So clever! Love the recipe.

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14 The Duo Dishes December 10, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Intense!!! So cute though. Makes it fun to bite the heads off!
.-= The Duo Dishes´s last blog ..The Fusion Confusion =-.

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15 Kathy December 10, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Now that you mention it, I think I’ve always felt just a touch apologetic whenever I’ve bitten the heads off of gingerbread people! :-)

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16 The Food Hunter December 11, 2009 at 12:44 pm

They are so cute!
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17 kellypea December 12, 2009 at 10:20 am

You are so creative! I love this idea. It just may get me to blow the dust off my panini pan. Yum ; )
.-= kellypea´s last blog ..Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies =-.

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18 Sandie (Inn Cuisine) December 14, 2009 at 2:05 pm

LOVE everything about these and I appreciate the slight changes you made because I am NOT a fan of white chocolate (for some reason it always upsets my stomach). On top of the delicious flavor these must have, it’s always fun to eat something so darn cute! Good job :)
.-= Sandie (Inn Cuisine)´s last blog ..Holiday Celebration Pies (Recipe: Sweet Potato Pie with Pecan Streusel) =-.

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19 Sagan December 14, 2009 at 2:43 pm

You are my hero.
.-= Sagan´s last blog ..Life Lessons: The Case of the Cookie Calling My Name =-.

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20 Sylvia January 1, 2010 at 6:42 pm

I love dark chocolate with ginger– I think the two tastes compliment each other perfectly. And this marshmallow filling is my FAVORITE! My daughter loves it too, and it’s super easy to make!
-Sylvia
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21 Ashley January 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm

SO cute!!
.-= Ashley´s last blog ..Sun-Dried Tomato Cottage Cheese Muffins =-.

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22 Ingrid July 20, 2010 at 3:57 pm

The kids will love this one! :)

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23 Ivana December 5, 2011 at 10:16 am

OMG I am so going to make this at the Christmas party!

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