They were supposed to be turtle cookies with chocolate chips, pecans, and caramel bits. I actually made them for a tailgate party last fall. The day I was to make them, I sent my husband to the store (which almost never happens) with a very specific list, including caramel bits. I told him the brand I wanted and everything. He shortly returned home and reported to me that our small town grocery store doesn't have caramel bits. "Oh crap" might not have been all that was going through my head at that moment, but I put my thinking cap on and came up with something that was delicious in its own right.
So I found myself with plans to make turtle cookies without any caramel. I'm actually not a huge caramel fan anyway, so my heart wasn't really broken. I just went to the cupboards to see what else I could do. There I found a bag of miniature marshmallows. I have used marshmallows before in my toffee crunch cookies. It seemed like they could step in in this recipe as well.
With adventure in my heart, I proceeded with my recipe and just swapped marshmallows for caramel. It wasn't a turtle cookie, but it was still delicious! I like the way a marshmallow melts in a cookie, almost like you have roasted it. Yummy! And adding pecans, or any other nut, to a cookie gives it a nice contrast in textures with a bit of crunch.
Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Pecan Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 tsp white vinegar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 cup pecans