Monday, July 27, 2009

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies

The July Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Nicole at Sweet Tooth. She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of the Food Network.

We were able to choose between the recipes, or do both. I have had a very busy month including a visit from my sister and a 2 week vacation to Lisbon! So.... I chose the marshmallow cookies. My house smelled like freshly made waffle cones and toasted marshmallows for hours. It was fantastic!

These were tasty little things, but they were sooooo messy! The messy part being the chocolate, of course. For whatever reason, my chocolate would not firm up... after hours and hours. I ended up putting them in the fridge to expedite the hardening process. It worked, but as soon as they were subjected to room temperature, the chocolate became gooey again. I followed the recipe exactly, so if anyone has any tips, please let me know! I would love to make them again... if I didn't have chocolate fingers every time I ate one!!

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies

• 3 cups (375grams/13.23oz) all purpose flour
• 1/2 cup (112.5grams/3.97oz) white sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
• 3/8 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 12 tablespoons (170grams/ 6 oz) unsalted butter
• 3 eggs, whisked together
• Homemade marshmallows, recipe follows
• Chocolate glaze, recipe follows

1. In a mixer with the paddle attachment, blend the dry ingredients.
2. On low speed, add the butter and mix until sandy.
3. Add the eggs and mix until combine.
4. Form the dough into a disk, wrap with clingfilm or parchment and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.
5. When ready to bake, grease a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper or a silicon mat.
6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
7. Roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thickness, on a lightly floured surface. Use a 1 to 1 1/2 inches cookie cutter to cut out small rounds of dough.
8. Transfer to the prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Let cool to room temperature.
9. Pipe a “kiss” of marshmallow onto each cookie. Let set at room temperature for 2 hours.
10. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or silicon mat.
11. One at a time, gently drop the marshmallow-topped cookies into the hot chocolate glaze.
12. Lift out with a fork and let excess chocolate drip back into the bowl.
13. Place on the prepared pan and let set at room temperature until the coating is firm, about 1 to 2 hours.

Note: if you don’t want to make your own marshmallows, you can cut a large marshmallow in half and place on the cookie base. Heat in a preheated 350-degree oven to slump the marshmallow slightly, it will expand and brown a little. Let cool, then proceed with the chocolate dipping. *I cheated and cut pre-made marshmallows :)

Homemade marshmallows:
• 1/4 cup water
• 1/4 cup light corn syrup
• 3/4 cup (168.76 grams/5.95oz) sugar
• 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
• 2 tablespoons cold water
• 2 egg whites , room temperature
• 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. In a saucepan, combine the water, corn syrup, and sugar, bring to a boil until “soft-ball” stage, or 235 degrees on a candy thermometer.
2. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water and let dissolve.
3. Remove the syrup from the heat, add the gelatin, and mix.
4. Whip the whites until soft peaks form and pour the syrup into the whites.
5. Add the vanilla and continue whipping until stiff.
6. Transfer to a pastry bag.

Chocolate glaze:
• 12 ounces semisweet chocolate
• 2 ounces cocoa butter or vegetable oil

1. Melt the 2 ingredients together in the top of a double boiler or a bowl set over barely simmering water.


  1. Beautiful
    what a cute shape :-)

  2. What a beautiful job on the Mallows! The chocolate is messy indeed, and I think the humidity is killing all of us currently in the season of Summer, when it comes to chocolate setting up and even the cookies!

  3. Great Mallows! The toasting on the marshmallows looks soo good.

  4. Great job on your challenge and the mallows look really good.

  5. I was too scared to make these, and went with Milanos instead.

  6. Oooooh - they sure look delicious!!!

  7. Mmmm, looks delicious! I love the look of those toasted mallows! :)

  8. I had to put mine in the fridge, too, and they did melt pretty quickly. Yours look great!

  9. Yum! Your cookies look amazing - Love the toasted marshmallows!! Beautiful job on this challenge!!

  10. Your cookies look delicious! I had the same problem with the chocolate... Maybe less oil would work better... Or just using a tempered chocolate... They were awfully yummy cookies!

  11. These look amazing!!!
    I just found your blog, and have fallen in love with it!!! :)


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