Daring Bakers Challenge…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.


Mallows(Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies)

Recipe courtesy Gale Gand, from Food Network

Prep Time: 10 min
Inactive Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Serves: about 2 dozen 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,or store bought
• 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.

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.

I am anxious to read a few other Daring Baker’s results on this recipe…as my results were SO FAR off the recipe mark. The recipe clearly states that it makes about 24 cookies. TWENTY FOUR. And that is if the cookies are cut with a 1 1/2 inch cutter at 1/8 of an inch thick. Mine were cut with a 1 1/2 cutter (perhaps even a tad bigger) and closer to 1/4 to 1/3 of an inch thick. And yet, I had 72 cookies. Whaaaaat? How did this happen?

That being said, I felt my cookies were too thick…and not all that flavorful. The cookie base is pretty boring. It could have benefitted from some vanilla. I also went the easy method and used store bought marshmallows. They worked well and tasted great with the chocolate glaze. I wish the marshmallow to cookie ratio had been higher, but it hasn’t stopped me from eating the hell out of them.

I don’t own a double boiler, but I own something better. My electric Cuisinart Fondue Maker. We are in love. We don’t get together very often, but everytime we do, I promise him we’ll be together more and more. I love that it gets to temperature and holds there, never burning, never worrying. Fantastic. Here is a link to where you can buy one for yourself…seriously a great purchase, and currently over half price. Wish mine had been on such a sale when I bought it!

Day 26 Rundown: Spent $1.52. I needed noodles and a cucumber.

Breakfast: Seven didn’t eat too much…his teeth are still bugging him. He ate a peach, some ham, and cheese. He also ate a little bit of egg (as did I) and most of a cinnamon roll. I made Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls for Jon and I. Jon ate 5 of them. Good Lord.

Lunch: Because it’s Sunday, we go to my folks for lunch. Seven didn’t really eat much. We did. 🙂

Dinner: We left Seven at my parents while we were in the Golf Tournament. There was a Potluck Dinner afterwards, and we took Thai Peanut Pasta Salad. It was pretty much a Pasta Salad Dinner, everyone (but 2) brought Pasta Salad. That’s what I bought the pasta and cucumber for. Seven ate with Mom and Dad, some leftovers from lunch.

2 Days to Go, $2.16 left to spend.

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