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.
Homemade marshmallows are one of those things that I've wanted to try for such a long time, but I have just not gotten around to it...and have not mustered up the courage! That's why I was so excited to see the July DB Challenge. I couldn't put it off any longer!!
The process was both really fun and neat! I enjoyed this challenge and actually can't wait to make these again. I didn't have any major snafus, and I was pretty happy with the results. The process of making marshmallows is pretty involved (but not too difficult!), and it was fun making sure each step was done just right. I tried to really take my time with this challenge. After adding the chocolate glaze to my first cookie, I realized that my chocolate was too hot...the fact that the marshmallow started to melt was my first hint...lol. I simply let the chocolate cool a little bit and popped the cookies into the fridge in the meantime. Voila! Problem solved!
I ended up with A LOT of cookies...85 total!!! I didn't have enough marshmallow to cover all of the cookies, so I simply dipped the extra cookies in the chocolate glaze and topped them with a surprise. I even made a heart-shaped cookie for Brad with the extra cookie dough. ;-)

For my toppings, I chose shredded coconut (my favorite!), finely chopped pecans, peanut butter/chocolate sprinkles and multi-colored sprinkles. Mmm, Mmm...GOOD!***
Ready for the oven...
This photo was taken with the sauce pan OFF the heat...notice how the bubbles remain...
Aren't they cute??

Mallows (Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies)
Recipe courtesy Gale Gand, from Food Network website

Prep Time: 10 min
Inactive Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Serves: about 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:
• 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

Directions:
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.

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
Directions:
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

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

11 comments:

Julie (Willow Bird Baking) said...

They turned out beautiful!! Great job!

Lisa Michelle said...

What a gorgeous job on both cookies..so beautiful, and the toppings are a wonderful idea. Also, fantastic photographs!!

Namratha said...

Your cookies are so pretty! And nice photographs..well done!!

mandymortimer said...

Your mallows look fantastic and beautifully photographed :)

jidgede said...

you amaze me, you are so talented and i just love your creations!!!! you will attempt anything!!! jennie in tn <><

isa said...

Your mallows looks absolutely delicious! They came out very well
Beautiful pictures!
Nicely done!

Elissa said...

I remember seeing these on the DB site. They're gorgeous! I really like the look of the coconut against the chocolate.

Ruth Horn said...

GREAT JOB IT ALL LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL!!

Christina said...

Your cookies are beautiful! You got so creative. I love it!

Fahrenheit 350° said...

Those look fabulous as always!

Colleen said...

What a neat idea!