Tuesday, July 28, 2009

MMMarshmallow Cookies

This month's Daring Bakers Challenge is certainly one that I was interested in right from the start! Making homemade marshmallow has been on my to do list for some time now and I was was happy that this challenge was going to be responsible for getting it done. Although the option was there to use store bought marshmallow....for me the challenge was mostly about the marshmallow! So here it is and I hope you take the time to give it try if it interests you as it was not that much work....especially it you make the dough the day ahead of assembling the cookies. And homemade marshmallow.....YUM! For me the recipe made more like 70 cookies but not knowing how much marshmallow the recipe would make, I only baked up 24 cookie bases leaving the remaining 48ish cookies as dough in the fridge. If the heat doesn't kill me, I may bake up the rest tomorrow. Today, I made the extra marshmallows up on a layer of icing sugar to keep for hot chocolate....assuming it cools down. Just need to dip them into their chocolate coating now. So far.......they are delicious! To see more delicious cookies by the daring bakers go here. Update: The coating would simply not set up unless refrigerated....possibly due to the crazy hot weather we are having.

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 website
Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies
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, 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.

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.


Jeannie said...

Holy moly that's some shiny chocolate!

LittleRed said...

I would be pleased to make some for you when you come for a visit:)

Lori said...

You did great. THese cooking look yummy.

LittleRed said...

Thanks, they were a fun cookie and the neighbourhood kids seemed to enjoy them!

The Woman said...

**** droool *****

I have to restrain myself from licking the screen. Your home-made marshmallows look so soft and pillowy! And then adding chocolate to that? YUM!

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