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.
The Chocky-Mallow Cookies are superb - I love everything about them; the rather plain biscuit base, the small size, the 'bury my face in it marshmallow' and the smooth chocolate dipping sauce. These cookies are quite time consuming because of wait time for the components, but the reward is delightful and delicious - dipping whole marshmallow cookies into a bowl of slightly warm chocolate is really the height of indulgence! They are definitely a keeper.
All in all, a very satisfying baking day. Thank you, Nicole of Sweet Endings. Just loved your DB choice.
Here's the recipe:
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
• 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.