Monday, July 27, 2009

Mallows


This month's Daring Baker challenge was Mallows, a chocolate covered marshmallow cookie that reminds me very much of Puffs or Whippets from my youth! 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.

As a child we always had homemade cookies for our dessert at school. I loved the cookies my mom made, and so did many other kids who had store bought cookies. I used to trade my cookies for thinks like Oreos, Whippets and for some strange reason frosted Cheerios. Store bought cookies were a novelty to us since we never had them, and the other kids loved cookies that weren't from a package, so it worked out well! When I saw these cookies, I instantly thought of all the chocolate chip cookies that got traded for the marshmallowy goodness of a Whippet or Puff.

The cookies were actually quite easy to make. The cookie base was pretty standard. The only thing that annoyed me was 3/8ths of a teaspoon of baking soda. What the eff is that? My equivalent fraction skills really suck (which is horrible for a teacher), but I didn't know what to do with that measurement. I just put in a pinch and hoped for the best! I guess the pinch was good enough, because the cookies turned out really well, and there were a lot of them.

I was pretty nervous about making marshmallows. I had attempted to make marshmallow bones using a whack recipe from Martha Stewart. They were awful. I followed the recipe exactly as written, but they were a sticky, gooey mess. Gross! This time, the marshmallows turned out perfectly!

The chocolate glaze was pretty straight forward. 2 ounces of oil looked like a lot when I first poured it over the chocolate, but it was just right. The coating was very smooth and cracked a little when you bit into the cookie. The only problem was that it was so humid in my house when I made the cookies that the coating didn't set. I'll try the cookies again in the winter and see if the humidity was the issue.

Assembling the cookies was not too difficult. I used a piping bag with just the coupler to pipe kisses of marshmallows on top of the cooled cookie base. After two hours, I dipped the cookies in the melted chocolate and oil mixture and let them harden (sort of) on a cooling rack.

The only downside to this recipe was that it made a tonne of cookies....many more than the amount of marshmallow I had. It wasn't a problem though, since the cookies were good enough to eat on their own, and I dipped the extras in chocolate. Delish!

The dairy substitutions were pretty straight forward with this recipe. Instead of butter I used margarine.

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 minServes

about 2 dozen cookies
• 3 cups all purpose flour

• 1/2 cup white sugar

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

• 3/8 teaspoon baking soda

• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 12 tablespoons 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 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.

10 comments:

  1. OK, your Mallows are one of the best I've seen in this challenge aesthetically, and the photos are fantastic! Nicely done!

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  2. Your mallows are perfect!! Very nicely done.

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  3. They are just. perfect. Beautiful job!

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  4. What a perfect shape they have! They look really yummy, and I agree with you - the best season for making those are autumn (or fall) and winter.

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  5. Haha, I was also confused by the baking soda quantity, and I'm pretty sure I put in too much... I really love the look of your mallows, the proportions and shape are perfect (love the little curl on top)!

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  6. Thanks for all of the positive feedback! I really enjoyed this challenge!

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  7. Your mallow mounds look so perfect with such cute tips. Beautifully done!

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