Something about baking, relaxes me, but it also scares me. My last adventure of Sugar Cookies was very laborious but I was ready to tackle a new recipe and I had wanted to try something new and fancy. I had this recipe saved on my google reader from Annie's Eats and knew this would the perfect sweet treat to enjoy while we watched my Chargers try and defeat those darn Jets. It never ceases to amaze me that during important games that they can't pull it off. It was a really disappointing finish for a great season for these guys, but thanks for a great season! At least, my friends and I had these cookies to cheer us up!
I decided to take the advice from Wan about adding peanut butter and nutella to a couple of the cookies to have some variation between the cookies. The plain cookies had the crumbled pecans on top, nutella had red sprinkles on top, and the peanut butter had the rainbow sprinkles. These cookies were not a nightmare to bake compared to my sugar cookies. The homemade marshmallow was slightly difficult to pipe and distribute, and if you make the entire batch of cookies for some odd reason it doesn't equal to the amount of marshmallows. So if you decide to do this, half the recipe of the cookies or double the recipe for the marshmallows. I decided to make more marshmallow because I figured more cookies for everyone, it's a win-win situation either way. Enjoy!
Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies aka Mallobars
Adapted from Annie's Eats & Wan Life to Live
Original Source: Use Real Butter from Gale Gand of Food Network
For the cookie base:
3 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
½ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. baking powder
3/8 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
12 tbsp. unsalted butter, slightly chilled
3 large eggs
For the marshmallows:
¼ cup water
¼ cup corn syrup
¾ cup sugar
1 tbsp. powdered gelatin
2 tbsp. cold water
2 egg whites, at room temperature
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
For the chocolate glaze:
12 oz. semisweet or dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 oz. of cocoa butter or vegetable oil
1. To make the cookie base, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the dry ingredients and mix on low speed to blend. Add the butter and mix on low speed until sandy. Whisk the eggs together in a small bowl, then add to the dough and mix on low speed to incorporate. Form the dough into a ball, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or up to 3 days).
2. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375° F. Grease a cookie sheet, or line sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Roll the dough out to 1/8″ thickness on a lightly floured surface. Use a 2-inch round cookie cutter to cut out rounds of the dough and transfer them to the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
3. To make the marshmallow, combine the water, corn syrup and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water in a small bowl. Set aside and let dissolve. Continue heating the sugar mixture in the pan until it reaches the soft-ball stage (235° F on a candy or instant-read thermometer). Remove the syrup from the heat, add in the softened gelatin, and mix to combine.
4. In the clean, dry bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Pour the syrup and vanilla extract into the egg whites and continue whipping until the stiff peaks form. Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag and pipe dollops of marshmallow onto the cooled cookie bases. Let set at room temperature for 2 hours.
5. To make the chocolate glaze, combine the chocolate and the oil in a heatproof bowl set over simmering water. Heat until the chocolate is completely melted and a smooth glaze has formed. Place a cookie a a time onto a fork, spoon the chocolate glaze over the top until the cookie is covered, and gently shake off the excess. Transfer the glazed cookies to baking sheets lined with wax paper, garnish as desired, and let the glaze set. (I popped mine into the refrigerator for a few minutes to speed up this process.)
Review: OMG, this was a hot sticky mess working with homemade marshmallows, but it was definitely worth all my efforts. I loved the flavor combinations as suggested...the nutella, peanut butter and the plain were all equally gooey and delicious. Just try it once, and you'll fall in love with this cookie. Be ready with a big glass of milk!