Daring Bakers: Homemade Mallows

Monday, July 27, 2009


It seems like only yesterday that I was posting about Bakewell Tarts, and yet here I am, getting ready to tell you about  some chocolate-covered marshmallow cookies.  I can’t believe that a whole month has already flown by!  Whatever happened to the “lazy days of Summer”?

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.

I was pretty excited when I learned what this month’s challenge was. Mallows have a plain cookie base which is topped with a marshmallow”kiss” and enrobed in a dark chocolate shell.  I’d never made homemade marshmallows before, but had always wanted to.  This recipe looked like a great place to start.


Each component of these cookies is very basic, but can be tweaked in many different ways.  I decided to keep it pretty simple, and made the recipe as written with the addition of a little raspberry jam in the middle of each cookie.  I also made a second version using the same cookie base, but instead, added a layer of  dulce de leche  in between the cookies and the marshmallow.  These were covered in milk chocolate instead of dark.  They reminded me of those Russell Stover Marshmallow & Caramel eggs that you find in the grocery stores around Easter time.  Pretty good stuff!


While a little time consuming, the recipe for these Mallows is really not difficult at all.  What it is, though, is very messy!  By the time I was finished with this challenge, I was one big sticky, gooey, chocolate-covered mess!

I decided to skip the Milano cookies because no one here really likes them enough to justify all the extra work (and clean up).

If you’d like to see how the rest of the Daring Bakers fared with this challenge, check out the blogroll at The Daring Kitchen. I’m sure you’ll be impressed!


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.

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.

57 responses to Daring Bakers: Homemade Mallows

  1. On July 27, 2009 at 1:54pm, Dianne said...

    Wow…Those look great! I miss DB. Wish I had the time to still participate, especially when I see fabulous recipes like this!

  2. On July 27, 2009 at 2:16pm, Lori Lynn said...

    Awesome! Such adorable mallows!
    Love your blog design, it is just darling.

  3. On July 27, 2009 at 2:37pm, Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

    Those are pretty mallow cookies!

  4. On July 27, 2009 at 3:25pm, Rosa said...

    OMG, those cookies are so pretty! You really outdid yourself here! Very well done!



  5. On July 27, 2009 at 3:48pm, Lucy said...

    Aw all the Daring Bakers who have blogged these cookies have made me hungry, but yours have made me starving! The idea of the dulce de leche is pure bliss in my eyes, and the little pink ones are so cheery 😀

  6. On July 27, 2009 at 3:58pm, Wendy said...

    I love the different variations you made. I’ll take the dulce de leche one.

  7. On July 27, 2009 at 4:10pm, Bellini Valli said...

    These are one of my childhood favourites Susan:D

  8. On July 27, 2009 at 4:12pm, Andrea said...

    Ooooh, I like I like the dulce de leche mallows. Your mallows turned out so pretty!

  9. On July 27, 2009 at 4:16pm, Mary said...

    Wow! Yours are beautiful!

  10. On July 27, 2009 at 4:20pm, Jen Yu said...

    Love the addition of the dulce de leche (who doesn’t?!) :) I too was so excited about *finally* making my own homemade marshmallows. It’s nice when the DB challenge coincides with my ToDo list! Your mallows are gorgeous – almost as gorgeous as you, hon. xxoo

  11. On July 27, 2009 at 4:25pm, Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

    Susan this is irresistible! Spectacular mallows today… my sweet tooth will suffer a lot with all these beauties :)

    Sending more sweetness to twitter…with this post..

    All the best,


  12. On July 27, 2009 at 4:54pm, Susan said...

    Thanks for all of your sweet comments! I’m so glad you like my Mallows. I thought they were all delicious, but I have to say, the dulce de leche version is to die for! I got so inspired that I also made some strawberry marshmallows. But, that is a post for another day. 😉

  13. On July 27, 2009 at 5:13pm, Cathy said...

    Those dulce de leche mallows are calling my name!!!

  14. On July 27, 2009 at 5:48pm, HoneyB said...

    These are amazing and the photo is gorgeous!

  15. On July 27, 2009 at 6:05pm, ingrid said...

    I’m really enjoying seeing everyone’s mallows as I am a HUGE fan of all things marshmallow-y! Both of your versions sound good and look even better!

  16. On July 27, 2009 at 7:19pm, Eva said...

    yours are so pretty! i can’t seem to make anything pretty.

  17. On July 27, 2009 at 7:48pm, Shelly (cookies and cups) said...

    The dulce de leche look awesome…just joined the DB and can’t wait to get started!

  18. On July 27, 2009 at 8:13pm, noble pig said...

    I love, love the red. Very nice addition! Mallows are the best cookie ever and now I’m inspired to give them a shot after seeing all the beautiful variations!

  19. On July 27, 2009 at 9:25pm, rebecca subbiah said...

    these look awesome

  20. On July 27, 2009 at 9:27pm, Baked Alaska said...

    Your Mallow cookies look lovely. The dulce de leche sound especially delicious.

  21. On July 27, 2009 at 9:48pm, Michelle said...

    Susan! These look amazing! You had me at dulce de leche… I’m SO doing that next time I make these!

  22. On July 27, 2009 at 9:57pm, Michelle {Brown Eyed Baker} said...

    These look so good and your pictures are gorgeous! Awesome job on the challenge!

  23. On July 27, 2009 at 10:26pm, Veron said...

    Oh, these pictures are gorgeous! Great job on your mallows!

  24. On July 27, 2009 at 10:27pm, Cakelaw said...

    They look fab Susan – I want a ducle de leche one!

  25. On July 27, 2009 at 11:08pm, Donna said...

    Oh Lordy Lordy I want one right now… They look so good I can almost taste them from here… YUMO!!!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe with us…


  26. On July 27, 2009 at 11:34pm, Hélène said...

    What a challenge, it seems like so much work. You did an amazing job. Love the pics!

  27. On July 28, 2009 at 12:23am, sara said...

    So cute! I LOVE the pink! The caramel sounds like an awesome addition. :)

  28. On July 28, 2009 at 1:06am, Tammy said...

    wow, they look amazing. I love the red drizzle

  29. On July 28, 2009 at 1:14am, Isabelle said...

    They are so adorable!
    I really love your dulce de leche mallows and the red drizzle is fantastic.

  30. On July 28, 2009 at 2:38am, Jacque said...

    OOoooh, those look NICE! I could totally get into those dulce de leche mallows.

  31. On July 28, 2009 at 3:20am, Coleen said...

    It has been fun watching several bloggers making the same cookie. Everyone has a unique twist. Yours look wonderful.

  32. On July 28, 2009 at 10:30am, CookiePie said...

    Beautiful, as always!!! And I just love your flavor combos!

  33. On July 28, 2009 at 12:24pm, Manggy said...

    HAH! I have to say, very apt for the title of this blog, no? 😛 I am lusting after those DDL versions! You really know the right buttons to push for me! :)

  34. On July 28, 2009 at 1:28pm, Ashley said...

    Ducle de leche?! *drool, drool* Beautiful job! I only made the Milan cookies, but now I’m gonna have to make the Mallows too.

  35. On July 28, 2009 at 2:18pm, Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) said...

    Wow! The addition of dulce de leche seems simply perfect! And your pink piping makes them look soo cute 😀 😀

  36. On July 28, 2009 at 2:47pm, Memoria said...

    These look fantastic!! I like how you added dulce de leche. I bet that made them taste better.

  37. On July 28, 2009 at 3:12pm, Ivy said...

    OMG they look so pretty and so tempting to make, considering that I have made dulce de leche and still have some unopened cans.

  38. On July 28, 2009 at 5:29pm, Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88 said...

    These are your masterpiece, the picture in the middle is what I will die for.

  39. On July 28, 2009 at 5:46pm, Megan@FeastingonArt said...

    Dulce de leche!? Its genius. Yum yum!

  40. On July 28, 2009 at 5:59pm, Judy said...

    Your cookies look so pretty! Great challenge!

  41. On July 28, 2009 at 6:05pm, Heather said...

    wow…those look amazing! Great job!

  42. On July 28, 2009 at 6:46pm, gine said...

    mmmm … those look great ^^ .. love the dulce de leche part :-) XOXO

  43. On July 28, 2009 at 9:01pm, Sylwia said...

    These look scrumptious!!! I love the hot pink icing on your mallows and dulce de leche…YUM!!!

  44. On July 28, 2009 at 9:13pm, Arlette said...

    this is awesome … I was planning to make the dulce de leche flavour, but I found it time consuming.
    instead I made peanut butter with roasted caramel peanuts and some with chocolate mint…
    after seeing yours I must do the recipe again and try this flavour… thanks for sharing…

    gourgeous photos….

  45. On July 29, 2009 at 12:06pm, Jen of a2eatwrite said...

    This is so cool, Susan. I thought this might be a boring challenge, but I’m so stoked by all the different versions I’ve been seeing!

  46. On July 29, 2009 at 6:24pm, Katrina said...

    Holy Marshmallows! The caramel ones especially look divine!

  47. On July 29, 2009 at 8:21pm, deeba said...

    Brilliant stuff this, Susan…! ♥ your Mallows. The dulce de leche version makes my heart sing aloud, & the pink on top makes the Mallows HOT!!! Yeah for you.
    PS It’s strange how you have power outages too. In the years gone by, people in the West used to wonder whether we lived in the Stone Age in India with power cuts etc. My sis in Plano had an outage the other day, & I ‘horribly’ split my sides laughing at her.

  48. On July 29, 2009 at 11:26pm, Margaret said...

    Those look fantastic. Wish I had made those instead of the milan cookies.

  49. On July 30, 2009 at 11:27am, Laura said...

    The raspberry mallows are cute as a button (love the color accent to hint at the filling). But those dulce de leche mallows look like something from a gourmet chocolatier. OOh, they look fab (and I don’t even like marshmallows!). Great touch to use two kinds of chocolate as a glaze.

    (But, Susan, where is the cherry kugel recipe . . . I’m sitting on shpilkes waiting for it . . .wait, maybe that isn’t a real expression. Oh, well, it should be.)

  50. On July 30, 2009 at 9:19pm, Sweet Kitchen said...

    I love the idea of using dulce de leche – I will have to try this next time I make these. And there will definitely be a next time because they were scrumptious!

  51. On July 30, 2009 at 10:15pm, Claire said...

    These are so pretty! Great job.

  52. On July 31, 2009 at 11:23am, Christina said...

    Ok I definitely want some of those cookies! They look fabulous!

  53. On August 01, 2009 at 1:07am, Tonya said...

    Oh, I am definitely making these! They look so yummy!

  54. On August 02, 2009 at 1:03pm, Christina said...

    Lovely photos! I was perusing your blog and am definitely impressed. Great challenge too. Unfortunately I am not a fan of marshmallows or Milanos so I didn’t enjoy the challenge much (may have if I had actually made some marshmallows instead of buying from the store).

    Thanks for your inspiration!

  55. On August 08, 2009 at 3:02pm, Julie said...

    Your mallows came out just gorgeous!!

  56. On August 14, 2009 at 3:04pm, Chez US - Denise said...

    Susan – OMG! i just put 10 pounds on from noshing on these beautiful photos of your mallows! Fantastic …. love it!

  57. On April 11, 2011 at 6:35am, sweet hampers said...

    dulce de leche mallows these is new flavor for me and I think I want to try it’s taste.I will check on the additional preparations so that I can capture all the details needed to bake for these mallows.

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