Daring Bakers July 2009 – Better Late Than Never!

August 20th, 2009

Holy crap y’all. I’m back on the internet! Before I start regaling you with tales of my adventures and new recipes, I have a little catching up to do. Namely, my Daring Bakers post from LAST MONTH, which I unfortunately did not have time to write before I moved. Though I made these the week before I left, in mid-July. Promise.

I had more marshmallow than cookie, due to being short an egg or some eggs or something...I forget. Anyway I had to scale down the cookie recipe to like two thirds or something.

I had more marshmallow than cookie, due to being short an egg or some eggs or something...I forget. Anyway I had to scale down the cookie recipe to like two thirds or something.

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 used a star tip for the star shapes. Because I'm silly like that.

I used a star tip for the star shapes. Because I'm silly like that.

I cut out some circles as the original recipe instructed, but the only circle-shaped cookie cutter was a tad large, so I also made smaller hearts and stars. Which I apparently don’t have any finished pictures of. But they were cute.

It's like a mountain of chocolate and sprinkles with a marshmallowy center!

It's like a mountain of chocolate and sprinkles with a marshmallowy center!

I thought they were missing something so I added sprinkles on top, and I really like how they turned out. The stars got yellow sprinkles and the hearts got red ones.

Slide on down that chocolatey mountain!

Slide on down that chocolatey mountain!

You can see there I had some chocolate bloom issues. Like many people who made these for the challenge, I had a hard time getting the chocolate coating to firm up so I ultimately stuck them in the fridge for a few minutes to help it along. It worked but the bloom was an unfortunate side effect.

Yup, that there is a lot of sugar. In various forms.

Yup, that there is a lot of sugar. In various forms.

Also like so many other Daring Bakers last month, I couldn’t find the time to do both recipes so I chose Mallows, because I like Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies (or I did the last time I had one, which was probably at least ten years ago, who knows know) but the only Mallomar I ever tried I could only manage one bite from, and had to give the rest to Z. The cookie was gritty, the marshmallow was gummy and the chocolate was rubbery – yuck! I wanted to find out if a homemade version would be any tastier.

It's like storebought, only not dusty and sucky!

It's like storebought, only not dusty and sucky!

Honestly I didn’t even really like these at first, because I found the cookie again to be too dry, but after a couple of days in the crazy humid-but-cold Maine air they were a little softer and just slightly addictive. If I had more time to play around with flavors I would have loved to have tried a matcha marshmallow in these, perhaps with a lemony cookie? Yum!

8 Responses to “Daring Bakers July 2009 – Better Late Than Never!”

  1. Rightly said – better late than never! Your mallow cookies look great. I on the other hand made milano cookies because I’m not fan of marshmallows (yeah, I know, give me that weird look). But after hearing so much about how positively delicious homemade marshmallows are, I might just give it a shot sometime.

  2. Carolyn Jung says:

    Oooh, I second that. A matcha marshmallow on the cookie sounds like perfection.

  3. Esi says:

    I just had insane internet problems myself so I know exactly how you feel. I guess all internet companies are dweebs. Anywayyyyy, nice job with these. I did the milanos since I have already made marshmallows and I am glad with my choice, but I may try the mallows someday. Yours came out so cute, even with the chocolate issues.

  4. Connie says:

    I remember learning to temper chocolate back in school, NOT my thing. Your cookies look great, love the sprinkles and yes, definitely matcha marshmallow with lemon cookie sounds great!

  5. JennyBakes says:

    I’m so glad you’re back! And these just look perfect and adorable.

  6. jennywenny says:

    Welcome back to the internet. I totally agree with you on these cookies, best after a few days in the fridge! I had some super strong cinnamon in there that pepped things up a little!

  7. Jenni says:

    So glad you’re back, Anna:) How about a chipotle marshmallow on a cinnamon cookie w/chocolate coating? Now that would be a Mallomar to write home about!

  8. Jenni says:

    Sorry about all the italics. I apparently forgot my “/” :P

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