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Cookie Dough Swirl Marshmallows and Marsh Madness!

Cookie Dough Swirl Marshmallows

Basketball, shmasketball. No offense, of course, but the whole ‘bracket’ business blows my mind. Maybe it’s because I’m chronically short, but basketball has never sparked by interest. I could very well do without.

Marsh madness, however, is an entirely different beast. Replace basketball with marshmallows and, well, you’ve got my attention. Seriously, I’ll take marshmallows over basketball any day.

Cookie Dough Swirl Marshmallows

When I was knee deep in cookie dough, I spoke a lot with fellow Quirk Books author Shauna Sever, who was herself knee deep in marshmallow fluff. Well, maybe ankle deep; she had a few months head start on me. Shauna is the author of the newly released Marshmallow Madness, the fluffiest, puffiest book around (literally, the cover itself is puffy!) The book is filled with marshmallow treats of every shape and flavor. I get a sugar high just flipping through it (be sure to scroll down for your chance to win one!)

Cookie Dough Swirl Marshmallows

So when Quirk asked me to participate in their Marsh Madness contest to help promote the book, my answer was, of course, a resounding yes. The fact that I just happened to have a recipe for Cookie Dough Swirl Marshmallows in my book seemed too perfect.

That’s right. Cookie dough marshmallows.

Cookie Dough Swirl Marshmallows

A light and fluffy brown sugar marshmallow with rich and buttery cookie dough swirled throughout. Topped with chocolate chips (of course) and a dusting of powdered sugar.

Cookie Dough Swirl Marshmallows

It’s the ultimate cross-over event. Cookie dough meets marshmallow meets happiness.

Cookie Dough Swirl Marshmallows

While you can’t get your hands on my book for another few months, if you’re in need of a sugar fix, be sure to check out Marshmallow Madness. I think they go wonderfully together, don’t you?

Cookie Dough Marshmallows, Marshmallow Madness

Seriously. Nothing compares to a homemade marshmallow.

Cookie Dough Swirl Marshmallows

Put that in your cocoa and drink it.

Cookie Dough Swirl Marshmallows

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2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted and divided

For the Cookie Dough:
1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk or cream
1/3 cup all-purpose flour

For the Marshmallows:
2 packets unflavored gelatin
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup corn syrup
pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips


Butter an 8-by-8-inch baking pan. Line with parchment paper, leaving a 1-inch overhang on two sides; generously butter parchment. Liberally dust pan with 1/3 cup powdered sugar, making sure sides and corners are coated as well.

To prepare cookie dough, combine butter and sugars in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add salt, vanilla, and milk; mix well. Add flour and mix until incorporated. Set aside at room temperature until ready to use.

Place 1/3 cup cold water in the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over top and set aside to soften for at least 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. When mixture begins to boil, stop stirring. Cover and allow to boil for 2 minutes. Remove cover and continue to boil, without stirring, until mixture reaches 238°F, about 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat.

Fit stand mixer with a whisk attachment and turn to low speed. Carefully pour hot (very hot!) sugar mixture into bowl with gelatin. Pour slowly down the side of the bowl to prevent splattering. Increase the mixer speed to medium-high and whip until mixture is thick, shiny, and lukewarm to the touch, about 13 to 15 minutes. Beat in vanilla.

Drop dollops of soft cookie dough onto marshmallow mixture, and fold until dough is swirled evenly throughout, but not fully incorporated.

Pour marshmallow into prepared pan, smoothing top with a lightly buttered spatula. You may also use your hands if you find it easier; simply wet them with water and press the marshmallow into the pan. It is sticky stuff; don’t worry if you can’t get it all out of the bowl. Lightly dust top with remaining powdered sugar and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Allow marshmallows to set, uncovered, for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or until firm.

To serve, lift marshmallows out of pan and onto a cutting board. Carefully peel down sides of parchment. Cut into bite-size cubes using a pizza cutter that has been lightly buttered and dusted with powdered sugar so it won’t stick. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Recipe from the Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook by Lindsay Landis.

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  1. An apple pie marshmallow mmmm. I’m totally in love with your pics and everything in them – awesome colors all around!

  2. Marshmallows filled with gooey caramel and coated in milk chocolate, then rolled in pecans!

  3. I think cinnamon swirl marshmallows would be divine.

  4. I tweeted the message

  5. I am a fan on facebook

  6. I follow you on twitter.

  7. I would like to try some of the cocktails infused with marshmallows created in this book.

  8. ANY marshmellow treat! I love making them, but now i need to find some taste testers :)

  9. Also, I am already a fan on FB :)

  10. I think it would be fun to make homemade Peeps!

  11. I like you on Facebook

  12. I follow you on Twitter and retweeted

  13. OMG I want to make these so badly! The only thing better would be peanut butter flavored marshmallows.

  14. tweeted :)

  15. i really want to try the margarita marshmallows. i have been dying for a copy of this book.

  16. I’m a fan on Facebook!

  17. I tweeted!

  18. I just saw that book on Amazon the other day and am dying to have it! I’d like to make a homemade marshmallow to use in s’mores! Something like a coffee-cinnamon flavor or even those cookie dough ones would be awesome!

  19. Tweeted (@melisaray)

  20. Caramel marshmallow!!!!

  21. Just liked on facebook!

  22. I’d love to make the chocolate malt marshmallows or lemonade marshmallows! I would LOVE to win this book to give it to my best friend!!

  23. yummy!! have got to try this!

  24. I would LOVE some sort of lemon infused marshmallow…. with lemon curd! I have yet to attempt making marshmallows- It looks like a super fun project!

  25. I’d love to try marshmallows with cashew butter and banana or almond butter and cherry. Though, I’d need to find a substitute for gelatin as I’m a vegetarian!

  26. just found you on FB :)

  27. Wow! What a great idea these cookie dough marshmallows are and I love how you’ve used it in the hot chocolate. Beautifully done…I love it!

    Looking forward to hearing more about your book.

  28. Wow, I just made my first homemade marshmallows in February! They were DIVINE. I would LOVE to win this and learn more. I would love to try and create a CRANBERRY marshmallow.

  29. I loooove making homemade marshmallows! I also just got the puffy marshmallow cookbook! Now I’m wanting to head over to amazon and pick yours up as well! :) Delicious looking treat there, I wonder if it’s any healthier than eating a cookie…

  30. Leave it to you to create cookie dough marshmallows! I had a feeling when I saw your name as my “competition” on the Marsh Madness list.

    I made smores bars for my reveal about 10 days ago or so…your marshmallows look awesome!

    I saw you were speaking at the Orlando Blogging conference. HAVE FUN!

  31. I would make a chocolate butterscotch marshmallow. Yum!!!

  32. i saw a recipe for beer marshmallows that im dying to try!

  33. Chocolate Mint!

  34. I would love to know how to make something like homemade Lucky Charms marshmallows! I’d eat those things like potato chips!


  35. Yes, these look absolutely amazing.

    I’d like to do some sort of peanut butter swirled marshmallow, perhaps also with chocolate. :-)

  36. I had a pina colada last night and Im wondering if it would be possible to replicate the taste of a pina colada in a marshmallow or maybe a margarita, hmmm, hehe, sounds delicious!

    I already like you on facebook! :D

  37. I’m already a fan on Facebook. :)

  38. Fruit flavored marshmallows is what I want to try!

  39. I would love to make a homemade marshmallow with pecans and caramel and some cinnamon! All encased in a dark chocolate shell! woo…intense!

  40. Though not terribly unique, some simple mint marshmallow in a mug of hot cocoa would be divine!

    Also, I’m vegetarian and have been sadly unable to make any marshmallow due to the gelatin. I know its sort of a special ingredient, but have you successfully subbed anything in gelatin’s place?


  41. I’m a facebook fan!

  42. These are so fabulous! They look awesome!

  43. I would love to try and make the kaluha filled marshmallows! yum!

  44. And I am already a FB fan :)

  45. If there is a way to get salt in them – that’s my wish. salted caramel marshmallows??

  46. and I like you on FB!

  47. I tweeted – @almostveganchef

  48. I NEED this book!
    Is there such a thing as butter pecan marshmallows? If so, THAT is what I would like to try.

  49. irish mint mini marshmellows, with a little liquor. Add hot cocoa and instant party

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