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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


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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Marshmallow MadnessThe fine folks at Quirk Books have generously offered up two copies of the aforementioned Marshmallow Madness by Shauna Sever. Believe me, this is one book you want in your collection. Want to win one? Today’s your lucky day!

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Congrats to MeLisa (comment #31) and Sam (comment #49), the randomly selected winners!

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203 Comments Leave a Comment »

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

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

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

  4. And I am already a FB fan :)

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

  6. These are so fabulous! They look awesome!

  7. 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?


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

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

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

  11. 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

  12. Yes, these look absolutely amazing.

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

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


  14. Chocolate Mint!

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

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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…

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. just found you on FB :)

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. yummy!! have got to try this!

  25. 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!!

  26. Just liked on facebook!

  27. Caramel marshmallow!!!!

  28. Tweeted (@melisaray)

  29. 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!

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

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

  32. I follow you on Twitter and retweeted

  33. I like you on Facebook

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

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

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

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

  38. I follow you on twitter.

  39. I am a fan on facebook

  40. I tweeted the message

  41. I think cinnamon swirl marshmallows would be divine.

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

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

  44. I liked you on Facebook :)

  45. I would love a brownie swirl marshmallow. That would be awesome.

  46. I already like you on Facebook! :)

  47. O.M.Geeee. What would I not make!? I LOVE marshmallows! Chocolate Chip and Apple Cinnamon are on my radar :o)

  48. ANY marshmallow with chocolate or caramel!

  49. Chocolate mint marshmallows!

  50. Pistachio marshmallows!

  51. I am about to make these as a gift for a friend – how best do you suggest mailing these items? I read your tips for mailing cookes etc – wondering if you have any tips for marshmallows in particular :)

  52. Cardamom marshmallows

  53. I´d like to try peanut butter mashmallows!

  54. I like you on Facebook.

  55. I want these made with cake batter with sprinkles!!!!!!

  56. facebook fan!!

  57. I just discovered your blog … and just have to follow you now!

    If I could, I’d make peanut butter marshmallow – and dip them in chocolate.

  58. Hmmmm maybe a Horchata marshmallow!

  59. I would love a dulce de leche marshmallow!

  60. i would like a marshmallow that has the girl scout samoas somehow incorporated, and a thin mint one too!

  61. Ah roll on this book! Can’t wait. Hot chocolate made with melted
    Belgian chocolate, with mini marshmallows is just one of the best things in the world on a cold winter’s night!

  62. And, I’m a fan on facebook

  63. kahlua marshmallows!

  64. I would like to make some sort of chocolate marshmallow

  65. I am a fan of love & olive oil on facebook

  66. I want a graham cracker flavored marshmallow… Dip it in chocolate..yummy!

  67. chocolate whiskey marshmallows….

    I have only ever made plain old marshmallows. Clearly I need this book to improve my repertoire.

  68. mmmm marshmallow topping on any baked good :)

  69. I also tweeted!

  70. Orange creamcicle marshmallows! I love the ice cream and think it would go well in a marshmallow also :)

  71. Blueberry fluff marshmallows would be fabulous! My nephew loves homemade marshmallows, so I’ll have to try this cookie dough recipe for him next week! :o) Gotta celebrate him becoming a big brother.

  72. I love all marshmallows & marshmellow recipes. In fact, I think I’m the only one in my family who likes them!

  73. I would love a chocolate infused marshmallow or lemon infused!

  74. Just tweeted!

  75. coffee hazelnut marshmallow

  76. I am a huge fan of cinnamon, so any sort of cinnamon marshmallow would be on the top of my list!

  77. Also, I am a fan of Love and Olive Oil on facebook!!

  78. strawberry cream marshmallow!

  79. I would most like to make some raspberry marshmallows, I imagine the combination of their sweet flavor and the marshmallow’s fluffy texture would be ideal!

    I absolutely love your photos of making marshmallows, they’re hypnotic!

  80. I’m super intrigued by those cookie dough marshmallows! I love making marshmallows at home, so much that I bought bulk gelatin :) I’d also like to try a caramel swirl marshmallow- I think that’d be awesome!

  81. I also am a fan on facebook!

  82. red velvet marshmallows!

  83. A twix or reese’s type marshmallow would be amazing!

  84. I “like” you on facebook!

  85. I’d love to try a pink champagne marshmallow with strawberry bits inside. It would make a luscious but different dessert for any special occasion.

  86. Amazing and beautiful!

  87. Fabulous recipe!! I would love to see a marshmallow recipe made with peanut butter!!

  88. I follow you on twitter and I tweated your giveaway!

  89. maybe a chocolate mint marshmallow

  90. I’m already a facebook fan

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