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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. I’m already a facebook fan

  2. maybe a chocolate mint marshmallow

  3. I already follow you on facebook!!

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

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

  6. Amazing and beautiful!

  7. 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.

  8. I “like” you on facebook!

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

  10. red velvet marshmallows!

  11. I also am a fan on facebook!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. strawberry cream marshmallow!

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

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

  17. coffee hazelnut marshmallow

  18. Just tweeted!

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

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

  21. 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.

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

  23. I also tweeted!

  24. mmmm marshmallow topping on any baked good :)

  25. chocolate whiskey marshmallows….

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

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

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

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

  29. kahlua marshmallows!

  30. And, I’m a fan on facebook

  31. 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!

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

  33. I would love a dulce de leche marshmallow!

  34. Hmmmm maybe a Horchata marshmallow!

  35. 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.

  36. facebook fan!!

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

  38. I like you on Facebook.

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

  40. Cardamom marshmallows

  41. 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 :)

  42. Pistachio marshmallows!

  43. Chocolate mint marshmallows!

  44. ANY marshmallow with chocolate or caramel!

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

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

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