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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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  1. Whoa! These cookie dough marshmallows are amazing! I just did the east coast marsh madness bracket (Mar.9) and was floored by everyone’s delicious entries. Every mallow gets better. Your cookie dough flavors are like a dream. I’m sure if I bite into it, I’ll never let go! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I look forward to your cookbook as well!

  2. I would make s’more pie or s’more cheesecake! Or these cookie dough marshmallows, because they’re blowing my mind and look delicious.

    I follow you on facebook!

  3. I would love to make these cookie dough marshmallows of course!

  4. AND DUH! Of course I’m a fan on Facebook ;)

  5. already a fan on fb :)

  6. I think a fruit flavored marshmallow would be good, but with real fruit and not extract. I’ve never tried it but I bet it would be yummy in hot cocoa, like a chocolate dipped fruit :)

  7. I would love to make toasted coconut marshmallows

  8. toasted coconut

  9. What about cinnamon/cinnamon sugar marshmallows…would be great in hot chocolate!

  10. Raspberry flavored for hot chocolate!

  11. How about chai-flavored marshmallows dipped in cinnamon-flavored white chocolate?? Yum!

  12. I just tweeted! Thank you so much!!/nkathleena

  13. Right now I”m dying to make these cookie dough marshmallows! Thank you so much!

  14. I just liked you on facebook! Thank you once again!

  15. Would love to win a copy. Thank you for hosting the giveaway.

  16. yummy, yummy, yummy…I LOVE Marshmallows, maybe something flavored with pumpkin and chocolate, one of my favorite combos or apples and caramel.

  17. I love marshmallows, chocolate would be good or fruit like orange or strawberry. They are one of my favorite snacks!

  18. I would make the cookie dough marshmallows because I love both of those things and my mouth was watering when I saw this post! :)

  19. I liked you on facebook! :D

  20. I’m so excited for this marshmallow book :) I dream about a maple-bacon marshmallow covered in dark-chocolate. I openly wear my bacon-shame out in the open.

  21. I want to make rainbow marshmallows!

  22. While I do love cookie dough, especially cookie dough hidden inside another treat, I’m not sure I would attempt this recipe at home for fear of the sugar crash I’d get 5 minutes after eating it. I give you props for the creativity of the recipe as well as beautiful presentation. :)

  23. I most want to make malted milk-ball flavored marshmallows. That sounds amazing.

  24. I don’t know why but I’ve always thought chocolate and pomegranates go together. I think a pomegranate flavored marshmallow and chocolate chucks would be fantastic!

  25. Anything with chocolate and marshmallow, preferably with the marshmallow roasted- s’more style!

  26. I like L&OO on Facebook

  27. I would love to try some cinnamon or chai inspired marshmallows! yum.

  28. I’m a fan on Facebook!

  29. This cookie dough marshmallows look devine!

  30. I would like to make some marshmallow filled cupcakes! That would be absolutely amazing. :)
    Definitely trying out this recipe!

  31. I followed you on twitter and tweeted it!

  32. I also liked your facebook page ^_^

  33. I love everything peppermint – so peppermint marshmallows (maybe in the shape of a candy cane) would be awesome year round. (I’m so peppermint crazy that I buy LOTS of candy canes every year so I can have them year round. My husband laughs at this particular quirk.)

  34. marshmallows with yum stuff! in the middle mmmmmmm! :)

  35. Wow these look really delicious….and the picture of the marshmallow mixture looks so dreamy!

  36. What a cool idea! I am not a marshmallow fan, but hey, give me cookie dough any day. Gorgeous photographs, too!

  37. I follow you on FB and twitter already and I love homemade fruits of the forest marshmallow!

  38. oh my! these are making me droool!

  39. I’m old school… I love marshmallow rice crispy treats! I’d also like to try a recipe involving marshmallows and dark chocolate… yum!

  40. I think it would be fun to make all of the marshmallows in Lucky Charms!

  41. Marshmallow pops!

  42. And I liked you on FB!

  43. I would love to make PB or Pecan Pie marshmallows!

  44. Wow i’ve never made homemade marshmellows before but these look fantastic! I would love any marshmellow that has peanut butter in it :)

  45. chai latte would be DIVIIINE

  46. Peanut butter marshmallows would be good! Add to hot chocolate and you have liquid Reese’s!

  47. Facebook fan ;-) too

  48. I would love to make anything with CHOCOLATE! Can’t wait to try the cookie dough marshmallows.

  49. I just recently found your website and wanted to say how amazing it is! Everything looks delicious…can’t wait to start cooking!!

  50. Wow that sounds amazing! I just might have to try that :)

  51. Oh and to answer that question. I’d also like to try a red velvet marshmallow. Mmmm!

  52. minty marshmallows would be fabulous!!!!

  53. Ohhh candy apple marshmallows!!

  54. I would love the recipe for 240 Sweet’s Bourbon Churro Marshmallow with Cajeta swirl. OMG the best marshmallow ever!!!

  55. cotton candy-flavored marshmallows!

  56. i follow you on Facebook! :)

  57. Cotton candy marshmallow w/ pink sugar.

  58. I like you on facebook!!

  59. I lure homemade marshmallows! I’d love to try a chai marshmallow. Nom nom.

  60. I would love to try a peanut butter and chocolate marshmallow. Maybe with bits of PB cups.

  61. I love classic S’Mores, especially around a campfire. Winter is about to end and that means I am that much closer to a S’More!

  62. I would love to try key lime pie marshmallows.

  63. I totally am in heart right now. But I have to say, the root beer float ‘mallows sound epic.

  64. I would love to create a red velvet or s’mores marshmallows. YUMMY!

  65. And I’m already a fan on Facebook. :) Under my name and my blog name.

  66. I want to make butterscotch marshmallows. I want this book, we were literally made for each other.

  67. I follow you on twitter and tweeted about entering.

  68. I think a mocha marshmallow would be lovely.

  69. and I like you on Facebook!

  70. My favorite are peppermint marshmallows! I make them every christmas and swirl red food coloring to make them look like ‘candycanes’.

  71. I follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweeted the following:
    I just entered to win a copy of @ShaunaSever’s Marshmallow Madness from @loveandoliveoil and @QuirkBooks! Enter here:

  72. I like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook

  73. Oreo’s with marshmellow and peanut butter! three of my most favorite things!

  74. I’m a fan on Facebook already!

  75. Tweeted!!

  76. Recreating the marshmallow peep would be a real treat…but since I don’t want to try to touch the greatness of the original, let’s make a snickerdoodle marshmallow instead!

  77. I just tweeted! “I just entered to win a copy of @ShaunaSever’s Marshmallow Madness from @loveandoliveoil and @QuirkBooks! Enter here:

  78. I “liked” you on Facebook! Thanks for the great contest!

  79. I would attempt to make the cookie dough marshmallows. I have never eaten or made homemade marshmallows but they look divine!
    I also follow you on facebook.

  80. Wow! Call me silly but I didn’t know you could {easily} make different kinds of marshmallows. I just figured it was a task for the pros.
    I think mint chocolate chip marshmallows would be yummy. {esp. in a cup of hot chocolate!}

  81. I don’t need to be entered in the giveaway, I already have the book, and it is awesome!!
    I can’t wait to get yours too, love the combination of cookie dough and marshmallows!

  82. Love you on Facebook!!!!

  83. I would love to make the s’mores cupcakes for my son!

  84. I’m a sucker for anything raspberry flavored, so I think I would go for the raspberry marshmallows, perfect for adding some interest to a s’more, I bet!

  85. I would love to make salted caramel marshmallows… or maybe Savannah Bee Company (or some other delicious) honey marshmallows. YUM!

  86. I liked you on FB :)

  87. Amaretto marshmallows in my coffee. Yum.

  88. I would Love a lavender marshmallow in between a soft earl grey cookie

  89. Already a facebook fan :)

  90. I agree with you nothing beats a homemade marshmallow and I want to try to make them! :) This cookie dough swirl one looks amazing! I would love to try a mint marshmallow.

  91. Peanut butter marshmallow! Perfect for dipping in hot chocolate!

  92. I must confess when I want a “marshmallow fix” I run over to Marathon Village to Bang Candy Company and have a few of Sara’s marshmallows in some cocoa or just cram them in my mouth standing at the counter!
    Your marshmallows look equally yummy and light and would do the trick!
    Lovely photos.

  93. Chocolate raspberry all the way baby!!

  94. Can we please make a Neapolitan marshmallow? Magic!

  95. I’d like to make an Orange and Brown Sugar one!

  96. I tweeted:
    I just entered to win a copy of @ShaunaSever’s Marshmallow Madness from @loveandoliveoil and @QuirkBooks! Enter here:


  97. I like love and olive oil on facebook

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