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

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

  3. Facebook fan ;-) too

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

  5. chai latte would be DIVIIINE

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

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

  8. And I liked you on FB!

  9. Marshmallow pops!

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

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

  12. oh my! these are making me droool!

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

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

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

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

  17. 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.)

  18. I also liked your facebook page ^_^

  19. I followed you on twitter and tweeted it!

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

  21. This cookie dough marshmallows look devine!

  22. I’m a fan on Facebook!

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

  24. I like L&OO on Facebook

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

  26. 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!

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

  28. 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. :)

  29. I want to make rainbow marshmallows!

  30. 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.

  31. I liked you on facebook! :D

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  40. Raspberry flavored for hot chocolate!

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

  42. toasted coconut

  43. I would love to make toasted coconut marshmallows

  44. 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 :)

  45. already a fan on fb :)

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

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

  48. 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!

  49. 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!

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