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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 like love and olive oil on facebook

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


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

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

  5. Chocolate raspberry all the way baby!!

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. Already a facebook fan :)

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

  11. Amaretto marshmallows in my coffee. Yum.

  12. I liked you on FB :)

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

  14. 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!

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

  16. Love you on Facebook!!!!

  17. 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!

  18. 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!}

  19. 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.

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

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

  22. 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!

  23. Tweeted!!

  24. I’m a fan on Facebook already!

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

  26. I like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook

  27. 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:

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

  29. and I like you on Facebook!

  30. I think a mocha marshmallow would be lovely.

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

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

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

  34. I follow L&OO on Twitter!

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

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

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

  38. 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!

  39. I like you on FB

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

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

  42. I like you on facebook!!

  43. Cotton candy marshmallow w/ pink sugar.

  44. i follow you on Facebook! :)

  45. cotton candy-flavored marshmallows!

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

  47. Ohhh candy apple marshmallows!!

  48. minty marshmallows would be fabulous!!!!

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

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

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