Daring Bakers Challenge : Chocolate covered Marshmallow Cookies


(Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies)

The July Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Nicole at Sweet Tooth. She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of the Food Network.


Avert your eyes now if the idea of a supersized chocolate covered marshmallow cookie cake, sounds like too much to digest. To explain, let me start at the very beginning. This month, I somehow managed (once again) to leave the DB challenge until the last minute, so I opted to make just the marshmallow cookies, as they were something I hadn’t tried before.

Of course, my mind tends to wander, so while the cookie dough was chilling, I took a fancy to making Alice Medrich’s peanut butter-chocolate torte. The recipe is easy enough, and gluten-free to boot. However, I didn’t count on the cake cratering as it cooled. Despite the fact it looked wonderfully moist and possibly presentable with a simple dusting of icing sugar, I had a feeling the aesthetic police would not approve.

Since I was already in marshmallow-mode, it made perfect sense at the time, to convert the peanut butter torte into a peanut butter and jelly marshmallow torte! I slathered the raspberry flavoured marshmallow I had prepared on top of the torte and after it had set, covered the whole thing in the chocolate glaze recipe. A sprinkling of chopped peanuts for texture, some berry compote and a simple cocoa sauce to finish, and there you have it : my supersized DB challenge.

(Could I get at least one person telling me that it’s not such a crazy idea.. please?)


(Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter & Jelly Marshmallow Cake)

You can get the recipe for the marshmallow cookies from Nicole’s blog.

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Torte :
(serves 12 – 14; recipe from Bittersweet by Alice Medrich)

113g bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
90g unsalted butter, cut into chunks, slightly softened
4 cold large eggs
1 tablespoon bourbon or other whiskey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 175’C. Line the bottom of 8 x 3 inch round springform pan with baking paper.

Place the chocolate in a large heatproof bowl in a wide skillet of barely simmering water and stir occasionally until nearly melted. Remove from the heat and stir until melted and smooth.

Whisk the sugar, peanut butter, and salt into the chocolate. Add the butter and beat with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Beat in the eggs one by one, followed by the bourbon and vanilla. Continue beating at high speed for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the batter is fluffy, lightened in colour, and the consistency of frosting.

Turn the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it level if necessary. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted about 2 inches from the edge comes out clean but one inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it. Set the pan on a rack to cool.

Serving suggestion : Sift icing sugar over the top of the cake and serve each slice with strawberry sauce.


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  1. Loie said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 12:08 pm

    Oh my goodness, you really excelled here! And you were worrying about it over twitter .. silly! It looks great, far better than mine…

  2. maybelles mom said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 12:14 pm

    I didn’t know there was a way to do DB challenges other than at the last minute. I love that torte too.

  3. Anita said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 12:16 pm

    What a fantastic cake!!! You’re very creative!! I love the first photo too – gorgeous!

  4. clekitty said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

    Oh wow! This looks devine! Thanks for the recipe post :)

  5. Megan{Feasting on Art} said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

    Oh yum! I love peanut butter, that torte looks too good for words!

  6. Esz said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 12:52 pm

    Wow that cake looks so delicious! Yum! (thanks for visiting my little blog too – much appreciated :-D)

  7. Caitlin said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

    Definitely not crazy. Unless you mean crazy awesome. Can we trade? My rhubarb for some of your DB challenge? Pwease??? And as for waiting ’til the last minute – check out *my* DB post this month – oops!

  8. Steph said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 1:13 pm

    Ohh that torte is so droolworthy, I want to eat it even though I’m allergic! Sounds like you’ve been baking up a storm in your kitchen, if only we were neighbours and you could offload all those cakes on to me! :)

  9. deeba said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 1:14 pm

    Oh you are not crazy…you are brilliantly crazy! WOW!! Love what you did with the torte, and of course, your mallows are perfect & pretty!

  10. shaz said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 1:40 pm

    Awesomeness!! Not crazy at all…I was wondering how to do a PB+J combo and you of course had the answer…love it!

  11. pontch said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

    OMG This is amazing the mallow balls looks amazing and the cake just adorable!

  12. faithy said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 1:57 pm

    Wow! the cookies & cake looks very very good!

  13. Anh said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 2:02 pm

    Oh wow. Everything is soo delicious. That torte, oh my. Do you take order for birthday still? ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Rosa said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 2:29 pm

    Wow, you’ve really outdone yourself! Those cookies and that cake are really beautiful and so tempting! I am impressed!



  15. sara said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 3:56 pm

    WOW, this looks amazing! I love the idea of a giant marshmallow cake like this! YUM. I have a friend who just started eating gf too, so I will make it for her next time she’s around! :)

  16. Lisa said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 5:28 pm

    WOW WOW WOW! That tart is NOT crazy at all, it’s brilliant!!! I made a PB and J Mallow, but your tart makes it look like dog kibble! Oh, and your individual mallows are outstanding and perfect, as are your photos as always. Amazing job in every aspect – so creative!

  17. the caked crusader said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 5:46 pm

    Wow – your presentation and photography just keeps on getting better and better

  18. Alli said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

    Brilliant, what a great idea to turn your torte into a mallow torte! Your mallow cookies are also gorgeous, perfect shape.

  19. M said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 6:18 pm

    Oh my…..this looks fabulous!

  20. Zita said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 7:15 pm

    If you offer me the Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter & Jelly Marshmallow Cakec I would pass the mallow cookies… even if they look as delicious as yours :)

  21. Ellie@AlmostBourdain said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

    I can’t stop staring at your torte. So beautiful!

  22. Hilda said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 8:09 pm

    It’s the farthest thing from crazy my dear, it’s actually super sensible of you as the aesthetic police only expect the most perfect-looking things from you. And this looks perfect. And your individual mallows are perfect too. Off to the kitchen to finish mine.

  23. Julia @ Mรฉlanger said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

    I so left this one to the last minute, too, i.e. TONIGHT! Still have to take a photo. That will be the morning. Then quickly post. Eeek! This looks great. I love your supersizing. :) I actually wish I had done a wagon-wheel theme. LOVE the wagon wheel. Next time….

  24. FFichiban said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 8:42 pm

    Omg!! That is my kind of thinking! Supersize it hee hee and add PB&J!!! Yuummm Looooveeee the dripping slice shot mmmmmm I wannnt XD!

  25. Karen said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 8:43 pm

    Oh Y, it’s not a crazy idea. Beautiful creation and photos as always!


  26. Arwen from Hoglet K said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 9:38 pm

    Oh that is wonderful! I love the look of the raspberry marshmallow, and the drizzle of chocolate sauce over the layers is mouthwatering.

  27. Miss Honey said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 9:40 pm

    That cake just made me smile – I want it!!! I’m sooo making it this weekend, thank you!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  28. veggie wedgie said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 9:49 pm

    I want this torte. Now.

  29. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 11:10 pm

    Love the drips on the cake slice! Oh how I adore sexy liquid drips ๐Ÿ˜€

  30. Christy said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 11:16 pm

    The cake is not such a crazy idea. There. I’m sure I’m not the first person to say it today, but I thought I would just for emphasis. Chocolate peanut butter and jelly marshmallow cake (whew!) sounds wonderful; I think you’d get so many different textures to the cake that it would be quite an experience. Besides, you score points for originality. And who doesn’t like an extra serve of homemade marshmallows??!!

    Oh, and about the procrastination part—we are SO alike.

  31. tara said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 11:57 pm

    Good gracious, you’re a brilliant woman. I used to love the idea of marshmallow cookies, but even as a child I was disappointed with their execution – they were too sweet, too mushy, just too much. Yours look like they’d convert me with one bite. No disappointment there.

    And the cake is ridiculously gorgeous.

  32. Jen Yu said,

    July 28, 2009 @ 12:12 am

    Oh, your mallows are so PERFECTLY cute! I love your styling and your talent for making these challenges so beautiful :) And what about that cake?!? Brilliant! xxoo

  33. isa said,

    July 28, 2009 @ 12:15 am

    This looks awesome!
    I love your penut butter and jelly marshmallow cake. I made a mint marshmallow mousse.
    As always, beautiful presentation!

  34. Christie, Fig and Cherry said,

    July 28, 2009 @ 12:41 am

    Gorgeous dear! The cake is positively drool-worthy. Especially all the dripping chocolate.

  35. Teanna said,

    July 28, 2009 @ 12:49 am

    I will swim in that super-sized marshmallow cookie!

  36. Manggy said,

    July 28, 2009 @ 2:35 am

    No no it’s not a crazy idea at all! In fact it looks beautiful– just tell me the marshmallow was not ridiculously sweet! I think I can only handle a sliver, heh heh (who am I kidding?)

  37. veron said,

    July 28, 2009 @ 4:21 am

    Oh my goodness, you weren’t kidding when you said supersized! Lovely…lovely gooey chocolate goodness dripping from top!

  38. Andrea said,

    July 28, 2009 @ 4:56 am

    Stunning, truly! The raspberry flavored marshmallow sounds and looks terrific. What a fun interpretation of the challenge.

  39. Kerrin @ MyKugelhopf said,

    July 28, 2009 @ 7:37 am

    Crazy ?? I say — GENIUS ! :) I loved following your train of thought and seeing how the dessert came together. Thanks so much for sharing. Mmmm, just wish you could share a bite or two as well !

  40. Aran said,

    July 28, 2009 @ 7:46 am

    they look fabulous!

  41. Allison Day said,

    July 28, 2009 @ 8:24 am

    Oh man… that’s awesome! So creative. Ridiculous, even. And it looks so yummy! ๐Ÿ˜€

  42. clumbsycookie said,

    July 28, 2009 @ 8:24 am

    But of course my dear this is a crazy idea!!! It’s a crazy good idea girl!!!

  43. art and lemons said,

    July 28, 2009 @ 10:00 am

    Peanut butter, jelly, chocolate and marshmallow is both decadent and brilliant! Both your torte and cookies are stunning!

  44. erin @ dessert girl said,

    July 28, 2009 @ 10:01 am

    Chocolate-covered marshmallows? Yum! Peanut butter and jelly cake? Double yum! At first, I wasn’t sure about combining the two, but I think it would work. You didn’t tell us…how did it taste??? p.s. I love all your creative ideas!!

  45. Jill said,

    July 28, 2009 @ 12:29 pm

    WOW–your pictures are AMAZING!! I love that you made a cake with such great flavors!! Excellent. Gorgeous. Delicious. :)

  46. Audax Artifex said,

    July 29, 2009 @ 12:07 am

    Wow love the idea of the torte and it looks so beautful and I’m sure that it was excellent to eat. And your little mallows are wonderous. Great pixs and mavellous results on this challenge. Cheers from Audax in Australia

  47. Laura said,

    July 29, 2009 @ 2:09 am

    Perfect little mallows!

  48. cakebrain said,

    July 29, 2009 @ 7:42 am

    Can anything be more beautiful than that adorable cookie? It’s so precious! I love the shape, the fact that it’s covered in chocolate and I also love the pics of that amazing torte! gee!

  49. Hannah said,

    July 29, 2009 @ 11:59 am

    That torte looks like one big slice of heaven to me! Gosh, those flavors, and such a nice big slab of marshmallow too….! Another amazingly creative take on this challenge. :)

  50. Yasmin (Almond & The Hazelnut) said,

    July 29, 2009 @ 12:38 pm

    Goodness me, your photos are always so divine. To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of marshmallow; I find the taste too artificial and the texture too. But I think marshmallow always has a show stopping appeal – so ostentatious and fluffy! And I’ve always been a fan of the torte and re-creations of childhood favourites. Beautiful work again…

  51. anna said,

    July 30, 2009 @ 12:09 am

    Awesome. Pure awesome. I don’t even like peanut butter in desserts (I’m a weird one) and I want a taste. Or two.

  52. Irene said,

    July 30, 2009 @ 3:39 am

    I can’t get over just how darn good that looks! Especially the cake. I shouldn’t like it, but oh, I do!

  53. Cakelaw said,

    July 30, 2009 @ 11:44 pm

    Wow, this is not crazy at all – it looks devine!

  54. Danielle said,

    July 31, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

    Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter & Jelly Marshmallow Cake looks mouthwatering!!

    Going to try for my first challenge with the Daring Bakers! Bit nervous.

  55. jo said,

    July 31, 2009 @ 11:13 pm

    Absolutely love the torte. It is way too good and not forgetting the pictures/presentation as well.

  56. Christina said,

    August 1, 2009 @ 12:50 am

    AMAZING job! There are not enough words to describe how good that torte looks and sounds!

  57. Jamie said,

    August 1, 2009 @ 12:52 am

    WOW just stunning! Well done. We loved this challenge!

  58. courtney said,

    August 1, 2009 @ 9:33 am

    Leave it to you to come up with something genius! Love that idea. Would like to try it in mini versions.

  59. michelle said,

    August 1, 2009 @ 11:28 am

    Crazy? It’s BRILLIANT! Love it!!!

  60. Sarah said,

    August 2, 2009 @ 7:48 am

    I am new here. AND THOROUGHLY impressed. But I’m also confused. As I read your recipe for this torte– which I REALLY want to try making, it looks INCREDIBLE, and I have a friend turning thirty who went nuts over pb + j cookies I made her last year and would die for this– I don’t see anything about marshmallow or chocolate glaze in the recipe. And as I follow the link to the cookie site, I don’t see recipes there either. Can you help a newbie?


  61. Vera said,

    August 5, 2009 @ 12:52 am

    I think it’s fabulous idea, Y!

  62. Paris Cutler said,

    September 3, 2009 @ 1:47 pm

    As per usual I am stunned by how beautiful your blog is – just wonderful!

    p.s. Please pop me an email? i have something on the boil x

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