Baking Cookies with the Daring Bakers

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.

I was excited this month when I saw that the Daring Bakers would be making cookies. I can trace my interest in cooking and baking back to baking cookies with my family, particularly my mom, for the holidays. To this day, I still love to bake cookies with friends and family.  So, I am always excited to discover a new cookie recipe (or in this case, two).

The challenge gave the option to make one or both of the recipes – I opted to make both.  In addition to my pictures and comments on the cookies, I have provided the links to the original recipes below.

Mallows (Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies)
Recipe courtesy Gale Gand, from Food Network site

The mallows were a bit labor intensive, but I had an enjoyable time making them. I was especially excited to make them because the recipe included making homemade marshmallows, something I have wanted to do for a while. It was also the first time I have played with my new digital candy thermometer from Williams-Sonoma!

I’m not sure if I will make this exact recipe again – I wasn’t thrilled with the taste of the cookie base.  I am sure that the concept will inspire a few of my own creations, though.  I am looking forward to making some homemade marshmallows again sometime soon!

First, mix the cookie dough.  Form a disk and wrap with plastic wrap.  Chill for at least one hour.

Then, roll out the dough and cut into circles using a 1 1/2 inch cookie cutter (or in my case, the back of a pastry tip).  The recipe made a few more than 2 dozen cookies (about 10-11 dozen, actually).  I’m not sure if I did something wrong, but they tasted fine!

Once the cookies have cooled, prepare the marshmallows.  Start by mixing corn syrup, sugar, and water in a sauce pan and cooking to soft ball stage. Dissolve gelatin into the syrup and add to whipped egg whites.  Beat until stiff.

Pipe the marshmallow mixture onto the cooled cookies.  Coat with chocolate (I used 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chips from Ghiradelli – one of my favorites).

Milan Cookies
Recipe courtesy Gale Gand, from Food Network site

The Milan Cookies are based on one of my favorite store bought cookies.  I must say, though, that I think I prefer the store bought version to this recipe. I found the lemon extract in the recipe to be just a bit overpowering in the cookies.  Next time I make them, I think I will use slightly less extract.

Overall, the cookies were pretty easy to make. I found that the cookies turned out better made a bit larger than the recipe called for, though.  Instead of using a 1/4 inch tip and piping one inch of batter for each cookie, I used a 1/2 inch round tip and piped closer to 2-3 inch lines onto the baking sheet.  The cookies turned out to be approximately the same size as the store bought cookies.  I did bake them for an extra minute or so to make sure they were done.

Prepare the batter in a mixer, then pipe the cookies onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

To prepare the filling, first scald the heavy cream.  Add to the chocolate (again, I used 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chips from Ghiradelli) and zest from one orange. Spread the mixture onto the flat side of one cookie, topping with a second cookie to form a sandwich.

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36 Responses to Baking Cookies with the Daring Bakers
  1. Lori @ RecipeGirl
    July 27, 2009 | 8:20 am

    They both “Look” great… it’s too bad the recipes didn’t hit the ball out of the park for you. They look better than the store version visually!

  2. Teanna
    July 27, 2009 | 8:58 am

    I am SO impressed! CAn I just tell you, I was craving Mallows so badly the other day, and I don’t even like them! But these… wow… these… I absolutely have to make these! Both version! so, so impressed! But I am sorry that you didn’t like them so much!

  3. isa
    July 27, 2009 | 9:24 am

    They both looks and sounds delicious!
    Love your step-by-step photos!
    I’m so sorry, that you didn’t love them.
    Nicely done!

  4. Julie Ruble
    July 27, 2009 | 9:36 am

    Your cookies look fantastic! Your mallows especially — I love their shape!!

  5. Lisa
    July 27, 2009 | 9:37 am

    WOW, your Mallows are perfect little kisses, and the chocolate set up perfectly. Love them presented in the little paper liners. As for the Milanos, I would swear those were by Pep Farm! Amazing job!

  6. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie
    July 27, 2009 | 10:03 am

    Great job with these cookies! Sorry to hear that you didn’t like the mallows so much; Milanos sound delicious.

  7. Anula
    July 27, 2009 | 10:32 am

    I love the shape of your mallows! Your Milano cookies look very delicious :)

  8. Tracy
    July 27, 2009 | 11:34 am

    Yours came out great! Lovely!!

  9. Hannah
    July 27, 2009 | 11:57 am

    Incredible, both of your cookies look flawless! I really like the star tip you used to pipe the marshmallows with- it’s such a cute finishing touch.

  10. Nutmeg Nanny
    July 27, 2009 | 12:20 pm

    Your Daring Bakers Challenge looks so good! I only did one recipe for the challenge because I ran out of time to do both…darn thesis. I’m going to post my DB challenge later tonight since I had to post the BSI challenge this morning….two post in one day! I’m so glad you are going to participate in the BSI challenge this week, I can’t wait to see what you make!!!

  11. jenn
    July 27, 2009 | 1:23 pm

    Awesome job, Jen!!! I love how the Milan cookies came out. They’re one of mt favs!! I wish I had some right now. You don’t shipping some over, do ya? ;-)

  12. Kayte
    July 27, 2009 | 3:55 pm

    Wow, you make beautiful cookies! I am not fond of chocolate, so I won’t lie and say these look mouth wataeringly great, but I know my family would think so as they love chocolate. The cookies are great looking and the little marshmallow ones so cute. I love how you display them. You are one very organized and neat baker! Great photos.

  13. Megan{Feasting on Art}
    July 27, 2009 | 4:14 pm

    I am so impressed seeing the very full tray of mallows whilst in production. I don’t think I would have the patience to make so many. They both look wonderful!

  14. Ellie@AlmostBourdain
    July 27, 2009 | 5:36 pm

    Your mellows and milanos look stunning!!

  15. April
    July 27, 2009 | 6:18 pm

    Don’t you just love homemade marshmallows? And I also agree about the lemon being a bit too strong in these cookies but they were pretty tasty just on their own, without the chocolate. Both of your desserts look great!

  16. Ciaochowlinda
    July 27, 2009 | 7:07 pm

    These cookies look scrumptious.

  17. Jill
    July 27, 2009 | 7:45 pm

    I love how your Mallows turned out–so cute by being piped with a star tip. Great pics! :)

  18. Ivonne
    July 27, 2009 | 8:25 pm

    Your cookies are absolutely beautiful, especially the mallows! Well done!

  19. Debi
    July 27, 2009 | 8:34 pm

    Very nice job with your photos in this post. Looks like you stepped up to the plate and bat a home one on this baker’s challenge.

  20. SunDrawnSarah
    July 27, 2009 | 9:06 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I’ll be checking back for more!

  21. Nutmeg Nanny
    July 27, 2009 | 9:46 pm

    I love that you made both! So adventurous you are:) Your creations (like always) look beautiful.

  22. chou
    July 27, 2009 | 9:49 pm

    Your pictures are like a personal tutorial. Lovely piping.

  23. jillian
    July 27, 2009 | 10:14 pm

    Nice job on making both cookies!

  24. Elizabeth F.
    July 27, 2009 | 10:19 pm

    Your mallows are absolutely perfect!

  25. Laura
    July 27, 2009 | 11:11 pm

    I love that you piped the marshmallow with a star tip, they look adorable. Fantastic job!

  26. bergamot
    July 28, 2009 | 8:05 am

    wow… both the cookies and the mallows look just yummy…perfect

  27. deeba
    July 28, 2009 | 8:21 am

    Picture of perfection. Love the detailed photographs too. I got the numbers going a ‘bit’ way out too!! LOL…2 dozen??? II got about 8-9 dozen mallow bases. I tried just the Mallows, & LOVED them!!

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  29. Kathlyn
    July 28, 2009 | 4:12 pm

    These are lovely – and the photos are fantastic! I’m glad you included a photo of your Milan batter – did not look a thing like mine, which leads me to believe that I did indeed make a serious error…and also makes me think it’s worth trying again…


  30. Reeni
    July 28, 2009 | 7:18 pm

    They both turned out perfect!! They look so scrumptious and delicious!

  31. Lauren
    July 29, 2009 | 11:06 am

    Wow! Gorgeous job =D. All of your cookies are stunning, and your photos are beautiful!!

  32. Jamie
    July 31, 2009 | 9:49 am

    Gorgeous, love the mallows! I really enjoyed this challenge!

  33. Christina
    July 31, 2009 | 9:58 am

    Love all of the photos! Great looking cookies!

  34. kalva
    July 31, 2009 | 2:57 pm

    lovely milanos!!!

  35. Michelle
    July 31, 2009 | 8:27 pm

    Such lovely cookies! Beautiful photos, too!

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