Chances are, if there are desserts to choose from, and one of those happens to have marshmallows in it, on it, even in the name of it, it is what I will choose. Hands down I just love marshmallows. My mallow obsession started the first time I had ever seen these fluffy little sugar bombs hiding in fudge, since then I was sold that marshmallows in my cold chocolate milk were living the 8 year-old life!
here i am in my 30's and the husband and I love marshmallows, and we love them so much so that we have our bought a small crème brulee/culinary torch and often toast up a marshmallow for dessert. my favorite part about toasting marshmallows is peeling the first toasted scab back and re-toasting the under layer. this is one of the best smells to fill my house, that of a toasted marshmallow.
during my drive home the other night I wanted rocky road ice cream, I couldn’t find the brand I love so I settled for a replacement. While spoon deep in my little cup of ice cream I had the wonder if a rocky road cookie existed. That’s how I found this wonderful recipe via: fifteen spatulas
recipe adapted from FIFTEEN SPATULAS
preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
in a large bowl, sift together the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. whisk in the salt. add the egg whites and vanilla, whisk until combined. stir in the chocolate chips and almonds.
using a cookie scoop, portion out small mounds onto the parchment paper, top each cookie with 4-5 marshmallows. put into the freezer for 5 minutes to chill slightly (this prevents them from spreading too much in the oven).
bake for 12-13 minutes until the marshmallows are golden brown. let the cookies rest on the paper for a few minutes to set, before moving them to a wire rack to cool.
*I did my first batch according to the posted recipe but i didn’t like how the marshmallows spread out, so I tried to incorporate them a few different ways:
**I baked cookies halfway without the marshmallows, for 8 minutes, then pulled from the oven and then topped with marshmallows. returned cookies to the oven and baked for an additional five minutes, the fluffy puffs didn’t spread out too much.
**for my second batch, i incorporated the marshmallows into the batter and baked as directed, when I pulled from the oven I then immediately topped the warm cookies with two marshmallows and toasted them up with my handheld torch on the outside! -my favorite presentation of the cookies thus far.
fourless rocky road cookies
3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 extra large egg whites
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2.5 oz sliced almonds, toasted
1 cup mini marshmallows
**marshmallows incorporated into the batter
**photo on the left is marshmallows incorporated into the batter then added to warm cookies fresh from the oven and hand toasted
**photo on the right is marshmallows baked on cookie as recipe states.
* baked as recipe states