Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Browned Butter Dark Chocolate and Marshmallow Cookies-Cookie Wars 2012!

You remember how I told you guys about Baker Bettie's Cookies Are The New Cupcake? She's taken it to the next level!! I'm not sure if you're familiar with The Food Network show "Cupcake Wars", but Baker Bettie is hosting "Cookie Wars"!!! The requirements are that it must be an original recipe (although the base can be adapted), and it must have at least 2 of the following ingredients:

  • Avocado
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Basil
  • Beer
  • Coffee
  • Cranberries
  • Cream Cheese
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Dried Chilies
  • Dr. Pepper
  • Fennel Bulb
  • Garlic
  • Goat Cheese
  • Grapefruit
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Hazelnut
  • Honey
  • Kumquat
  • Maple Syrup
  • Marshmallows
  • Mint
  • Passion Fruit
  • Peach
  • Rosemary
  • Sour Cherries
  • Sweet Potato
  • Tomato

I chose to make cookies featuring dark chocolate and marshmallows. Admittedly, I'm playing it safe. However-I am a picky eater. And I wanted to like whatever cookies I made, so I went with ingredients I knew I could make work and that I would want to eat.  
Then I had to decide what base recipe(s) to use. I'm still pretty infatuated with these cookies I made, and I (like everyone else) am also obsessed with browned butter. And something in my brain just clicked with that combination. I was giddy with excitement. I made sure I had enough mini marshmallows (I did), I decided to use some of the best dark chocolate I had at my disposal, and I decided to only brown half the butter in the recipe (partly so it didn't interfere with the texture to too much of a degree, and partly to have a little more balance with the browned butter flavor).
Those beautiful specks of browned butter, the melting dark chocolate, and gooey marshmallow. Mmmm...
 Umm...OMG. These were so delicious!!! Something about the combination of the nutty browned butter and the sweet marshmallows formed a great, complex, caramel-like flavor, and then the bite of that melty dark chocolate just tied the whole thing together. The flavor is so warm, and the overall cookie is so gooey, but with great texture. I could not stop eating these. I just ate the last of them a few days ago, and I'm very sad that they are gone. One of my favorite cookie recipes, for sure. Michael loved them too-he said he liked that the browned butter was more subtle, and that the marshmallow and chocolate balanced each other. In my opinion, this tasted a little like a very sophisticated s'more.
And they are just so pretty. Seriously. I'm very very proud of myself. It doesn't even matter how I do in the competition, because just being able to make and eat this makes me feel like a winner! :)

Browned Butter Dark Chocolate and Marshmallow Cookies

A Cooking Actress original, base adapted from Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie and  Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 18-26 cookies, depending on size.
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (1 stick browned, 1 stick cold and cut into very small pieces)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3+ cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips/chopped dark chocolate (at least 60%-I used a combination of Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips, chopped Ghirardelli 86% and Godiva 72%)
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • Prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper/silpat. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Brown 1 stick butter in a small saucepan. Melt over medium heat, then continue to cook-whisking constantly-until it foams up and then turns brown, with little brown particles (this should take 5-10 minutes). Remove from heat immediately and allow to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, cream cold butter and sugars. This is easiest if you use a stand mixer, but it will work with a hand mixer-it's just more difficult (I had to get in there and break up the butter with my hands periodically). Once fluffy-ish, mix in the browned butter.
  • Mix in the eggs, one at a time.
  • Mix in flour, salt, cornstarch, baking powder, and baking soda. You want the dough to be very thick, continue to mix in additional flour until the dough is not sticky.
  • Add chocolate and marshmallows (make sure that if there are little chocolate shavings/crumbs that you get all that goodness in there), knead into the dough with your hands.
  • Form dough into large, golf-ball sized, balls and place on cookie sheets--leave plenty of room between!! You may have to bake these in batches (I had a constant rotation of one pan in oven, one ready, etc.).
  • Bake in the center of the oven for about 10 minutes-until just beginning to brown. You do not want to over-bake these.(The marshmallow may be oozing out a bit at the sides on some cookies--that is fine, in fact, it tastes amazing. You can fold them in towards the cookie to make it prettier.)
  • Let cool a few minutes and then remove from the pan (I kept mine on parchment paper until they firmed up a smidge, then moved them to cloth napkins to finish cooling). Make sure to eat at least 3 of them while warm and fresh. 
Helloooo GORGEOUS.

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  1. this looks awesome. when my daughter gets back from school, this is a must try.

    1. They're so delicious-she's gonna love them!

  2. These look amazing and very creative. I totally want to get in on this. Can anyone join cookie wars? I have a great idea for a cookie that includes sweet potatoes.

    1. Yeah-absolutely! Head over to the link I have to cookie wars and all the information, instructions, etc. are there! :)

  3. Okay, not ONLY are your pictures beautiful, but you made some divine sounding cookies!

    I would totally gobble these up and I'm not even much of a chocolate fan. But, throw in some marshmallows and we've got a date. Add browned butter and I'm in HEAVEN!

    Great job!

    1. I'm so glad that you like this! These are super super amazing. I promise!!

  4. Oh how I love cookies!!

    I am happy to tell you that I've nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Please visit my blog for all the details!

    Have a great day!
    Addicted to Recipes

  5. OMG Kayle this is an amazing recipe and would be hard to beat!! I'm joining the contest too, love Cupcake Wars and this sounded too fun to miss. I shall make a batch of these cookies for myself to eat ;)

    1. I'm so so so happy you like them! Best of luck to you :D

  6. Cookie wars, what a great theme! Also these look like you were definitely up for the challenge. I love the texture of these and all those goodies poking through are calling my name-yum! Simply delicious post.

  7. Kayle,

    These look awesome! Can't wait to whip them up and see how they turn out! I'm so glad you entered and thanks for advertising the contest!

    1. Thanks!!! I hope you like them as much as I did!

  8. These cookies are actually heavenly - a great addition to the awsome contest for sure :D

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Double Nutella Cheesecake Brownies

  9. They look awesome, I am wanting one bad : D Awesome photos!

  10. You win!!! These look amazing!

  11. I wanna make these ASAP. Pinning them now!

  12. They look so good! Wishing you a lovely weekend! Angie xo

  13. I love any recipe with brown butter! These look delicious! Visiting from Crazy for Crust. :)

  14. These look phenomenal. I want cookies...now! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe at Scrumptious Sunday :-)

  15. These look so good! They're gorgeous and I want to eat them! YUM!

  16. These look yummy. Just found your blog its so fun.. Come and check out my blog


    Have a great day

  17. I made these today, they were great! I substituted semisweet and milk chocolate chips because I am not a fan of dark chocolate. These will get made on a regular basis!

  18. Hi I am want to make these but I can't seem to find brown butter. Where to do buy this? Thanks Jen

    1. Browned butter is just regular butter that you cook (melt in a saucepan over medium heat) until it turns brown. It's amazing, I promise!

  19. Forget it just forgives it out on my own. lol can't wait to make them

    1. I tell you how to make browned butter in the recipe, just read :)

  20. These look so phenomenally delicious -- it's just crazy!

  21. Okay, here's my update. I just made these tonight. To combat my oven-flattening problem, I baked it all up in a springform pan. It was awesome! I'll definitely be posting about this one and will let you know when I do.

    1. Yay! I'd love that, so glad the idea worked :)

  22. These were AMAZING!!! Thanks so much for the fantastic recipe. :) (Only wish I had made them sooner!)

    1. Aw yay!! I'm so glad! They are SO delicious, I knoow! :)

  23. Kayle these look amazing! Wow - they are perfect in every way from the browned butter to the marshmallows to the dark choc!

    1. Aw thank you Averie! I am super proud of them, I'll admit. They're delicious, you MUST try them! :D

  24. Cookie dough is set. Ready to bake for tomorrow. I just found your blog yesterday and I already made four different type of cookie recipes. Thank you so much! May The Lord bless you with more outrageous creativity Kayle

    1. Aw that's so sweet, thank you! Glad to have you as a reader, enjoy all the delicious cookies!!!

  25. Gorgeous cookies, Kayle! I will be attempting to make these in muffin form today. Wish me luck!

  26. Ho. Lee. Cow.

    These are amazing!!

    Thanks so much for entering the cookie contest!


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