July 27, 2009

blast from the past



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.

This is my first Daring Bakers challenge and it was definitely a blast from the past, or at least half of it was. I've never had a Milano cookie but the marshmallow puff was a childhood staple.

We used to live across the street from my grandparents when we were growing up and we could always be assured that they would have a box of marshmallow cookies in the cupboard. Our absolute favourites were wagon wheels but good old viva puffs would do just fine too. So I was very excited at the prospect of making my own.

I decided to make the Milan cookies first. My first batch was disappointing - like many other Daring Bakers, my cookies spread more than I anticipated and I ended up with gigantic blobs. I managed to salvage a few from my second batch and, frustrated by my failures, for my third batch I decided to use my madeleine tins. I'm not sure if I didn't bake them enough but these cookies were quite cakey and soft where I was expecting something more crisp although, never having tasted a Milano cookie, I don't know why I thought that would be the case. Oh well, they weren't very pretty but they were still tasty.


Then I tackled the mallow cookies. OMG! Where to begin? The base was similar to a crumbly shortbread with a hint of cinnamon, topped with a cloud of homemade marshmallow and coated with dark chocolate. A grown-up version of the viva puff!

And this is why I love these challenges - quite frankly it would never have occurred to me to make mallow cookies at home. Now that I have I've been spoiled forever because once you've had the homemade version there's no going back!

Thank you Nicole for taking me on this nostalgic trip back to simpler times!

18 comments:

  1. Beautiful Mallows and Milans! Definitely a trip down memory lane! WTG on a first challenge well done! Welcome to Daring Bakers!

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  2. My Milans were soft too, but I think I preferred them that way! I LOVE the mallows too :) Yay for completing our first challenge!

    Your cookies and photos are gorgeous.

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  3. Welcome to the Daring Bakers! Great job on your first challenge!! I love how your Mallows turned out--so perfect! :)

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  4. Yours are BEAUTIFUL!

    and I really get what you're saying. These made me think of being a kid again too.
    :)

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  5. Very well done on your first challenge, your mallows turned out perfect.

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  6. Very delicious looking results! Congratulations on completing your first DB Challenge!

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  7. Hello Fellow DBer! You sure did kill your first challenge-well done!!! I did the Milans only but I still enjoyed the challenge.

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  8. Your cookies look great and you've photographed them beautifully. You even have the packaging down pat.

    I felt the same way as I was dipping my mallows. I can't believe I'm making homemade chocolate-dipped cookies. If it weren't for these challenges I would just stick to what I know and love. It's nice to have one's repertoire expanded!

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  9. Beautiful job on the cookies and your first photo is what drew me in to read more...I love that photo!

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  10. Congrats on your first Daring Bakers Challange! It was my first time too. I had a blast doing them. Look forward to seeing what you have in store for next month =)

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  11. Oh yum - on both cookies! My kids would love these (okay, okay - I would too).

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  12. Your cookies look fabulous! And besides that cup of coffee!!!!! Oh man, I'm headed over right now!

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  13. Thank you for the warm welcome from all the veteran Daring Bakers! I am thrilled to be part of such a wonderful group of bloggers and look forward to getting to know you all better.

    And thanks to all for the lovely comments and compliments on my photos. I'm still struggling with my camera - it's a pretty basic point and shoot that doesn't always want to cooperate so I'm incredibly flattered that so many of you enjoyed the photos.

    Thank you!

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  14. Both biscuits look just lovely! Well done on your first challenge!!

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  15. They both look fantastic. I am not a big fan of mallow cookies but that one looks delicious. Great job! I've been wanting to join DB but with my schedule there's no guarantee I will have the time :(

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  16. Sorry to hear you found the milans disappointing, but wow on the mallows! They look so cute!

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  17. This was your first challenge? I never would have known! Welcome, and great job! Both cookies look beautiful!

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