I have to say, I just loved the Daring Bakers challenge this month. 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.
Cindy and I decided on a black forest themed Marshmallow Cookie. We cheated a little because we used Oreo cookies as the base. We topped those with Cherry Jam, then piped on our homemade marshmallows, before dipping them in chocolate. For the chocolate, I ran out of vegetable oil, so we used peanut oil instead. We made these in particularly hot weather and needed the fridge to have them set properly. But, anytime we chose to take them out of the fridge, they melted almost instantly, so they only came out when we ate them.
The Milan Cookies were excellent. The only change we had was cutting back the lemon and vanilla and making up the difference with coconut extract. It made for a citrus coconut taste that was simply heavenly. In following the recipe, our initial sheet of cookies were very tiny and for the next sheet, we were a little more generous in the amount of piping we did, so the cookies took on a better size. By the end, these cookies looked exactly like I would have expected them to size wise.
Our cookies were taste tested by the biggest cookie monsters we know, our children, and as you can see from Sebastian's smile, they were definitely given two very chocolately thumbs up. Our adult testers also loved the cookies. Check out the recipes at the above links if you want to try them yourself. It was a lot of fun and I would highly recommend both recipes!!