A Sweet Vancouver Memory

It was a Saturday.  We had plans for the evening with the girls, but not too much going on in the morning.  

I can now finish a cup of coffee.  Seriously.  And the girls kinda get it that not much will happen with me involved until I finish that cup of coffee. Or two.  

We went to the park as I promised, and as I sat on the sidewalk thinking about what we could bake together for Valentine’s Day, a thought crossed my mind…

those cookies…those amazing cookies.  What were they called?  A chocolate cookie, with chocolate frosting and a marshmallow in the middle…WHAT WERE THEY CALLED????  They were in the Vancouver Mall, at the Cookie Cutter Store.  HOW WILL I FIND THE RECIPE IF I DON’T KNOW THE NAME!?!

“Valentine’s Rice Krispie Treats Recipe" in the search bar was erased and replaced with “Cookie Cutter Chocolate Cookie with Marshmellow” on my google phone app.  

Oh.  It’s Marshm-A-llow.

“Cookie Cutter Chocolate Cookie with Marshmallow”.

Lo and Behold.

This popped up.


She knew where and what I was talking about, and she had created her own recipe.


“Girls, we are going to the store”.

Don’t judge, but I ended up cooking these all by myself.  The girls were ready for their nap, and based on how the morning had gone, I had started to look forward to baking on my own.  With some music.  And.  In case they were fantastic, I thought I would take pictures as I went to use in a blog post.

Guess what? 

My only remaining issue is: What were they called??  They had a catchy name…



Chocolate Marshmallow Cookie Cutter Cookies  

Preheat oven to 350

1 box chocolate cake mix (Devil’s Food Cake or Triple Chocolate Chip, I used Devil’s)

1 cube of butter *room temp*

2 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 cup chocolate chips

18-20 large marshmallows (I used 12, because I made the cookies a little too big)


Frosting (Fluffy Chocolate Frosting from the Cake Doctor)

8 tablespoons/1 stick of butter *room temp*

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

1/3 cup whole milk

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt


Directions for the Cookie:

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer.

Add the eggs, cake mix and vanilla.

Stir in the chocolate chips (love that they are “all natural”).

Drop the cookie dough by spoonful onto a cookie sheet (I tried to make a little well for the marshmallow, but not understanding the laws of baking chemistry it was a worthless step).

Bake for 9-10 minutes at 350.


While the cookies are baking, cut each marshmallow in half.

Remove cookies from oven and press one half of the marshmallow, sticky/cut side down on each cookie.

Place the pan of cookies back in the oven for one minute.

Remove the cookies again and use a spoon to flatten the melted marshmallow into each cookie (this works best if you lightly butter the back of the spoon, re-buttering it as needed to prevent sticking).

Allow cookies to cool.



Directions for the frosting:

Place the butter and cocoa powder in large mixing bowl.  Blend on low until well combined (30-60 seconds).

Stop machine and add sugar, milk, vanilla and salt in the bowl.

Beat on low until the frosting is light and fluffy (2-3 minutes).

Add more milk or sugar if frosting is too thick or thin.

Because I tasted some of the frosting, my taste buds were totally taken over and I couldn’t fairly judge the cookies.  So I had a sliver the next day and they are RIGHT ON.  The only thing I’d like to do next time is find a way to bake the cookie so that it bakes up on the sides of the marshmallow a bit more … I remember the cookie being a bit thicker/taller.  

But I think you Couvers will really enjoy tasting this sweet childhood memory!  Let me know what you think when you make them!

 © Houseman 2013