Nabisco Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies


It was my turn to come up with a challenge for the Home Baker’s Collective. Nabisco made these cookies when I was a kid.  We would go to Food Town on Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell, NJ and buy a few boxes of them.  Inevitably we would crack open a box on the car ride home and each of us would get our own cardboard box full of these delicious marshmallow treats.  I mixed a few recipes and even modified the Serious Eat’s pop tart recipe to try to get the cookie right.  It is still not there. But oh, so close. If anyone out there remembers these cookies and has a better idea for the cookie part, please let me know.



113 g cold cubed butter
110 g all-purpose flour
30 g whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
85 g corn syrup
45 g honey

Marshmallow Filling

4 teaspoons gelatin
1/2 cup water, divided
1/2 cup light corn syrup, divided
9 ounces granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


½ cup Apricot Jam
2 tablespoons water


With your fingers, cut butter into flour, along with salt, until reduced to pea sized lumps. Next, add corn syrup and honey all at once and mix with a fork until it forms a ball. Dust your hands with a little flour, scoop out the dough, and knead lightly until smooth.

Flatten dough into a squarish shape, wrap in plastic, and chill at least 30 minutes. Or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove dough from refrigerator and let it warm up just a bit.  Roll to 1/8” thick. Use a round cookie cutter to make circles and place them on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for approximately 10 minutes until just turning color.  You don’t want to brown them.

Remove from sheet and let cool. While you make the marshmallow.

Bloom gelatin by placing 1/4 cup water in small bowl and sprinkle gelatin over top. Let sit at least 5 minutes to soften.

Place 1/4 cup corn syrup in standing mixer bowl. Place remaining 1/4 cup corn syrup remaining 1/4 cup water, and sugar in medium saucepan over medium-high heat until dissolved. Continue to cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches 240 degrees F (use a thermometer).  Immediately pour hot syrup down side of mixer bowl and add softened gelatin and vanilla.  Turn mixer to medium speed and beat until combined, about 1 minute. Increase speed to medium high and beat until light and fluffy, about 7-8 minutes.

Add water to apricot jam to pot and heat until it thins out.  Spread thin layer on each cookie half.  Line them up and pipe marshmallow filling on one half and then place 2nd cookie on top.  Do not push down. Gravity will do the work.  Let them dry out on some parchment for a couple hours.





Golden State Granola


This month’s challenge by the Home Baker’s Collective was to share something from your state.  I decided to do my Blue Bottle Coffee inspired granola.  So easy, adaptable, and good for you.  You should always have a jar of this on hand.


1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup water
4 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup flax seeds
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, coconut oil, and water.  Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly while sugar dissolves and begins to boil.  Set off heat and add vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Let cool to room temperature.

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well.  Add the room temperature oil/sugar mixture and coat evenly. Transfer to a rimmed 13″x18″ inch baking tray. Pat down to an even layer and bake for 75 minutes, break up granola into a few big pieces and flip halfway through. Make sure it is all dried out and not sticky.  Let dry completely before storing.

Salted Egg Yolk Cookies


Better than shortbread.  Always, I mean always, have these on hand for guests.


240g plain flour
15g cornflour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon milk powder

4 salted egg yolks
170g butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
85g sugar

1 egg yolk + a little water for wash
1 tablespoon each of black and white sesame seeds


Follow these directions for salted egg yolk.  You will have to do this at least one day in advance. Once it is ready, smash with fork or pastry cutter until crumbled and set aside.

In separate bowl, sift flour, cornflour, baking powder, baking soda and milk powder.

In the mixer bowl, add butter, salt and sugar. Mix until well incorporated.

Add smashed salted egg yolks and sifted flours until well combined.  Chill dough for a few minutes.  If it gets too cold it will crack easily. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick and use any cutter you desire. Place them on lined cookie sheets and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place sesame seeds in a small bowl and mix. Remove cookies from refrigerator and brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.


Citrus Sourdough Doughnuts



I have never made sourdough doughnuts before so I did a google search and came up with this from Baking Sense. I added some ginger and lemon to this recipe and came up with my own filling.



1 cup whole milk, warmed to about 120°F
1 large egg (room temp)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
224g active sourdough starter
3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar for dough + 1 cup for rolling after frying
2 teaspoons ginger
Zest of one lemon
Zest of one orange
1 teaspoon table salt
Canola Oil for frying


1 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon salt


Make the Dough (Day 1)

Combine the warm milk, butter and egg with the starter in a mixer bowl. With the mixer running, add sugar, spices, salt and 2.5 cups of the flour. Mix until it forms a thick batter.

Switch to the dough hook and add the remaining flour (amount of flour may vary based on the hydration of your starter). The dough will start out quite sticky. Knead on medium low speed for 15 minutes (speed 2 on my stand mixer) until the dough clings to the hook and clears the sides of the bowl.

Scrape the dough into a lightly floured surface and knead into a smooth ball. Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to coat the dough. Cover and set the dough aside at room temperature for 4-5 hours.

Every hour repeat the following procedure: Uncover the bowl, lift one edge of the dough over into the middle of the dough. Repeat with the other three sides of the dough then flip the dough over. Cover the bowl and set aside. By now the dough should be lively, elastic and airy. If the dough is still sluggish give it another hour or two at room temperature. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Make the filling

To prepare the filling, create a double boiler by bringing a pot of water to boil and placing a heat-proof mixing bowl on top.

Whisk in lemon juice, zest, sugar and eggs. Continue whisking on the double boiler until it starts to thicken slightly. Drop butter into the mixture one tablespoon at a time.

Once the butter has been added, continue whisking until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Remove from heat, and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour, or until it has cooled completely.

Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl whisk heavy cream and salt together until it forms stiff peaks. Carefully fold in the cooled lemon mixture. Place in the refrigerator for at least another 30 minutes. or overnight.

Day 2

Remove the dough from the refrigerator. While the dough is still cold, without kneading, roll to 1/2″ thick on a lightly floured surface.

Use a 4″ round cutter to cut donuts. Line the donuts on a well-oiled, parchment or silpat lined baking sheet, leaving space between the donuts for the dough to rise. Re-roll the scraps of dough and continue cutting donuts until all the dough is used up. Brush the tops of the donuts lightly with oil.

Cover the sheet pans with plastic wrap and set aside to rise. The donuts are ready when you poke the dough and the dent slowly fills in. If the dough bounces right back it’s not quite ready. This rise should take about 1 1/2 hours. The time will vary based on the temperature of the room.

Meanwhile, heat 2 quarts of oil to 350F° in a large heavy pot. Fry the donuts a couple at a time, about 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown and puffy.

As you take each donut out of the oil, immediately roll in sugar to coat the entire donut. Set on a cooling rack while you fry the rest of the donuts. You need to let them cool before you fill them.

Right before serving, cut small holes in the side of each doughnut with a paring knife, in the shape of an X. Place filling in a piping bag fitted with a piping tip.  You will feel the doughnut expand when full.  Enjoy immediately.  No one likes an old doughnut.


Raspberry Bars


I gotta start thinking “kinda healthy & delicious”.  I used this recipe.


1 1/2 cups oats (old fashioned or quick)
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup wheatgerm
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg

Raspberry Filling
1 pint raspberries
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons lemon juice


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine raspberries, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Simmer 2 minutes while continuing to stir constantly until sauce is thick and translucent. Remove from heat and set aside.

Combine oats, flour, sugar, wheatgerm and cinnamon in a food processor. Process until oats are finely ground. Add oil and egg, and pulse until combined. Press half of the crumb mixture evenly on bottom of a 9×9 baking pan/dish. Pour raspberry filling over crumbs, spreading evenly. Top with remaining crumbs and gently pat mixture down. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let bars cool completely before cutting into bars.

Micro’s Cake Donuts


These are kinda like Entenmann’s Donuts but not.  If you have a donut pan, you can make them in about 30 minutes.  No yeast, no frying, just sprinkles.  I started with this recipe. Eat them all in one day. You are in quarantine so there is no reason not to exercise. You’ve got this.


1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt (strained so it is not too wet)
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup cake flour (all-purpose will work too)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoon corn syrup
2 teaspoons water
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Sprinkles for decoration


Doughnut: Preheat oven to 350. Grease donut pan with oil or cooking spray.

Whisk together the sour cream/yogurt, egg, vanilla, butter, oil, & sugar in a bowl.

Add flour, soda, & salt, & stir together until well combined.

Fill donut pan with batter & bake for 12-16 minutes or until the top is springy to the touch & the sides are turning golden brown. Remove from oven & let cool in pan for 5-10 minutes then transfer to cooling rack.

Glaze: Place chocolate, butter, corn syrup and water in bowl and place in microwave. Melt in 20 second increments. Whisk in powdered sugar. Use immediately.

Assemble: Dip donuts in chocolate glaze and place on a glazing rack.  Put some paper towels underneath so you don’t get chocolate drips everywhere.  Add sprinkles.


Michael’s Banoffee Pie

fullsizeoutput_3d95You gotta love this month’s baking challenge with the Home Baker’s Collective.  A dedicated pie. This one goes out to one of my quarantine partners and my best friend–my husband, Michael. This could be one of his faves.


Pie Crust:
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup crisco (cold)
1/3 cup unsalted butter (very cold)
6-7 tablespoons cold water
1 tablespoon white vinegar

14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
2 bananas, sliced

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla


Stir together flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter and crisco  until pieces are pea-size. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of water over part of the mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push moistened dough to side of bowl Repeat, using 1 tablespoon water at a time, until all the dough is moistened. Divide in half. Form each into a ball. Cover each ball with plastic wrap and refrigerate while making pie filling.  Roll out bottom crust (this makes two so you can keep one frozen for later use) and place in pie plate.  Freeze for at least 20 minutes while heating oven to 350F. Line with parchment or foil and fill with pie weights (use rice or uncooked beans if you don’t have weights). Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until cooked through. You should take out the pie weights for then last 5-7minutes to make sure it is browned.


Fill a medium pot with water and place can of condensed milk (label off and NOT opened) in the pot.  Simmer for 2 hours.  Let it cool before opening. It will be thick and lucious. Slice the bananas and place them into the bottom of the crust. Pour/spread cooled condensed milk over top.


In a large bowl, whip cream, sugar & vanilla until stiff peaks form. Top pie with whipped cream and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

Dana’s Caramel Latte Macarons


The Home Bakers Collective issued a macaron challenge. “What kind of macaron are you?” After many years of fussing with French macarons, I’ve moved over to the Italian way of doing things.  Espresso shells filled with chocolate ganache and caramel.


210 g almond flour
210 g powdered sugar
2 tablespoons espresso powder
170 g egg whites (split in half/85g each)
230 g sugar
155 g water

Chocolate Ganache
170 g chopped chocolate
170 g heavy cream
1 teaspoon powdered espresso

198 g sugar
120 g heavy cream
4 tablespoons butter, cubed
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


Macaron Shells:
Line three baking sheets with parchment paper.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Sift together flour, powdered sugar, and espresso powder twice. Set aside.

Split egg whites in half.  Place 85 g in bowl of stand mixer with whisk attachment. Do not start to whisk.

Place the other 85g in bowl with powdered sugar, almond flour, and espresso powder. Mix until combined into paste.

Make the syrup by putting the sugar and water into a medium pot.  Let the sugar boil and get to 244 degrees f.  While the sugar is heating, begin to whip your egg whites to medium-stiff peaks.  Turn the mixture on slow if you achieve the desired peaks and the sugar is not quite ready.  Once the sugar is ready, quickly pour it into the egg whites in a constant steady stream down the side of the bowl while the eggs are whisking at medium speed.  Continue whisking until the meringue is room temperature.

Add 20% of the meringue mixture to the almond/powdered sugar paste.  Once incorporated, add then rest of the egg whites until they are incorporated and the the batter falls from then spatula like lava.

Fill piping bags and pipe out macarons onto baking sheets.  Tap sheet to get rid of any air bubbles and then let them rest for approximately 20-30 minutes until a skin forms over the top.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees while they are drying out.  Bake each tray for 10 minutes and then rotate them and bake for another 10 minutes.  Remove from baking sheet and let cool.  Refrigerate for several hours or overnight before filling.

Chocolate Ganache

Place the chocolate into a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat stirring occasionally. When cream starts to boil, turn it off and stir in espresso powder. Pour over the chopped chocolate, and whisk until smooth.  Allow ganache to cool before putting in piping bag.  

Pour sugar into an even layer in a medium saucepan.

Heat on medium-high heat.  When the sugar starts to melt (you will see it liquify on the sides) then use a rubber spatula to mix.  The sugar will clump up at first but then will eventually melt. Make sure to keep it moving so it does not burn.

Once the sugar has melted, stop stirring. Allow sugar to cook until the sugar has turned to a little darker amber color to get a deeper caramel flavor. Once you get the desired color, immediately remove caramel from the heat. It will burn quickly so keep watching.

Slowly pour the heavy cream into the caramel and whisk until incorporated. It will bubble up so be careful. Add the butter and whisk until combined.

Let cool on counter for 30 minutes.


Remove shells from refrigerator. Pipe a dollop of caramel in the center of a shell, surround it with the chocolate ganache and then cover it with the top shell.  Refrigerate until ready to eat.

Linzer Favat


Pete and Amy gave me a ton of tangerines from their home. I decided to make some marmalade and then some linzer-esque tarts with ginger. Very SoCal. Very crumbly, very good. Use any shape cookie cutter you want.  I used rectangles and diamonds. I included the recipe for the marmalade in the link below.  You can also use any marmalade or jam you desire.


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon ginger
1 1/2 cups butter softened
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup Tangerine marmalade


In bowl of stand mixer with paddle attachment, mix together butter, sugar, and vanilla until combined.  Don’t over mix.

Add flours, ginger, milk, and salt. Mix on low speed until it comes together and there are no more butter streaks. Again, please don’t over mix.

Empty out bowl onto plastic wrap and flatten into a disk. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Line two baking sheets with parchment. Take dough from refrigerator and roll to 1/4 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut your shapes.  Take half the cookies and cut out a window using a smaller cutter.

Place cookies on sheet and refrigerate for another 30 minutes and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Bake cookies for 20 to 25 minutes until slightly browned. Let cool.

Dust the tops with powdered sugar.  Turnover the bottoms so that the clean side will be on the bottom of the cookie.  Spread some jam over the cookie and then cover with top.  Let set for a few moments.

Lava Flow Swiss Roll


Remember those Snowballs from Hostess?  With the pink marshmallow dome?  Well that is what this reminds me of.  The Home Bakers Collective issued our first challenge “A Swiss roll in your Favorite Drink.”  I am not much for drinking but I had one of these years ago in Hawaii and I loved it.


Strawberry & Pineapple Jam
800 g fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
400 g fresh pineapple, cored and cubed
792 g sugar
115 g lemon juice

Strawberry Swiss Roll
3 eggs, seperated
1/4 + 2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted and cooled
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons freeze dried Strawberries, pulsed until very fine
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
75 g cake flour, sifted

Coconut Meringue
1 tsp corn starch
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp white wine vinegar
4 large egg whites
136 g sugar
40g unsweetened coconut flakes

Coconut Whipped Cream

238 g cold heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon coconut cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract



In a large bowl mash strawberries and pineapple.  Transfer to a saucepan then add sugar and lemon juice. Stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower to a simmer.  Stir often until the mixture reaches 220 degrees F. Place in a bowl and let cool in refrigerator.

Strawberry Swiss Roll

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of a 12 x 17 inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper.

Place egg yolks in a mixing bowl. Add 1/4 cup sugar and whisk until sugar is dissolved and yolks are lightened in color. Drizzle in coconut oil, whisking constantly, until incorporated. Whisk in milk, vanilla, and salt.

Sprinkle sifted cake flour and dehydrated strawberries over batter and fold until combined.

Using a whisk attachment, beat egg whites until frothy in stand mixer. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar and beat on high speed until whites hold medium peaks.

Fold a small amount of egg whites into batter to loosen it, then add the remaining egg whites.  Fold until just incorporated.

Pour batter into prepared jelly roll pan spreading the batter into an even layer using a large offset spatula.

Bake for about 10 minutes or until the top is springy and edges are just starting to brown.

Remove from oven. Carefully invert warm cake onto a piece of parchment.  Peel off parchment paper backing from bottom of cake.   Dust a clean tea towel with powdered sugar and lay on top of cake. Flip cake over on to towel.  Carefully roll up the warm cake in the towel. Let rolled cake cool completely before unrolling and filling.

Coconut Roulade

Line an 12 x 17 inch jelly roll tray with the baking paper, and preheat the oven to 325ºF.

Mix the cornstarch, vanilla and vinegar together in a small bowl until smooth then set aside. Whisk the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until stiff,  then whisk in a little sugar, and a little of the cornstarch paste, and continue adding until they are completely mixed in.

Sprinkle half the coconut onto the prepared pan evenly. Spoon the egg white mixture over the coconut. Smooth out the surface with on offset spatula. Sprinkle with the rest of the coconut.

Bake for approximately 25 minutes, until golden colored.

Place a towel on the counter, topped with a sheet of baking paper, sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar and turn out the meringue onto the paper. Let cool.

Coconut Whipped Cream

Place cream in cold bowl from stand mixer.  Using whisk attachment on medium speed, whisk until cream is medium to stiff peaks.  Fold in coconut cream and vanilla extract.


Unroll strawberry sponge and add an even layer of jam followed by an even layer of whipped cream.  Slowly, re-roll the sponge.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Place chilled roll on parchment. Take the cooled meringue and wrap around like a blanket.  You want the trim it so it covers the sponge and just has one seam.  It is okay if it is a little longer since you will trim the ends. Place seam side down and trim ends.  Serve chilled.