Chocolate and Almond Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate and Almond Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies
These take a little work, but the texture contrast of the finished product is really wonderful!

Chocolate and Toasted Almond Sables

1/8 c (15 g) almonds, finely chopped or ground
1 1/8 c (160 g) flour
1/4 c (23 g) cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
10 Tbls (142 g) butter, room temp
1/4 c + 1 Tbls (56 g) sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla
Sanding sugar, if desired

Toast the almonds in a skillet over medium-low heat until nicely browned, being careful not to burn and stirring often. Pour into a medium bowl and add the flour, cocoa and salt. Stir to combine and set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat the butter until lightened, then add the sugar and beat until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the egg yolk and vanilla, stir until completely combined. Add the dry ingredients in two parts, mixing just until combined.

Divide dough into thirds and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 30 minutes.

Remove dough from fridge and roll out, on a flour-dusted surface, to 1/8"-1/4" thick. Cut out cookies and transfer to a lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with sanding sugar, if using, then bake 12-15 minutes. Allow to cool on pans.

Marshmallows
This can be done using a hand mixer, but a stand mixer will produce a much fluffier mallow!

1/4 c (40 g) confectioners' sugar
1/4 c (30 g) cornstarch
Nonstick spray
3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 c (237 ml) ice cold water, divided
1 1/2 c (298 g) granulated sugar
1 c (237 ml) light corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Combine the confectioner's sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl and set aside. Spray a 9" x 13" pan with nonstick spray, and pour in the sugar/cornstarch mixture. Tip the pan to coat all sides, then reserve the excess in a small bowl.

Place the gelatin in the bowl of a stand mixer and add 1/2 c of the water. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved. Refrain from stirring the pot; simply swirl it to distribute the granules. Uncover after the sugar has dissolved, and put a candy thermometer into the pot. Continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.

Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the gelatin, being careful not to hit the beater or the bowl. Once all of the syrup has been added, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping.

When ready, pour into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula to spread. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover and reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit, uncovered, for at least 4 hours and up to overnight to set.

Turn the marshmallows onto a cutting board and cut into desired shapes (to match the cookies or simply for cocoa) using a greased knife or pizza wheel. Dust all cut sides with the remaining sugar mixture, and store in a covered container until ready to use.

Assembly
Cookies
Marshmallows
Chocolate chips

Place a handful of chocolate chips into a small bowl and microwave for 15 seconds. Stir the chocolate, then microwave for 15 seconds, stirring again. Continue this process until the chocolate is smooth.

Using an offset spatula, carefully spread the melted chocolate onto the flat side of a cookie. Press a marshmallow into the chocolate, then repeat with one more cookie to complete the sandwich.
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