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Chocolate Puffs

Oh what a treat it was when my parents would come home from grocery shopping and I would see Mom pulling a bag of chocolate puffs out of the cardboard box. Cardboard boxes were often used to carry home the groceries instead of paper bags. And of course these treats were doled out sparingly, oh how I treasured each bite.
These chocolate puffs are not even close to perfect in appearance as those bought ones were but they sure taste good.
When I cut one to show you what the inside of the cookie looked like, the chocolate shell cracked just like the bought ones did when cut in half. This is a small recipe so no worries about having to store them although I think they would freeze well.
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 level tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 level tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 6 large marshmallows, cut in half
  • Strawberry jam
  • 10 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped, I used good quality chocolate bars, 5 oz of dark chocolate and 5 ounces of milk chocolate. You can use what you prefer. 
  1. In a medium size bowl whisk together both flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. Using your mixer, cream butter and sugar until light, beat in egg.
  3. Add flour mixture and mix till combined.
  4. Drop by spoonfuls on a parchment lined baking sheet. Dip the bottom of a cup in flour and press down the cookies to flatten.
  5. Bake in a 350ยบ oven for 9 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and top each cookie with a dab of strawberry jam and place a marshmallow half on top.
  7. Bake another 2 minutes till marshmallows have softened.
  8. Remove cookies from oven and using a metal spatula gently press down each marshmallow. 
  9. Allow cookies to cool.
  10. For chocolate coating, place chopped up chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of hot simmering water. Stir until melted.
  11. Place one cookie at a time in the chocolate, using a spoon cover the cookies with chocolate, lift up cookie with a fork and tap on the edge of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Place cookies on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Cool cookies in fridge 15 minutes to allow chocolate to harden. 
  12. Yield: 1 dozen delicious puffs


  1. **thud**

    That's me falling backward in ecstasy...

  2. Oh My Goodness!!!! I have got to make sure I've got everything I need to do this one!! Lois, said it well.....**thud*** I'm on the floor beside her!

  3. Made me smile to see this recipe. It brought back memories of my childhood days. They were such a treat

  4. That's one recipe that is going to bring sweet memories. It's definitely one that I'll try. Thanks. JB

  5. OH, I can't wait to make these and share them with the kids!!! Thanks for the recipe. I forgot how good these were.

  6. You are looking at this afternoon's after school snack, ladies! YUM!

  7. Oh Betty make my heart sing.....yummers!!!!!
    I loved when my mom bought those mallow I can make them. She'd be smiling!

  8. wow....these are amazing. As always Betty you make such divine cookies and make it sound relatively easy. I'll try these but the dipping in chocolate part is always a challenge for your tip to pour it over

  9. I used to love these as a kid! I'll bet they would work well with a dab of caramel sauce instead of jam too :)

    Or with white chocolate coating and raspberry filling... Or chocolate sauce in the middle... or nutella... or with an oatmeal cookie base...

    Oh dear, see what you've done? :) Can't wait to experiment!

  10. I remember those chocolate puffs being my favs...
    Yours look wonderful!

    Hmmm.... I'm thinking gluten-free ones would be perfect ! smile

  11. I don't believe I've ever had the store-bought version of these, but these look amazing... I've been wondering what to do with the marshmallows I bought by mistake!
    Thank you, Thank you!!

  12. Yum! They look wonderful!

    As children, we used to visit the farm neighbors across the road. She would always have those marshmallow cookies.


  13. Mallomars...I smile just typing the word. There are 2 boxes, each box holds 9 cookies, and they aren't sold during the summer months. Oh, I know my Mallomars. I am definitely baking these soon. Thank you for a recipe for my very favorite cookie in the world.

  14. wow grandma! these look amazing! why must you live so far away from me now?!

  15. These cookies look so delicious. I wanted to tell you how much I really like the new header with the kitchen table It is nice to see it with all of you around it.

  16. Could you send some my way?
    I love chocolate.

  17. Oh those look yummy! Have to try them out once finished canning and jamming and juicing. But soon. . .

  18. These look sooo delicious! Please share :)

  19. Thank you for all your kind head to the kitchen to bake these delicious puffs:)

  20. Haven't had these for years, I will have to try a gluten free version.
    Thank you

  21. How did I miss this?? Oh my...I'm off to convert these to gluten-free! I miss these cookies too. :)I bet one could put a ganache or some Nutella or even dulche de leche in place of the jam. Oh, the possibilities...

  22. i love mallomars! just bought 6 boxes because they always come on sale in my area in early sept. i didn't know they don't sell them in the summer as one of your posters said. it makes sense since the chocolate melts so easily. yours look great. i will have to try them. the store bought ones cost an arm and a leg when they are not on sale (lol!) thanks for the recipe!!!

  23. The kids are gonna think Christmas cam early. First MGCC air buns and now these!!

  24. Just made these with peanut butter instead of jam and they are wonderful, like little smores/fluffanutters. Had some trouble with the dipping so I just smeared the chocolate on with a spoon, not the prettiest but no one will notice.

  25. I loved these cookies as a child. Even though they're not part of our healthy eating plan I don't think anyone would turn them down if I made them. I think I'll tempt someone.

  26. These are worth finding the kitchen in my house.
    Mallomars and Peeps, only the yellow ones, are included in my personal nutrition pyramid.

  27. I made these . .and have been requested to make them again. ..but using the whole marshmallow. I am not sure how that will really work but I'm going to give it a try to give my man the most marshmallow for his buck.

  28. OH WOW! I'm craving one of these now! I would sneak into the cupboard and steal one from the box when I thought my mom wasn't in the house. I'm sure she always knew...

    I need to put these ingredients on my grocery list so I can give this a try! Wow!!

  29. I made a double batch of these over the weekend- SO delicious! I blogged about them here:

  30. Betty,that looks so yummy,I really do have to try that!!

  31. These must be super healthy. After all, they have some whole wheat flour in them! Ido remember how much my dad loved the chocolate puffs. They were special for the whole family so we were not allowed to eat many at once, had to be rationed to go further.


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