Saturday, November 3, 2012

magic marshmallow puff

Oooh, y’all this is a special, special treat.

Have y’all heard of the Pillsbury bake-off?

This convenient little contest began in 1949 with a “meager” prize of just $25,000. Today, bakers can earn one million dollars for their blue ribbon recipe. That’s right – you could be the owner of a million dollar pie recipe.

Oh, my hands are sweating already. Somehow, every year I am reminded of the contest, I look it up online, and I’ve always just missed it. I suppose I could enter it in my phone for next year…. but that would take remembering.

Well, sigh, I guess I’ll do it now as I’m writing this recipe… oh look, all the Pillsbury information is about this year’s winner, and this year’s finalist, and this year’s crazy odd-ball recipes! Nowhere on the site does it talk about next year’s contest!

Will one of you remind me sometime next summer and I’ll check back, maybe that’s when the deadline is.

Anyhow… I love scouring through all the old recipes. I mean the really old-timey recipes. I love seeing the recipes from the fifties and sixties.

I know, I know, I hear you out there, “Recipes from the fifties are not old-timey!”

I just think they are so cool! Reading through old recipes are literally like taking a step back in time, seeing what fads and trends were popular back then.

So, I found the perfect recipe. It’s perfect for kids. I made it with my best friend’s children as a trial. Over Christmas, I’m going to make it with my little nephews.

The recipe is called Magic Marshmallow Puffs; it’s a crescent roll with a disappearing marshmallow. I just KNOW they are going to be fascinated when the marshmallow is magically gone, my previous two little taste testers thought it was amazing!

I’ve also seen this recipe on Pinterest; some parents use this recipe to teach about Jesus rising from his tomb on Easter. I can’t wait that long, so we’ll use it for Christmas. So, to Ms. Edna Walker thank you for your 1969 Grand Prize $25,000 winning recipe. If you’re still out there, children everywhere are wide-eyed and jaws dropped.

Alrighty, I suppose I should share the recipe now, huh?


So simple. Melt some butter, and roll around a marshmallow in it.

Then coat it in you cinnamon sugar mixture. Here, if you wanted, you could add some brown sugar, a little bit of nutmeg, or even pumpkin spice seasoning.

Then just place it in the middle of one crescent triangle!

And roll it up. Here you need to be careful to seal all openings!

Really pinch those ends closed, otherwise the marshmallow will melt and spill out the sides of your roll.

And then you’ve gone and ruined the whole surprise. I may or may not have not  have done this to half my rolls. Don’t be like me.

Oh look, I had an apple! I threw an apple slice with half the rolls. BEST apple pie roll-up EV-AH!!

Plus, my best friend hates marshmallows (I KNOW, WHAT??), so I had to put an apple in there to explain the “magic”.

Personally, I like them without the apples, because I don’t like apple pie (I KNOW, WHAT??).


Place them all in an 8×8 pan, or muffin tins, and bake until golden!

So this picture of course is a puff with an apple slice. The ones with just a marshmallow are just as “tall”, so it’s hard to gauge which is which when cutting into them.

Plus, they’re SOOO good for breakfast y’all. They’re not too sweet, and the marshmallow gives it a soft, chewy texture. What other ideas do y’all have for variations? SHARE

OH YEAH! Don’t cut into them until they are cool; as soon as you take them out, the marshmallows will be ALL PUFFED UP, and as they cool, they’ll shrink down and disappear! If you cut into them too soon, you’ll just squash everything, and have squashed magic marshmallow puffs.

Which really aren’t “puffs” at all.

I digress.

(I know this because the “unsealed” puffs gave me a sneak peek into the disappearing process. *hehee*)

~Peace, Love, and Marshmallow Puffs y’all.

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Magic Marshmallow Puff

Yield: 8 rolls


1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 can crescent rolls, 8 count
8 large marshmallows
1 apple, sliced


In a small bowl, melt the butter. Set aside. In another small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon. Lay out the crescent rolls and separate into 8 triangles. Roll each marshmallow in the butter, then the sugar. Place at the large end of the triangle, and roll up, making sure to seal all edges. If you wish, add a butter and sugar coated apple slice to the triangle as well. Place all rolls in an 8x8 pan, or muffin tins, and bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden. Let cool before cutting to allow time for the marshmallows to disappear!

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5 Responses to “magic marshmallow puff”

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    cjmsheng — November 3, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

    What would YOU do with a million bucks?

    • katieb replied: — November 4th, 2012 @ 7:26 am

      Haha, invest and retire. Go to thailand. Have a cookbook/show/kid’s cooking lessons. You?

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    Haley — November 3, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

    These are cool! I bet the apples taste so good once they have all of that gooey marshmallow soaked into it *drooling*. I know what you mean about looking through older cookbooks/recipes. I was looking at Dusty’s 80 year old grandmothers Scandinvian recipes and I was like “I WANT!” the entire time! lol.

    • katieb replied: — November 4th, 2012 @ 7:27 am

      You are so wonderful 🙂 That is exactly what happened and it was GOOD. Like Martha Stewart, “it’s a good thing.” ha

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    The Hill Country Cook » roasted chicken crescent bake — December 3, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    […] like my marshmallow puffs, and my cinnamon roll-ups, they’re so […]

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