Monday, September 14, 2009

Marshmallow Muffins

Today a friend of ours is celebrating the birthday of her son, James, who died at birth. James touched the lives of his family very deeply and they are forever changed. James taught his family to remember how precious life is and enjoy each and every moment of it. James has also touched me. I can’t stop thinking about him and how wonderful it is that he is giving the gift of inspiration and endless love to so many. Many people live for decades and never touch anyone the way James has. I am inspired by him and by the strength and grace of his family.

As I spend my day thinking about them. I wonder what balloons his brothers and sister will pick to give to him today and I wish that I could find some small way to let his mom know that I’m thinking about them. The only thing that I could come up with is to bake a small treat for them. I will see his mom at the gym in the morning and I don’t want to burden her with refrigeration or a big messy cake so I’m going with Marshmallow Muffins. They can be packaged neatly and transported without a mess.

With that I leave you with this recipe and a BIG Happy Birthday James!

Marshmallow Muffins

From “Chocolate” cookbook


  • 5 tbsp Butter
  • 2 Cups All-purpose Flour
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened Cocoa
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 6 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/ C Milk Chocolate Chips
  • ¼ C mini Marshmallows
  • 1 egg, Beaten
  • 1 ¼ c Milk


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Line a 12-cup muffin pan with papers.
  • Melt Butter in a saucepan, I use the microwave.
  • Sift flour, cocoa, and baking powder together in a large bowl.
  • Stir in sugar, chocolate chips and marshmallows until thoroughly mixed.
  • Whisk the egg; milk and melted butter together in a separate bowl then gently stir into the flour to form a stiff batter.
  • Divide the batter evenly among the lined muffin tin.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until well risen.
  • Cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan then allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.


Velva said...

James would have loved his marshmallow muffins. A powerful reminder about life. Thanks,

Cheryl said...

You are a very thoughtful person, most folks would not think twice about such a thing. congrats on being you!

Martha said...

These look yummy!

Palidor said...

The muffins look awesome. That is so sweet of you. James' memory will always live on in so many people's hearts.

Debbie said...

Oh what a touching post....I'm sure your friend will be so moved that you made these for her on her son's birthday. They look great. Love the addition of the marshmallows!

Grace said...

i wasn't prepared for a tear-jerker post this morning! these muffins make a lovely gesture, and it's really about time that marshmallows were used in something other than s'mores and rice krispie treats!

Elra said...

Oh my, what a wonderful idea! I bet it tastes delicious.

Talita said...

Your marshmallow muffins look so yummy!

Suzie said...

What a kind friend you are. I think it is so important to honour milestones like this.

Linda said...

I like these little marshmallow treats. What a good friend you are to make these for someone who needed a pick me up.

You asked about the canola mayo
It is really good...I can't tell the difference! And it is healthier. It is much better than the Lite Mayo

Karine said...

Such a touching story.. it must be so hard to lose a baby at birth...

You are a wonderful friend!

Claudia said...

Thank-you for celebrating James life however short. Everyone deserves a celebration. Lovely.

Rowena... said...

Always difficult to lose a loved one, but a child is even more heartbreaking. You are a wonderful friend to do something so thoughtful in memory of James.

Barbara said...

What a wonderful, thoughtful idea! And, need I say, delicious!

Leslie said...

What a sweet way to honor James' memory. These look delicious and, yes, very practical. You're such a thoughtful friend!

Shelly W said...

That's so sad :(. What a great way to honor his life by celebrating his birthday. I bet James would've loved these muffins.

BMK said...

These look so delicious! What could be better than a smore muffin! I'm sorry for your friend's loss. Your blog post and muffins were a wonderful way to remember a special life.