Chocolate, orange and marshmallow shortbread

Jameela Jamil's star-shaped shortbreads are filled with marshmallow for a moreish treat. Hopefully it tops the bake-off charts!

Equipment and preparation: For this recipe you will need a chef's blowtorch and a star-shaped cookie cutter.

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For the shortbread

For the marshmallow filling

  • 180g/6¼oz granulated sugar
  • 170ml/5¾fl oz liquid glucose
  • pinch fine salt
  • 2 large free-range egg whites
  • 1½ tsp vanilla bean paste

To decorate


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/170C Fan/Gas 4. Grease two baking trays and line with parchment.

  2. Put the butter, orange zest and orange blossom water in a free-standing mixer and mix until soft. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add the flour and bring the mixture together with your hands.

  3. Generously flour a work surface and roll the dough to 5mm/¼in thick. Use a cutter to cut out 48 star shapes. Use a palette knife to transfer the shortbread to the prepared baking trays. Prick each star with a fork and place in the fridge for 15 minutes.

  4. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

  5. For the marshmallow filling, put the sugar, liquid glucose, salt and 2½ tablespoons water in a small, heavy bottomed saucepan. Place over a high heat and stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Use a sugar thermometer to monitor the temperature, once it has reached 115C remove from the heat (CAUTION: boiling sugar is extremely hot. Handle very carefully).

  6. Whisk the egg whites and vanilla bean paste in a free-standing mixer until they form soft peaks. With the whisk going, add 2 tablespoons of the sugar syrup. Gradually add the rest of the syrup and continue to beat for about 5 minutes, or until a stiff consistency is achieved. Pour into a piping bag and place in the fridge.

  7. Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the bowl doesn't touch the water, then set aside to cool.

  8. To assemble, pipe the marshmallow into the middle of a shortbread and use a blowtorch to brown. Gently place another shortbread on top to make a sandwich. Repeat this process with the remaining shortbread and marshmallow to make 24 sandwiches.

  9. Using a fork, drizzle chocolate over each sandwich in lines. Leave to cool.

How-to videos

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Melting chocolate

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Whisking egg whites