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Shaggy Dogs – Marshmallows are coated in chocolate and rolled in coconut in this easy candy recipe.

Shaggy Dogs - Marshmallows are coated in chocolate and rolled in coconut in this easy candy recipe.

Originally posted December 14, 2007 – I have wanted to remake this candy recipe forever, and what better time than the Christmas season? These Shaggy Dogs are a little bit messy to make, but they really are super easy. If you are wanting to try your hand at making some candy this year but you are a little intimidated, these candies are a good start. Just be ready to get your hands a little bit messy! These would make another great addition to any holiday plate!

Shaggy Dogs - Marshmallows are coated in chocolate and rolled in coconut in this easy candy recipe.

I had every intention to post this yesterday, but things got too busy. Oh well…

I can’t believe this is my first post of the month for my Cookbook of the Month – Candymaking. December is such a busy month. I see all of the wonderful cookies and holiday treats on everyone’s blogs, and I feel like I am so far behind!! So instead of one recipe from my cookbook, I’ll tell you about 3!!

I’m a bit intimidated by candymaking. So I started with what I thought would be 3 foolproof recipes. We’ll start with the fudgels. Fudgels – according to Ruth Kendrick and Pauline Atkinson, are a mix between fudge and truffles. I decided to try the brown sugar fudgels, since the heading says that they are a family favorite. A combination of vanilla-flavored compound coating, brown sugar, evaporated milk, butter, marshmallows and vanilla make up these confections. I was really excited to try these because I love fudge and I love truffles, but unfortunately, these were my least favorite of the 3 recipes I tried. I’m not sure if it was the brand of compound coating I bought, but these were extremely sweet. One small square was more than enough. I think the thing that disappointed me most about them was that they were not smooth and creamy. They were a bit dry. If you could get past the sweetness and texture, the taste was actually quite nice. And as far as candy goes, they were very easy to put together – no thermometer or long cooking times required. I may play around with this one a bit – try out some different compound coatings and such to see if I can get a less sweet, smoother candy.

Next up were the caramels. These would have been my favorite, but user error put them second best to me. These are called 30-minute caramels – they are a short cut caramel. Caramels are my favorite homemade candy, and there are several versions in this book that I’d like to try, but I made these all on a week night, and time was a bit short. These caramels use brown sugar, which deepens the color and taste faster, so you don’t have to cook them as long. You are supposed to cook these until they are 240F, but I think that my thermometer must be wrong. I cooked these for about 40 minutes (when they are only supposed to take 30 minutes) and I was still 4 or 5 degrees below where I was supposed to be. I gave up and poured them into my dish. In the morning, when I went to cut them, they were quite hard and very difficult to cut. Now I’m thinking I should have stopped them even further below where I did. I really should get a new thermometer, I guess!! These taste just as good as any long cooking caramel. You had to soften these a bit before you could chew through them, but that didn’t stop us from eating far too many!! I just ended up cutting them into bite sized pieces, and although a bit hard, they are delicious!!

Last, but certainly not least, are a candy recipe called Shaggy Dogs. I actually made these by mistake. I saw a picture in the book, and there were 3 candies featured. I thought one of them looked really good, and not really paying attention, I read the caption and guessed that they were the Shaggy Dogs. Well, when I got home with my ingredients, I realized that the ones I actually wanted to make were a different one in the picture!! Well, my mistake was worth it because these were my favorite of the bunch. They were the hardest to work with, but they were eaten up the quickest! You make a chocolate mixture and then add in marshmallows. After letting the mixture cool, you are supposed to make it into logs that are coated in coconut, chilled, and then cut into pieces. Maybe I didn’t let the mixture cool long enough (I am impatient, after all) and forming the logs was a bit messy. It worked out though. I took a plate of the candy to work, and the Shaggy Dogs were the first off the plate. I’ll definitely remember this recipe!!

Shaggy Dogs - This candy recipe has chocolate, marshmallows and coconut in slices that are perfect for gift giving.

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Shaggy Dogs Candy Recipe
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Marshmallows are coated in chocolate and rolled in coconut in this easy candy recipe.
Serves: 48 pieces
  • ½ cup butter
  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 10 oz miniature marshmallows
  • 2 cups sweetened coconut
  1. Combine the butter and chocolate chips in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the chocolate and butter are both melted and the mixture is smooth.
  2. Turn off the heat and then very slowly, whisking continuously, pour in the eggs. Continue to whisk until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar, ¼ cup at a time, until completely incorporated and smooth. Stir in the marshmallows. Refrigerate the mixture until it starts to set up.
  3. Lay down a piece of parchment paper or wax paper. Sprinkle the coconut over the top. Divide the chocolate/marshmallow mixture into 3 equal portions. Working with one portion at a time, place the mixture on the coconut and form it into a log, about 1½" thick and 8 inches long. I found that it was easiest to do with greased hands. Roll the log over the coconut, pressing the coconut into the sides to adhere. Transfer the coconut covered log to a piece of plastic wrap and wrap tightly. Repeat with the 2 remaining portions.
  4. Refrigerate the candy until set up, at least a couple of hours, and up to 3 weeks. When ready to serve, unwrap the log and cut it into ½-inch slices.
total time does not include chilling time.

The logs can be made up to 3 weeks in advance and refrigerated, but don't cut the candy into slices until ready to serve as they will start to dry out.

adapted from Candymaking.


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37 Responses to Shaggy Dogs Candy Recipe

  1. Bellini Valli says:

    Things are looking good around the Taste & Tell household!!!

  2. Brilynn says:

    I need to get a new thermometer as well, and then I need to make caramels!

  3. glamah16 says:

    It’s so great to see you making candies. Hard work ,but so worth the effort.Cant wait to see some more.

  4. Abby says:

    I love to make candy, but it’s totally trial and error for me – more error! I love a challenge.

    Your caramels look store-bought! V. professional.

  5. Katy says:

    they look great! i’ve made fudge, but not caramels. i love them though — definitely on my to-do list!

  6. Gigi says:

    wow! Delicious looking candy! I can’t wait to see more delicious candies!

  7. Emiline says:

    It’s too bad about your fudge and caramels. I need to buy a new thermometer, too. Last time I tried to make candy, I had bad lucky. My peanut brittle was soft.

    I’m glad the shaggy dogs turned out! I’ve never heard of them, but they look really good. I love coconut.

  8. eatme_delicious says:

    Those shaggy dogs look amazing! There’s this “rocky road square” that I love from a coffee place here that has marshmallows and nuts in chocolate. I don’t love the nut part of it so this recipe looks perfect! I can’t wait to try it. Those caramels look really delicious too.

  9. Paz says:

    Oh, wow! Very impressive and delicious-looking! Great job. Thanks for stopping by my blog.


  10. Kevin says:

    The Shaggy Dogs look delicious. Chocolate, marshmallows and coconut…mmm…

  11. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    Yum Deborah! They look great! I’m inpatient too.

  12. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    Yum Deborah! They look great! I’m inpatient too.

  13. Tracy says:

    Well, your caramels LOOK delicious. That’s too bad they didn’t turn out right. I hate it when that happens.

  14. Dhanggit says:

    i feel like im going to have diabetes with all these goodies..yummy!!a real feast of the eyes..i havent tried candy making yet..not even one time..i agree with abby these candies look store-brought..really you have a touch of a “pro”

  15. April says:

    They all look beautiful. Sorry that the caramels didn’t turn out. I can’t wait to see what else your make from the book.

  16. Lynnylu says:

    Great job making candy! The caramels look perfectly beautiful.

  17. Happy cook says:

    Wow they just looks delicious. I love them. But i have never ate home made ones. 🙁

  18. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Well, Deb, this is some delicious mistake, I can tell! 🙂

  19. chronicler says:

    Oh wow! Those Shaggy Dogs look good! I will have to add them to the repertoire!

  20. Carla says:

    Your candy looks so delicious!

  21. Melanie says:

    These are one of my favorites! My grandmother used to make them:) She used multicolored marshmallows when she could find them and they looked so festive.

  22. Linda says:

    I used to make a recipe similar to the Shaggy dogs, it used the colored marshmallows. They were called Cathedral Windows, they were very pretty. I am sure you could substitute the colored marshmallows here for the extra color for Christmas. Thanks for all your hard work and great recipes.

  23. I have never heard of shaggy dogs before and I’m so happy you posted these! So many of my favorite things in one candy bite. Pinned 🙂

  24. MMMMmmmm! These are so awesome! I can’t believe I’ve never heard of shaggy dogs!

  25. I have never heard of this, but man it sounds delicious!!! 🙂

  26. Joanna says:

    can you substitute with dark chocolate?

  27. Chels R. says:

    I have never heard of these before but I just love this idea! So so much fun!

  28. Emily says:

    These look so yummy! I must try them!

  29. Lawnrence @justpressurecooker says:

    Those Shaggy Dogs look good! I will have to add them to the repertoire! Thank you for sharing!

  30. Lily says:

    They look fabulous but I’m a little concerned about the raw and uncooked egg. Your thoughts.

    • Deborah says:

      The eggs are actually whisked into the hot chocolate mixture, which cooks the eggs, so you don’t need to worry about raw egg.

  31. Tricia says:

    My grandmother created this recipe. This dates back to WWII. She won $50 from a magazine for the creation. We still have the letter she received congratulating her. I love seeing people post this. Reminds me of her and all of the time I spent in her kitchen. She used colored marshmallows to mimic the windows in a church, that’s how they got their name.

  32. Jess says:

    These remind me a bit of my famous Grandmama’s cookies she would make every Christmas. They are called cathedral cookies. Yum! Thanks for the post, I love the idea of coconut!

  33. Megan says:

    Is the heat still on when you add the eggs and sugar?

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