Flødeboller (Danish Marshmallow Puffs)


Last night I went to dinner at my friend Ida’s house, and I wanted to bring a dessert that looks pretty but that we could all eat with our hands without any big fuss. So I decided to make Danish flødeboller!

Flødeboller are Danish marshmallow puffs made with baked marzipan cookies topped with whipped vanilla egg whites and dipped in chocolate. You can also decorate them with coconut flakes, freeze dried berries, or whatever else you like. Flødeboller, also called Danish dream puffs, are one of those desserts that look a lot more impressive than they really are. They’re actually quite easy to make, once you get the hang of dipping them in chocolate – and I have some tips to help you with that.

Danish flødeboller, marshmallow puffs with marzipan base


These days you’ll see flødeboller with all sorts of different cookie bases, but in Denmark they’re usually made with marzipan. If you don’t like marzipan, or want something easier, you can use cookies instead. One of my friends is allergic to nuts, so I made a few flødeboller with oreo cookie bases instead. I simply separated the oreos and removed the cream filling before piping on the egg white filling.

I like to keep the cookie bases fairly small, as the flødeboller are easier to dunk in chocolate when they’re on on the smaller side. I use a champagne flute to cut the marzipan into circles.

I then bake the marzipan cookies for a few minutes so they harden a bit, which makes them a stronger base for the flødeboller. If the marzipan spreads at all during baking, you can use the glass to once again cut out the center of the cookie, but of course that’s totally optional – I like to do it to keep the circles perfectly round.

cutting marzipan flødeboller bases

I like to add seeds from a vanilla pod to the syrup mixture to give the flødeboller filling a nice vanilla flavor, but that is entirely optional. You can also experiment with adding other flavors if you like!

boiling syrup for flødeboller

I always whip egg whites in a glass bowl, as plastic bowls can hold onto fats, which keep the egg whites from stiffening. You also want to be incredibly careful not to let any egg yolk in the egg whites, as that will also soften them.

Add the boiling syrup very slowly. I had a little bit at a time, continuing to whisk constantly. At the end you should be able to flip the bowl upside down without the egg whites moving.

whipping egg whites for flødeboller

You can use a piping bag to pipe the egg whites onto the cookie bases, or if you don’t have a piping bag, simply cut a hole in the corner of a plastic bag. I think the egg whites look prettiest when piped with a round tip, but you can experiment if you like.

If this is your first time making flødeboller, I recommend starting with just a little bit of egg white mixture on each cookie, as they do get harder to coat in chocolate the more egg whites you add.

It’s very important that you let the flødeboller sit for an hour at room temperature before dipping them in chocolate. This allows the egg whites to harden a bit and stick to the cookie bases, which makes them a lot easier to dip in chocolate.

piping flødeboller cream

I coat my flødeboller in dark chocolate, but you can use white or milk chocolate, if you prefer.

dronning sjokolade and white chocolate

Pour the melted chocolate into a glass or mug that is wide enough to fit the flødeboller, but narrow enough that the chocolate is deep for dipping.

dipping flødeboller in chocolate

To coat the flødeboller in chocolate, I hold onto the edges of the cookie base and then dunk the egg whites right up to the cookie, so that the egg whites are fully coated. Then I let the chocolate drip off for a second or two (but not longer! ) and then I quickly flip them back up and set them on my baking mat to harden. This works best if you move quickly.

If the dipping chocolate starts to harden, you can pop it in the microwave for a few seconds so that it’s thin enough for dipping.

If you’re struggling with the dipping, you could instead use a spoon and brush to drip chocolate over the flødeboller instead. It won’t look as smooth as when you dip it, but it’s easier. You can do this over a wire rack and place a bowl beneath the flødeboller to catch the excess chocolate.

dipping flødeboller in chocolate

Wait until the chocolate has set for a few minutes before sprinkling any topping, so that the topping doesn’t sink too much into the chocolate.

danish flødeboller

Store the flødeboller in the fridge.

Danish flødeboller, marshmallow puffs with marzipan base

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Danish flødeboller, marshmallow puffs with marzipan base

Flødeboller (Danish Marshmallow Puffs)

Flødeboller are Danish marshmallow puffs made with baked marzipan cookies topped with whipped vanilla egg whites dipped in chocolate.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Danish
Keyword: chocolate, cookies, marzipan
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 30
Author: Silvia


  • Rolling Pin
  • electric hand mixer
  • piping bag with round tip (or plastic bag with the tip cut off)


  • 10 oz marzipan (or 30 cookie bases)
  • 5 oz egg whites (from about 5 medium eggs)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 11 oz dark chocolate


  • coconut flakes, freeze dried raspberries, etc. (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 345°F (175°C).
  • Roll out the marzipan to about 1/4 inch thick. Use a small glass or round cookie cutter to cut about 30 circles. Bake for 4 – 5 minutes. Optional: if the cookies have spread out during baking, you can use the glass to cut the center out again after they are baked.
  • Whisk the egg whites until stiff.
  • Add the sugar and water to a saucepan. Scrape out the seeds from the vanilla pod and add to the mixture. Bring the mixture to a boil and let boil for two minutes.
  • Slowly add the boiling syrup to the egg whites while whisking constantly. Continue whisking for about ten minutes, until the egg whites are stiff and retain their shape when you flip the bowl upside down.
  • Pipe the egg white mixture onto the cookie bases. Let the cookies set at room temperature for about one hour.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a saucepan. Add 2/3 of the dark chocolate and heat until melted. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the rest of the chocolate, stirring until it's all melted. Pour the chocolate into a glass or mug.
  • Carefully dip the egg white portion of each cookie into the chocolate, holding onto the cookie base. Let the excess chocolate drip off and then quickly flip the cookie upright and set on a baking mat or baking paper to harden.
  • Optional: after the chocolate has set for a couple of minutes you can sprinkle the tops with coconut flakes, freeze dried berries, etc.


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