Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

I've been a marshmallow making machine since I first crossed that bridge a couple months ago. Hubby loves them and they're seriously SO EASY to make. If you haven't made marshmallows yet, there is no better time than right now.

I used the same recipe I always use, but swapped out the vanilla for some peppermint extract. I also added a few drops of red food coloring to swirl into the marshmallows for a fun candy-cane look. Then I bagged these up to give in our gift bags with our hot cocoa mix.

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Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows - adapted from Alton Brown - makes ~9 dozen
Printable Recipe
3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup ice cold water, divided
12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 tsp kosher salt
3/4 tsp peppermint extract
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
Nonstick spray
4-5 drops red food coloring
Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment standing by.

In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.

Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the peppermint extract during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows.
Combine the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.

When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Drop red food coloring onto marshmallows and use a toothpick to swirl the food coloring into the marshmallows. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza wheel dusted with the confectioners' sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

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Megan said...

I love the red swirl in these. They look so festive! Homemade marshmallows are seriously so much better than store-bought.

Jen said...

Completely agree Megan. And the best part is they melt and get all gooey in the hot chocolate!

Meesh said...

gorgeous! and so festive. what a great idea.

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

These are awesome! I'm sure your friends and family will love this thoughtful gift!

Daisy said...

these are the prettiest marshmellows I have ever seen. you could make them for every winter season (throw some sparkles in for news years, green for st pattys. pastels for easter!) oh the possibilities.

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel said...

So pretty! I hear people talk about how easy it is to make homemade marshmallows all of the time - I've really got to make some.

dana said...

Peppermint marshmallows? I think this is the first time I am hearing about it. Anyway it sounds fun and looks yummy.

Blog is the New Black said...

Looks great!

Evan @swEEts said...

I bought all the ingredients for marshmallows but haven't made them yet.. this peppermint variety sounds awesome though!

kitchenmisfit said...

I really need to get off my butt and make some homemade marshmallows! No excuses!


LimeCake said...

These are so darned pretty, and festive! Happy holidays!

SomeSojourns said...

holy clever. these look so yummy.

Anne @thefitbridesmaid said...

Those look so professional. It's amazing what a little red food coloring can do.

Caroline said...

These are beautiful! I have made marshmallows a few times, and only once have I had a problem with them.. I put them into an airtight container and came back about an hour later to find that they had been - at least what it looked like to me - weeping. I'm not sure what happened, I dusted them with powdered sugar after cutting, and thought I did everyting right. I was curious if anything like that has that happened to you before? These marshmallows look like perfection!

Dina said...

those would be great in a cup of hot cocoa!

Ashley said...

Jen...these are GORGEOUS!! I keep meaning to try my hand at marshmallow making. These look divine!

Jen said...


I have never had that problem myself. It sounds like there may have been a lot of humidity in the air? Was it during the summer? I haven't made marshmallows during the summer yet, but that's the first thing that pops to mind.

Stef at TooMuchToDoSoLittleTime.com said...

I found your site from Pioneer Woman's Group 3 photography assignment. Congrats on being selected!!

I love the photo and am looking forward to trying your marshmallow recipe.

I'm looking forward to looking at your other posts, too. ;)

Stef at TooMuchToDoSoLittleTime.com


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