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

Yield: ~3 dozen


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.

Recipe adapted from Alton Brown

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12 Responses to “Peppermint White Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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    Mandy — January 8, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Oo those look amazing! I haven’t been to your website in awhile. I love the new look! I actually said Mmmmmm out loud as I clicked on the link. LOL

    • beantownbaker — January 8th, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

      Welcome back! Glad you enjoy the new look. These cookies are definitely MMMmmm! In fact, I brought one in my lunch today 🙂

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    Mandy — January 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I just subscribed by email. I use your recipes all of the time!

    • beantownbaker — January 8th, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

      What a great idea. I always forget about that feature 🙂

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    Sues — January 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I can’t get enough peppermint, even after the holidays! I make a similar cookie, but love that you added white chocolate in for these 🙂

    • beantownbaker — January 8th, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

      Peppermint is definitely one of my favorite flavors. I loved the candy pieces that were on the edges of these cookies and got all crispy!

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    Megan — January 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I didn’t get to decorate the house or get a tree… I have a feeling I may go overboard next Christmas. Hope you guys are settling in!

    • beantownbaker — January 8th, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

      I already got Hubby agree to two trees next year! hope the new house is going well for you guys.

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    Katie B. — January 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Kind of sad that I have to wait another 9-10 months before it becomes socially acceptable to make these….

    • beantownbaker — January 8th, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

      It’s still winter, so it’s definitely still acceptable in my book!

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    Shannon — January 9, 2013 at 8:40 am

    great tip on the candy canes! what a fabulous way to break in the new oven 🙂

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    Vera Zecevic-Cupcakes Garden — January 27, 2013 at 9:54 am

    These cookies look so yummy, what a great idea with candy canes

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