Peppermint Marshmallows

Peppermint marshmallows! It’s time for marshmallows! Seriously. It’s time for hot cocoa and spiced lattes. The perfect top to these delicious hot treats? Whipped cream seems obvious, of course. But what about a big, pillowy peppermint marshmallow? Oh yes. And if you can’t find any in the store (or want something a little more special) than you’re in luck because here is a fool proof peppermint marshmallow recipe for you!

Peppermint marshmallows!Since making these over the weekend, I now have a huge ziplock bag of them sitting on my kitchen counter. I have plans to gift as many as possible. This morning I stared at the bag trying to decide if it was okay to add one of these to my morning coffee or not. I also think these would be amazing dipped in chocolate, like these. Then they’d be a great after dinner treat.

How to make peppermint marshmallowsPeppermint Marshmallows, makes around two dozen.

1 cup cold water
3 envelopes plain gelatin powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
a pinch of salt
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
red food coloring (optional)
1/3 cup powdered sugar

In the bowl of your stand mixer combine 1/2 cup of the water with the gelatin. Just pour the gelatin over the top of the water and let that sit while you do the next steps.

How to make peppermint marshmallows In a medium sized pot combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, sugar, corn syrup and salt over medium heat. Stir until dissolved. Turn the heat up and allow the mixture to reach 240°F. It is best to use a candy thermometer for this. Once the mixture reaches the desired temperature, remove from heat.

Turn your mixer (with the gelatin water) on low. If your mixer came with a splash guard, here’s a good time to use it. 🙂 Carefully pour the hot sugar mixture into the mixer while it’s running. Pour in the peppermint extract. Now turn the speed up to medium/high and beat for about 6 minutes until the batter looks white and fluffy, like marshmallow cream.

How to make peppermint marshmallows In an 8×8 square pan, spray a thin coat of nonstick cooking spray, then sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. Add a couple drops of red food coloring if using. Pour a thin layer of marshmallow cream over the bottom of the pan. Use the edge of a knife to swirl the food coloring around. Pour the remaining marshmallow cream in, add a couple more dots of red food coloring and use your knife to swirl again over the top. Now sprinkle on some powdered sugar, cover and allow to set overnight.

The next day, plop the marshmallows out onto a cutting board. Use a pizza cutter to slice into squares. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Peppermint marshmallows!

Here’s a quick video tutorial if you want to see exactly how to make homemade marshmallows:

These are truly delicious, so I highly recommend giving them a try. Also, if any of you know a good resource for finding a vegan-friendly alternative to gelatin, I’d love to hear it. I’ve been wanting to give vegan marshmallows a try for some time now. 🙂 Enjoy! xo. Emma

Peppermint Marshmallows

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cold water
  • 3 envelopes plain gelatin powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • red food coloring optional
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer combine 1/2 cup of the water with the gelatin. Just pour the gelatin over the top of the water and let that sit while you do the next steps.
  2. In a medium sized pot combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, sugar, corn syrup and salt over medium heat. Stir until dissolved. Turn the heat up and allow the mixture to reach 240°F. It is best to use a candy thermometer for this. Once the mixture reaches the desired temperature, remove from heat.
  3. Turn your mixer (with the gelatin water) on low. If your mixer came with a splash guard, here's a good time to use it. ? Carefully pour the hot sugar mixture into the mixer while it's running. Pour in the peppermint extract. Now turn the speed up to medium/high and beat for about 6 minutes until the batter looks white and fluffy, like marshmallow cream.
  4. In an 8×8 square pan, spray a thin coat of nonstick cooking spray, then sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. Add a couple drops of red food coloring if using. Pour a thin layer of marshmallow cream over the bottom of the pan. Use the edge of a knife to swirl the food coloring around. Pour the remaining marshmallow cream in, add a couple more dots of red food coloring and use your knife to swirl again over the top. Now sprinkle on some powdered sugar, cover and allow to set overnight.
  5. The next day, plop the marshmallows out onto a cutting board. Use a pizza cutter to slice into squares. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Credits // Author and Photography by: Emma Chapman

  • I had trouble with that too, but once I gave up on all cooking utensils and just yanked them out with my hands things went much smoother.

  • I just finished mine! They are so delicious, I filled a mason jar with them immediately and am giving them as a late Christmas/not-as-late New Years present! The more powdered sugar you use, the better. They won’t be nearly as sticky and will be easier to handle, pop out of the pan, and cut into cubes.

    Thanks for such a great recipe! xoxo

  • I just made these a couple days ago… My first time ever making marshmallows and it went pretty well. I also had trouble with the stickiness of the marshmallows after letting them set. They stuck to the pan REALLY bad but I was able to get it all out, even though they did not turn out in pretty squares like on ABM. I will have to try the corn starch idea next time. Any other thoughts on what to try?

    (They were delicious by the way!!!)

  • Hi Libby,

    It’s hard to say without looking at your batch. But, did you dust the entire pan with non stick cooking spray and then powdered sugar before pouring in the batter? I will usually go around the edges of the pan with a knife before removing the marshmallows the next day to a cutting board. And you sometimes have to give them some help on their way out, by gently pulling the marshmallows from the pan. But they should come out pretty easy and spring back into the pan shaped once you’ve pulled them.

    Hope that helps!
    -Emma

  • Mine are too sticky to come out of the pan. Any ideas on what I did wrong? I *thought* I followed the recipe, but they’re not budging out of that pan!

  • I’ve never made marshmallows before, but I am sooo making these. They’d be perfect for Christmas time!

  • This was my first attempt at making marshmallows and i thought it was ridiculously difficult! I ended up with a sticky mess and only got about half of the marshmallows actually out of the mixing bowl and into the pan. So frustrating! Where did I go wrong!?!

  • My marshmallows would not come close to “pouring”. Taste s good but VERY difficult to put in dish. Any suggestions as to where I went wrong?

  • Are they sitting out on the counter overnight or in the fridge? And whats diffent about a candy thermometer than a regular meat thermometer?

  • A replacement for Corn Syrup maybe Coconut Nectar. I have used this as substitute in many raw vegan dessert recipes 😉

  • Wow they look amazing! I need to try to make this! Only I’ll have to sit down first trying to convert your measurements into metric system as I live in Denmark. But anyway – can’t wait to get started <3

  • Hey! I’m from Italy and sadly we haven’t corn syrup.. What can I use? Maybe honey? And how do I replace the gelatin powder with the gelatin foils?
    Thank you!! 🙂
    Marta

  • These look amazing! I’ll have to make some soon. Thank you for sharing.
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  • I love your recipes and always want to make them, but they are a little inconvenient to use because of the format. It would be great if you could make a printable copy of each recipe!

  • Oh my! This looks soooo yummy! Feels very christmasy! 🙂

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  • I just made these as my first marshmallow attempt! They are AWESOME! Thank you so much for the recipe and inspiration, I”m making more in just a few minutes!

  • I start my Christmas baking yesterday, the kitchen was a mess anyway, so I just had to make marshmallows after see this recipe. Never made them before, it was so simple! They are delicious! They were a immediate family favorite.

    I think these would be a great Christmas gift for my grandparents. 🙂

  • Check out this site, no corn syrup! http://mennonitegirlscancook.blogspot.com/2010/marshmallows.html. I have made several batches and they were wonderful!

  • Weather could also be a factor if your marshmallows are a little sticky. Try making them on a day when the humidity isn’t up.

  • I love making marshmallows! Their surprisingly easy and wayyyyy better than the store-bought kind! The peppermint ones seem perfect for holidays and I love the red food coloring!

    xoxo
    Taylor

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  • Marshmallows are so on trend at the moment. And peppermint such a gorgeous Christmas-y spin on the theme. I know what I’m going to be having Christmas morning…

  • Just an FYI powdered sugar is simply cornstarch & sugar pulverized together.

    http://www.food.com/recipe/homemade-powdered-sugar-88812

  • Thanks for the link! I’m going to have to start making my own now!! I think you just have to have a little abundance of cornstarch in the mixture to maintain the integrity of the outside of the marshmallow. With just normal powdered sugar, often it soaks up the powdered sugar. That little extra kick of cornstarch in addition to what’s in the powdered sugar helps keep them from sticking.

  • YES… I am definitely going to try these. I help my daughter make a mocha instant coffee mix for her friends for gifts, and these would go nicely with that!

  • ^^ I think I might use this recipe http://www.inhabitots.com/how-to-make-homemade-vegan-marshmallows/
    if I can get my hands on corn syrup, that is.

  • These turned out great! However, my family thinks the flavor was a bit strong–almost medicinal. Next time I think I’ll cut the peppermint extract in half. Thank you for the great recipe. They are very pretty too!

  • If you are using a non stick style of pan generously sprinkling with powdered sugar should do the trick. You can also spray on a light coat of non stick cooking spray before dusting with powdered sugar for extra security. 🙂 Good luck!
    -Emma

  • This looks amazing! I was thinking of making Candy Cane hot chocolate but this looks even better 🙂

  • Do i need to grease the pan or put down parchment paper before pouring in the marshmallow cream in it?

  • yumm – I’d love to make these for my coworkers for the holidays! great idea!

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  • I have been under the impression that making homemade marshmallows is way to hard, but you’ve inspired me to give them a try!

  • Such a great idea! Peppermint marshmallows are so expensive at the cookware shops around but so delicious! Cannot wait to give these a try! – Leith
    http://outsidelanddiaires.blogspot.com

  • These look delicious! I’ve always wanted to make them, but never had the guts to whip up hot sticky sugar in a bowl.

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  • Yummm these look SO good! I love marshmallow… how would lemon marshmallow taste? Sounds too risky!
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

  • You have to add in a bit of cornstarch. 2/3 cups powdered sugar and 1/3 cup cornstarch. They won’t be sticky at all!! ?

  • My husband would love these! He’s obsessed with peppermint. I buy him his own box of mini candy canes every winter. These would be a really cute gift!

  • Love this idea!!!! And I’m a big hot coco fan but where the heck do I get a candy thermometer????
    Looks incredibly yummy!!! Drool
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  • Oh this is so so cute! Definitely want to give homemade marshmallows a try!

    xo, Juliette Laura
    http://juliettelaura.blogspot.com

  • They’re so beautiful with the red food colouring. I would be seriously tempted to make a candy cane coloured red and green mix!

  • No way! This looks so delicious. I particularly love the swirl through it.

    Christine

  • I was thinking the same thing—to give a little bag of these along with a jar of hot-chocolate!

  • Oh dear God, these are BEAUTIFUL! Definitely making them for my holiday party next week 🙂

  • WOAH I NEVER KNEW YOU COULD MAKE MARSHMALLOWS!

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  • I love making marshmallows! They’re not nearly as complicated as people seem to think and soo much better than the mass-produced ones you can get in the shops. Thanks for reminding me to make some for the holidays 🙂

  • These are delightful! What a marvelous idea! And they’re so darn pretty! 🙂

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  • So could I just use a hand mixer instead of a stand mixer…I am lacking that glorious device. And sorry if you have already answered that question…I am at work and just taking a moment to glance.

  • What a great idea! who doesn’t love hot chocolate and marshmallows? 🙂

  • omg these look amazing!! I need these in my hot chocolate asap! : )

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  • I’ve always wanted to try making marshmallows. These look so delicious, I might have to do it! Thank you for another great post.

  • Holy moly, these sound amazing- beautiful, too! I love homemade marshmallows. These would be dangerous for me to make!

    -Becca
    http://ladyfaceblog.blogspot.com

  • I’ve had good luck with letting them sit longer, a day or more, and then rolling in the powdered sugar. also, thicker marshmallows cut into cubes a little easier for me as well.

    I did this last year with peppermint, and then did another batch with vanilla bean and gifted with jars of cocoa, people loved them and it was so easy! Two batches of marshmallows was enough for all of the smaller gifts that I needed to give, plus leftovers for me!

  • Oh my gosh these are rad!! Would love to hand these out to friends for the holiday, thanks guys! <3 xoxo
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  • I’ve asked for a sugar thermometer for Christmas so I can finally learn how to make marshmallows… my favourite sweet treat 🙂

  • The red swirl makes them look so pretty! I don’t think I’ve ever tried peppermint marshmallows, but I do love hot chocolate with a peppermint kick. homemade is always better than store bought.

    M.

  • According to the internet, this is THE vegan marshmallow recipe! http://veganmarshmallows.blogspot.com/2009/04/vegan-marshmallow-recipe.html

  • These marshmallows sound amazing!! Do you know for how long I can store them? xx

  • These sound so good and perfect for hot chocolate! So yummy.
    Carlee
    http://thelittlesloth.blogspot.com/

  • They look fantastic! I made blue ones once, think I have to try this as well. 🙂

  • I use agar-agar for vegan versions of jello, marshmallows, and gummy candy. The only thing to keep in mind (especially with jello), is that agar-agar is a little denser when it sets so you won’t get the jiggly jello thing going on. These peppermint mallows look Ah-Mazing though. I’ll def be giving them a try :)…vegan of course!

  • I’m thinking about attempting marshmallows for the first time this holiday.
    Also, Mary Janes Farm sells a vegan gelatin alternative called ChillOver Powder.
    It’s made with a sea vegetable.

  • Such a great idea! Delicious and looks so beautiful too!
    Wanna try it! X

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  • Such beautiful pictures! I’m craving a peppermint hot chocolate now, yum 🙂

    I would love to see a vegan marshmallow recipe, yet all the recipes I have seen use carrageenan as a substitute for the gelatin. With a simple google search many studies come up questioning the safety of this ingredient. Can’t wait to see if anyone finds another alternative!

  • I’ve never made marshmallows before but these look great.

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  • I LOVE making homemade marshmallows at this time of year, but even when I cover them in powdered sugar they remain super sticky instead of being coated on the outside like store bought marshmallows. Or, they end up tearing and coming out ugly shapes when I try to cut them. It’s fine, but messy. Any suggestions for preventing either or both of these from happening?

  • These would make a great Christmas gift – put in a mason jar with a pretty ribbon and you’re set!

  • For a vegan version, you might be able to substitute agar-agar or carageenan for the gelatin. I’m going to have to try that since I am vegan and these look amaaazing!

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