This Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows recipe is a amazing in a cup of hot chocolate, given as a homemade food gift, or even just for snacking. I’m sharing my recipe, plus even more holiday party treats that you’ll want to make this Christmas.
Peppermint is my favorite Christmas flavor and marshmallows are one of my favorite candies to make. Needless to say, it was only a matter of time before peppermint marshmallows would be making an appearance. A couple weeks ago, I did exactly that — I made batch…and the result was even better than what I expected.
Homemade peppermint marshmallows are so perfect for adding to hot chocolate, or even just for snacking on. I love to give homemade food gifts, and marshmallows make a great gift to give. My gift recipients are always amazed that I can make homemade marshmallows.
If you’ve never made marshmallows, I encourage you to give them a try. I find if so satisfying to make a batch and the flavor is superior that buying a bag at the store. That’s not to say I never buy a bag of marshmallows — I do — but for special occasions, homemade marshmallows are a must and you won’t be disappointed.
Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows Recipe
Here’s the full recipe, ready for you to print. If you aren’t ready for it yet, be sure to save to your Christmas board on Pinterest for safekeeping!
- ½ cup water
- 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin (1/4 ounce each)
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- ½ cup water
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2 egg whites
- Powdered Sugar
- Grease an 8x8" baking dish.
- Pour ½ cup water into the bowl of your stand mixer. Sprinkle top with each envelope of gelatin. Give a gentle swirl to the bowl, if necessary, to make sure all of the gelatin comes into contact with the water
- In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, ½ cup water, and the salt. Over medium heat, stir mixture slowly (avoid splashing mixture on insides of saucepan) until dissolved. When mixture is just beginning to boil, stop stirring. Clip candy thermometer inside the pan and heat until the mixture is 240 degrees F and no higher.
- Remove from heat immediately, turn stand mixture on the slowest speed and begin drizzling the hot syrup mixture into the bowl of softened gelatin. When all the syrup has been added and is combined with the gelatin, turn the stand mixture on high and set your timer for 13 minutes. Mixture should be very thick when finished.
- While mixture is beating, in a separate bowl, beat 2 eggs whites until stiff peaks form. With stand mixture on the slowest speed, gently mix egg whites into the marshmallow mixture until all incorporated. Don't over mix!
- Pour marshmallow mixture into prepared pan, using a rubber spatula to help scrape it out of the bowl and smooth the top of the marshmallows. Get as much as you can, but don't worry about getting every last bit. Let your marshmallows set for about 6 hours or overnight. When they are ready, they should not be tacky on the top and should pull away from the side if you gently pull it away with your finger.
- Dust a clean surface with powdered sugar. Turn your marshmallow out onto the dusted surface. Dust top with more of the powdered sugar and cut into pieces, keeping knife clean and coated with the coating as necessary to prevent sticking.
- Place cut marshmallows into the powdered sugar and lift them out with a mesh strainer. Tap off all excess coating and place on a plate or in a storage container.
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Want more Holiday Party Treats?
My Peppermint Marshmallows are my contribution to the December #12Bloggers Event, where 12 bloggers (myself included) each share a recipe, with 12 ingredients or less, based on a common theme. The theme for this month is Holiday Party Treats, so now that you have my Peppermint Marshmallow recipe, be sure to check out the rest of the #12Bloggers recipes…you won’t want to miss them!
- Vanilla Mixed Nuts with Cranberries from BetsyLife
- Peppermint Marshmallows from Home Cooking Memories
- Rum Spiced Walnuts from I Love My Disorganized Life
- White Chocolate Chip Cherry Shortbread Cookies from The Rebel Chick
- Easy Peppermint Bark from Million Moments
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge from A Night Owl
- Old Fashion Molasses Cookies from Bless This Mess
- Peppermint S’mores from Mom Endeavors
- Brown Sugar Caramels from Stephie Cooks
- Gingerbread Cupcakes from See Vanessa Craft
- Cranberry Orange Fudge from Around My Family Table
- Cinnamon Sugar Cheesecake Bombs from White Lights on Wednesday