Peppermint Marshmallows for Day 2 of #ChristmasWeek

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Hi folks.

Welcome to day 2 of Christmas Week. So excited to show you today’s treat. I made marshmallows, seriously, homemade marshmallows. They are super easy to make and fun to eat. You can do so many varieties of marshmallows. I made peppermint ones for Christmas. Not only are they adorable but the taste fabulous. They also make wonderful gifts.

I love making homemade gifts. I make everything from fudge to hot fudge sauce to vanilla for friends and family. I also love making people vanilla sugar, vanilla brown sugar, and vanilla salt. There’s something about going into the kitchen knowing you are making something sweet for someone special in your life. For me I like to turn on the Christmas music and get into the groove of it all. Holiday baking is like my Christmas kick off. We tend to start later than most people when it comes to decorating. As of right now I don’t have my tree up or house decorated. We’ve always done real trees and I find if you put them up too early they dry out and look like crud by Christmas day. So we hold off and usually put the tree up about a week before Christmas.

This year we’ll probably put one tree up next week then the other tree up when B-Dude comes down to visit. Our upstairs tree is usually decorated with store-bought ornaments and ornaments my kids and family members have bought me over the years. The downstairs tree is usually decorated with homemade ornaments. We do tons of gingerbread men and use them on the tree. It always looks and smells fabulous. It is one of our many family traditions. We have a day we decorate cookies, a day we make a huge gingerbread village and we always take a day to go pick out a tree or two. I have to tell you upholding family traditions is extra special in this house. Years ago we bought my folks home after my father passed away. So we now spend holidays celebrating with our kids in the same house I celebrated holidays with my own folks. It means the world to me.

I encourage you to start your own traditions. It’s fun to see the family get excited each year when they smell gingerbread or see the candy come out for the villages. Makes my heart happy! Hope you get to make your heart happy too!

marshmallows

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Peppermint Marshmallows
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16
 
Easy to make, delicious to eat!
Ingredients
  • Non-stick spray
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • ¾ cup water
  • 4 packages of unflavoured gelatin
  • Another ¾ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons red food colouring
Instructions
  1. Prep an 8 inch square pan by spraying it with non stick spray. Then line the pan with parchment. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup and water and cook over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Stop stirring and let it come to a boil over medium high heat until it reaches 260 degrees.
  3. In the meantime put ¾ cup of water in a heat proof bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Let stand for 5 minutes while it softens. Now set the bowl of gelatin over a pot of simmering water and whisk it constantly until the gelatin dissolves. Remove from the heat and add the peppernint extract. Set aside.
  4. Now beat the eggs whites in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment until they get a bit stiff.
  5. Take your gelatin mixture and add it to the sugar mixture. Give it a stir then gradually add this to the mixer with the egg white mixture. Mix until it thickens a lot, takes about 12 to 15 minutes.
  6. Pour this into the pan you prepared earlier and smooth out. Work fast and add drops of red food colouring to the pan. Take a toothpick and drag it back and forth through the pan to swirl the red into the white.
  7. Let the marshmallows set for about 3 hours, or overnight.
  8. Cut into squares.
  9. Use in hot chocolate, or put into tins or plastic bags to give as gifts.
  10. Serve with a big old pepperminty smile!

 

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I have to say it’s reason like these marshmallows that make me love Martha Stewart for too much. I found this recipe online and loved it immediately. Martha rocks. She always has such cool ideas for holidays. The woman is a domestic goddess. I just wonder if she swears as much as the rest of us domestic goddesses. I bet she does. I’d love to have a swear off with this woman. I bet she could kick my butt.


Welcome to day #2 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by myself and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Today’s theme for Christmas Week is “Peppermint Surprise”. Make sure you visit all the participating bloggers today to see what special dish they whipped up for you.

Tune in tomorrow for Christmas Cakes and Cupcakes. It’s sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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Comments

  1. 3

    I have never made marshmallows. Admitting that obviously puts me out of the domestic goddess category. I guess I will have to settle for domestic demigoddess.

  2. 5

    I wish I could eat peppermint. It is one of the very few things that does not do well with my system. I am inspired by this recipe though. I’m thinking cinnamon or another flavor for the marshmallows.

    • 6

      That is such a bummer Renee. I started using it more when I found out how good it is in calming my IBS, You should totally try these with cinnamon or strawberry.

  3. 7

    I love the marbling effect…so cool! And I think I might own those same cookie cutters :)

    • 8

      Thanks Liz. I could not do it on those stupid cookies but for some reason a big pan of marshmallows was easy. I freaking love those cutters.

  4. 9

    Now that I’ve made plain mallows, I MUST try these! Happy day #2!

  5. 11

    Those are so cool looking Kim! Well done…I would love to be on your Christmas list and get some of your homemade treats.

    I think they are always more special since the giver put thought and time into the gift instead of just going to the store.

  6. 13

    I always think it’s so cool when someone can make something I always buy at the store like marshmallows. It makes me think you are a culinary whiz kid!! I love these holiday marshmallows.. of course I would eat them all year around. :) Happy Day #2!

    • 14

      I am so not a whiz kid, trust me. They are actually really simple. I had no idea. Happy Day 2 Ramona. So happy you joined us.

  7. 15

    Oh I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t had time to stop by. So many cute treats and this one is darling. Who wouldn’t love a swirled peppermint marshmallow to put in your cocoa or just eat alone. Fun idea – very creative!

    • 16

      SO happy to see you Vicki. I’ve been the same way. I’ll stop by your site tomorrow. I miss ya.

      Love making fun treats like this. It was a riot to experiment with.

  8. 17

    I haven’t made marshmallows before but this recipe could do it. How festive and fun!

  9. 19

    Love how you cut them into shapes

  10. 21

    I’ve been meaning to make marshmallows at home for ages, and these are just so gosh darned purty that I might just have to bite the bullet… I can just see packing these up with a pretty much and some gourmet hot chocolate as a kick-ass hostess gift!

  11. 23

    That’s so nice that you get to be in your childhood home for Christmas!

    These marshmallows look wonderful, I’d love one in a big mug of hot cocoa!

    • 24

      It really is. I have such fond memories here. Now I get to carry on those traditions and make my own memories.

      So good in hot cocoa.

  12. 25

    These marbelled marshmallows are too stunning my friend I love them :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  13. 27

    Aw, the holidays sound lovely at your house! And well done with the mallow, I’m well impressed :)

    • 28

      Thank you so much. We love celebrating holidays. It’s so much fun to make something a little different than the usual. I had a ton of fun making these.

  14. 29

    Kim, these are so festive!

  15. 31

    Once again your creativity is inspiring. I love marshmallow in any form.

  16. 33

    So nice to have family traditions like that! And I’d say that making these peppermint marshmallows should certainly become a tradition! I can never resist a marshmallow, and definitely can’t resist peppermint at this time of the year. ;-) Fun recipe – thanks.

    • 34

      Thanks, it really is. We really try to make the holidays special. Even as the kids get older we still love doing stuff as a family.

  17. 35

    I love the red streaks! And I love homemade marshmallows…can’t believe you had the patience to use a cookie cutter on them ;P Your Christmas traditions sound lovely!

    • 36

      Thanks Heather. I had so much fun making these. And lol, I think being tired actually helped me. I was low moving and half asleep so they turned out great.

      Thank you. We love doing stuff with the kids. They are older now but we still make time to do fun stuff.

  18. 37

    I love all your traditions!! I love these marshmallows too! I’m hoping to make some marshmallows myself if time allows! Such great gifts!

  19. 39

    I’ve never seen marbled marshmallows! These are so pretty, and perfect holiday gifts. My son loves marshmallows too. :) Thanks for your suggestion on making family tradition. As a young (sort of) family, we haven’t really created a holiday tradition, and your suggestion was just wonderful! I have to think about that! :)

  20. 40

    Family and family traditons are so important. Its wonderful that you are continuing. I don’t have family where I am, so I need to start some traditions of my own with my kids. Hahaha! Martha is awesome!!!! And so are these marshmallows!

    • 41

      They just look so cute with the marbling. I am so happy with how they turned out.

      You are so welcome Nami. I wish I had done what a friend of mine did. She buys her kids an ornament each year and puts them in a memory box. I also have a friend who writes her children a letter on their birthday each year and puts them away for when the kids are older. So many things you can do to preserve childhood memories.

  21. 42

    Oh this looks fab. I love making my own marshmallows!

  22. 43

    Marshmallows have been on my list for ages and yet I haven’t tried making them at home.
    Love your cut-outs, so cool!

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