PEPPERMINT MARSHMALLOWS

•Can you taste it?  A big mug of hot, creamy, chocolately cocoa with beautiful homemade peppermint marshmallows melting in…..I’ll wait while you wipe the drool from your keyboard:). I used the same exact marshmallow recipe as I did when making smitten s’mores (which is gluten and corn free) but added peppermint extract and crushed candy canes.  I think these make the cutest little gifts!  Pack a clear cellophane bag full of peppermint marshmallows tied with a pretty ribbon and a couple pouches of your favorite hot chocolate into a big mug.

 Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

1/2 cup powdered sugar+ more for rolling finished mallows
2 envelopes (1/4 ounce each) gelatin (1 tbls plus 1 1/2 tsp)
2/3 cup cold water
1/2 cup room-temperature water
2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
3/4 cup crushed peppermint candy canes
 
serves-varies with what size cutters you use
prep and rest time 2 hours-approx 
special equipment-candy thermometer
 

Spray a 9 1/2-by-13-inch rimmed baking dish or cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper, with cooking spray, and dust with 1/4 cup powdered sugar.  

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

Place candy canes in a ziptop bag….heart shape is a must!  

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark from SmittenFoodie.com

Crush with a rolling pin on a cutting board.  Feel the holiday stress just wash away.

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark from SmittenFoodie.com

Smash into a fine dust and set aside.

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in the bowl of a mixer. Let stand at least 5 minutes to soften.

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

Meanwhile, heat sugar and room-temperature water in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves.

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

Cook until syrup reaches 238 degrees on a candy thermometer. Don’t get discouraged this will take awhile.

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

Mix syrup into softened gelatin, and keep mixing on low speed for a few minutes to cool.

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

Whisk on medium-high speed until soft peaks form- 8 to 10 minutes.

A little longer, not there yet.

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

There ya go….ready!

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

Whisk in peppermint extract.

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

And crushed candy canes.

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

Pour mixture into baking dish or cookie sheet.

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

Spread using a spatula.

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

Sprinkle with 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Let stand for 1 hour to set.

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

Cut out marshmallows using your favorite cookie cutters.

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

Wipe cutters clean between each cut and dip in powdered sugar if needed.

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

Roll cut sides of the cut marshmallows in powdered sugar to coat.  Can be stored in an airtight container in a cool place for 3 days (might have to tumble them in sugar again before packaging, depending on the humidity, the candy canes can seep)♥Enjoy

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

Peppermint Marshmallows SmittenFoodie.com

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