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Peppermint Marshmallows

Make simple but delicious peppermint marshmallows for a sweet treat -- and irresistible stocking stuffer -- this holiday season. Also Try: Vanilla Marshmallows

  • Yield: Makes about 16
Peppermint Marshmallows

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December 2009


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 (1/4-ounce) packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • Confectioners' sugar, sifted, for coating


  1. Lightly spray a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Line pan with plastic wrap, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides; set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water; let stand for 10 minutes. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water. Place saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil; boil rapidly for 1 minute. Remove from heat, and, with the mixer on high, slowly pour the boiling syrup down the side of the mixer bowl into gelatin mixture. Add salt and continue mixing for 12 minutes.

  3. Add peppermint extract and mix until well combined. Spray a rubber spatula or your hands with cooking spray. Spread gelatin mixture evenly into pan using prepared spatula or your hands. Spray a sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place, spray side down, on top of marshmallows. Let stand for 2 hours.

  4. Carefully remove marshmallows from pan. Remove all plastic wrap and discard. Cut marshmallows into 2-inch squares using a sprayed a sharp knife. Place confectioners' sugar in a large bowl. Working in batches, add marshmallows to bowl and toss to coat. Marshmallows can be stored in an airtight container up to 3 days.

Reviews (9)

  • karmey57 19 Dec, 2012

    This is my third attempt at making marshmallows, and they're the best yet. Excellent! If you can find Frontier Natural Products Co-op brand alcohol-free peppermint flavor, you'll be rewarded with a very pure peppermint flavor, better than regular extract.

  • rel3 26 Jan, 2011

    I've tried Ina Garten's marshmallow recipe in the past and it did not turn out for me. These were so much easier to make! The only problem I had was cutting them apart because they were extremely sticky! I ended up just dusting the whole thing with powdered sugar to handle them better. Also, the peppermint extract (maybe it was just mine) made them taste a little like mouthwash. I would definitely try this out with vanilla and maybe a layer of toasted coconut on the bottom, yum!

  • Severin 22 Dec, 2010

    is there a substitute for corn syrup? i'm not a fan of using it. regardless of the corn growers of america commercials.

  • melbird1981 23 Dec, 2009

    These were the third recipe I tried and by far the easiest, prettiest and tastiest!! Thank you Martha and Martha's team, you are and always will be my heros!!

  • bmharris 7 Dec, 2009

    can you freeze the marshmallows so that they keep longer??

  • luvseli 6 Dec, 2009

    how do I go about mixing, if I haven't got an electric mixer?

  • almosthere1120 4 Dec, 2009

    I just made these and they are delicious and fun!

  • Annie6754 4 Dec, 2009

    you can find some on the site...they sell them in the shop section.
    I found a few here:

  • sahcooking 4 Dec, 2009

    Where do I find the cute treat bags?

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