Every year I make a ton of Christmas cookies. What my family does not consume goes to the neighbors, my husband’s office or Christmas parties. One of my favorite things to make each year is Peppermint Marshmallows.
The idea of making my own marshmallows had never occurred to me until about 5 years ago. While visiting my grandmother I found a recipe in a magazine. They are much easier than I imaged, and everyone is amazed that I made them myself. Peppermint marshmallows are great eaten plain or when added to a cup of hot chocolate.
1/3 cup powered sugar
1/3 cup corn starch
2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
2/3 cup water
1 1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy
1/8 teaspoon salt
Sift together powered sugar and corn starch. Line a 9×13 pan with non-stick foil and spray with cooking spray. Sift 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch mixture into pan and cover all sides.
Place water and gelatin in a large bowl and let set for 5 minutes.
In a saucepan heat sugar, corn syrup, candy and salt until it is dissolved (about 7 minutes).
Strain syrup mixture into gelatin and beat on high until fluffy (10-15 minutes). Spread into pan and dust with cornstarch mixture. Let set at room temperature for at least 2 hours.
Remove from pan and place onto cutting board covered with cornstarch mixture and cut into squares. Toss each piece in cornstarch mixture and let set at least 1 more hour.
- The secret to these is to use non-stick foil made by Reynolds. It is available next to the regular aluminum foil in the grocery store.
- Be sure to coat each cut edge with the cornstarch mixture or they will stick.
- A pizza cutter wheel is a great for cutting the marshmallows.