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Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows |

The Best Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

  • Author: Shanna Mallon
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 pieces 1x


Savor each sweet holiday moment with homemade peppermint marshmallows. Enjoy them with hot chocolate by the fire on a cold winter night.


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup ground peppermint candies ((about 6 peppermint candy canes))
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • red food coloring ((optional))


  1. Line a 9×13-inch pan with foil. Lightly coat the pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, sift together the powdered sugar and cornstarch. Sift 2 tablespoons of the powdered sugar mixture into the pan and tilt to coat all sides.
  3. Pour the water into the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle evenly with gelatin on top. Let it bloom while preparing the next step.
  4. In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat sugar, corn syrup, peppermint pieces, and salt over medium heat. Cook until completely dissolved, about 7 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Pour the hot mixture into the bowl with the gelatin mixture. Beat on high speed with the whisk attachment until light and fluffy, about 10-15 minutes.
  6. Working quickly while the marshmallow is still soft, spread evenly into the prepared pan. Smooth the top with a spatula coated in cooking spray. If using, add scattered dots of food coloring on top of the mixture. Swirl a knife or toothpick through the drops to create a marbled pattern on top. Let the marshmallow set at room temperature for 2 hours, loosely covered with foil or plastic wrap.
  7. After the marshmallow has set completely, invert the pan onto a cutting board. Remove the foil and gently turn the marshmallow over face up. With a cookie cutter or knife lightly coated in cooking spray, cut to your desired shapes. Dip the cut sides in the remaining sugar/cornstarch mixture. Pat off any excess.
  8. Enjoy immediately, or store at room temperature in an airtight container.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Candy
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: Christmas, peppermint, marshmallows, candy cane, holidays