Homemade Snowman Marshmallows

Homemade Snowman Marshmallows

Homemade snowman marshmallows are a fun way to dress up your winter hot chocolate. It’s the perfect day to make marshmallows. Snowmageddon has hit the east coast.  Why bother digging out?  The roads are closed, flights are cancelled and the family is all in doors playing games. It is the perfect time to try something new. If you have never made homemade marshmallows it needs to go on your baking bucket list. They are delicious.


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Adapted from Alton Brown

  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup ice cold water, divided
  • 12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Nonstick spray

1. Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment standing by.

2. In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat and stir continually. Place a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat. This is not the time to multitask. Many things can go wrong if you leave the boiling sugar.

3. Turn the mixer on low speed and slowly pour in the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once all of the syrup has been added, increase the mixer to high speed. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 18 minutes. You definitely don’t want to under mix the marshmallow mixture. If you do the marshmallows can become weepy. Add the vanilla and peppermint extracts during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows.

To make into Snowman marshmallows:
1. Sift the powdered sugar into a small bowl. To make the thin marshmallows you will need a large jelly roll pan. I use a 16×12.

2. Lightly spray the metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Use a sifter and dust the entire pan. Coat the bottom and the sides. Leave the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.

3. When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining powdered sugar. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.


While your snowman marshmallow batter is resting this is the perfect time to get together the colors for decorating. There are two options that you can choose from. You can either melt orange and black candy melts or you can use royal icing. Candy melts is the easiest to use. You can find Candy Melts at Amazon, Wal-Mart, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby. You just follow the directions for melting the chocolate on the back of the bag and place in a plastic disposable pastry bag. Snip the tip of the bag and you are ready to decorate. Or you can make royal icing and color one small bowl black and one small bowl orange. Here is a great link to a recipe for a small batch of royal icing. {LINK} You want a thick consistency, so don’t add too much water when you prepare your royal icing.


Now it’s time to cut out your snowman marshmallows. Take a small 2″ or smaller round cutter. I took my circle cutter and placed it inside my hot chocolate mug so I could find the perfect size. Spray the cutter with vegetable oil or coconut oil. Spraying your cookie cutter will help keep the marshmallow mixture from sticking. Dust the sides of the marshmallows with powdered sugar and set in a large bowl.


Now that all your  snowman marshmallows are cut out, we can decorate them. Line up your homemade snowman marshmallows on a plate. Then dust off the tops of the marshmallows. If you do not dust off the tops you will become frustrated. Just ask me.  The royal icing or candy melts will not stick to the marshmallow if there is too much powdered sugar.  Next, take your pastry bags that are filled with royal icing or candy melts and place two small black dots for the eyes, the orange carrot nose and the black dots for the mouth. Let them sit out to dry.


Once you let your homemade snowman marshmallows dry, you can plop them in your favorite hot chocolate or package them up in mason jars as adorable gifts. I love the cute hot chocolate tins from Swiss Miss. I love giving a mason jar filled with the homemade snowman marshmallows alongside a tin of hot cocoa mix as a hostess gifts.



Enjoy and have fun!

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4 comments on “Homemade Snowman Marshmallows

  1. April says:

    Would that be 1 teaspoon or 1 Tablespoon of the peppermint extract??

    1. Thank you so for asking. It would be a teaspoon.

  2. Aimee says:

    can you freeze decorated cookies?

    1. Aimee- You sure can. We heat seal each of cookies and then you can place them in the freezer. When we take them out of the freezer we lay them flat on baking trays until the fully come to room temp and all the condensation is gone.

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