Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Need to Find a Great Hostess Gift to Give This Holiday Season?

Looking for a creative Hostess gift to give this year?  How about making Peppermint Marshmallows?

Photo taken from MarthStewart.com

Here's what you'll need: 

• 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. (This will make it easier to remove the marshmallows when finished).

2.  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. Using an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, mix on high, and slowly pour the boiling syrup down the side of the 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 for up to 3 days.