Homemade Eggnog Marshmallows
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tablespoons gelatin 3 packets
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup eggnog
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- Nutmeg for dusting
- Prepare an 8x8 inch pan (I used metal) with two layers of parchment paper, ensuring that all sides of the pan are covered with parchment. Spray a bit of cooking spray between sheets of parchment to help them stick together. Spray top layer of parchment with a light coat of cooking spray to help marshmallow mixture separate after setting. Prepare a silicone spatula and a small (6-inch) offset spatula with cooking spray.
- Pour the water into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Sprinkle the gelatin on top; set aside to bloom during the next step
- Combine sugar, eggnog, and maple syrup in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring often until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer and then cook without stirring until a candy thermometer reads 240°F. This should take between 8 and 10 minutes.
- Pour a small amount of syrup mixture into gelatin mixture and whisk on low. Slowly add the remaining syrup. When combined, increase speed to high and beat until tripled in volume and fluffy, about 10 minutes. Add vanilla extract and beat until well combined.
- Using prepared silicone spatula, scrape the mixture into the prepared pan. Use the prepared offset spatula to smooth out the top. Set aside to cool at room temperature overnight. Warning: Do not cover the marshmallows. Any covering will stick to the top of the marshmallows and ruin the smoothed out top.
- Whisk together powdered sugar and cornstarch and set aside.
- Remove the marshmallow block from the pan when set. Using a very sharp (recommend serrated), lightly oiled knife, cut the block into cubes. Toss cut marshmallows in powdered sugar mixture. Dust with nutmeg.
Keep marshmallows in an airtight container.
If eaten straight out of the container, they are best within a couple days.
Older marshmallows are pretty darn fantastic in a cup of coffee as creamer or in anything else that will melt them down.
What would you do with homemade eggnog marshmallows?