Peppermint Marshmallows + The Ugliest Dessert Panini EVER!

Marshmallows 19 Have ya’ll made homemade marshmallows before? This was my first time and guys, I’m not gonna lie to you…they’re pretty dawg-on easy….and so much better than store bought. And, let me tell you if you make these, you will find many-a-way to shove these bad boys into any and every recipe. *Please see my hideous looking, amazingly awesome tasting panini below*

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For these peppermint marshmallows, you will need:

Marshmallow Ingredients

First thing you want to do is get some sugary concoction bubbling away on your stove, so pour some water into a pot… Mashmallows 1

…along with a bucket load of sugar…. Mashmallows 2

some corn syrup,

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and a sprinkling of salt. Toss it all in a pot and let it bubble away. Make sure to stick a candy thermometer into it!!

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In the mean time, line an 8×8 square baking dish with plastic wrap and grease liberally with oil. These marshmallows get seriously sticky! Mashmallows 5

Now, pour a little water into your stand mixer– Marshmallows 7

…and sprinkle in two envelopes of gelatin.  Marshmallows 8

I swirled the water around to incorporate it evenly. Things might start smelling a little sketchy. Gelatin=eeww. This step softens the gelatin. Marshmallows 9

Oh yeah….remember that concoction boiling on the stove? It’s been about 9 minutes and it’s reached the right temp, so it’s time to pull it off and make some ‘mallows!
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With your mixer on low, slowly stream the ridiculously hot sugar liquid into the gelatin. Once it’s all in, turn your mixer on high and let it whip for 10 minutes until it’s VERY thick. Marshmallows 11

After 10 minutes, turn the mixer to low and stream in some vanilla… Marshmallows 12

and peppermint extract. {start with 1/2 teaspoon and work your way up to how spicy you want your marshmallows} Marshmallows 13

After another minute, your marshmallows are done! Marshmallows 14

Dump the marshmallows into your pan and dot the top with red food coloring. Marshmallows 15

Using a greased knife, swirl in the color. {I went a little buck wild with swirl action.} Marshmallows 16

After two hours, you got marshmallows! Aren’t these cute? Cut them up with a sharp buttered knife. Marshmallows 17

Toss these little babies in powdered sugar and that’s it!! Marshmallows 18

After you dust them off, store them in an air tight container until you’re ready to eat. Marshmallows 19

Now, onto these ugly paninis. I’m warning you now–they are EVIL and delicious. And look ridiculous coming out of the panini press. Panini Ingredients

I added nutella AND chocolate to my panini cause I’m insane. This Dagoba variety is organic and mighty tasty! Panini 1

Yes. Like I said. I am insane. Panini 2

Pile on the marshmallows!! Panini 3

Butter up the outsides of the bread and press that sucker out!! When things start getting oozy, you know it’s almost done! Panini 4

Pull the panini off, slice it up and serve. Panini 5

Not the most attractive thing I’ve ever made, but oh mama is it good. Enjoy! Panini 6

Products I used in this recipe:
KitchenAid 7-qt. Stand Mixer
Dagoba Organic Chocolate
OXO pop top storage containers, measuring cups, spoons
Le Creuset Spatulas

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Peppermint Marshmallows adapted from Martha Stewart's Marshmallow Recipe

Yield: 1-8x8 square pan


6 tablespoons cold water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons water
2 envelopes plain gelatin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2-1 teaspoon peppermint extract
red food coloring
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons canola oil


Pour water, sugar, corn syrup and salt into a small saucepan. Place on high heat. Bring to boil and reduce heat slightly so it's not boiling too crazy. You want this mixture to reach 238 degrees-this will take about 9 minutes. In the mean time, line an 8x8 square dish with plastic wrap and grease with canola oil. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, pour gelatin into remaining water to soften.

Once sugars have reached 238 degrees, remove from heat and slowly stream into gelatin with mixer on low. Once all the mixture has been incorporated, increase mixer speed to high and whip 10 minutes. It will get VERY thick. After 10 minutes, reduce speed to low and stir in vanilla and peppermint extract. Scrape marshmallow out of bowl and into greased dish. Dot the top with red food coloring and swirl into marshmallows using a buttered toothpick or knife. Leave uncovered on the counter for 2-3 hours or until cooled and set.

Using a greased knife or pair of scissors, cut marshmallows into even squares. Toss squares in powdered sugar, dust off and store in an air tight container until ready to use.

For Dessert Panini, spread about 2 tablespoons of Nutella onto one slice of bread. Top with some pieces of Dabonga Organic Chocolate and 4 peppermint marshmallows. Top with last remaining slice of bread and butter the outsides. Place into a hot panini press and grill about 2 minutes. Remove, slice and enjoy. Careful! It's all really sticky! :)

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22 Responses to “Peppermint Marshmallows + The Ugliest Dessert Panini EVER!”

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — December 18, 2011 at 7:09 am

    I’ve never made marshmallows because candy thermometers and I don’t get along…I usually get enough goo on them that I can never..get it off. So they are one-time use items…Lol. Havent replaced the last one, i.e. disaster.

    I want to make these ‘mallows though!


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    Kathryn — December 18, 2011 at 10:20 am

    That panini look so amazing, I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be able to think about anything else today!


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    Katrina — December 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I just made ugly truffles and they tasted like heaven! Great recipe :)


  4. #
    Bev Weidner — December 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I LOVE that chocolate, too! Probably because it has Twilight movies names on the packaging.



  5. #
    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — December 18, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I need to make both of these! Yum :D


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    Blog is the New Black — December 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Lauren, these look awesome!


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    Erin — December 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Sometimes ugly food is what tastes the best! And that panini looks delicious.


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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — December 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    That panini is ridiculous crazy nuts and I LOVE it. :-D


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    Megan Pence — December 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Homemade marshmallows are totally a “thing” now!! I’m just finishing my eggnog versions. Only 4 remain, though I don’t know how they made it This long! haha Gorgeous with the red candy cane swirls :)


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    Jenni — December 18, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    You hit the nail on the head when you said that the gelatin smells sketchy! Whenever I make marshmallows, I resign myself to the sad fact that the kitchen will smell like wet dog for awhile–but for that panini, I imagine it’s worth it! :)


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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — December 19, 2011 at 2:16 am

    That panini has my name written all over every single sticky inch of it.


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    hailey — December 19, 2011 at 4:02 am

    I have been wanting to tackle marshmallows lately, and these look perfect for a cup of hot chocolate on christmas morning! thanks Lauren! :)
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!


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    Jolene ( — December 19, 2011 at 5:25 am

    I am so impressed that you made marshmallows!! They look perfect!


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    kale @ tastes good to me! — December 19, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Well my “gourmet” marshmallow dish when I was in high-school was microwaving marshmallows with chocolate chips and eating it with a fork. SO…making my own marshmallows never even occurred to me. This is a pretty exciting idea!


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    Sara — December 19, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    The marshmallows are adorable, the panini? Not so much. . . . I still want one though! Yum!


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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — December 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    That panini might be less than gorgeous, but it still looks delicious!


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    Priya — December 20, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Yummilicious!! I didn’t know that marshmallows can be made at home…


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    Deborah — December 20, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I LOVE homemade marshmallows, and this version sounds perfect for this time of year! And I think that panini looks mighty tasty. :)


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    Karen — December 20, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Why I go on your website I’ll never know only that the days of eating all of this good food are just a remberance to me of my days before diabetes. sniff sniff It all looks so good……You have any low carb goodies?? hahaha I just enjoy looking ! Enjoy


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    Erin Y — December 23, 2011 at 4:35 am

    I had never made marshmallows before– who knew they were this easy!?!?! After making one batch, I had to make another. I have one with red swirls, another with green. These will make great gifts for my family. Happy holidays!


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    Centsible Girl (Denise) — December 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I don’t think that is ugly at all! YUM!!!!!


  22. #
    Erin P. — January 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    That panini does NOT look bad! It looks amazing!


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