Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

cups of hot chocolate with marshmallows and cinnamon sticks

Homemade Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Marshmallows – The fluffiest and most delicious vanilla spiced marshmallows ever. Perfect for hot chocolate or inside a s’mores!

We are on Snow Day #2. We got about a foot of snow yesterday and as I am typing this, it is still coming down. I will never get tired of seeing the snowfall outside my window. It is so peaceful.

Yesterday the kids and the puppy were out in the snow all. day. They had so much fun. I think that there is still a snow fort in front of my house leftover from the epic neighborhood snowball fight.

With snow days, comes lots of hot chocolate. On normal cold days, or really any day in the winter, my children consume a lot of steamed hot chocolate. But on a snow day, I just make a big pot of hot chocolate and keep it on the stove for them and their friends.

At the beginning of the holiday season, I set up a hot chocolate station when I set out my Christmas mugs. I have jars of marshmallows, candy canes, different kinds of chocolate, chocolate shavings. Anything that I think will be fun for hot chocolate.

hot chocolate mugs with cinnamon marshmallows

Over Thanksgiving, I was talking to my friend and I mentioned that we had a bunch of teen boys over the night before. We are really lucky to have a lot of teenage kids that live on our street and they tend to hang out at our house. I love it. I always wanted to be the house where kids wanted to hang out at.

My friends asked me how I got them to come to my house.

Snacks.

I think that 98% of the reason they come to our house is that our snack situation is top-notch. Being what I do for a living, there is no shortage of baked goods around. I usually have frozen cookie dough in my freezer at all times and can bake off some cookies at a moment’s notice.

Kids are super impressed by homemade bread. They don’t get that it isn’t hard to make, but man, you want to feel like a domestic goddess? Give a 15-year-old a homemade roll.

I am also one to try all the new snacks that come to the grocery store. A weird chip flavor? Throw it in the cart. You want to try that weird tropical fruit? Let’s go. Questionable nutritional value? Every now and again.

two Christmas mugs of hot chocolate with marshmallow and cinnamon

What does this have to do with marshmallows? Well, if you think that homemade bread knocks their socks off, well, hang on to your hat when you give them a homemade cinnamon vanilla bean marshmallow.

One, it will never have occurred to them that you can make a marshmallow, they assume they only come in a bag.

Two, a homemade marshmallow is truthfully one of the most delicious things you have ever put into your mouth. They are light and fluffy and just so much better than what you are used to.

I made these for adding to hot chocolate, but now that we have a gas stove, I decided to toast them over the flame and I will now only eat them that way. I put one on a skewer and the edges caramelized and got crunchy. I scrounged a piece of dark chocolate and a graham cracker and made the best s’more I’ve ever had in my life.

cinnamon vanilla bean marshmallows

Tips for Making Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Marshmallows //

  • You can see step-by-step photos for making marshmallows in this post.
  • I like to make mine in disposable foil pans. This project makes a mess, the powdered sugar/cornstarch gets everywhere but is worth it.
  • These make an EXCELLENT gift. I like to make a few batches and put them in airtight containers and add them to my Christmas gift baskets.
Santa mug of hot chocolate
Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

Yield: 48
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes

Homemade Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Marshmallows - The fluffiest and most delicious vanilla spiced marshmallows ever. Perfect for hot chocolate or inside a s'mores!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 packets unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Instructions

  1. Combine powdered sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon in an airtight container. Generously dust a 9x13 pan with sugar mixture. Making sure to cover the bottom and up the sides. Set aside. You will have leftover sugar for the top and for cutting the next day.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup water into bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle the gelatin over and mix. Attach the whisk attachment. Add salt, cinnamon, and vanilla bean paste. Let sit while you make the sugar syrup. 
  3. Add remaining 1/2 cup water, sugar, and corn syrup to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, being careful to not stir. When the sugar dissolves, increase the heat to medium high and cook until a candy thermometer reaches 240°. 
  4. When the sugar comes to temperature, remove from heat and slowly pour the mixture down the side of the bowl with the mixer on the lowest speed setting. 
  5. Increase the speed to high and whip for 10 to 15 minutes. The mixture will have gained volume, and turned glossy and look like marshmallow. 
  6. Spray an offset spatula and rubber spatula with cooking spray before you pour the marshmallow into the pan. Use the rubber spatula to get it out of the bowl into the pan and smooth it with the offset spatula. Sift a thick layer of sugar on the top of the marshmallows. 
  7. Let the pan sit uncovered overnight. 
  8. When you are ready to cut them, turn them out onto a cutting board and cut into strips using a pizza cutter. Dip the sides into sugar. Cut the strips into squares, making sure to sugar all the sides so the marshmallows do not stick together. 
  9. Store in an airtight container. 

Notes

You can find vanilla bean paste in the grocery store or online.

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7 Comments

  • I have never made homemade marshmallows – something about unflavored gelatin that kind of spooks me, but these look and sound so fantastic that I may just need to try!

    Your hot chocolate bar sounds fantastic! What a terrific idea. I think I will do that for Christmas (if not before) – maybe for our Advent study group at church!

    Thanks, Bree!

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    • Unflavored gelatin is gross. But it is magical when it makes marshmallows. I forgive it. 🙂

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  • I have a question – how does the sugar mixture stick to the 13 x 9 pan with no cooking spray or butter?

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    • It is a thick layer of sugar and it completely covers it, it also sort of sticks to the sides. It does work.

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    • Thanks for asking (and answering)this question….I was just about to ask the same thing! Good luck to you…I’m making these this weekend for my office colleagues.

      Reply

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