Give me all the marshmallows, and boozy ones? Even better! Get the recipe for this fabulous cherry and amaretto treat!
We are big fans of homemade treats, and one treat we recently had a lot of success making was our own homemade marshmallows! Since we are still in the heart of winter and hot cocoa season, having a marshmallow to add the finishing touch to a hot beverage or a nice sweet treat! Wanting to make a flavor that would be great to eat yet still would be good for serving with hot cocoa, we came up with our Cherry Amaretto Boozy Marshmallows.
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Cherry and Amaretto
We started experimenting with making homemade marshmallows just before the holidays. Also, we wanted to make some sweet treats to share with our friends. Likewise, we had been inspired to flavor our first round of marshmallows with peppermint mocha to really embrace that holiday flavor and they were a real big hit with our friends. For our second round of marshmallows, we decided to embrace another classic flavor combination, cherry and almond.
Cherry and almond is a great flavor combination that is very popular in Italy. There is a traditional cookie that is flavored with a sweet cherry and almond paste to make a sweet crispy cookie.
Since using almond paste and candied cherries won’t really work when making a fluffy marshmallow, we decided to go back to our bag of tricks and find a way to flavor our marshmallows. We dug around in our liquor cabinet and we found two perfect liqueurs that would bring the flavors of cherry and amaretto to our marshmallows!
Our first liqueur we used was a delicious cherry tart liqueur that we found on our summer trip to Estes Park, Colorado. We of course stopped into the tasting room of Dancing Pines Distillery. This Cherry Tart Liqueur was an amazing liqueur made with tart Colorado pie cherries that results in a liqueur that has the flavor of tree fresh cherries and a rich bold cherry red color.
The other liqueur we turned to was the classic Italian liqueur, amaretto. Amaretto is a delicious almond flavored sweet liqueur that brings a nice nutty note to the mix.
How did We Make the Marshmallows?
With a these two spirits bringing the flavor, our Cherry and Amaretto Boozy Marshmallows are a delicious adult treat. These spirits are fairly mild and don’t pack the bolder bite of heavier spirits like a bourbon or a gin. There is still a definite adult edge to these sweet treats.
The cherry flavor is enough when combined with the sweet notes of the marshmallow that there is a flavor reminiscent of a cherry pie or a cobbler. When the nutty and caramel notes of the amaretto are added in, also. You can even make these non-alcoholic with cherry juice and almond extract.
With plenty of cool nights and warm beverages needing sweet marshmallows to top them, we plan on making plenty more of these Cherry Amaretto Boozy Marshmallows. They might even be a perfect treat for Valentine’s Day with their delicate pink color! Give this simple recipe a try. You may need some supplies for this, so here are some links to a spatula, glass pan, cornstarch, candy thermometer, pizza cutter and a mixer!
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Other Boozy Marshmallows
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Chocolate Dipped Bourbon Marshmallows – Golden Brown and Delicious
- 3 envelopes plain gelatin (1/4 oz per envelope)
- 2 Tbsp Amaretto Liqueur
- Food coloring if desired
- 2 cups sugar
- pinch salt
- 3 Tbsp cherry liqueur
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp corn syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 Tbsp water
For the Coating
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
This recipe is easier with a stand mixer, but you can do it with a hand mixer. You can use an 8x8 pan for thicker marshmallows or a 9x13 for thinner. We split the difference and used an 8x11.
Place water in mixing bowl with the whisk attachment.
Sprinkle gelatin on top. Let bloom while you are doing the next steps.
Spray sides and bottom of pan with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and cornstarch.
Coat the greased pan with the sugar/cornstarch mixture, making sure to cover the sides and bottom. Don't use it all, set the extra aside for later.
In a small saucepan, mix together 1 Tbsp cherry liqueur, sugar, corn syrup, water and salt.
Stir continuously, making sure to not boil over, until the mixture reaches 238°.
Add the remaining cherry liqueur and the amaretto into the mixing bowl with the gelatin.
Then slowly add the sugar syrup.
Once gelatin is dissolved, set mixer on high, whip for at least 15 minutes, but this could take as much as 20.
The mixture is ready once it has doubled in size and is thick enough to have peaks in the batter.
Pour mixture into the prepared pan.
Use a greased spatula to smooth the top if desired.
Dust the top with more sugar/cornstarch mixture.
Let the marshmallows sit at least 8 hours, or overnight, uncovered in the pan.
When ready to cut, dust a pizza cutter or sharp knife with more sugar/cornstarch.
Then slice to the size you want. Remove marshmallows from the pan and toss in the last of the sugar/cornstarch mixture so the sides aren't sticky.
Store in an airtight container.
This recipe is adapted from a Food52 recipe.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 178mg Carbohydrates: 45.2g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 37.4g Protein: 1.2g
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