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Cherry Amaretto Boozy Homemade Marshmallows

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Last Updated on December 6, 2019 by The ‘Noms.

Give me all the homemade 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 Amaretto Boozy Marshmallows on white plate. red berries branch




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.




Marshmallows stacked on white plates. Fir branch in background




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.




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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!




Marshmallows stacked on plate




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.




Marshmallows stacked on white plate



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.





Marshmallows on white plate




What Ingredients are Needed for the Cherry Amaretto Marshmallows?

  • Water
  • Salt
  • Cherry Liqueur
  • Amaretto
  • Corn Syrup
  • Sugar
  • Gelatin
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Cornstarch



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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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Cherry Amaretto Boozy Marshmallows
Yield: 1

Cherry Amaretto Boozy Homemade Marshmallows

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Set Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes

Boozy marshmallows that are a great treat in coffee, hot chocolate or other warm drink. Cherry and almond.


For Marshmallows

  • 3 envelopes plain gelatin (1/4 oz per envelope)
  • Food coloring if desired
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 3 Tbsp cherry liqueur
  • 2 Tbsp Amaretto Liqueur
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • pinch salt

For the Coating

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


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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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 178mgCarbohydrates: 45.2gFiber: 0gSugar: 37.4gProtein: 1.2g

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Cherry Amaretto Boozy Marshmallows - cherry liqueur, amaretto, gelatin. Great for hot chocolate and coffee




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Saturday 9th of November 2019

You mentioned you could make them "virgin" with cherry juice and almond flavoring. I'm thinking of playing it safe for one batch for the kiddos and then a real batch for the adults. How would you adjust the amounts for the cherry juice and almond flavoring? We keep tart cherry juice on hand thought I might use the same amounts as the cherry liquor but the almond flavoring is typically pretty strong, any suggestions on how much to add?

The 'Noms.

Saturday 9th of November 2019

Hi there! I would suggest the cherry juice about the same amount as the liqueur. The almond can quickly take over, so I wouldn't add more than 1 1/2 tsp. I would probably lean toward 1 tsp only. Good luck!


Sunday 7th of July 2019

If I wanted to make these with just amaretto, how would the recipe change? Add it all at once, or in two parts?

The 'Noms.

Sunday 7th of July 2019

Hi Jackie! It shouldn't change the recipe at all, except to be more almond flavor. You can add it all at once.


Wednesday 20th of December 2017

Around how many marshmallows does this recipe make?Can this recipe be cut in half? Thanks.

The 'Noms.

Wednesday 20th of December 2017

Hi Erin, we usually get 15/18/21 marshmallows out of an 8x11 pan, just depending on how big we cut them. We have never cut the recipe in half ourselves, but you totally could! Let us know how it goes if you do! Happy Marshmallowing!

Miss Angie (@MySoCalledChaos)

Thursday 12th of January 2017

YUM! This looks SO good!

Bobbi Burleson

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

You had me at bozy ;) but the cherry amaretto just puts these over the top!

The 'Noms.

Saturday 7th of January 2017

Haha, right?! We loved this combo!

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