yum | bourbon brown sugar marshmallows

Welcome to Friday, gang! I know this week has been pretty intense with the crash course into minimalist-lite, so today I wanted to take a break and share a yummy perfect-for-winter recipe!

I’ve shared a recipe for homemade candy cane marshmallows before but this time around I wanted to change it up. But what sort of variation should I go for? Oh, I don’t know… how about the boozy kind!!

Enter my Bourbon & Brown Sugar Marshmallows! (Prepare yourselves, people.)bourbon brown sugar marshmallows

Don’t worry, there’s nowhere near enough bourbon in these to get you tipsy. You get just enough of the flavor and warmth.

Obviously, they are perfect in cocoa but they’re also an amazing addition to coffee! Seriously, prepare to rival Starbucks at home! Just a couple of marshmallows will get perfectly melty on top and then you can just stir them right into your cup of joe. You can practically skip the creamer! (The photos in the post are the marshmallows + coffee, if you’re wondering!)bourbon brown sugar marshmallowsBourbon Brown Sugar Marshmallows:


  • 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 c. water (divided in half)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. bourbon
  •  Powdered sugar


  1. Spray a 9×13 pan liberally with non-stick spray, line with parchment paper, then spray again. Don’t skimp on the spray!
  2. Pour 3/4 cup water into mixing bowl and sprinkle in gelatin. Let sit for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Combine sugar, syrup, salt, and the remaining 3/4 cup water into a medium sized pot.
  4. Boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Without stirring any further, heat to 238F (use candy thermometer). When it’s ready, it will start to look bubbly and foamy on top.
  5. Pour done syrup slowly into mixing bowl. Work up to a high mixing speed and continue to beat for about 12 minutes until stiff, fluffy, and white.. I usually like to put a towel over my mixer to contain the steam and any potential splatter while I’m increasing speed.
  6. Add vanilla and bourbon. Mix 1 more minute.
  7. Spread into prepared pan and let sit for 3 hours uncovered.
  8. When done setting, spread top with powdered sugar and then release onto a clean surface covered in more powdered sugar. Cut into squares with a sharp knife and dip all sides into powdered sugar and enjoy!

bourbon brown sugar marshmallowsHomemade marshmallows are, without a doubt, my favorite homemade recipe to make because they blow store-bought marshmallows out of the friggin’ park! Seriously, ditch the packaged kind for these, and you’ll get the most perfect gooey, melty marshmallow topping every time.

And please don’t be intimidated by this recipe! It’s actually pretty darn easy, and you will totally earn bonus points by bringing these to a party or the office. Most people I’ve brought these to say something like “You can make marshmallows from scratch??! What?!” Then you just have to sit back and revel in the glory!

Have you ever made homemade marshmallows? What’s your favorite winter recipe? Share below!!

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4 Comments on "yum | bourbon brown sugar marshmallows"

  1. Christine says:

    Oh my! I must try those marshmallows!!!! YUMMY!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at From Dream To Reality!! :)

  2. Hello Megan! Wow! I’m going to try these this weekend! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’m definitely going to pin it! I’m following you on Bloglovin’!

    ~ Vashti

  3. karin says:

    Those look so good!
    Thanks so much for linking up to the TWIRL AND TAKE A BOW link Party!

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