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Frosted Pistachio Cranberry Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Looking for an incredible new favorite shortbread cookies recipe? Look no further than these frosted pistachio cranberry shortbread cookies!

Christmas is NEXT WEEK, and we’ve got this fantastic (and festive) cookie recipe that will fit right in to your celebrations and beyond. Shortbread cookies are perfect for gifting because they hold up so well; and also, everyone loves them. It’s a pretty universally adored cookie.

We just made them better.

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If you’ve never made homemade shortbread, the holidays are the perfect time to start. Despite how rich and delicious homemade shortbread is, it’s actually surprisingly easy to make. Seriously.

And today, Hope, our awesome food contributor, is sharing a twist on classic buttery shortbread with a yummy recipe for a frosted pistachio cranberry shortbread cookies recipe that you’re going to just love!

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Shortbread cookies are so versatile and can be dressed up for any time of the year, but green pistachio crumbs and ruby red dried cranberries make these an especially pretty and festive treat during the holidays. The buttery shortbread combines with a rich, nutty flavor from the pistachios. Dried cranberries add a bit of extra sweetness to each bite and provide some chewiness in the midst of the crisp cookie.

And of course, that simple glaze takes these shortbread cookies up a notch.

So without further ado, here’s how to make the most decadent frosted pistachio cranberry shortbread cookies recipe.

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Pistachio Cranberry Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shelled pistachios, divided in two
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • ½ cup Craisins (dried cranberries), coarsely chopped

Glaze

  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons milk

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a food processor, place the sugar and ½ cup of the pistachios. Pulse together until the pistachios are finely ground.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and the pistachio-sugar on medium speed until light and creamy, about 3-4 minutes. Scrape down the bowl and add the vanilla and salt. Beat until combined. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour and mix just until the dough comes together but there is still flour visible. Pour in the craisins and mix until the flour is just incorporated.
  • On a floured cutting board (or on a piece of plastic wrap – this is sometimes easier), roll the dough out to about ¼-inch thickness.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Use a cookie cutter (mine was about 2-inches across) to cut the dough and place the cookie cutouts on your prepared baking sheet. Cover the cookies with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Distribute the cookies so there are 12 cookies on each tray and bake for 8-12 minutes. They will stiffen and continue to cook after you take them out of the oven, so the edges should not be golden yet when you take them out. If you have more cookies than will fit on both sheets, place them back in the fridge while the other cookies bake. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the glaze, whisk the confectioners’ sugar and milk together in a small bowl. Place a piece of parchment paper under the wire racks and use the whisk to drizzle the glaze over the cooled cookies. Sprinkle the pistachio crumbs over the glaze and drizzle glaze over the cookies again.

Courses Dessert, Snack

Cuisine Cookies

I mean, don’t these look great?

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That glaze, and the extra sprinkle of pistachio crumbles just takes them to a whole new decadent level.

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Be sure to make plenty for sharing.

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The pretty cookie cutters made these extra festive and pretty.

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Yum.

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Love these frosted pistachio cranberry shortbread cookies recipe? Head to our recipe page to check out what else we’ve been whipping up in the kitchen!

If you make your own shortbread cookies, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your sweet creations!

Recipe and Photos by Hope Woodhouse for Glitter, Inc.


Lexi

Gift Guide | 20 Really Great Last Minute Gifts From Amazon

Can you believe Christmas is next week!? This year has completely flown by; and truth talk: I’m still shopping for last minute gifts! Whoops. Which is why, I LOVE Amazon Prime. They basically carry everything and most of it ships for free in two days or less. So I’m rounding out this year’s holiday gift guides with 20 really great last minute gifts from Amazon. And trust me, there are some awesome gift ideas in here. I know, because I basically did my own last-minute holiday shopping through this list. 😉

Happy shopping, and be sure to let me know if you snag any of these great last minute gifts in the comments!

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Gift Guide | 20 Really Great Last Minute Gifts From Amazon

1. Makeup Organizer Acrylic 360 Degree Rotating Cosmetic Storage, $32.99: This rotating tower is makeup goals. So convenient and chic, and makes your beauty organization a breeze.

2. Brillante French Press Coffee Maker, $22.90: Coffee drinkers love their french press because it makes a delicious cup of coffee. Snag one of these for your favorite coffee fanatic.

3. THAT! Scoop That II Warming Ice Cream Scoop, $24.95: This ice cream scoop is completely genius. It warms frozen blocks of ice cream with only the heat generated from your hand for easy scooping. Powered with a biodegradable thermo liquid that heats up just by holding the handle — and just enough to make it easy to get a perfect, full scoop out of frozen ice cream, but its specially coated to keep your precious ice cream from melting.

4. Cozy Crochet Knit Mermaid Tail Sleeping Blanket, $24.99: If you know a mermaid fan, this is the gift for them. Perfect for kids and grownups alike. It’s also under $25 and comes in so many different colors. We bought a kid-sized mermaid tail blanket (under $20) for our toddler a few months back and she absolutely LOVES it.

5. Meow Meow Women’s Turtleneck Long Sleeve Loose Knit Pullover Sweater, $28.99: For less than $30, this stylish tunic sweater is the kind of sweater just about any woman would love to have. (I just ordered two; one in grey and one in black!)

6. Buffalo Check Linen Square Throw Pillow Cover, $9.99: These buffalo check linen pillowcases look way more expensive than they actually are. Gift a pair with pillow inserts and you’ll be a gift-giving hero. Pro tip: remember to size up by one size on your inserts so that your pillows will look nice and fluffy.

7. S’well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle in White Marble, $25: Anyone who is a cold-water fiend or a totally fitness fan will love these S’well water bottles. The white marble is my favorite.

8. Amazon Echo Dot, $29.99: Meet your new BFF, Alexa. The Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, read the news, set music alarms, read audiobooks from Audible, control Amazon Video on Fire TV, and so much more. We’re kind of addicted.

9. Casper & Coal Travel Cosmetic Bag; $21.99: This canvas cosmetic bag is designed to hold products completely upright — and it’s large enough to fit full bottles of shampoo. Plus, it has a drawstring to keep things secure. It’s got three pockets and elastic bands to keep smaller items extra safe, a nylon interior to keep things leakproof, and is totally machine washable. Basically, it’s perfect for travel but could also totally work on your bathroom counter every day.

10. Yonanas Fruit Soft Serve Maker, $46.88: This magical little fruit soft serve machine creates “ice cream” or “yogurt” like treats with frozen fruit. As a froyo addict, this sounds pretty brilliant to me.

11. Women’s Flannel Pajama Set, $38: Who doesn’t love getting new cozy pj’s for the holidays? Love how classic these flannel pajamas are, but this heart print pajama set and this vintage thermal henley pajama set are both equally adorable as well; and of course, there are plenty of great options for the guys in your life.

12. Chicwish Heart Knit Sweater Cardigan, $69.90: The “It Girl” sweater; you’ve definitely seen your favorite blogger donning this cozy (and Instagram-worthy) cardigan. And it’s really no surprise since the sweater is well-made and SO soft.

13. Areaware Bend Key Ring, $20: I’ve had my eye on these key rings for months. I love how sleek it is and it’s also a great tool to help find your keys, especially when digging around in a big bag.

14. Clip-On 2 in 1 Professional HD Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit, $25.99: Anyone a tad Instagram-obsessed will love this fun phone camera upgrade. So simple and clever and under twenty bucks.

15. Self-Watering Indoor Herb Garden Planter, $19.99: If you’re anything like me, i.e., you have the hardest time remembering to water plants regularly (#blackthumb), this self-watering potted planter is perfect. Such a fun gift for someone who wants to keep fresh herbs in the house, etc. And fun fact: it requires 40 percent less watering than other pots.

16. Mr. and Mrs. Ceramic Coffee Mugs Set of 2, 13oz with Gold & Marble Design, $23.99: Goodness, these are cute; and they’ll check TWO gift recipients off your list! (Or you know, one for you, one for him.)

17. Casio Daily Alarm Digital Watch, $19.96: The ever-classic gold Casio watch is a timeless cool-gal accessory; i.e., my little sister has one, so I know it’s cool.

18. Light Pink Felt Letter Board with 300 White Plastic Letters, $32.95: I am in love with felt letter boards; and this one is BLUSH PINK. So cute, cheeky, and fun for everyone. (It also comes in a bunch of fun colors, other than pink, and standard black, white, and/or grey.)

19. Bathtub Caddy, $35.95: This brilliant caddy tray extends to fit almost any bath size, and comes with holders for your drink, smartphone, and book or tablet. Plus, it’s anti-skid rubber pads will keep it fully slip-proof. This is a bath-lovers’ dream.

20. UGG Women’s Ansley Moccasin, $89.99 (and for men, here): Slippers are ALWAYS a great gift, and my UGG slippers are a hands-down favorite. If you’re looking for something more affordable, these dupes are just $14.99.

In case you missed it: Gifts to Say “Thank You” (Under $30), one of my favorite gifts to give: Pajamas, and 25 of the coolest and best stocking stuffers that are all under $30 (with most under $20!) If there’s something you’d like to see or something you’re looking for in particular, shoot me an e-mail at lexi@glitterinc.com, leave a comment here, or get in touch on Instagram!

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Lexi

Bohemian Christmas Wedding Ideas

Goodness I’m excited to share this bohemian Christmas wedding ideas today! When Christa of Christa Summers Photography sent this gem my way, I knew I’d have to share. It’s so obvious that the talent behind this shoot had a clear, and gorgeous, bohemian vision – “I’m Dreaming of a Boho Christmas,” and I love the Christmas slant to it all. I mean, you have got to see how they decorated the tables! So much holiday inspiration ahead.

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And hello, picture-perfect backdrop!

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Christa explains how they dreamed up this gorgeous bohemian Christmas wedding ideas and shoot:

Over the summer, a close friend of mine who was visiting from Texas, and I sat chatting over coffee at our local Starbucks. Like most women, we found ourselves just catching up about life, our four-legged children, our relationships, and work. You see, we had been talking for some time about collaborating on a styled shoot; however, the only problem was we new we had a short period of time before she went back home, and we wanted the shoot to be one of a kind. That my friends is tricky.

We tossed around several ideas, and in our scattered conversation we found ourselves once again talking about our families and upcoming vacations and holidays. As we sipped our iced coffees, we got so excited as we talked about this year’s Christmas and our plans, but we quickly found ourselves in tears because we were laughing so hard. You see, as we continued to discuss family Christmas traditions, we quickly realized that both of our moms, who are avid lovers of antiques and sometimes junk, have our entire life brought out brightly colored vintage Christmas ornaments each year to decorate our families trees. Although we thought of them as tacky when we were growing up, we now found ourselves creating a photo shoot based on these colorful yet boho vintage pieces.

From there, the idea of “I’m Dreaming of a Boho Christmas” was born. We thought it would be fun to feature as many cherished family items in the shoot as possible. Elements such as my great-aunt’s 1930s fur coats, vintage chairs, china plates, and our mom’s ornaments can be found amidst the other boho treasures we decided to use. We created what we thought to be the perfect bohemian Christmas wedding. There was a lounge with one of a kind furniture pieces, an air stream strung with colorful Christmas lights and wooden spools to set your coffee on. The newly married couple had dinner for two on the dock with signature cocktails, more twinkle lights, a cake for two, and of course, our Christmas ornaments. Lastly, they would finish the evening reminiscing about the beautiful wedding they just had under the Georgia oak tree that danced with Christmas lights.We hope you love this unique shoot and that you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

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Christa designed the florals used. The bouquet was a mixture of Queen Ann’s Lace, Wax Flower, and Ranunculus, along with various other wildflowers since they were going for a boho look.

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For the tablescape, Christa used a mixture of greenery along with vintage Christmas ornaments that they collected from their own moms’ holiday stashes. Intertwined in the runner they placed brass candlesticks and pine cones to give it a winter feel.

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Such a gorgeous view.

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Not only did they incorporate vintage ornaments from both of their families, they also used an antique couch that they found at a thrift store, a fur coat passed down from a great aunt, and a camper found on Craigslist.  To top it all off, we added a beautiful couple, multicolored Christmas lights, and a photo-worthy oak tree.

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I can’t get over the fact that they found a vintage CAMPER on Craigslist. That’s styled shoot kismet, if you ask me!

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I mean, how good is that natural light?

Love this bohemian Christmas wedding ideas? See more dreamy wedding inspiration right here.

Photographer: Christa Summers Photography // Event Designer: Bob & Ginger Co. // Event Designer: S. Chapman Designs // Makeup Artist: Helena Bonner // Model: Chyna Hearn // Dress: Maggie Sottero Designs // Dress Store: Uptown Gowns // Event Venue: Three Oaks Farm


Lexi

Easy Kid-Friendly DIY No-Sew Car Blanket

This car blanket post is sponsored by Esurance. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who help to make Glitter, Inc. possible! 

This winter is shaping up to be the season of road trips for our little family. This past weekend, we traveled to Orlando for hubby’s brother’s wedding, and at the end of this week we’ll drive to Charleston for our annual family vacation with my side of the family. We’re also hoping to get to Miami early next year. (2018 is SO soon!)

We’d actually never driven anywhere outside of our current hometown with both girls in tow, so our first road trip as a family of four this past weekend was a good test run for us. I’ve always LOVED taking road trips. As a kid, my mom and dad took all four of us kids on road trips ALL over the country. My siblings and I are all big fans of travel because of it. I just love the adventure of it all, and how easy a car trip makes travel. Just pack up your trunk and go! (Or, in our case, pack up every possible crevice and try not to let the car burst at the seams.)

I was brainstorming ways to make the long drive down to Orlando easier on both us and the girls, and I realized that a warm blanket, made especially for the car, might be just the ticket. Both of our girls are big blankie fans and love being cuddled up in a blanket. An easy kid-friendly DIY no-sew car blanket; even better. When I suggested to Scarlett that we make special blankets for the car, she perked right up and screeched, “A pink one?!”

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So a super soft, PINK blanket seemed totally fitting. I also really wanted to make create something that we could do together. I’m definitely a crafty mom, but I’ve learned with a toddler, that the simpler the project, the better. We headed to our local craft store, bought up the softest pink fabric and a new pair of sharp scissors. We also happened to have enough leftover pink fabric – that my mom had used in the girls’ quilts* – so we were able to make each car blanket using some of their own “special” quilt fabric as well.

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*My mom is an incredible quilter. For each of our girls, she quilted blankets for their rooms using fabrics we chose, handkerchiefs that belonged to my Bubby and Great Bubby, and this incredibly soft pink minky fabric.

As for how to make a kid-friendly DIY no-sew car blanket, it’s actually a lot simpler than you might think!

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Easy Kid-Friendly DIY No-Sew Car Blanket

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

2 pieces of either fleece or minky fabric* (front and back pieces)
spring scissors or fabric scissors (super sharp scissors are key)

*We used two pieces at a yard-and-a-half each, to make a nice size blanket, that would cover either a child or average size adult well. A yard per piece would make a larger-sized baby/toddler blanket. Both fleece and minky are a bit wider than regular fabric on the bold, so even a yard-and-a-half is going to make a good-sized throw blanket rectangle shape.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Start by laying your two pieces of fabric, one on top of the other, with the nice sides OUT on each side. Picture a blanket: you want the top and bottom to each be the pattern and soft side out. Be sure to line them up evenly, one on top of the other so that all of the edges match up, on a hard, flat surface.
  2. Cut strips all the way around the blanket – through both layers – about 3-4 inches in length and about 1 1/2 inches wide. When you get to each corner, cut a roughly 5” by 5” square out of the corner, so that your knots on either edge of each corner meet once tied.
  3. Once you’ve cut your strips, take a top and a bottom strip, one at a time, and tie a knot. You can also double knot them for added security. It really is that easy!

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My three-year old actually helped me tie the knots, and she really was so excited to be “making” her own blanket!

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Family Road Trip Tip: Create a Home Away From Home

When you’re on the road, your car acts as a home base. Creating a project – like a special blanket designated just for the car – brings a feeling of home with you, no matter where your wheels may take you!

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Ready for her road trip!

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Goodness, I love these little cuddle bugs!

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Now when we head off on our family adventures, the girls will each have something extra special and cozy to cuddle up in.

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Have you ever made one of these kid-friendly DIY no-sew blankets? Do you keep blankets in the car for your little ones?

If you make your own DIY blankets, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can check out all of your adorable creations! With so many different fabric options out there, the possibilities are pretty endless. 💗

Photos by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc.

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Lexi

Little Love Notes

A few little love notes to the things I loved most this week, like DIY velvet ribbon bow barrettes, $15 sleep leggings, and freezer cookie dough. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Hello, weekend! We’re on a mini vacation in Orlando this weekend for my brother-in-law’s wedding. We road-tripped down – breaking it up into two days (first day we stayed over in Savannah) and today we’re in Orlando. The wedding festivities start today, so we’ll be busy, busy. I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the weekend over on instagram (lots of fun behind-the-scenes on my insta stories too!), facebook, and twitter. Follow along! How about you? Any exciting weekend plans?

With that, a few little love notes to the things I loved most this week …

Dear DIY’s to try, how to make the prettiest velvet ribbon bow barrettes.

Dear imaginative life, here’s why daydreaming is actually productive.

Dear good to know, this how-to column is really fun — like how to tell a ghost storyhow to survive falling through ice and how to fake a British accent.

Dear wanderlust25 trips of a lifetime to add to your bucket list.

Dear coffee woes, five baristas on the drinks they secretly hate making.

Dear cozy for the holidays, the $15 sleep leggings EVERYONE is talking about.

Dear weekend baking, a recipe for brown butter chocolate chip cookies (that you leave in the freezer so you’ll always have cookie dough on hand!)

Get the origins of these sweet little love notes, here, and catch up on love notes of the past.

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Homemade Chocolate Covered Marshmallows with Crushed Peppermint

Goodness, I’m excited about today’s recipe. Let me start by saying that if you have never experienced the bliss that is a fluffy homemade marshmallow, it is time to hop on that sweet treat bandwagon. (Remember these big and fluffy raspberry marshmallows?) Truly, homemade marshmallows are SO much better than store-bought and making homemade marshmallows is the coolest thing ever. There’s something totally magical about watching sugar whip up into marshmallow fluff, and then just a few hours later, the marshmallow sets into this giant squishy pillow. You sort of feel like a mad scientist in the kitchen and the end result is too much fun.

Dipping these fluffy homemade marshmallows in chocolate and crushed peppermint is just the icing on the cake … errr, marshmallow.

There's nothing like homemade marshmallows. Dipping those fluffy marshmallows in chocolate and crushed peppermint for the holidays is just the icing on the cake ... errr, marshmallow. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc - Homemade Chocolate Covered Marshmallows with Crushed Peppermint by North Carolina foodie blogger Glitter, Inc.

Psst … Looking for other party-worthy recipes for the holidays? Check out our super popular holiday dessert charcuterie snack board, the cutest easy Christmas tree browniesmarbled peppermint barkclassic graham cracker cracksugared cranberries (to top cakes and cocktails), and sparkling pomegranate punch.

There's nothing like homemade marshmallows. Dipping those fluffy marshmallows in chocolate and crushed peppermint for the holidays is just the icing on the cake ... errr, marshmallow. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc - Homemade Chocolate Covered Marshmallows with Crushed Peppermint by North Carolina foodie blogger Glitter, Inc.

So as you can imagine, when Hope, our food contributor, shared this awesome holiday recipe with me, I couldn’t wait to share it!

From Hope:

Pillow soft, fluffy homemade marshmallows seem like such a luxury. They look fancy without taking much hands-on time to make. Dipped in chocolate and crushed peppermint, homemade chocolate covered marshmallows become the perfect treat for your evening hot cocoa, or a beautiful, simple gift perfect for visiting house guests, hostesses, teachers, and more!

There's nothing like homemade marshmallows. Dipping those fluffy marshmallows in chocolate and crushed peppermint for the holidays is just the icing on the cake ... errr, marshmallow. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc - Homemade Chocolate Covered Marshmallows with Crushed Peppermint by North Carolina foodie blogger Glitter, Inc.

Chocolate Covered Marshmallows with Crushed Peppermint

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cold water
  • 3 packages plain gelatin powder
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • powdered sugar, for dusting
  • 1 cup semisweet or dark chocolate
  • 6-8 candy canes, crushed (can also buy crushed peppermint at the store)
  • Optional: In addition to rolling the marshmallows in crushed peppermint, to make the marshmallows themselves peppermint flavored, substitute 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract for the vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Spray a 9×13-inch pan or a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and dust with powdered sugar. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, pour ½ cup of the cold water. Sprinkle the gelatin powder over the water and let it sit for about 10 minutes while you prepare the next steps.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the remaining ½ cup of water, the sugar, corn syrup and salt over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then stop stirring. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to 240 degrees F, using a candy thermometer to check. If you don’t have a candy thermometer you might be able to use a clean meat thermometer. (My parents sent me this candy thermometer spatula earlier this year and it has been perfect for marshmallow and caramel making.)
  • Once the mixture reaches 240 degrees, remove it from the heat. Turn the electric mixer with the gelatin mixture on a low speed and carefully stream the hot sugar mixture into the bowl while the mixer is running. Beware of hot sugar that might splatter if you pour it too quickly or into the whisk! Add the peppermint extract and gradually increase the speed of the mixer to high. Beat on high for about 8-10 minutes, or until white and very fluffy. The mixture should have tripled in volume and will look like marshmallow cream at this point.
  • Spread the marshmallow fluff into your prepared pan. Dust the top of the marshmallows with powdered sugar and let rest for 8 hours, or overnight.
  • After they have set, coat a sharp knife with nonstick cooking spray (this makes cutting cleaner and easier) and cut the marshmallows into cubes. Roll each marshmallow in a bit of powdered sugar to keep them from sticking to each other. If you are not coating them in chocolate and peppermint right away, store the marshmallows in an airtight container until you are ready to use them.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. Pour your crushed candy canes or crushed peppermint in a small bowl.
  • In a medium microwaveable bowl, melt your chocolate by heating it for 1 minute in the microwave, stirring halfway through. Continue to heat the chocolate and stir in 10-second increments until it is fully melted.
  • Tap the powdered sugar off of a marshmallow and dip it in the melted chocolate. The powdered sugar can prevent the chocolate from sticking to the marshmallow. If you are having trouble with the chocolate sticking, try spreading it onto the marshmallow with the back of a spoon. Holding the chocolate-dipped marshmallow over the peppermint bowl, sprinkle crushed peppermint on all of the chocolate covered areas. Place the finished marshmallow on your prepared pan. Repeat these steps with all of the marshmallows you want to cover.

Courses Dessert

Cuisine Candy

There's nothing like homemade marshmallows. Dipping those fluffy marshmallows in chocolate and crushed peppermint for the holidays is just the icing on the cake ... errr, marshmallow. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc - Homemade Chocolate Covered Marshmallows with Crushed Peppermint by North Carolina foodie blogger Glitter, Inc.

Aren’t these chocolate covered marshmallows just so darn pretty?

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Pro tip: top your hot cocoa with one of these fluffy chocolate and peppermint covered marshmallows for the yummiest decadent holiday treat. And of course, don’t forget to Instagram!

(Side note: the Molly Hatch mugs in the pictures are from a few season’s back at Anthropologie, but these mugs … SO cute.)

There's nothing like homemade marshmallows. Dipping those fluffy marshmallows in chocolate and crushed peppermint for the holidays is just the icing on the cake ... errr, marshmallow. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc - Homemade Chocolate Covered Marshmallows with Crushed Peppermint by North Carolina foodie blogger Glitter, Inc.

These peppermint and chocolate covered marshmallows also happen to make great gifts. Stack a couple of your fully cooled marshmallows, wrap them in a bit of cellophane and tie it off with a ribbon and you’ve got the sweetest holiday gifts to hand out.

There's nothing like homemade marshmallows. Dipping those fluffy marshmallows in chocolate and crushed peppermint for the holidays is just the icing on the cake ... errr, marshmallow. Click through for the recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Love these fluffy homemade marshmallows covered in chocolate and crush peppermint? Head to our recipe page to check out what else we’ve been whipping up in the kitchen!

If you make your own holiday chocolate covered marshmallows, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your sweet creations!

Recipe and Photos by Hope Woodhouse for Glitter, Inc.

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Lexi