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Pumpkin Pie Marshmallows

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A few weeks ago we had a power outage in our neighborhood. All the neighbors congregated out on the street and the evening became an impromptu party.

Me? The second the power went out, until the second it came back on an hour later, I was gripped in the throes of an anxiety attack. Heart-racing, stomach cramping, worry-ladden anxiety. All because the power was out.

I know, I’m special. Want to be my BFF?

Let me give you some background. At our old house (a mile away from this one) the power would go out about twice a year. No biggie, right? Except that the power would go out for, on average, 17 hours. For no reason. No storm. No car crash. No “bees nesting in the transformer box” (um, hum, that did actually happen).

17 hours isn’t that horrible, I guess. Unless it’s the middle of summer (which is often was). Or if, by chance you’d just dropped a buck and a half at the grocery store the day before on milk, eggs, and other perishables. (And by chance I mean every. single. time.)

Did you know that if your power is out for 17 hours, often including a night, when you get up the next morning you can’t make coffee?

*Shudder*

The year before we moved, the power did its 17 hour off thing. It came back on, everyone was happy. And then, just an hour or so later, it went back of. For another 14 hours.

At that point the anxiety was pretty much instilled. But I think what happened the following month settled it for sure.

Our electric company finally figured out there was some issue in the lines (go figure!) They planned an outage for a Saturday to fix the problem. Okay, good.

We started construction on our master bath the week prior. On the first day, the contractors demo’d the old bathroom and sprayed horrible chemicals all over because of a leak. About five minutes later guess what happened?

Yup. Power out. Give you a guess how long?

We ended up having to go to a hotel, with the kid and the dog. I guess we could have stayed, but getting high wasn’t on my priority list that evening.

So, yeah. I have power outage issues. Like, writing this? Is giving me anxiety.

Good thing I know how to make my own comfort food.

Recently, my friend Lisa posted Toasted Coconut Marshmallows. Immediately something clicked in my head and I decided to make flavored marshmallows too.

Funny thing? I wasn’t going to make pumpkin. These are a result of my dessert ADD. I still have that other flavor tucked in my brain.

Of course, I couldn’t just make pumpkin marshmallows. I had to make them pie inspired, and give them a crust. Duh, this is me we’re talking about.

I used gingersnaps for my crust. I love pumpkin and gingersnap together. But if you don’t like gingersnaps and maybe we can’t be friends anymore, feel free to use graham crackers.

Or, leave off the crust all together. I bet these would be rockin’ in a glass of coffee. I *may* have pulled the crust off a few and done just that.

Pumpkin Pie Marshmallows. Way better than a power outage.

Pumpkin Pie Marshmallows

Ingredients:

  • 30 Gingersnap cookies (or graham crackers), finely ground
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (1 envelope + 1 1/8 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1  cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Put the 1/4 cup cold water and the gelatin in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Allow to sit and bloom while you make the sugar mixture.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat.  Stir, then bring to a boil and do not stir anymore! Heat to 250°F registers on a candy thermometer.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. Attach the mixing bowl to a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and start the mixer on low speed.  Carefully pour the boiling sugar mixture down the side of the mixing bowl.  Increase the speed to medium high and add the salt.  Mix until stiff, shiny and white, about 4-5 minutes.  Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl occasionally with a rubber spatula. (The mixture will be very sticky.)
  5. Turn off the mixer. Add the pumpkin and stir with a spatula as much as possible. Turn the mixer back on medium-high and mix for another 2-3 minutes.  You can test to see if it is ready if you dip a spatula in the mixture and it should form a continuous ribbon off the spatula into the bowl.
  6. Pour the mixture over the crust.  Let it sit at room temperature for at least 8 hours.
  7. Place some powdered sugar in a small bowl. Sprinkle the top of the marshmallows and your knife with powdered sugar. Cut into squares, dipping the top and sides in the powdered sugar to reduce the stickiness. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe slightly adapted from Oven Love.

82 Responses to “Pumpkin Pie Marshmallows”

  1. Kristin posted on September 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm (#)

    We’ve all got trust issues! When I was 6 our power went off in a snowstorm and was out for a few days. I was forever scarred by the fact that we had to heat water on my Grandma’s gas stove and haul it to our house in order to make hot chocolate.
    I would not be having a party with neighbors. I’d be preparing my bomb shelter for the worst.
    I DEFINITELY need to try making my own marshmallows.

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 9th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      I’d be with you in your bomb shelter…making marshmallows. :)

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on September 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm (#)

    I love that you made your own marshmallows with ginger snaps and pumpkin – now THIS is awesome! Are you familiar with the book Marshmallow Madness by Shauna Server? I did a review of her book and it’s all about homemade marshmallows and flavors. You’d love it!!

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 9th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      I’ve seen it, after making my own I totally need my own copy!

  3. Veronica posted on September 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm (#)

    I share the same fear! Once when I was in high school, the power went out for a whole WEEK because of a snow storm (what I get for growing up in Truckee)! Luckily, it’s cold enough that you don’t have to worry about refrigeration issues but talk about boredom issues…. I wish I had some of these to go into my fireplace warmed hot chocolate then!! They look delish :)

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 9th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

      Man, that long? That would be SO hard. I think I’d plan a last minute vaca. ;) Thanks so much!

  4. Emily posted on September 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm (#)

    I love marshmallows! Thanks for stopping by @ It Bakes Me Happy :)

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 9th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks for visiting!

  5. Karyn - Pint Sized Baker posted on September 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm (#)

    Holy F-Bomb!! Those look so good. I’m not ready for pumpkins quite yet, but these have definitely spiked my interest! WOW!! Yes.
    Also, when our power was out for 2.5 DAYS. I was kinda freaking out. They are just so darn inconvenient.

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 9th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      Oh man, 2.5 days, I just got the shivers. Yuck! Thanks Karen, you make me giggle with your f-bomb. :)

  6. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on September 9, 2012 at 6:59 pm (#)

    Hoooooow is this even real life? Pumpkin pie marshmallows? And with a crust, no less? You’re getting all rebellious on me, girlfriend. I suddenly feel really uncool. Like a power outage.

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 9th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Um, and I still have some left. Help a sista’ out. :)

  7. Susan posted on September 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm (#)

    Dorothy, these look wonderful and for sure…comfort food!

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 9th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Thank you! :)

  8. Jenn posted on September 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm (#)

    Oh Dorothy – a pumpkin flavored homemade marshmallow – this is something I must try!

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 10th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      I hope you enjoy! Thanks for reading. :)

  9. Back For Seconds posted on September 9, 2012 at 8:36 pm (#)

    So clever! Love that you gave them a snappy crust ;)
    Ugh, I hate power outages. So annoying.

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 10th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks so much! :)

  10. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on September 9, 2012 at 9:33 pm (#)

    Pumpkin marshmallows with a crust? Pure deliciousness!!! Power outage? Total bummer!!! At least you were able to have a party and enjoy yourself with your neighbors. Now if only I could come take the last few marshmallows off your hands:-)

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 10th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      I wish! I still have some…and they’re still good! :)

  11. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on September 10, 2012 at 3:18 am (#)

    I love pumpkin pie anything Dorothy! I’ve never made my own marshmallows because I’m afraid that it would be so hard! But these look totally manageable. I can only imagine how amazing this would be in a s’more!

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 10th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      I was so scared too, but it was way easier than I thought. Mmmmm….s’mores. Pumpkin s’mores…with chocolate graham crackers… :)

  12. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on September 10, 2012 at 3:44 am (#)

    These look amazing Dorothy! Love that you put a crust on them :) So you.

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 10th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Ha, for sure. Thanks Aimee!

  13. tanya posted on September 10, 2012 at 5:01 am (#)

    I’m not keen on power outages myself. I think it’s because I worry about food going bad and not being able to bake or cook! Which actually might be good sometimes! Love these marshmallows!!! Yummy, I can’t think of anything better for the season!

  14. Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more posted on September 10, 2012 at 5:55 am (#)

    LOL I freak out when the power goes out for like a minute, hours would have killed me! these look like they made the day better though, so at least you have that;p

  15. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos posted on September 10, 2012 at 6:30 am (#)

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the idea of a pumpkin marshmallow with crust and after reading your power outage adventures I’m thankful I’ve never been left in the dark for long :)

  16. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction posted on September 10, 2012 at 7:13 am (#)

    Love this flavor in a marshmallow! I would definitely be adding them to my coffee! :)

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  18. Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate posted on September 10, 2012 at 8:43 am (#)

    So cute!

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 10th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks Katie!

  19. Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik posted on September 10, 2012 at 9:10 am (#)

    What an awesome recipe! Love the pumpkin pie added to a traditional homemade marshmallow recipe :)

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 10th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks Sarah!

  20. Holly posted on September 10, 2012 at 9:34 am (#)

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm These look incredible! I am so LOVING all the pumpkin recipes all over blog land lately!!

  21. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama posted on September 10, 2012 at 10:39 am (#)

    Ok… don’t hate me but I hate gingersnaps! But these marshmallows look out of this world. Also… I am with you on the power outages. In NH… it happens often. In the dead of night, during a snow storm. Now our food doesn’t go bad because well… I have tons of snow I can stick everything outside if need be (I do this… too often!) But no power = no heat. We have gone 2 days before before… Hotels stay for us, kennel for the dogs!

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 10th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      I didn’t like them for the longest time…now I can’t get enough. You could totally use graham crackers, or no crust at all! I don’t think I could handle 2 days. I’d go insane.

  22. Sarah Carletti posted on September 10, 2012 at 11:05 am (#)

    Looks awesome to me. Can we be BFFs? Hee hee. BTW we lost electricity for 3 days and they were the longest days of my life!

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 10th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      I bet! And of course. :)

  23. Erin @ Making Memories posted on September 10, 2012 at 11:57 am (#)

    These just look wonderful! Adding the crust is genius! Sounds amazing! You are a hoot. I love your writing style. It makes me laugh. Thanks for that, even though it’s at your expense with the whole power out thing. That would suck! My dad lost power for 6 days a couple of winters ago. Seriously! I’d lose my mind. What do you do for 6 days without power.

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 10th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks Erin! I try hard to make people giggle. :) God, 6 days. I’d go ballistic. And then eat my weight in chocolate.

  24. Winnie posted on September 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm (#)

    These simply look HEAVENLY
    I’ve just started lately to bake with pumpkin (it’s not common here), and I’ve never even thought of pumpkin and marshmallow – YUMMY !!

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 10th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks Winnie! :)

  25. Michelle posted on September 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm (#)

    These look so delicious! I have been wanting to try making homemade marshmallows ever since my husband bought me a stand mixer last Christmas, but I’ve yet to do so. This is the first recipe I’ve seen that really motivates me to give it a try. BTW, love the new blog design! :)

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 10th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks so much! Have fun with the marshmallows. They were actually way easier than I thought they’d be!

  26. Lisa @akawest posted on September 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm (#)

    Gingersnaps and pumpkin would equal an extra big yum! No one likes power outages, and we all have our anxiety triggers. I would gladly trad you mine. Yep, it’s bad, but I am still smiling.

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 10th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      I love the two together, a great pair. Ah, anxiety. Ain’t it fun??? ;)

  27. Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} posted on September 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm (#)

    Oh these look goooood, Dorothy. Glad I could be your blogspiration. :) Thanks for the mention too.

    The ginger snaps sound perfect with the pumpkin.

  28. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on September 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm (#)

    Um, Dorothy? Have I told you that you’re a genius? ‘Cause you are. I love, love, LOVE homemade marshmallows–but with the addition of pumpkin and gingersnaps???? OMG! Love.

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 10th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Lol, thanks! I think I love marshmallows way more now. :)

  29. Heather @French Press posted on September 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm (#)

    holy cow you are one creative cook:) these look amazingly delicious – and may be how I use up my extra pumpkin

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 10th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks Heather! Oh, I hope you like them if you make them. :)

  30. Kitty posted on September 10, 2012 at 6:31 pm (#)

    oh. My. Goodness. Those pumpkin pie marshmallows are calling my name…..

  31. Kitty posted on September 10, 2012 at 6:32 pm (#)

    Dorothy, Oh. My. Goodness. Those pumpkin pie marshmallows are calling my name!

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 10th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      I wish I could send you the leftovers to get them out of my house! :)

  32. The Better Baker posted on September 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm (#)

    Dorothy – you are so amazing! Creating marshmallows with a crust and pumpkin flavored???? You are just so amazing…..a little wierd, yes, but we all love you so! ;-}

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 11th, 2012 at 9:37 am

      LOL! I embrace my weirdness. :) Thanks so much!

  33. lisa @ Flour Me With Love posted on September 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm (#)

    Oh my! This looks amazing and will be on my fall recipes to try. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 11th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks Lisa!

  34. Karen @ BakingInATornado posted on September 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm (#)

    First, I saw this pic at the hop and had to come over because it sounded so unique. But you def. had me at gingersnap crust. I’m so happy not to be alone! Every pumpkin pie I make of any kind, no matter what the crust is supposed to be, I use gingersnaps. I also make a holiday trifle I use gingersnaps in. So glad to have found this recipe!

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 11th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      Thank you! I love the ginger snap pumpkin combo! So good!

  35. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious posted on September 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm (#)

    You are genius for creating this awesome concoction!

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 11th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you!

  36. Jenn posted on September 11, 2012 at 11:36 pm (#)

    Looks super yummy! How creative. Found your link at Back for Seconds. Stopping over from Bulldogs and Brown Sugar.

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 12th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      Welcome! And thank you!

  37. Jessica posted on September 12, 2012 at 9:11 am (#)

    Those look really good.

    Love for you to link this recipe (and a couple others if you’d like!) to Wonderful Food Wednesday at http://www.athometake2.com. Hope to see you there!

    Jessica @ At Home Take 2

  38. Deirdre posted on September 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm (#)

    I must try these- especially with the gingerbread crust! They look airy and light! Saying Hi from Mom on A Time Out Hop…I host Photo Friday Link Party, I’d love to have you link up this or any other original photo from your blog. Happy Hopping!

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 13th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks so much! I’ll try to come by tomorrow. :)

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  40. Amberly posted on September 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm (#)

    These sound heavenly! I’m so making these for my marshmallow -loving sweetheart. Thanks for posting at Bacon Time’s link party!

    -Amberly

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 16th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      I hope he loves them! :)

  41. Michelle posted on September 15, 2012 at 7:54 pm (#)

    Dorothy,
    OMG, I can’t believe how delicious these look! Well, actually I can because everything you make is delicious looking. I can’t wait to try these now that I’m trying pumpkin recipes daily. Hmmm, power outages? We haven’t had one is years. I can’t even remember the last one, but then I live with a survivalist husband and he’s ready for anything. hehehe
    Michelle

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 16th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      LOL, you’re sweet. I swear, I almost became a survivalist and got a generator after that one!

  42. Frugal Foodie Mama posted on September 16, 2012 at 6:08 am (#)

    This is genius! I have been wanting to try to make homemade marshmallows and this just might be the first ones that I attempt! ;)
    I featured your recipe on my All Things Pumpkin edition of ~A Little Extra Helping of Sunday Potluck~ post today. To check it out and to grab your Featured button, click the link! :)
    http://www.thefrugalfoodiemama.com/2012/09/a-little-extra-helping-of-sunday.html

    • crazyforcrust replied on September 16th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Thank you so much! :)

  43. Debra posted on September 26, 2012 at 9:04 am (#)

    We had that problem when we first moved to the island 19 years ago. Lucky or us it doesn’t happen very often anymore. Yummy recipe.

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  47. Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling posted on September 11, 2013 at 4:30 pm (#)

    What a fun recipe! I kinda freak out when the power goes out too….everyone has their things (right??) I have to watch myself with all my “things” so I don’t pass every last one of them on to my poor kids :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 12th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Ha, I’ve totally passed on so many things Cathy!

  48. CL Griffin posted on October 1, 2013 at 7:58 am (#)

    Be still my heart! This is pumpkin-love heaven! I’ll be making these for a church dinner in a few days–the tractor trailer of pumpkins will arrive for our annual pumpkin patch! After unloading and set-up of hundreds of pumpkins, what is better than some yummy pumpkin-based food?! :-) Of course, I’ll have to make some before then just to make sure they’re okay to serve… ;-) Just please don’t tell my 13-yr-old daughter they’re pumpkin and she’ll eat them–she seems to think that eating 3 pumpkin-based recipes every week for several weeks is a bit much! Thanks for ALL your wonderful recipes!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 2nd, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      I could cook and bake with pumpkin every day this time of year! Thank you so much!

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