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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?


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.

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Pumpkin Pie Marshmallows


  • 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
  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper and spray it uniformly with cooking spray.  Mix gingersnap crumbs and butter in a small bowl with a fork. Press into the bottom of the pan and bake for 8 minutes. Let cool.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.
  5. 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.)
  6. 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.
  7. Pour the mixture over the crust.  Let it sit at room temperature for at least 8 hours.
  8. 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.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!!

  3. 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 🙂

  4. I love marshmallows! Thanks for stopping by @ It Bakes Me Happy 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

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

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

  10. 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:-)

  11. 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!

  12. These look amazing Dorothy! Love that you put a crust on them 🙂 So you.

  13. 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. 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. 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. Love this flavor in a marshmallow! I would definitely be adding them to my coffee! 🙂

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  18. What an awesome recipe! Love the pumpkin pie added to a traditional homemade marshmallow recipe 🙂

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

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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 !!

  24. 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! 🙂

  25. 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.

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

    The ginger snaps sound perfect with the pumpkin.

  27. 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.

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

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

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

  31. 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! ;-}

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

  33. 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!

  34. You are genius for creating this awesome concoction!

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

  36. Those look really good.

    Love for you to link this recipe (and a couple others if you’d like!) to Wonderful Food Wednesday at Hope to see you there!

    Jessica @ At Home Take 2

  37. 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!

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


  40. 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

  41. 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! 🙂

  42. 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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  46. 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 🙂

  47. 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!

  48. In the instructions the crust is no where to be found! what size mold do you use? 8×8? 13×9?

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