It’s that time of year again! No, not the time of year when everyone wears emerald green and drinks Guinness, but the time of year when I remember that I still haven’t bought a shamrock cookie cutter and I’m stuck making clovers out of heart cutters.
You can see from this recipe last year, that St Patrick’s Day 2013 isn’t the first time I’ve had to make do. But that’s not too big a deal because you can make perfectly good clovers using heart-shaped cutters! If you do own a shamrock cutter, by all means get it out and use it, but if you don’t then follow my lead and haul the Valentine’s Day baking accessories out from the back of the cupboard.
These peppermint clover marshmallows are super-easy to make – you don’t even need to use homemade marshmallows – you can use store bought ones. They’re great to eat on their own or are ideal to use as decorations for things like chocolate Guinness cupcakes.
Peppermint Clover Marshmallows
- 12 jumbo white marshmallows
- 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
- green food coloring
- icing sugar
- Place a pan filled with water over a medium heat until it simmers. Put a glass or metal bowl on top and pop the marshmallows into the bowl.
- Leave for 10 minutes or so, until the marshmallows begin to melt. Gently stir with a spoon until they've fully melted into a gooey mess.
- Pour in the peppermint extract and a few drops of green food coloring, stirring all the time and adding more extract and coloring to get the right flavor and color.
- Pour the melted marshmallow mixture into a small flat baking tray or dish and place in the fridge for at least an hour to set.
- When set, sprinkle some icing sugar on top and use a heart or shamrock cookie cutter to cut out individual marshmallows.
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