Cherry Marshmallows

Homemade cherry marshmallows are a welcome addition to any mug of hot cocoa or chocolate this holiday season. They’re a real treat for the whole family.

Cherry Marshmallows on Savvy Eats

When I wrote about my new favorite Russian tea cake cookies recipe, I mentioned that I am always striving for a balance of flavors when I put together my holiday cookie plates. But I forgot to mention my new secret weapon for gifting said cookie tins: they also include homemade marshmallows.

Last year, in my quest to perfect my creamsicle marshmallows recipe, I made way more marshmallows than Dan and I could ever hope to eat. We’re talking “drink hot cocoa two times a day and some of the marshmallows will still go bad before you can get to them” levels here. So I added a few to each tin of cookies that I handed out to family and friends.

They were an immediate hit. Everyone reported back that they loved having fluffy, pillow-y marshmallows to add to their hot chocolate while they were trimming their trees or watching holiday movies or doing their own holiday baking. So I plan to make “add homemade marshmallows to the cookie plates” an annual tradition – because who doesn’t love homemade marshmallows?

Homemade Cherry Marshmallows // Savvy EatsFor this homemade cherry marshmallow recipe, I used the juice from my maraschino cherries (though store-bought will work just as well!), whipping it in at the last minute or so. Because the cherries themselves don’t contain any dyes, the marshmallows turned an unappealing brown-ish color, so I also added a few drops of gel-based food coloring to make them a pretty pink. This part is totally optional, though it does make everything look a little more appetizing.

We’ve enjoyed these with both milk and dark hot cocoa. If you really want to get fancy, they are also amazing with an almond-spiked hot chocolate (just add a few drops of almond extract or a shot of amaretto).

Want to spike your homemade marshmallows? These chambord marshmallows would be great for the holidays as well!

23 Holiday Cookie Recipes That Use Preserves

It’s cookie baking time! My sister is coming over tomorrow for a day of baking, tree decorating and board games. i.e.: My perfect December day. And you know me – I’m definitely going to be incorporating preserves into some of our cookies. Here are 23 holiday cookie recipes from around the web that put jams, fruit butters and other preserves to good use for a little inspiration:

23 Holiday Cookie Recipes That Use Preserves // Savvy Eats

Almond brittle cookies via The Domestic Front

Apricot kolaches via American Heritage Cooking

Blueberry pecan rugelach via Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Gingerbread linzer cookies via Chocolate Moosey

Grain-free jam thumbprint cookies via With Food + Love

Hazelnut lemon curd cookies via Self Proclaimed Foodie

Jam and sunflower thimbles via Green Kitchen Stories

Jam-filled pecan snowball cookies via Barbara Bakes

Lemon curd sugar cookies

Lemon meringue sandwich cookies via Mind Over Batter

Linzer torte thumbprint cookies via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Peanut butter and jelly cookies via Ari’s Menu

Pimiento cheese cookies via Willow Bird Baking

Pistachio thumbprint cookies with black currant jam via Blogging Over Thyme

Pumpkin butter thumbprint cookies via The Kitchen Prep

Raspberry almond spritz cookies

Raspberry ribbons via Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

Salted marmalade Russian tea cakes

Shortbread sugar cookie bars with strawberry toffee glaze via The Housewife in Training Files

Sparkly apricot rosemary jewels via Spa Bettie

Strawberry lemonade linzer cookies via Neighborfood

Strawberry thumbprint cookies via Cooking on the Front Burners

Tart cherry fudge thumbprints via Running to the Kitchen

Photos from Spa Bettie and Running to the Kitchen.