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Snickerdoodle Hot Chocolate

  • Author: Molly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes (plus at least 4 hours for the marshmallows to set)
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings (with extra marshmallows) 1x


This Snickerdoodle Hot Chocolate is a cup of pure cozy decadence. Fluffy homemade marshmallows are flavored with cinnamon and vanilla and then coated in cinnamon sugar. They are the perfect accompaniment to cinnamon-spiced hot chocolate made with rich dark chocolate!



For Coating the Marshmallow Pan:

  • Softened butter or nonstick spray
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

For the Cinnamon Sugar Marshmallows:

  • ¾ cup cold water, divided
  • 3 (0.25-oz) envelopes of unflavored gelatin
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste/extract

For the Hot Chocolate:

  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste/extract
  • Pinch of fine salt
  • Additional cinnamon sugar, for serving (optional)


For the Marshmallow Pan:

  1. Liberally grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Whisk together the powdered sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl and then dust the greased dish all over with the mixture.
  2. You want the bottom and all sides of the dish well and evenly coated.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the granulated sugar and cinnamon until well combined. Sprinkle roughly half of the mixture all over the bottom of the pan, shaking the pan around to ensure all the nooks and crannies are evenly coated.
  4. Set aside. Reserve the remaining cinnamon sugar for coating the top of the marshmallows later.

For the Marshmallows:

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add ½ cup of the cold water and sprinkle the gelatin over the top. Allow to sit, undisturbed, for 10 minutes. This allows the gelatin to “bloom.”
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer, combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and remaining ¼ cup cold water.
  3. Heat the mixture over medium-high heat, stirring to help the sugar dissolve.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the thermometer reads 240°F, about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Turn the stand mixer on the lowest speed and VERY CAREFULLY and slowly stream in the hot sugar mixture to the gelatin mixture in the bowl.
  6. Once all of the hot sugar mixture has been added and somewhat incorporated, gradually increase the speed of your mixer to high.
  7. Beat on high for 5 minutes, or until the mixture starts to grow in volume. Stop the mixer and add in the ground cinnamon and vanilla bean paste/extract.
  8. Continue beating the mixture on high for another 5-7 minutes or until it has doubled in volume, is glossy and white, and can hold soft peaks.
  9. Grease a spatula and use it to help pour the mixture from the bowl into the prepared baking dish. Smooth out the top as much as possible with the greased spatula.
  10. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar all over the top of the marshmallows, being sure to spread it as evenly as possible. You can gently tap the pan to help it spread in an even layer. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered at room temperature for a minimum of 4 hours, or until they are set and firm (a little jiggle is good!). They can rest at room temperature for up to 24 hours, if needed.
  11. Dip a sharp knife in powdered sugar and run it around the edges of the pan. Carefully invert the marshmallows onto a surface dusted with powdered sugar. Use the knife to slice the marshmallow into squares (or your desired shape).
  12. If your marshmallows are excessively sticky, dust them with more cinnamon sugar. Leftover marshmallows can sit at room temperature, well wrapped, for up to a week.

For the Hot Chocolate:

  1. Once your marshmallows are ready and cut, start making your hot chocolate by combining the milk, sugar, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan.
  2. Place the pot over medium heat and whisk until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Meanwhile, place the chopped chocolate in a heat-safe bowl and microwave on LOW in 20-second increments, stirring after each session, until it is melted and smooth.
  4. Once the milk is hot but not boiling, whisk the melted chocolate into the pot. Keep stirring until everything is smooth and creamy and well mixed. Add the salt and vanilla and whisk to combine.
  5. Pour into mugs and garnish with the cinnamon sugar marshmallows and a dusting of ground cinnamon.
  • Category: dessert

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