Homemade marshmallows are
my a dream come true. They can be as thick and pillowy as you want them to be, melt like buttah in your hot steamy drinks, and one more time just a little bit louder now: they’re HOMEMADE. Can’t beat that business back with a stick.
Easily, so so very easily, you might just swoon from the simplicity of it. This recipe is from Martha Stewart (perfection) and these marshmallows were whipped together in well under an hour (by my 13-year-old). YOU can totally make home made marshmallows, and once you do you’ll
probably absolutely never go back to the store bought nonsense.
Ingredients for Homemade Marshmallows
- 2 1/2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- vegetable spray
- 2/3 cup cold water
- optional: I would add more vanilla or another flavoring to give the marshmallows a little more boom in your mouth, 1 teaspoon wasn’t enough for me
1. Spray a cookie sheet with vegetable spray and line with parchment paper. Spray parchment paper with vegetable spray and put cookie sheet off to the side. In an electric mixer add gelatin to 1/3 cup cold water and leave for 5 minutes or until softened.
2. In a medium saucepan add sugar, corn syrup, salt, and water. Stir to combine. Cover and bring to a boil. Take the lid off and continue cooking until syrup gets to soft-ball candy stage (238 degrees), or around 5 minutes.
3. In the electric mixer with gelatin mixture and water, whisk water and gelatin together until combined. Add saucepan syrup mixture to gelatin and mix. Turn mixer to high and whip mixture together until tripled in volume, about 10 minutes. Add vanilla (and here’s where I would add any other flavor you want or a lot more vanilla) and beat for 30 seconds.
4. Pour the marshmallow mixture onto the baking sheet and smooth with a spatula. Leave marshmallows alone and uncovered to firm up for at least 3 hours (or overnight).
5. (OPTIONAL) If you want to make cute marshmallow shapes: spray the inside of shaped cookie cutters with vegetable spray and cut out marshmallows. Re-coat cookie cutter(s) as needed.
Now get busy eating those marshmallows. If you plan to gift said marshmallows in a cellophane bag with some hot chocolate mix (how nice of you!) let the cut marshmallows sit for another day so they can harden on their own and not stick to one another. I maybe learned from experience, but I’ll never tell, I’m too busy eating my way out of a blissful marshmallow coma.