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Homemade Marshmallows

A quick recipe for fun homemade marshmallows, perfect for gifting or enjoying in your favorite cup of hot chocolate.
Total Time3 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American


  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 2/3 C water divided
  • 1 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 2/3 C corn syrup
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla or 1/2 tsp peppermint extract


  • Lightly coat a 12x17 inch jelly roll pan with vegetable oil, cover completely with parchment paper. Coat parchment paper with powdered sugar, so no paper shows through.
  • Pour 1/3 cup cold water and gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer, allow to soften.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine sugar, corn syrup, salt and remaining 1/3 cup water. Stir occasionally until syrup registers 238°F on a candy thermometer (soft-ball stage).
  • Using a whisk attachment and mixer on low, slowly pour hot liquid down the side of your bowl. Gradually increase speed, continuing to whisk until mixture has nearly tripled in size, 8-10 minutes. Add vanilla or peppermint extract, whisking for 15-30 seconds.
  • Immediately pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet. Smooth with a small offset spatula dipped in hot water. Gently press and spread. Dip spatula in hot water whenever necessary to avoid sticking.
  • Sprinkle well with powdered sugar. Allow marshmallow to set for at least 3 hours. Use cookie cutters or a pizza wheel to cut out desired shapes and sizes. Store in an airtight container.


Slightly adapted from Martha Stewart