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Homemade Marshmallows

Updated on August 15, 2016
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Marshmallows are a light and fluffy treat with limitless options. Give your sweet treats an extra heartfelt touch with custom homemade marshmallows. They are tasty by themselves or a great addition to other desserts.

You can embellish this basic recipe with flavoring and coloring of your choosing and even cut them out with cookie cutters for a cute touch. Peppermint stars for Christmas hot cocoa, neon cubes for a festive parfait or a touch of cinnamon for a sweet and simple snack, the possibilities are endless.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 12-24


  • 2 Tbs. unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Confectioner's sugar, (for rolling)


  1. In a mixing bowl pour cold water over gelatin and set it aside until the gelatin absorbs all the water.
  2. While gelatin absorbs the water, cook 3/4 cup water with sugar until it registers 238 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer.
  3. Add salt and vanilla to gelatin.
  4. Pour hot sugar syrup over gelatin slowly and beat constantly until cool and thick. (add flavoring now if needed)
  5. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan and then coat it with Confectioner's sugar.
  6. Pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan and dust the top with more confectioner's sugar.
  7. Let the marshmallows set for several hours.
  8. Cut your marshmallows into squares or shapes and roll in confectioner's sugar.


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      Alexandria Taberski 5 years ago from Loveland, CO

      Thank you all so much! Granted they are a little off from the store bought marshmallows we're all used to but I think they're tasty and making them look cute is my favorite part:)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I never knew marshmallows were so simple to make. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Gotta try this.

      Voted up, interesting and useful and sharing this on G+1 and facebook. Pinning on pinterest too.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Whaaa! I've never even thought about making my own marshmallows!! This is fantastic! Plus you can make them different shapes and colors and flavors!! hehehehe.. the possibilities ( I think I'm a little excited ^_^) I bet my 3 year old will love them. He asks for marshmallows every night after dinner. Voted up, useful, awesome and shared!!

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      Alexandria Taberski 5 years ago from Loveland, CO

      Thanks, I'm glad you like it:)

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      Danielle Lopez 5 years ago from Arkansas

      This is so cool! I'm sure this is far healthier than actually buying marshmallows. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.


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