Marshmallows: The Basic Recipe

I’ve been playing around tons with this basic marshmallow recipe, adding coloring, cutting and piping it into different shapes…basically having loads of fun when I should probably be cleaning my house or shoveling snow.

I’m finding it’s incredibly versatile, hence these treats for Mateo’s 2nd birthday. The ‘fluff’ was softer than usual after the long beating, so I quickly scooped it into a piping bag and pipped out dozens of ‘M’s and ‘2’s instead of patting the marshmallow mix into a pan.
A dusting of powdered sugar finishes them off.

Aren’t they cute? Shh, he hasn’t seen them yet.
I hope there are some left for his birthday.

I wanted to share this recipe with you without delay, so you can start playing around and not miss out on any of the fun! It’s one of the simplest I’ve seen. Enjoy!

(more photos and tips to come, but this recipe is all you need to get started)

Basic Vanilla Marshmallows
(from the French Laundry Cookbook by Thomas Keller)

3 envelopes of Knox gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cups corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Line a 9×13 pan with plastic wrap and lightly grease all over with vegetable oil.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water. Soak for 10 minutes.

Combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil hard for 1 minute.

Pour boiling syrup into gelatin and mix at high speed. Add the salt and beat for 12 minutes. Add vanilla and incorporate into mixture.

Scrape into a 9 x 15-inch pan and spread as evenly as you can.

Cover marshmallow mixture with another piece of oiled plastic wrap and press mixture into the pan. 

Let mixture sit for a few hours or overnight.

Remove from pan, dredge the marshmallow slab with confectioners’ sugar and cut into 12-20 equal pieces with scissors or a chef’s knife.

Dredge each piece of marshmallow in confectioners’ sugar. Enjoy!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. These look adorable! Your little one? ones? are going to love them!

  2. oh my…so cute…really, so very cute.

  3. This is the exact recipe I used. We've really enjoyed this a lot!

  4. So will you be piping Peeps for Easter? What a wonderful birthday treat for your little guy.

  5. so cute!

  6. What a darling idea! Your kids will go nuts! Actually, it would be fun to do this for am adult party too!

  7. Oh how cute!!

  8. I have only made marshmallows once and we ate them all before I could photograph them! These are super adorable!

  9. They look great!
    Can't wait to try one today!

  10. Anonymous says

    The cutest little marshmellows ever! Full of bad stuff, but I'm going to make them anyway for St. Patty's and Easter. Green with pistachios, or green raw sugar for St. Patty's Day and well too many options to name for Easter, but you can be sure chocolate will be drizzled about.

  11. Too cool Aimee 😉 I'm looking forward to giving these a shot!

  12. How completely brilliant! love the idea of piping them out and not having to cut them! I'm totally doing something with this. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Very cool! I just recently made marshmallows too.

    Happy Birthday to your little guy!

  14. Anonymous says

    Thanks for the recipe I will have to try it with thew children in my Family childcare. Please add my e-mail address to get your blog. Susan [email protected]

  15. What a great idea. I never thought to make my own Marshmellows. The kids will love this – can't wait to try it.

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