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Vanilla Bean Marshmallows [Week 5 of 12 Weeks of Christmas]

homemade marshmallow recipeIf you have ever eaten a homemade marshmallow, it is hard to eat one that comes in a plastic bag from the grocery store ever again. They are so soft and chewy, and full of vanilla flavor. You can make these in any flavor you want, but vanilla bean is my most favorite. There is something almost sexy about seeing teeny, black flecks of vanilla bean in all of that pure white goodness. They are incredible, and hand to heart, use these for a s’mores, and you will think that you have died and gone to heaven. I might have indulged in one of those delicacies this evening. I was too lazy to go outside and turn on the grill, so like a good Girl Scout, I came up with a alternate plan for toasting my marshmallow. I used my kitchen torch on it, and it was so perfect, that I might never make a s’mores outside ever again.

The other day, I was late to teach my class (what else is new?), and I apologized saying that I was late because I was finishing making these marshmallows. My co-teacher looked at me as if I had 3 heads.

“Did you say that you were making marshmallows?”

“Yup. That is what I was doing.” Perhaps the powdered sugar all over me should have been a dead giveaway.

“Why on Earth would you do such a thing? I didn’t even know that you could make a marshmallow”, she replied.

I thought about this for a moment. Why would I make a marshmallow from scratch? Because I can. Sometimes I make things just to see if I can do it. The more challenging the better. Then I got to thinking, I highly doubt that most treats that we eat were created in a factory. Don’t you think that there was a homemade version of most everything at one time or another?

homemade marshmallow recipe3 packets unflavored gelatin
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 vanilla bean (seeded)

homemade marshmallow recipePour 1/2 cup of water into a small bowl. Sprinkle the packages of gelatin over the water. Give it a whisk. Let the mixture sit while you make the sugar syrup.

homemade marshmallow recipeCombine the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, do not stir this mixture.

homemade marshmallow recipeOnce the sugar dissolves, raise the heat to medium-high and cook until a candy thermometer reaches 240 degrees.

homemade marshmallow recipePut the gelatin mixture and the scraped vanilla seeds into the bowl of a stand mixer using the whisk attachment.

homemade marshmallow recipeSlowly pour the sugar mixture into the mixer while on low speed.

homemade marshmallow recipeWhip on high speed for 10 to 15 minutes. It will have gained volume and turned bright white. Add the vanilla.

homemade marshmallow recipeThis is the most important thing to remember, dust the bottom of a 9×13 pan with powdered sugar. Be very generous with the sugar, or you will never get the marshmallow out of the pan. Trust me on this one. Pour the marshmallow out and smooth.

homemade marshmallow recipeLet the pan sit out, uncovered, overnight.

homemade marshmallow recipeThe next day, cut out using a sharp knife, or cookie cutters. Dip the cookie cutters into powdered sugar so that you can get them out. Also, dust the marshmallows again (especially the sides) so they do not stick together.

homemade marshmallow recipeΒ  These are amazing in a cup of hot chocolate.

homemade marshmallow recipeOr just plain. Recipe adapted from Ina Garten.

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Vanilla Bean Marshmallows [Week 5 of 12 Weeks of Christmas]


Ingredients

  • 3 packets unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 vanilla bean (seeded)

Instructions

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of water into a small bowl. Sprinkle the packages of gelatin over the water. Give it a whisk. Let the mixture sit while you make the sugar syrup.
  2. Combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, do not stir this mixture.
  3. Once the sugar dissolves, raise the heat to medium-high and cook until a candy thermometer reaches 240 degrees.
  4. Put the gelatin mixture and the scraped vanilla seeds into the bowl of a stand mixer using the whisk attachment.
  5. Slowly pour the sugar mixture into the mixer while on low speed.
  6. Whip on high speed for 10 to 15 minutes. It will have gained volume and turned bright white. Add the vanilla.
  7. This is the most important thing to remember, dust the bottom of a 9Γ—13 pan with powdered sugar. Be very generous with the sugar, or you will never get the marshmallow out of the pan. Trust me on this one. Pour the marshmallow out and smooth.
  8. Let the pan sit out, uncovered overnight.
  9. The next day, cut out using a sharp knife, or cookie cutters. Dip the cookie cutters into powdered sugar so that you can get them out. Also, dust the marshmallows again (especially the sides) so they do not stick together.

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  1. Heidi @foodiecrush

    October 27th, 2011 at 12:36 am

    We went to a fantastic restaurant last Friday and had a terrific meal, one part of which was a pumpkin soup with homemade marshmallows. Whoa. Divine. And the chef was nice enough to give me the recipe for both. But now I won’t need his with this one right at my fingertips. Thank you ma’am!

  2. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    that sounds weird, but delicious at the same time. I had a soup like that once, with a savory ice cream in it. I forgot all about that until you wrote this.

  3. Shannon

    October 27th, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Your photos of these marshmallows are just so beautiful! The marshmallows themselves look mouthwatering…mmm. I really wish I was enjoying that cup of hot chocolate right now.

  4. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    thank you Shannon!

  5. Mary

    October 27th, 2011 at 7:38 am

    These look delicious!! Mm, I want to make marshmallows now…

  6. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    thanks Mary!

  7. Brenda @ Meal Planning Magic

    October 27th, 2011 at 7:42 am

    These look like pillows of gooey, sticky yumminess! I’ve heard of making marshmallows from scratch and thought they seemed difficult but your pictures and descriptions make it look much easier! Like you, I sometimes make things from scratch just because I can! May have to add these to the long list of to-trys!

  8. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    It is not difficult, maybe a little messy though. πŸ™‚

  9. Bianca

    October 27th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    These look too adorable! πŸ™‚ Love your blog!

  10. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    thank you Bianca!

  11. Tracy

    October 27th, 2011 at 9:18 am

    These are gorgeous!

  12. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    thank you Tracy!

  13. Anna

    October 27th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    These are so incredibly yummy, I just made them! Thank you for sharing. I have just started a little food blog, would be great if you could have a look and follow if you like. Lots of love xxx

  14. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Will do! Good luck.

  15. Piper@GotItCookIt

    October 27th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I really have been wanting to do this too… yeah, “because I can”. I love the shapes and the photograph, congrats on a beautiful posting!

  16. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    thanks Piper!

  17. BreAna {Sugar & Spice & All Things Iced}

    October 27th, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Your marshmallows look AMAZING! I’ve been wanting to try making marshmallows for awhile but I haven’t tried it yet. After reading your post, I can hardly wait!

  18. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    They are fun to make, and once you get the hang of it, you can makes tons of different flavors.

  19. Ronda

    October 27th, 2011 at 11:26 am

    One word: YUM!

  20. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    very much Yum!

  21. Haley

    October 27th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Wow thanks Bree! I have a recipe for marshmallows sitting in my cookbook but never had the courage to try it. But I will now! That post really boosted my confidence. πŸ™‚

  22. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Try it Haley, it is worth the effort.

  23. Nelly

    October 28th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I made these yesterday/today and they turned out so yummy! Thanks for the recipe. I blogged about them too!

    By the way, your shapes turned out so well! My squirrel and snail shapes turned out a bit wonky πŸ™‚

  24. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Great Nelly!

  25. Allison

    October 28th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    What is the best way to store these marshmallows, and how long will they keep? I’m thinking homemade cocoa mix and homemade marshmallows would be great for office Christmas treats!

  26. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Probably a week or so in an airtight container, maybe longer. Mine have never lasted very long. πŸ™‚

  27. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

    October 28th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Why make them? Because you can. Awesome! I have made marshmallows before and they far exceed the store-bought ones. (I’ve also used my kitchen torch for s’mores before. Whatever works!) Beautiful!

  28. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Don’t they? Completely different than what comes out of a bag.

  29. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl

    October 29th, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Just lovely! I’ve been wanting to attempt homemade marshmallows for a long time; thanks for posting this tutorial–after seeing your steps, I think I can do it. πŸ™‚

  30. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    You absolutely can do it Ashley!

  31. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    October 29th, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Love the step by step photos. You make it look so easy. They sound amazing!

  32. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Thank you Barbara, they are pretty easy. Just really sticky. πŸ™‚

  33. Colleen

    October 29th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    There is absolutely nothing like a homemade marshmallow!

    Colleen

  34. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Nope, there really is not, is there?

  35. Mamacook

    October 30th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Fantastic idea, never made my own marshmallows before. Is there something I could substitute for the corn syrup though? Maybe glucose syrup? (Although even that’s a tricky thing to find in the UK!)

  36. bakedbree

    October 30th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I am not sure, but here is a recipe that I found for a homemade version.
    https://www.food.com/recipe/homemade-corn-syrup-substitute-simple-syrup-74080

  37. David

    October 30th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I have been making homemade marshmallows for several years now…. they will keep quite a while in about anything airtight. One tip….. line your pan with non stick aluminum foil and spray it with just a little cooking spray (like Pam) and then you don’t need any powdered sugar to keep it from sticking to the pan. dust the top the next day and then turn it out on a cutting board and peel off the foil with no problem. You can even reuse the foil for 2-3 times for successive batches. The other thing to help keep the mess under control is to spread out plastic wrap on the counter ….. several sheets wide…. then use one of the thin bendable cutting boards on top of the plastic wrap…. and dust with the powdered sugar. Then when you are done cutting you can just roll up the plastic wrap and throw away all of the mess. Mixing the powdered sugar with about 10% cornstarch actually makes for a better mix that won’t allow the marshmallows to stick together. If you pair these marshmallows with real chocolate hot chocolate you will be in heaven!!

  38. bakedbree

    October 30th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    thanks for the tips David, I will try them next time I make them.

  39. Diane {Created by Diane}

    October 31st, 2011 at 2:08 am

    these looks so wonderful!!!!

  40. bakedbree

    November 7th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Thank you Diane!

  41. christie

    October 31st, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    here @ salon equipment sales we like it a lot,,and we are hungry when we see theese kind of pics

  42. bakedbree

    November 7th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    thanks Christie.

  43. Chris K.

    November 2nd, 2011 at 1:48 am

    These look AMAZING! Marshmallows are something I’ve been meaning to start making since my kids can’t have artificial colors and, stupidly, store bought marshmallows almost always have Blue 1 in them! Definitely will have to give these a try!

  44. bakedbree

    November 7th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    once you eat homemade marshmallows, it is hard to eat from a bag ever again.

  45. Natasha

    November 3rd, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    How cute are these?!? I’ve never tried a homemade marshmallow before but now I think I just might!

  46. bakedbree

    November 7th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    they are really fun to make. And to eat. πŸ™‚

  47. Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies

    November 4th, 2011 at 3:31 am

    You make me want to make marshmallows too just looking at your pics.

  48. bakedbree

    November 7th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    thank you Lisa!

  49. Rashawn

    November 4th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Your pictures are so pretty! I do believe I will make these and give them away with coco mixes for the holiday! Looks easy enough, I am up for trying it!

  50. bakedbree

    November 7th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Please do Rashawn!

  51. Jennifer

    November 4th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    The last time I made marshmallows, I had my husband standing by with hot water and soap because the sugar immediately got rock hard on the mixer and was impossible to clean off. Maybe I did something wrong. Not sure. But it is worth it. Homemade marshmallows are so good!

  52. bakedbree

    November 7th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    they are worth the effort. and the mess. πŸ™‚

  53. Emily

    November 7th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Bree these look divine! I may have to try them tonight! p.s I mentioned you and your pretty food pictures on my blog jekferguson.blogspot.com, can’t wait to make these!

  54. bakedbree

    November 7th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    thank you and thanks for the shout out!

  55. Tatoosh

    November 8th, 2011 at 2:43 am

    How much is 3 packets of gelatin? My gelatin comes in boxes or bags, not packets here in the Philippines, so I am not sure the quantity I need to add. Do you have an ounce/gram/tablespoon equivalent?

    Looks scrumptious and I look forward to making these in the future!

    Thanks so much.

  56. bakedbree

    November 8th, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I believe that it is .25 ounces or about 2 1/2 teaspoons.

  57. Tatoosh

    November 8th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you! I take it that is the total amount to add for your recipe. Not the amount in each packet?

    I am making my own vanilla extract and want to try your recipe with my aged rhum extract. And I love the scent of Tahitian vanilla beans, so I think that is going to be my choice for the bean your recipe calls for.

    I really admire that you take the time to try things and not just grab a bag off the shelf at the store. I had heard marshmallows are much better homemade and I will try your recipe, to be sure.

  58. Emmy

    December 3rd, 2011 at 4:53 am

    How in the world did you get the marshmallow to pour out of the bowel? it was so sticky, it stuck to the bowel like crazy. i spent almost as long taking out the marshmallow (spatula, then a plastic spatula, then a plastic spatula with a little water) as I did making the marshmallow creme! It’s definitely lumpy and bumpy and not smooth. I think it’s a good first try. I beat it for 10 minutes, and it was white and thick. is the key to stop beating the moment it turns white?

  59. bakedbree

    December 4th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Work fast, and maybe spray your spatula with cooking spray?

  60. Debby

    December 8th, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    These look DELICIOUS!!! Could you please tell me what speed number you used on your Kitchen Aid mixer ? Mine goes to 10……

    My daughter and I just purchased Homemade from a Specialty store and they were $$$$!!! This would be a wonderful gift for her ! Thanks!

  61. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Start slow and crank it up to 10.

  62. Rosy

    March 17th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Do you know what gelatine is, ugh how can you eat that, pillows of sticky gooey…. dead animal tissue? how sad when there are beautiful vegetarian desserts and treats

  63. bakedbree

    March 18th, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I appreciate that you are passionate about eating the way that you do, but not all people feel the same way. I would never give you a hard time about your choices, so please leave the negative comments to yourself.

  64. Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet

    March 17th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I love homemade marshmallows! These look great!

  65. bakedbree

    March 18th, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Me too!

  66. Sherri

    March 20th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I’d love to try this recipe for “peeps” and I was hoping you could give me an estimate of the thickness of the sheet. I have mini cookie cutters for making the shapes, but they’re not very deep. I’d love to know whether I need to use a half sheet instead of a 9×13 before I pour it into the pan. Thanks!

  67. bakedbree

    March 27th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    You can spread this out as thinly as you would like. I’d use a half sheet pan.

  68. Petitelien

    May 17th, 2012 at 1:30 am

    How many gram in 3 pakages gelatin? Thanks! (I just have gelatin poweder)

  69. bakedbree

    May 18th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I think that a packet has about 2 1/2-3 Tablespoons. I don’t use grams, so I am not sure what the conversion is.

  70. faythe

    May 23rd, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Yum…..must try this
    thanks for the recipe

  71. bakedbree

    May 24th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    you are very welcome.

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