At the Table Baking DIY Holidays

Homemade Marshmallows

No corn syrup needed for these yummy marshmallows!

Yesterday, we went to a local tree farm to find our Christmas tree. Ever since we bought our first home and had kids, we would cut down our own tree. It has become a tradition that we look forward to. We usually play Christmas music as Norah helps decorate the tree. This will be Gideon’s first year being able to participate, but I know he will love putting the ornaments in his mouth #lifeofaoneyearold. Not to mention, the house smells amazing from the fresh cut tree and definitely puts us in the Christmas spirit.

For one thing, we look forward to having nice warm cocoa when we come in from a cold day. For Pete and I, it may be some coffee or tea depending on the time of day. In addition, all these drinks taste so much better with fluffy marshmallows. In fact, my three year old would tell me that marshmallows make everything better. So I better take her advice!

We would usually resort to the store bought marshmallows, but I’m trying to cut out all the ingredients and preservatives that our bodies don’t need. By the same token, we don’t need the sugar either, but I always say have it in moderation. All things considered, homemade marshmallows just taste so much better and they are super easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 3 packets of gelatin
  • Cold water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar for dusting
Directions:
  1. Dust a 9 inch square pan with powdered sugar. Set aside.
  2. Mix gelatin and 8 tbsp of COLD water in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a small pot, mix in sugar and 1/2 cup water on medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved then stir in gelatin.
  4. Let it boil for 1 minute then turn off stove and let sit for 10 minutes.
  5. Pour it into bowl then stir in salt and vanilla extract. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  6. With a hand or stand alone mixer, mix liquid for 15 minutes. At this point, the consistency should be fluffier and thicker than before. The liquid will turn white.
  7. Pour into square pan and let cool in the fridge for 30 minutes to hour.
  8. Whether you use a knife to cut squares or a cookie cutter to make shapes, dust them first in confectioner’s sugar to avoid the marshmallows from sticking to much.
  9. Dust the marshmallows with confectioner’s sugar to keep them from being too sticky.

What are your go to recipes that incorporate marshmallows?

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