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Whimsical Homemade Marshmallow Shapes

Sometimes I think the only reason my girls ask to drink hot chocolate is so that they can watch the mini marshmallows bob up and down, and eat up the delicious confection. When the weather began to get colder I thought this would be a wonderful treat to make for them and they were absolutely delighted to find marshmallow hearts, stars, and even gingerbread men decorating their mugs.

These marshmallows have a taste and texture that is far better than the grocery store ones in the plastic bags. They make absolutely wonderful hostess or teachers gifts and I already have plans to be giving them out along to my daughters’ teachers along with some cocoa mix and a mug. I think both children and adults alike will be delighted with these whimsical creations.

You will need:

Cookie cutters

1 9×13 sheet pan, well greased

A spatula

A mixer

A medium heavy bottom pot

A sieve or sifter for dusting

A whisk

2 tbsp gelatin (or 2 packets of gelatin at 0.25 oz each)

1/2 cup of cold water

1/2 cup of light corn syrup, divided into 1/4 cups

1/2 white granulated sugar

1/3 cup water

A pinch of salt

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Dusting powder (Mix together powdered sugar with corn starch at a ratio of 2:1 sugar to cornstarch)




1) Whisk the gelatin and cold water together in a small bowl and set aside.

marshmallow gelatin

2) In the pot, heat over medium mix together 1/4 cup corn syrup, salt, and water until it begins to boil. Check the temperature often as you want it to reach 240 degrees fahrenheit.

3) Meanwhile, place the remaining 1/4 cup corn syrup and granulated sugar in a mixing bowl. Microwave the gelatin mixture on high for 30 seconds until melted. Add to the syrup in the mixing bowl and beat on medium low.

marshmallow corn syrup sugar

4) When the boiling mixture reaches 240 degrees, slowly pour into the mixing bowl and increase the speed to medium. Whip for 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes increase the speed to high and whip for another 5 minutes. Add vanilla extract and beat for another 2-3 minutes. The mixture should be white, fluffy and have tripled in volume.

marshmallow whipping

5) Grease the sheet pan and spatula well. This will prevent the marshmallow from sticking and make spreading much easier.

marshmallow tray

6) Pour the marshmallow mixture into the sheet pan and spread as evenly as possible. Tap the pan on the counter to get rid of air bubbles.

marshmallow spread

7) Dust the top of the marshmallow with the dusting powder mixture. I discovered that my tea strainer spoon worked wonderfully!

marshmallow dusting

marshmallow dusted

(yeah it gets a bit messy!)

LET REST FOR AT LEAST 6 HOURS! I left mine covered in plastic wrap over night.

8) Once the marshmallow has rested use your finger to lightly pull the marshmallow away from the sides of the pan. Tip the pan over to release the marshmallow onto a flat surface wither dusted with the dusting powder or lined with wax/parchment paper.

marshmallow to cut

9) Select the cookie cutters you wish to use. I find it helpful to dip the cutter in the dusting powder to prevent sticking.

marshmallow cookie cutter powdered

10) Press with even pressure

marshmallow cookie cutter cutting

11) Place your cut marshmallow in the dusting powder and shake to get rid of loose powder

marshmallow shape powdered

What do you do with the left over marshmallow? You melt it down to make rice crispy squares of course!!! Yum.

marshmallow finished cutting

The finished product!

marshmallow final3

marshmallow final

27 comments on “Whimsical Homemade Marshmallow Shapes

  1. Lothebaker
    November 8, 2013

    I always made marshmallow the old way: squared. To cut them into different shapes is really a nice idea!!

    • simplystrikingblog
      November 8, 2013

      Thank you! My next batch I may tint with food coloring as well.

      • Lothebaker
        November 8, 2013

        Sounds great! I’ll copy your idea soon πŸ™‚

  2. Tracie
    November 9, 2013

    These are great! They definitely take the fun factor of marshmallows up a couple of notches.

  3. Regina
    November 9, 2013

    Ohhh I see a cooking project in the Chazman’s and my next future. Thank you for sharing this and showing in steps. I always need ummm mean like steps to see how. ^_^

    Happy SITS Saturday,

    • simplystrikingblog
      November 9, 2013

      Thank you so much. I am glad you like the step by step photos. My camera is smeared and dirty but I love taking photos of the process too haha.

  4. Teresa
    November 9, 2013

    This is so cool. I want to make some now just because. Your photos and step-by-step instructions are so helpful.

  5. Amber
    November 9, 2013

    These look awesome. And tasty!

  6. simplystrikingblog
    November 9, 2013

    Thank you very much, Amber!

  7. Sarah
    November 10, 2013

    Homemade marshmallows are on my recipe Bucket List – those and tamales πŸ™‚ These look delicious! Also, It took me a few days, but I remembered my WP password. Here #belated from SITSShareFest

    • simplystrikingblog
      November 11, 2013

      LOL! Thank you so much. Can’t wait to see you post your tamales recipe on SITSSharefest next week πŸ˜‰

  8. Susannah
    November 11, 2013

    This is such an adorable idea!!! I love it!!!

    • simplystrikingblog
      November 11, 2013

      Thank you so much! And thank you for taking the time to comment πŸ™‚

  9. Katie @ Horrific Knits
    November 17, 2013

    So cute! My name is Katie and I host Fall Into the Holidays. All entries get pinned. I would love to have you link up! This week’s round is still open!

    • simplystrikingblog
      November 17, 2013

      Thank you! And than you for the invite, I am going to visit your site right now! πŸ™‚

  10. Alicia
    November 23, 2013

    I kid you not, I was just thinking how I wanted to do something like this for a Christmas party but I had no idea how to do it. I’m so glad I found your post! I’d love if you could share this idea (and any of your other winter/Christmas-related posts) over at “The Merriest Blog Hop” – The very first of 5 parties leading up until Christmas just started yesterday!

  11. Rei
    November 25, 2013

    How long do the marshamallows last? I am having a winter wedding and giving hot cocoa with cute shaped homemade marshmallows would be so cute! I just want to know how far in advance I can make them πŸ™‚

    • simplystrikingblog
      November 25, 2013

      If you keep them in an air tight container, they should last you 1-2 weeks. Congratulations and good luck πŸ™‚

      • Rei
        November 26, 2013

        Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  12. Rachel
    November 29, 2013

    How much is an inch of salt?

  13. Janna
    December 13, 2013

    My marshmallow doesn’t seem to be hardening? I’m been sitting in the greased up cookie sheet for over 5 hours and it’s still very sticky. Any recommendations?

  14. simplystrikingblog
    December 14, 2013

    Hi Janna, did it wind up setting? It should be soft, but not so soft it wouldn’t hold it’s shape when cut. To handle the stickiness, you need to coat the marshmallows in the powdered sugar. Homemade marshmallows are softer than commercial ones.

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