Homemade Marshmallows in White Ceramic Bowl on Blue Wooden Table

Dessert / Seasonal - Winter

Homemade Marshmallows

Makes 2 Dozen Marshmallows | 1 Marshmallow per Serving Size

Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 6 minutes | Inactive time: 4-8 hours


Diet Style


Tools You'll Need

  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Cutting Board
  • 8x12 or 9x13 Baking Dish
  • Fine Mesh Sieve
  • Saucepan
  • Rubber Spatula


  • ¼ cup confectioners' sugar, for dusting
  • ¼ cup corn starch, for dusting
  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup water, separated into ½ cup portions
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Natural cooking oil for utensils


  1. Whisk Ingredients

    In a mixing bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar and corn starch.

  2. Dust Baking Dish

    Using a fine-mesh sieve, dust an 8x12 or 9x13 baking dish with enough sugar mixture to coat the bottom. Shake the dish and coat the sides. Save the remaining mixture to coat the top of the finished marshmallows.

  3. Set-Up Stand Mixer

    Set up a stand mixer with a whisk attachment or a hand mixer with a large mixing bowl.

  4. Combine Water and Gelatin

    In the mixing bowl, combine gelatin and ½ cup of cold water. Set aside as you make the syrup.

  5. Combine and Cook

    In a medium-size saucepan, combine ½ cup water, sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Cook over medium heat, occasionally stirring to dissolve the sugar.

  6. Cook until Bubbly and Syrupy

    Raise the heat to be medium-high and cook until it's bubbly and syrupy—about 6 minutes. (If you have a candy thermometer, cook till it reaches 240 degrees. It's ok if you don't have a candy thermometer; these are very forgiving.) Remove from the heat.

  7. Start Mixer

    Start your mixer on low speed. Slowly and carefully pour the sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin.

  8. Whip Mixture

    Once you have poured in all the syrup adjust the speed up to high and whip until the mixture is very thick, about 12-15 minutes.

  9. Add Vanilla

    Add the vanilla just at the end and mix thoroughly.

  10. Coat Rubber Spatula

    Coat a rubber spatula with a natural cooking spray such as canola or corn oil.

  11. Pour Mixture into Dish

    Pour the marshmallow mixture into the prepared baking dish, smooth the top, and dust with the confectioners' sugar mixture.

  12. Allow to Stand

    Allow to stand 4 – 8 hours uncovered until it dries out.

  13. Run Knife around Edges

    Run a small paring knife around the edges of our baking dish and turn the marshmallows onto a cutting board.

  14. Cut into Squares

    Spray a large chef's knife or slicing knife with the cooking spray and cut them into squares.

  15. Pat and Serve

    Pat off any excess sugar/corn starch mixture and serve.