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Homemade Marshmallows


Pulling off a homemade marshmallow recipe is easier than you think. This recipe gives you perfectly gooey marshmallows. Sandwich it into a s'more, or just dip your marshmallow in hot chocolate. Friends will definitely want to know where you found the recipe!

  • Yield: Makes 24
homemade marshmallows

Photography: Hugh Stewart

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2006


  • Vegetable oil, for brushing
  • 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin (3 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar


  1. Brush a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish with oil. Line with parchment, allowing a 2-inch overhang on the long sides. Brush parchment with oil; set aside.

  2. Put granulated sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 3/4 cup water into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cook, without stirring, until mixture registers 238 degrees on a candy thermometer, about 9 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, put 3/4 cup cold water into the bowl of an electric mixer; sprinkle with gelatin. Let soften 5 minutes.

  4. Attach bowl with gelatin to mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. With mixer on low speed, beat hot syrup into gelatin mixture. Gradually raise speed to high; beat until mixture is very stiff, about 12 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Pour into prepared dish, and smooth with an offset spatula. Set aside, uncovered, until firm, about 3 hours.

  5. Sift 1 cup confectioners' sugar onto a work surface. Unmold marshmallow onto confectioners' sugar; remove parchment. Lightly brush a sharp knife with oil, then cut marshmallow into 2-inch squares. Sift remaining 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar into a small bowl, and roll each marshmallow in the sugar to coat.

Cook's Notes

Marshmallows can be stored in an airtight container up to 3 days.

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  • tracyphillips68
    24 DEC, 2016
    These marshmallows are so tasty once you've made these you'll never eat shop ones again. I am not normally a marshmallow lover but promise you I'm locking my doors till they've all gone to nice to share. Thank you for sharing this I will be checking out more of your recipes
  • RobinM61
    6 JUN, 2014
    These are fabulous! I've made these since the recipe was first published in Martha Stewart Living (not sure of the issue date), making them each summer. I always get asked for the recipe, ALWAYS! LOL Also, I replace 3 tablespoons of the water with good quality vanilla extract to make them extra vanilla-y! Easy to do and yummy! I also made some for Christmas a couple of years ago, using peppermint candy oil and crushed candy canes--loved these in hot chocolate!
  • remindme
    7 APR, 2013
    My first try was a success. It's actually easy and they are just like the store bought one but softer.
  • shan12
    10 NOV, 2012
    Hello! I love this recipe. I had made marshmallows from another site, and I wasn't too pleased with the results. I decided I wanted to make another atempt of making marshmallows. Insead of going to the same site. I went to the address bar and typed in homemade marshmallows and I searched many sites and then Martha's popped up. I made it last night. The other site to me yo use corn stratch to coat the marshmallows and brside the texture wasn't right either. Martha's came out just right.