Float these snowflake-shaped marshmallows in cups of hot chocolate.Get the Marshmallow Snowflakes How-To.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Coat a 12-by-17-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray; line with parchment paper. Spray parchment; set aside. Pour 1/3 cup cold water into the bowl of an electric mixer. Sprinkle with gelatin; let mixture soften, about 5 minutes.

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  • Place sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/3 cup water in a medium saucepan. Cover; bring to a boil. Remove lid; cook, swirling pan occasionally, until syrup reaches 238 degrees (soft-ball stage) on a candy thermometer, about 5 minutes.

  • With mixer on low speed, whisk gelatin mixture, and slowly pour the syrup in a steady stream down the side of the bowl (to avoid splattering). Gradually raise speed to high; beat until mixture is thick, white, and has almost tripled in volume, about 12 minutes. Add vanilla, and beat 30 seconds to combine.

  • Pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet; smooth with an offset spatula. Let stand at room temperature, uncovered, until firm, at least 3 hours or overnight.

  • Coat a 1- or 2-inch snowflake-shaped cookie cutter with cooking spray to prevent it from sticking. Cut out as many individual marshmallows as possible; coat cutter with more spray as needed. Use marshmallows immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

Reviews (34)

136 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 3 star values: 43
  • 2 star values: 17
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 4 stars
12/06/2017
I add 1/2 teaspoon of PEPPERMINT OIL (not extract!) and did what another reviewer below said...I used a 2nd sheet of parchment sprayed with PAM to press the mass of fluffiness flat. I then cut the marshmallows into 1 1/2 inch squares (instead of using a messy cookie cutter) and dusted them all with confectioners sugar by using a mesh strainer from overhead. I put them into a large stainless steel mixing bowl, and add more, tossing them until they were drenched in it. Let them air dry slightly, and eat fresh. Or, you can store them in an old cookie tin, and you can get several weeks out of them. Sometimes, they get a little "crusty" if left too long...but I use those "leftovers" to put on top of the kids hot chocolate, and they still melt into a wonderful treat!
Rating: 1 stars
11/14/2017
All that work for marshmallows? Just tell us how to melt large-sized store bought and make them into a float sheet that's not sticky so we can do this.
Rating: Unrated
12/16/2015
It doesn't "pour" out of the mixing bowl, but just spray a spatchula with cooking spray and scrape it in a big blob onto the pan. Don't bother trying to spread it with a spatchula, it doesn't work. Spray another sheet of parchment and press it flat, then peel it off.
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Rating: 2 stars
12/31/2014
This recipe did not work out for me. After mixing the final mixture for 12 minutes the marshmallow mixture was way too stiff and really, really hard to get out of the bowl. It climbed up my beaters and made a big mess. There is no way on earth that I can get 100 marshmallows out of this stiff, messy blob. The only reason that I gave this 2 stars is because the flavor was decent. Decent, not great. My husband and kids liked the flavor more than I. Anyway, I'll never use this recipe again.
Rating: Unrated
01/06/2013
I have a question: Could you do this recipie with jet puffed marshmallow spread?
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12/29/2012
A little tip, it might be wise to coat your bowl and any utensils with cooking spray because I had major problems getting this out of my mixing bowl.
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Rating: Unrated
12/29/2012
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/423290_10200235370034954_1239740641_n.jpg Not sure if it was something I did wrong since I didn't see where others had this problem but this was very difficult to work with. My mixer had problems & it was VERY sticky to the point most wouldn't come out of the bowl. I ended up putting it in the oven to try and melt it enough to dig it out. Other than the huge mess these were very good. I added peppermint extract and food coloring for a extra pop.
Rating: Unrated
12/18/2012
I made these last night with high hopes and these fell a bit short. They just needed more flavor overall. Next time I make them I will add more vanilla for sure.
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12/14/2010
I've always wanted to try these but want to use honey instead of the syrup. Does anyone know if you can substitute honey for the corn syrup? Anybody tried it? Thank you, Susan
Rating: Unrated
12/12/2010
If you happen to live in a high altitude location the temperature needs to be adjusted. I did not know this. As a result I heated the sugar/corn syrup mixture much to high. As the mixture began to cool it thickened to the point that it burnt out the motor on my mixer. Ugh. Merry Christmas to my trash can. Enjoy the broken mixer. If you live above sea level, please do yourself a favor and seek out supplementary instructions for high altitude cooking. :-)
Rating: Unrated
01/03/2010
instead of light corn syrup, can i use golden corn syrup? my dad accidentally bought the wrong one.. :P
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02/12/2009
I'm allergic to corn do you think you could use rice syrup or wheat syrup?
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02/03/2009
In reply to Mummy9, I too live in QLD, and after doing some research I found out that we call Corn Syrup, "Glucose Syrup" here in Australia. It can be found in Coles or any other supermarket. Enjoy your marshmallows... P.S. I *love* vanilla and I also used a Vanilla Bean in this recipe, they turned out a treat!
Rating: Unrated
02/03/2009
In reply to Mummy9, I too live in QLD, and after doing some research I found out that we call Corn Syrup, "Glucose Syrup" here in Australia. It can be found in Coles or any other supermarket. Enjoy your marshmallows... P.S. I *love* vanilla and I also used a Vanilla Bean in this recipe, they turned out a treat!
Rating: Unrated
01/29/2009
What is corn syrup I live in Austrlai to be exact in the state of Queenslnd I haven't heard about corn syrup can anyone help
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01/05/2009
"Scant tablespoon" just means that it is barely one tablespoon. I think your recipe will turn out fine if you use two tablespoons. I'm not sure how many grams that is. I hope that helps!
Rating: Unrated
01/02/2009
Hello, I'm living in Holland and I have no idea how much a scant is. Can sombody tell me how much gram it is. Is it a bit more than a teaspoon? Please help me, my kids love to make these!
Rating: Unrated
12/17/2008
Not sure how these are going to turn out. Mine were also very sticky and I couldn't spread in the pan very well. not sure what went wrong. I put plastic wrap over top and pressed them out that way instead of using offset spatula. I will try cutting them in the morning. *Fingers crossed*
Rating: Unrated
12/17/2008
these did not work for me. way too sticky, i tried twice. i think b/c i live in a houston - typcially more humid. not sure? bummed.
Rating: Unrated
12/17/2008
Is it really sticky when you are going to pour it in the pan? or did I not mix long enough? please let me know
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12/12/2008
You can get a non animal gelatin type mix at the Health food stores too
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12/12/2008
Queen have youj checked health food stores for kosher Marshmallows? Thats what I use for my Vegan kids:)
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11/30/2008
I have made marshmallows for years. Yes, you may certainly use confectioner's sugar in place of cornstarch. They are wonderful when dipped in melting chocolate. I usually make the marshmallow in a thick layer and let it set up overnight. Then I cut them out using different shaped cookie cutters. I push the large ones onto lollipop sticks and dip them in the melted chocolate. When they are dry, I place them in cellophane bags and tie with a narrow ribbon. A basket of these makes a great gift.
Rating: Unrated
11/28/2008
I have just made some of the peppermint marshmallows (following a slightly different recipe as corn syrup is hard to come by in the UK) I dusted them with a mix of corn flour and icing sugar. I'll definately try these very cute snowlake ones to go in my Christmas hampers. Do you think they'd work in silicone ice cube trays? I'm thinking hearts and stars would be so sweet....
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10/13/2008
I can not have gelatin does any one know what to use instead? I know I miss out on thing because it has gelatin in it.
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06/24/2008
OR, how about dipping them in chocolate and letting them harden? Would any of you who HAVE made them before believe it would turn out good dipped in chocolate? =D
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06/24/2008
Here's an odd question: Can you use powdered sugar to dust the snowflakes with instead of the cornstarch? How about cocoa powder? Very tasty ideas... Just wondering =]
Rating: Unrated
02/25/2008
These are scrumptious! Far superior to purchased marshmallows in both taste and flavour.
Rating: Unrated
01/07/2008
I cant believe that marshmallows is so easy to make until last night I have made them(without candy thermometer). It's very yummy and better than store bought.I live in Thailand where it difficult to get marshmallow in bag.Thanks Martha!. Tucky
Rating: Unrated
01/02/2008
I DECIDED TO TRY DIPPING THESE INTO CHOCOLATE FUDGE, JUST THE BOTTOM EDGE, AND TRY THEM FLOATING ONTOP THE COCOA
Rating: Unrated
01/02/2008
I made these for our New Year's Day Fondue Party for dipping and they were a HUGE hit! For a bit of fun, I crushed some Oreos into a fine powder and rolled the marshmallows in it. Everyone was amazed at how delicious they were and wanted the recipe! I told them it was all thanks to Martha!
Rating: Unrated
12/29/2007
These snowflake marshmallows are so incredibly easy and so delicious! I don't even like marshmallows but I love these! I made two batches to give away to family members on Christmas and everyone loved them and couldn't believe that they were homemade (they didn't realize you can make marshmallows at home). I'll make this many times over! Plus, the kids really enjoyed helping me dust the marshmallows in the cornstarch! We gave the snowflakes away and kept the leftover tidbits for ourselves!
Rating: Unrated
12/21/2007
Make these every year at the holidays. Very easy and the kids love them!
Rating: Unrated
12/21/2007
Make these every year at the holidays. Very easy and the kids love them!