This holiday has been one of our favorite seasons to date. With great #AEOGIFTS, friends and family, it’s no wonder we’re embracing every day with open arms. To make the holidays even better, our favorite DIY guru, Jenni R., from I SPY DIY shows us how to make our very own marshmallows! Check out her recipe below and start sprucing up that hot chocolate. Don’t forget to add critter mittens to make this tasty treat taste look even sweeter.
- Critter Mittens
- 9×13 baking dish, buttered generously
- snowflake cookie cutters, any size
- 1 cup water
- 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons pure vanilla
- 2 – 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, for coating
Step 1: In a stand mixer, fitted with a whisk attachment, add gelatin packets and 1/2 cup water. Let stand for water to soak into the gelatin. (You could use a large bowl and hand mixer if you do not own a stand mixer. Just make sure the bowl is deep enough to avoid anything splattering out. Mixer will become very hot later.)
Step 2: In a saucepan, on high heat, add in sugar, salt, corn syrup, and remaining 1/2 cup water. Stir to combine, and then let mixture come to a boil. Let mixture boil for 1 minute, and then remove from heat.
Step 3: Turn stand mixer on to low to combine the gelatin. Then slowly start to add the hot mixture. Be very careful at this point!
Step 4: Once the hot mixture is combine, turn stand mixer up to high, and mix for 12 minutes. Batter should become white and thick. Turn off mixer to add in vanilla, and then back on briefly to combine.
Step 5: Using a spatula, transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Working quickly, smooth out mixture evenly. (Because holy moly this stuff is sticky!)
Step 6: Using a piece of greased plastic wrap, cover the marshmallow mixture and let sit at least 3 hours. (Or overnight!) Marshmallows will be too sticky to cut out right away.
Step 7: Cookie cutter time! This is where the powdered sugar comes in. As you start to cut out your shapes, coat the marshmallows with a generous amount of the powdered sugar. (I also find it beneficial to coat my cookie cutters with the powdered sugar as I go.)
Step 8: Eat and Enjoy! Or wait and make some hot chocolate to put them in.