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Homemade Marshmallows Recipe

Homemade Marshmallows Recipe

My husband Dale's grandmother fixed these fluffy marshmallows only for special occasions. Since she had no electric mixer, beating the ingredients by hand for 30 minutes was a labor of love. Now, Dale makes them. They're delicious!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + cooling Cook: 20 min. YIELD:48 servings


  • 2 cups cold water, divided
  • 4 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • Toasted sweetened shredded coconut and ground pecans, optional


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup of water and gelatin; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, salt and remaining water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cover and continue cooking for 3 minutes to dissolve any sugar crystals. Uncover and cook on medium-high heat, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 270° (soft-crack stage). Remove from the heat and gradually add to gelatin. Beat on low speed for 3 minutes. Add vanilla; beat on medium for 10 minutes.
  • 2. Spread mixture into a 13-in. x 9-in. pan sprinkled with confectioners' sugar. Cover and cool at room temperature for 6 hours or overnight. Cut into 1-in. squares; roll in coconut or nuts if desired. Store in airtight containers in a cool dry place. Yield: about 8 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 67 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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