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Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

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.
  • Makes
    about 8 dozen


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


  • Generously dust a 13x9-in. pan with confectioners' sugar. In a large bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 3/4 cup cold water.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, salt and remaining water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cook, covered, 3 minutes. Uncover; cook, without stirring, over medium-high heat until a candy thermometer reads 248° (firm-ball stage). Slowly add to gelatin mixture, beating on low speed until incorporated. Add vanilla; beat on medium until thick and doubled in volume, about 10 minutes.
  • Spread into prepared pan. Let stand, covered, at room temperature 6 hours or overnight.
  • Using a knife coated with cooking spray, cut into 1-in. squares. Roll in coconut, pecans or additional confectioners' sugar. Store in airtight containers in a cool, dry place.
Nutrition Facts
1 marshmallow: 34 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 4mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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