These are fun to make because, honestly, WHO makes homemade marshmallows nowadays?! They’re really not that hard to make, especially if you have a good mixer like a Bosch or Kitchen Aid to whip it up for you. The variations are endless (see below recipe for a few), and they are pretty on any platter of baking. 🙂

Recipe from Company’s Coming Gifts from the Kitchen.

Quick Homemade Marshmallows

1 ½ cups water
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin (1/4oz/7gr each)
2 ¼ cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp icing sugar

Pour water into medium saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over top. Let stand 1 minute.

Add sugar and vanilla. Heat and stir on medium until gelatin and sugar are dissolves. Remove from heat. Cool until you can almost hold your hand on side of saucepan. Beat on high for 15-20 minutes until stiff peaks form.

Sift icing sugar into 9×13” pan until bottom is coated. Turn marshmallow mixture into pan. Chill. Cuts into 77 squares.

Variation #1: omit icing sugar. Divide ½ cup medium coconut into 4 small jars. Add a few drops of a different color food coloring to each. Shake well. Spread coconut on waxed paper, 1 color at a time. Roll marshmallows in coconut. Color more coconut if needed.

Variation #2: Omit icing sugar. Place ½ cup medium coconut in pie plate. Bake in 350F oven for 2-5 minutes, stirring once or twice, until toasted and golden. Cool thoroughly. Coat marshmallows with toasted coconut. Toast more coconut if needed.

Variation #3: Coat each marshmallow square with icing sugar. Melt chocolate on low heat and spread on top of each marshmallow. Top with crushed candy cane or other desired topping.

Google homemade marshmallows for many more ideas of how to decorate them!