Homemade marshmallows are pillowy soft and tender. They are so versatile – you can flavor them with different extracts, tint with assorted colors and cut into desired shapes. Package these peppermint marshmallows in cellophane bags for holiday gifts.Download the Easy Marshmallows guide for more flavor variations
Spray 9-inch square baking dish with no stick cooking spray then coat with some of the confectioners’ sugar. Set aside. Microwave 1/2 cup of the water, granulated sugar and corn syrup in medium microwavable bowl on HIGH 7 minutes. Stir to dissolve sugar. Microwave on HIGH 5 minutes longer. (Mixture will have a slight yellow tint.) Carefully remove hot bowl from microwave.
Meanwhile, place remaining 1/2 cup water in mixer bowl. Sprinkle with gelatin. Let stand 5 minutes. Gradually beat in hot syrup mixture with whisk attachment on medium-low speed. Beat 8 minutes. Increase speed to medium-high. Beat 10 to 12 minutes longer or until mixture is fluffy, shiny and at least tripled in volume. Beat in extracts.
Spread marshmallow mixture in prepared pan. Smooth top with a spatula. Immediately drop food color over top; swirl with toothpick. Sift about 2 tablespoons of the confectioners’ sugar over top. Let stand at room temperature overnight or refrigerate at least 3 hours.
Place remaining confectioners’ sugar in large bowl. Cut marshmallows into 1 1/2-inch squares. Add marshmallows in batches to confectioners’ sugar; toss to coat well. Shake off excess. Store marshmallows in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.
• Microwave syrup mixture in a 4-cup glass measuring cup for easy pouring.
• Microwave ovens vary; adjust cooking times as needed. Cooking times are based on a 1200 watt microwave oven.
Stove Top Directions: Cook syrup mixture in a small heavy saucepan on medium heat until mixture just begins to color and reaches 240°F on a candy thermometer. Continue as directed.