Homemade marshmallows are fun to make for special holidays like Easter.
HOMEMADE EASTER CUTOUT MARSHMALLOWS
Making homemade marshmallows is a tradition in our family. It’s not Easter without chocolate covered marshmallow Bunnies and Easter Eggs. We used a few different Easter Cookie Cutters to cut out Easter Holiday shapes.
We make marshmallows occasionally during the year when we have extra time. This past year has been quite hectic and I didn’t think we would have time to keep our tradition going.
Leave it to my grandsons and their fascination with youtube and came across Butter With A Side of Bread’s video for chocolate homemade marshmallows.
They convinced me this recipe was very easy and we could make homemade Easter cutout marshmallows in different Easter shapes in no time at all. That’s never gonna’ happen I’m thinking to myself, but they are very convincing. So I agreed.
We’ve always made marshmallows using Alton Brown’s recipe but when the boys showed me the video from Butter With A Side of Bread’s I thought they might be on to something good.
So we were in a marshmallow cloud this afternoon whipping up soft pillowy marshmallows. With their assistance, creativity and a lot of fun we had beautiful homemade Easter cutout marshmallows.Print
Homemade Easter Cutout Marshmallows
Homemade Easter Cutout Marshmallows. I used Monk Fruit in place of the granulated sugar and it worked perfectly. This recipe is adapted from www.butterwithasideofbread.com homemade chocolate marshmallows recipe.
- Prep Time: 30-40 min.
- Cook Time: 8-12 minutes
- Total Time: overnight set up
- Yield: 3-4 dz.
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: American
- 2 packets of Knox unflavored gelatin
- 2/3 cup of cold water
- 3/4 cup granulated Lakanto Monk Fruit
- 1 1/3 cup Light Corn Syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- For Tray Prep:
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup Monk Fruit confectioners sugar
For Chocolate Dipping: Chocolate Chips
Prepare two 11×14 baking sheets – lightly coat with non-stick spray and top with parchment paper. *Sift the mixture of flour/confectioners sugar to coat the parchment paper.
- In a large bowl add the corn syrup and set aside. The bowl should be quite large since the marshmallow mixture will more than triple in size when you are mixing it to a fluffy texture.
- In a 2 quart saucepan add the cold water and stir in the gelatin continually stirring until dissolved. When the gelatin is dissolved turn on the heat to medium/high and add the sugar. Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved. This only takes a few minutes.
- Pour the hot sugar into the corn syrup in the large bowl and immediately start beating the mixture on high speed using a hand mixer. Add in the vanilla after a few minutes of mixing. Continue mixing until the mixture is fluffy. As noted in the original recipe it takes approximately 10 minutes to get the right consistency.
- Spread the marshmallow mixture onto prepared trays. Sift additional flour/sugar over the fresh marshmallow and set aside at least 8 hours or overnight.
- The next day when the marshmallows have dried cut out desired shapes.
Melt Chocolate Chips for Coating Marshmallows
Cover the counter/table with wax paper and place wire racks on top. Place the dipped marshmallows on the wire racks to drip and dry.
- Over a double boiler melt 1 cup of chocolate chips stirring constantly. Remove the bowl before all the chips are melted. Stirring constantly will help continue to melt the chips.
- Dip the marshmallows in the melted chocolate and place on wire racks over wax paper to set up.
- Cover with sprinkles and let dry.
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The boys had a great time going through the dozens of cookie cutters to find appropriate themed cutters and they picked out a few that weren’t but that didn’t matter. This is really about making memories and having a good time together.
To make this project quick and easy prep the pans with a mixture of flour and confectioner sugar. You can see below in the photo that cutting out the marshmallow shapes was quite easy. The little bit of non stick spray on the parchment is the key.
TIP: Dipping the marshmallows in chocolate is quite a messy job. There could be quite a bit of chocolate dripping so you might want to think about the having the younger kids add the sprinkles after you dipped the marshmallows. It’s hard to keep it contained in one area – I don’t know why but the chocolate just seems to travel everywhere. The sprinkles are yet another story but the vacuum is key with sprinkles, so let the kids have fun!
So I’m shouting out a HUGE thank you to Butter With A Side of Bread’s for her video and a recipe that I will make more often than I did before.
To be fair I made a few changes to the preparation of the pans based on my previous marshmallow making experience which works very well. The kids loved cutting out the marshmallow shapes and everyone loved the delicious homemade Easter Cutout Marshmallows.