Easy (and Festive) Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade marshmallows in shapes of trees, stars, candy canes with tray of hot cocoa bar ingredients
Homemade marshmallows in shapes of trees, stars, candy canes with tray of hot cocoa bar ingredients
Homemade marshmallows in shapes of trees, stars, candy canes with tray of hot cocoa bar ingredients

Today, December 13th, is National Cocoa Day, so what better day to share easy and festive homemade marshmallows could there be?! I’ll start off by saying that neither of these recipes are my own, but I’ve used them both many times and they’re great. This was my first time using cookie cutters to cut out marshmallows to make them even more festive and in this case, Christmas appropriate.

These marshmallow recipes are almost identical with just a couple slight variations and the addition of Nutella in one, obviously. I have to say that I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out and cutting them out into fun shapes was way more fun than just making squares or circles!

Homemade marshmallows in shapes of trees, stars, candy canes with tray of hot cocoa bar ingredients

PLAIN HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS

What You’ll Need

  • 3 packages of unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting

Check out this link for the full recipe and how-to.

Pan of nutella marshmallows swirled and ready to cut

NUTELLA MARSHMALLOWS

What You’ll Need

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 packages of unflavored gelatin
  • 3/4 + 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup Nutella

Check out this link for the full recipe and how-to.

OTHER ITEMS YOU’LL WANT

Candy thermometer

Parchment paper

Cookie cutters (I used this set and they were the perfect size!)

Foil cookie sheets

Sieve (not necessary, but helpful for shaking powdered sugar)

Cookie tin or another airtight storage container to keep your marshmallows fresh longer

Cutting out shapes in marshmallows like snowflakes, gingerbread men, candy cane
Homemade nutella marshmallows in festive holiday shapes like trees, stars, gingerbread men, snowmen
Homemade marshmallows in shapes of candy canes, snowmen, trees, starts, gingerbread men

My biggest piece of advice if you’re making these is that you cannot use too much powdered sugar! These bad boys are STICKY and the powdered sugar is so important to help you get them off the parchment and also when it comes to cutting them cleanly. I found that dipping my cookie cutter(s) in a bowl of powdered sugar in between every cut really helped.

Kennedy enjoyed helping me with the cookie cutting part and although this is a messy job – remember the part about being super sticky and using lots of powdered sugar? – we had a blast together. She’s a great little helper in the kitchen and thought these shapes were so fun. I said festive, right?! I meant it!

Another really fun, easy, and festive idea you could do around the holidays is create a hot cocoa bar. Basically just make your cocoa and then set up a station with all the fixings. Everyone can create their own hot cocoa just to their liking! Below are some ideas for putting together a great hot cocoa bar.

Homemade marshmallows in shapes of trees, stars, candy canes with tray of hot cocoa bar ingredients
Homemade marshmallows in shapes of trees, stars, candy canes with tray of hot cocoa bar ingredients

FOR A HOT COCOA BAR

Your favorite cocoa (a must, obviously!)

Fun mugs

Peppermint or chocolate spoons

Mini marshmallows

Sprinkles

Whipped cream

Gingersnaps or other yummy cookies

Peppermints

Candy canes

Homemade marshmallows in shapes of trees, stars, candy canes with tray of hot cocoa bar ingredients

I shared this as part of a fun celebration of National Cocoa Day with some Instagram friends. To check out all of their cocoa-inspired creations, recipes, and ideas search the hashtag #HotCocoaMamas. Feel free to use the hashtag to share your own cocoa ideas, too.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you got some inspiration and that you’ll try these easy and festive homemade marshmallows for yourself. They are sooo tasty!

Check out all my other holiday inspiration here.

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9 Comments

  1. How did I not know it was national cocoa day?! Definitely joining! 😋 picking some fave mugs and indulging by the fire!

  2. I’ve been dying to try these for our hot cocoa day of advent, but we don’t have a kitchenaid (or candy thermometer) I’m willing to buy the thermometer as that’s not a huge expense, but I’ve never seen anyone make them without a stand mixer. Is it possible?

    1. I would say it’s possible but you’ll definitely need some arm strength and patience! 😉 The whipping can take several minutes but if you have a hand mixer, I think it would still work!

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