Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

Jump to Recipe
Save ItSaved!
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy.

What can be better than warming up to a hot cup of cocoa on a chilly night topped with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows cut out in the shape of a snowflake!

What can be better than warming up to a hot cup of cocoa on a chilly night topped with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows cut out in the shape of a snowflake!Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

This makes for a wonderful homemade gift for the holidays. I also love making homemade Vanilla Bean Sugar as a gift and also delicious in coffee, over french toast or sprinkled on a scone.

Making homemade marshmallows from scratch with agave has been on my list of things to try for a very long time. I modified the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe and replaced the corn syrup with agave and added some fresh vanilla bean and I just loved how these turned out! What a fun project, not very difficult to make as long as you have the right tools; a candy thermometer and a stand mixer are a must.

What can be better than warming up to a hot cup of cocoa on a chilly night topped with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows cut out in the shape of a snowflake!

These are perfect to add to your hot cocoa, to make awesome homemade smores, and even turn into a really pretty hand-made gifts for the holidays!

What can be better than warming up to a hot cup of cocoa on a chilly night topped with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows cut out in the shape of a snowflake!

I really loved this project! So did my older daughter who is a chocoholic and had an excellent excuse to make herself hot chocolate.

Tomorrow I plan on posting a cute idea we came up with using these marshmallows to create adorable holiday gifts, if you are crafty the possibilities are endless!

What can be better than warming up to a hot cup of cocoa on a chilly night topped with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows cut out in the shape of a snowflake!

But these are just as pretty cut into squares and stored in an airtight container.

What can be better than warming up to a hot cup of cocoa on a chilly night topped with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows cut out in the shape of a snowflake!

Have fun!!! You and kids will love them, they are very sweet so a little goes a long way!

What can be better than warming up to a hot cup of cocoa on a chilly night topped with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows cut out in the shape of a snowflake!
What can be better than warming up to a hot cup of cocoa on a chilly night topped with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows cut out in the shape of a snowflake!

What can be better than warming up to a hot cup of cocoa on a chilly night topped with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows cut out in the shape of a snowflake!

What can be better than warming up to a hot cup of cocoa on a chilly night topped with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows cut out in the shape of a snowflake!

What can be better than warming up to a hot cup of cocoa on a chilly night topped with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows cut out in the shape of a snowflake!

What can be better than warming up to a hot cup of cocoa on a chilly night topped with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows cut out in the shape of a snowflake!

What can be better than warming up to a hot cup of cocoa on a chilly night topped with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows cut out in the shape of a snowflake!

What can be better than warming up to a hot cup of cocoa on a chilly night topped with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows cut out in the shape of a snowflake!

What can be better than warming up to a hot cup of cocoa on a chilly night topped with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows cut out in the shape of a snowflake!

What can be better than warming up to a hot cup of cocoa on a chilly night topped with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows cut out in the shape of a snowflake!

What can be better than warming up to a hot cup of cocoa on a chilly night topped with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows cut out in the shape of a snowflake!
Print WW Personal Points
4 from 1 vote
Did you make this recipe?

Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

52 Cals 0.4 Protein 13 Carbs Fats
Prep Time: 35 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Yield: 44 servings
COURSE: Dessert
CUISINE: American
What can be better than warming up to a hot cup of cocoa on a chilly night topped with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows cut out in the shape of a snowflake!

Ingredients

  • 3 packets unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup COLD water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light agave syrup
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 2 tbsp confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Instructions

  • Combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water in a small bowl; let it sit while you make the syrup.
  • Meanwhile, combine the sugar, agave, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a medium sized saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
  • Raise the heat to high and, using caution not to boil over, cook until the syrup reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer (careful it doesn't boil over, this will be hot).
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Add the gelatin mixture and scraped vanilla bean into the bowl of your stand mixer.
  • With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the hot sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Please be careful not to burn yourself with the HOT syrup, do not let the kids do this, you can get third degree burns if the hot syrup touches your skin.
  • Set the mixer to high speed and whip until the mixture expands and is very thick, about 17 minutes.
  • This can be messy so if you have the protective lid attachment that came with your Kitchenaid, you might want to use that.
  • Add the vanilla extract towards the end of the mixing.
  • With a sieve, generously dust the bottom of a 12 x 17 jelly roll pan or large glass baking dish with confectioners' sugar. This is probably the most important step, skipping this step, the marshmallows will stick to the pan and never come off.
  • Pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan, smooth and dust with more confectioners' sugar.
  • Let the marshmallows sit uncovered overnight until they dry out.
  • Use a cookie cutter to make pretty marshmallow shapes or turn the marshmallows onto a board sprinkled with confectioners' sugar and cut them into squares.
  • Dust with more confectioners' sugar to prevent sticking.

Notes

*Depending on the size of your cutouts, the nutritional info will change. I made these twice, first in a large glass casserole but they were too thick. The jellyroll pan was perfect and gave me perfect sized marshmallows for the cookie cutter. Based on that, I got 88 square marshmallows.
Adapted from Ina Garten

Nutrition

Serving: 2marshmallows*, Calories: 52kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 0.4g, Sodium: 13mg, Sugar: 13g
WW Points Plus: 1
Keywords: holiday gift ideas, homemade marshmallows, Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows, homemade vanilla marshmallows, how to make homemade marshmallows

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Rate this Recipe:




67 comments

  1. How much does one packet weigh?
    Thank you

  2. I made these this afternoon – my kitchen is a big sugary mess and I have two Ball jars of a nice syrup from boiling the pot over on the first try but from the taste testing, holy cats these are going to be some awesome marshamallows! Now if they would just hurry up and dry so I can cut them out and put the s'more pops together!!

  3. I made these last year and they were great. I'm making them again right now, but I made an error. I forgot to half the water and so I dissolved my gelatin in a full cup. Oops!! So, I made some adjustments. I put in an extra packet of gelatin and I only used 1/4 cups of water to make the syrup. I'll let you know how they came out. I always think it's good to find fixes for blunders when using recipes b/c we ALL blunder.

    Also, I'm using corn syrup. I found an article that describes how agave is NOT all natural and unprocessed. They like to make it out that it is just squeezed from the plant, but it's processed pretty much the same way corn syrup is and is therefore no healthier. So, I just used what I had.

  4. Is it possible to substitute pectin for the gelatin? If so, how much would I need?

  5. How long do these marshmallows last?

  6. i am vegetarian and am fairly strict about not using gelatin. wondering if you think pectin could work?