Posted by Sue
Making homemade marshmallows is messy. Messy but worth it…they are so much more delicious than store-bought. Not that store-bought are bad, just different (and not as good ;)) Plus, homemade marshmallows can be customized by flavor and shape to match the holiday. I thought it would be fun to make some clover shaped, green marshmallows for St. Patrick’s day. To go with them, I whipped up a box mix of brownies, also cut to clover shape…just to balance out the chocolatey and vanilla-y sweetness.
The marshmallow recipe is best to make with older kids and with lots of supervision…the marshmallow ‘goo’ has to get pretty hot. The brownie mix is good for kids of all ages, just lots of pouring and stirring.
What’s your favorite St. Patrick’s day recipe?
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Luck O’ the Irish Sweet Treats
- 1 box brownie mix
- Ingredients called for by your mix. I lined the pan with parchment paper so I could lift the brownies out when they were cool and cut them with my clover shaped cookie cutter.
- 3 Tbs. gelatin
- 1 Cup water
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla or flavoring of your choice
- 1 Cup honey
- Place the gelatin and ½ Cup water in your mixer bowl.
- Place the honey, salt and ½ Cup water in a medium sized pan.
- At this point add your flavoring and if you wish to color the marshmallows, add the coloring now too.
- You will need to put a candy thermometer in the pan and heat the mixture over med. high heat until it reaches soft ball stage (235° F).
- When the honey and water get to soft ball stage, turn your mixer on medium speed and very slowly pour the hot liquid into the gelatin.
- When it is all added turn the mixer on high speed and beat for about 10 minutes. The mixture will be thick and creamy looking.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment and sprinkle a layer of sugar over the paper ( I colored mine by putting it in a gallon sized zip lock back and adding some food coloring paste. Then let out the air and zip the bag shut and knead to blend the color throughout the sugar.)
- Pour the marshmallow into the pan and spread it out.
- Sprinkle sugar evenly over the mixture.
- Cover with another piece of parchment paper and press it smooth.
- Let them cool and cure for at least 4 hours(the longer the better), then remove the parchment.
- You can use a cookie cutter to make the shapes. I shook each in the bag of sugar after I cut them so they weren’t sticky.
- Enjoy your treats!! Also, you don’t have to use sugar to coat them you can use coconut, cocoa, nuts, powdered sugar, cornstarch, the possibilities are endless.
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