Prep 1 hr
Cook 0 mins
This is a homemade version of Peeps that I got out of a newspaper and wanted to save it here in case I ever get the inspiration to try them! The marshmallow recipe is adapted from the September 2005 issue of Country Home magazine. The equipment you will need is a rimmed baking sheet, stand mixer with whisk attachment, a candy thermometer, a wooden spoon, an offset spatula and cookie cutters. Prep time does not include setting up overnight time.
For the marshmallow
- 3 (4 ounce) containerscolored coarse decorator sugar (all the same color)
- 2 1⁄2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup water, divided (plus 1 T)
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- food coloring (gel food colorings are best, but any can be used)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- cooking spray
- cake decorating gel
- Spread the container of the decorating sugar evenly over the rimmed baking sheet; set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the gelatin and 1/2 cup of the water.
- Let stand 25 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a heavy 2-quart saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, sugar, corn syrup and salt.
- Stir well, then add food coloring until desired color is reached (this also can be adjusted later).
- Cook, stirring constantly, over low to medium-low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
- Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, stirring often.
- Clip a candy thermometer to side of pan.
- Reduce heat to medium and boil at a moderate, steady rate, stirring frequently, until the thermometer registers 244 F, about 15 minutes.
- Watch carefully to prevent mixture from boiling over.
- If necessary, reduce heat to medium-low.
- With the stand mixer (with whisk attachment) on low to medium-low, slowly pur the hot sugar mixture into the gelatin mixture.
- Increase mixture to high and beat 15 minutes.
- Mixture should be thick, white and nearly tripled in volume.
- Add the vanilla extract and 1 T water, then beat until combined.
- If marshmallow is not the desired color, add additional food coloring and mix until just incorporated.
- Spray the wooden spoon with cooking spray, then spoon the mixture onto prepared pan.
- Spray the offset spatula with cooking spray, then use it to spread the marshmallow evenly over the pan in 1/3-1/2-inch thick layer.
- Sprinkle a second container of decorating sugar over the marshmallow and use your hands to spread it, coating the marshmallow evenly.
- Let stand, uncovered, overnight.
- Once the marshmallow has set, use cookie cutters to cut animals from it.
- Set them aside, making sure the edges don't touch.
- Once all the animals have been cut, discard the scraps of marshmallow, but save the excess sugar in the pan.
- Gather the excess sugar in a pile and gently roll the edges of the marshmallow animals in it to coat.
- They now can be decorated as desired using the decorating gel.
- This will make 16 large animals (yield varies by cookie cutter size).
in a moment of true absolute insanity, i made this recipe. time consuming, but the peeps were wonderful and i love marshmallows. i probably will never make this again, but everyone should try this recipe, at least once. delicious marshmallows.