Marshmallow Animals



  • For the marshmallow
  • 3
    (4 ounce) containers colored coarse decorator sugar (all the same color)
  • 2 12
    tablespoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1
    cup water, divided (plus 1 T)
  • 1 12
    cups sugar
  • 14
    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).