Pillowy-soft marshmallows are easy to make at home: Make a hot sugar syrup, whip it with gelatin, and let the mixture set before cutting and dusting with a powdered-sugar-and-cornstarch coating. The marshmallows make fun gifts, and they’re unbeatable on top of hot chocolate or melted in s’mores. Watch Shauna Sever, author of Marshmallow Madness! Dozens of Puffalicious Recipes, make these fun treats in her CHOW Tip video.
Special equipment: A reliable candy/fat thermometer is crucial for getting an accurate read on the syrup.
Game plan: This marshmallow batter can also be cut into shapes with cookie cutters or used to pipe out marshmallow chicks for Easter. (Shauna demonstrates how to make marshmallow chicks in this second CHOW Tip video.)
For the marshmallows:
Variation: Increase the vanilla flavor by adding a scraped vanilla bean or a dab of pure vanilla bean paste along with the vanilla extract.