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Homemade Marshmallow Peeps

Making Peeps with scratch-made marshmallows tastes SO much better than storebought! Plus you have the freedom to decorate and flavor how you want.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Candy
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candy, easter, gluten free, lower sugar, marshmallow, peeps
Servings: 15
Calories: 191kcal


  • Canola oil spray
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 3 packages (7 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup ice cold water, divided
  • 12 ounces granulated sugar (about 1.5 cups)
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Prepare a 9x13" baking pan as follows: spray lightly with canola oil. Mix powdered sugar and cornstarch together, then pour it into baking sheet. Turn pan around to coat it evenly with the cornstarch mixture. Pour excess into a dish and save it for later.
  • Sprinkle gelatin powder over ½ cup of the cold water in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Heat corn syrup, sugar and the remaining ½ cup water over medium high heat in a medium, covered saucepan for 3-4 minutes. Remove lid and attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pot. Continue cooking until temperature reaches 240°F. (The mixture will begin to boil vigorously before the temperature is reached.)
  • Once the temperature reaches 240°F, immediately remove from heat. Turn stand mixer on low speed and pour hot sugar mixture slowly down the side of the bowl. Once it has all been added, turn mixer to high speed. Continue whipping until marshmallow is white, lukewarm, very thick and fluffy. Turn mixer to low speed and add vanilla. Turn mixer back to high speed and mix until vanilla is incorporated, 30-60 seconds.
  • Pour whipped marshmallow into the baking pan, spreading it evenly with an oiled spatula. Sprinkle the top with leftover cornstarch mixture, saving excess for later. Let sit uncovered for at least 4 hours.
  • When marshmallow is set, cut it with a greased knife or cookie cutters in desired shapes.
  • For making peeps: wet all sides of the cut marshmallow with your finger dipped in water. Toss in colored sugar (see note) to coat.


Colored sugar can be purchased in craft or baking supply stores. You can also make it by mixing a few drops of food coloring with granulated sugar.


Calories: 191kcal