I used gold pearl decorating dust I found at Sur La Table to give these marshmallows a glow-y look. It’s a really easy way to dress up these simple treats for a fancy occasion—these little sweets look ready to party, do they not?
Dessert | Gluten-Free
Prep time: 35 min | Ready in: 6 hours, 35 min
- Cooking spray
- 3 packages unflavored gelatin (vegetarian substitutions)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Gold pearl decorating dust
- A candy thermometer
- Tin foil
- 9×13-inch cake or jelly roll pan
- Line the inside of the pan with tin foil, then coat well with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine a 1/2 of a cup of cold water with the packets of gelatin and allow to sit until gelatin forms, about 15 minutes.
- In a medium saucepan on medium heat, combine the sugar and a 1/2 of a cup of cold water, then stir until sugar has dissolved—about 3 to 5 minutes. Increase heat to bring mixture to a low boil, and continue to boil until the temperature reaches 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat.
- Slowly pour sugar mixture into the bowl with the gelatin, simultaneously using a mixer on low. Gradually increase speed to high and continue whipping until the mix is thick, about 10 to 15 minutes—imagine the consistency of pourable taffy. NOTE: A stand-up mixer is ideal for this type of recipe, but rest assured, you can do this with an electric hand mixer. I did it—it just requires a little coordination and comfortable shoes.
- Pour the mixture into the pan, smoothing the surface with a spatula. (Spray spatula with cooking spray as needed to keep it from sticking.) Let the marshmallow sit for about 6 hours, uncovered, until completely set.
- Cover a surface larger than the marshmallow slab with powdered sugar and flip the cake pan over so that marshmallow lands on the dusted surface.
- Cut marshmallows in whatever shapes you’d like. (It helps to continually coat the knife or cookie cutters with powdered sugar to keep them from sticking. A pizza wheel is great if you’re just cutting into squares or rectangles.)
- Dust all sides of marshmallow pieces with powdered sugar.
- Pinching a little gold dust in between your thumb and forefinger, sprinkle on the tops of a few marshmallows at a time, then use your finger to gently spread it around. Once pressed into the marshmallow a bit, the dust is so fine that it should stay put. You can also dust the sides…if you have the patience. 🙂
Want more party eats? I’ve put a whole menu together for you HERE.