A few month ago I made homemade marshmallows for the first time. They were fluffy and airy and incredibly easy to make. I used them in some awesome s'mores ice cream sandwiches and was totally smitten with the fact that I could make my own marshmallows from now on. Fast forward to now and I've found my new marshmallow-y obsession: Homemade Marshmallow Creme.
It's smooth, glossy, creamy, and fluffy, and I love it.
Just like marshmallows, Marshmallow Creme is a breeze to make. In fact, I think making Marshmallow Creme might even be easier (which is a little dangerous when you think about it). Whip up some egg whites, make a sugar syrup, combine the two, and whip, whip, whip your way to marshmallow heaven. That's basically the gist of it, for reals. :) And since marshmallow creme doesn't have to "set" like marshmallows do, you can be spooning this stuff into your mouth straight away - I mean, ahem, using it in a recipe. Of course there's a recipe coming up - I always have an ulterior motive. ;)
I think I should mention that I happen to know a marshmallow LOVER who claimed full rights on the marshmallow creme-covered beater, spatula, and spoon once I was done making this stuff. I'm pretty sure that means it gets a huge stamp of approval.Print
DIY Marshmallow Creme
This homemade Marshmallow Cream is incredibly easy to make. Plus, it's so perfectly thick, fluffy, creamy, and glossy, you'll wonder why you ever bothered buying it from the store!
- Yield: about 5 cups 1x
- 3 egg whites
- ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ⅓ cup water
- 5 ½ ounces granulated sugar, divided (¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons)
- 9 ounces light corn syrup (¾ cup)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the cream of tartar over. Beat, increasing the speed to medium-high, until the eggs starts to get light, airy, and frothy. With the mixer running, slowly pour in ⅞ ounce (2 tablespoons) granulated sugar. Continue to beat until firm (but not stiff) peaks form. Set aside.
- Fit a small saucepan with a candy thermometer, or have a reliable digital thermometer ready nearby. Combine water, sugar, and corn syrup in the saucepan and stir together. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and then, using a heat-safe spatula, stir very frequently as you cook the syrup mixture to 240°F, maintaining a consistent boil. Once at 240°F, remove from the heat immediately.
- Start the mixer on second speed and slowly pour the syrup in as it mixes until all of the syrup has been added. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl if needed, and then increase speed to medium-high and beat for another 5 minutes. The mixture should have expanded and you should now have a white creme that's able to hold some shape. Add the vanilla, wipe down the bowl and beater, and beat for about 1 more minute, until the mixture is even in color again and has reached the desired consistency of marshmallow creme.
- Store creme in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Recipe Adapted From: Kimberly Reiner via Martha StewartCopyright protected by Digiprove © 2013
I have made a tray of brownies with the marshmallow fluff as a topping, but I have an extra pan, do you know if I can freeze this?
I really have no clue... marshmallows freeze well, but I haven't tried freezing the creme. Let me know if you do; I'd love to know! Sorry I can't be of more help. :/
So if I were to pipe this would it hold its shape?
You should be able to pipe it while it's fresh. :)
Looks wonderful, and I am going to try it :)
P.S. You have this tagged as dairy free, It should not be, as it he three egg whites inside.... :)
Eggs are animal products, but they technically aren't dairy. ;) Let me know how it goes though, I love this recipe!
I followed the recipe, but used sugar syrup instead of corn syrup. The consistency was great, but the taste was kind of sour. Could it be because of the cream of tartar?
I'm really not sure why you'd end up with a sour taste. If all your ingredients were fresh and measured accurately, that shouldn't happen. :/
I made marshmellow crème from this recipe and it didn't turn out right. it was too soupy and too sweet. what might have I done wrong?
My best guess would be you didn't cook the sugar syrup to the right temperature. If you used a thermometer, you might want to check to see if it's accurate; sometimes they can be off. :/
Do you think I could make an alcoholic version of this? I made Bailey's marshmallows for my cocktail menu at work but they turned out a little bit more dense than I would've liked, I thought fluff would be a better alternative but haven't found a recipe that uses booze anywhere..
I don't see why not! Let me know if you try it - sounds awesome :)
Walter Poole says
Hi, Maybe you can help me? I'm a 80 year old retired man, living in Fl. I was born & lived in Baltimore, Md. for 60 years. I used to love "Marshmallow Do-nuts" from old Ma & Pa Bakeries. Now most of them are gone. The do-nuts had a special slight lemon flavor and were split open and a large gob of very creamery ,soft, gooey marshmallow sat. they would sometimes sprinkle powered sugar on them.
Any suggestions ? Thank you...Walter..
Hmm, My best guess would be (if I'm understanding correctly), make a regular donut with lemon zest added to the dough, and then pipe marshmallow cream into the center once they're baked - similar to the technique used here.
I just want to say that this recipe just saved our Christmas dessert. It was late Christmas eve, and the stores were all closed when we found that we did not have enough marshmallow cream. Thank you Alexandra! It tastes great!
Yay! That's so good to hear!
I made this recipe and loved it! Thank you for sharing.
Awesome! Thanks for taking the time to leave a note! :)