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Homemade Easter Marshmallows

These bunny-shaped marshmallows are perfect for Easter
Courtesy of McCormick

Bunny-shaped marshmallows are an Easter staple, and luckily this year you don’t even have to leave your house to make this amazing treat. Pair your marshmallows with these Easter recipes perfect for springtime

This recipe is courtesy of McCormick 

Ready in
3 h and 45 m
45 m
(prepare time)
(cook time)
Calories Per Serving


Test Kitchen Tip: To prepare Colored Sugar using McCormick® Nature's Inspiration™ Food Colors, add 1/4 teaspoon desired color and 1 teaspoon water to sugar. Continue as directed.


  • 2 Cups granulated sugar
  • 1 Cup cold water, divided
  • 1/2 Cup light corn syrup
  • 2 envelopes (1/4 ounces each) unflavored gelatin
  • 1 Tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

For the marshmallow color variations

For preparing the marshmallows


For the Colored Sugar, place sugar in large resealable plastic bag. Select your desired Marshmallow Variation in the tips section below and add the designated amount of Food Color with the sugar. Seal bag and knead gently until color is evenly distributed. Spread colored sugar in thin layer on large rimmed baking sheet and break up any large lumps. Allow to dry thoroughly, about 15 to 20 minutes. Sift or press through sieve, if needed. Spray 13x9 baking dish with no stick cooking spray then coat with some of the colored sugar. Set aside.

For the Marshmallows, microwave 1/2 cup of the water, sugar and corn syrup in medium microwavable bowl on HIGH 7 minutes. Stir to dissolve sugar. Microwave on HIGH 5 minutes longer. (Mixture will have a slight yellow tint.) Carefully remove hot bowl from microwave.

Place remaining 1/2 cup water in large mixer bowl. Sprinkle with gelatin. Let stand 5 minutes. Gradually beat in hot syrup mixture with whisk attachment on medium-low speed. Beat 8 minutes. Increase speed to medium-high. Beat 10 to 12 minutes longer or until mixture is fluffy, shiny and at least tripled in volume. Beat in vanilla.

Spread marshmallow mixture in prepared dish. Smooth top with a spatula. Sprinkle some more of the colored sugar on top to coat. Let stand at room temperature overnight or refrigerate at least 3 hours. Reserve remaining colored sugar in large resealable plastic bag or airtight container.

Cut marshmallows with 1- to 2-inch Easter cookie cutters. Add marshmallows in batches to reserved colored sugar in bag; toss to coat well. Shake off excess. Store marshmallows in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

For the marshmallow color variations

Pink Marshmallows: For the Colored Sugar, add 10 drops pink color from McCormick® Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye with the sugar.

Purple Marshmallows: For the Colored Sugar, add 5 drops purple color and 8 drops blue color from McCormick® Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye with the sugar.

Blue Marshmallows: For the Colored Sugar, add 15 drops blue color from McCormick® Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye with the sugar. 

For preparing the marshmallows

To prepare marshmallows as seen in photo: Prepare baking dish as directed, sprinkling Pink, Purple and Blue colored sugars in stripes in bottom of dish. Prepare marshmallows as directed. Decorate top of marshmallows with stripes similar to bottom. Cut into bunny shapes and sprinkle sides with remaining sugar. Melt chocolate chips as directed on package and use to paint or pipe on bunny face, if desired.

Nutritional Facts
Calories Per Serving529
Folate (food)1µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)1µgN/A
Sugars, added133gN/A