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Toasted Coconut Marshmallows

Yield 8 dozen (serving size: 3 marshmallows)
These are good as a snack or dropped into a mug of hot chocolate. The mixture for the marshmallows becomes quite thick and requires substantial beating time, so you'll want to use a heavy-duty stand mixer instead of a handheld mixer. Using a stand mixer also makes it safer (and easier) to gradually add the hot gelatin mixture to the beaten egg whites. Use a dough scraper to cut the marshmallows into squares with a quick vertical motion (avoid dragging it as you cut the marshmallows). If the dough scraper sticks to the marshmallows, dust it with powdered sugar.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups flaked sweetened coconut, toasted
  • 2 1/2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (2 tablespoons plus 1 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 3/4 cup cold water, divided
  • 2 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 2/3 cup light-colored corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

Nutrition Information

  • calories 107
  • caloriesfromfat 12 %
  • fat 1.5 g
  • satfat 1.3 g
  • monofat 0.1 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 0.9 g
  • carbohydrate 23.4 g
  • fiber 0.2 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.1 mg
  • sodium 43 mg
  • calcium 2 mg

How to Make It

  1. Line a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with heavy-duty plastic wrap, allowing plastic wrap to extend 1 inch over sides of pan. Lightly coat the plastic wrap with cooking spray. Spread coconut in an even layer in bottom of pan; set aside.

  2. Sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water in a small bowl; set aside.

  3. Combine remaining 1/4 cup of water, 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar, and corn syrup in a large saucepan. Cook, without stirring, over medium-high heat until a candy thermometer registers 260° (about 15 minutes). Remove from heat; gradually stir in softened gelatin (mixture will appear foamy).

  4. While sugar mixture cooks, beat the vanilla, salt, and egg whites at high speed in a heavy-duty stand mixer with whisk attachment until foamy. Gradually add remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until stiff peaks form. Gradually pour in gelatin mixture, beating until very thick (about 5 minutes). Gently spread marshmallow mixture over coconut in prepared pan. Coat 1 side of another sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray. Place plastic wrap, coated side down, over marshmallow mixture. Chill 8 hours or until firm.

  5. Sprinkle powdered sugar and cornstarch over a cutting board. Remove top sheet of plastic wrap. Invert marshmallow mixture over powdered sugar mixture. Using a dough scraper, cut mixture into about 1-inch squares. Store between sheets of wax or parchment paper in an airtight container.