Prep Time
15 Mins
Cook Time
7 Mins
Chill Time
8 Hours
About 24 (serving size: 1 heart)

Marshmallows in the shape of hearts are the perfect sweet treat to celebrate Valentine's Day.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a bowl, mix cornstarch and confectioners' sugar. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan, then dust with some of the cornstarch mixture, reserving the rest. Pour 1/2 cup cold water into a bowl; sprinkle gelatin on top.

Step 2

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil. Continue cooking until mixture registers 260ºF on a candy thermometer, about 7 minutes. Immediately remove from heat and, with an electric mixer running on medium-high speed, pour into bowl with gelatin mixture.

Step 3

Continue beating until mixture has quadrupled in volume, about 5 minutes. Add vanilla, then add food coloring, if desired, drop by drop, until marshmallow is desired shade of pink. Continue beating for 4 minutes longer, then transfer marshmallow to prepared baking pan. Working quickly, use a silicone spatula or long offset spatula to spread marshmallow before it sets. Cover pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

Step 4

Sift some of remaining cornstarch mixture over a baking sheet. Lift marshmallow from the pan in one single sheet, placing it face down on cornstarch-sugar mixture. Use a lightly greased heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut marshmallow, dusting edges of hearts as you go with more of remaining cornstarch-sugar mixture to prevent them from sticking. Marshmallows will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Ratings & Reviews

ShirleyChef's Review

January 27, 2011
Very sticky and a little messy to make but VERY much worth the effort! I substituted mint extract for the vanilla so I could melt them in hot chocolate. I look forward to making these again and varying how I prepare them. You could make these at Christmas time, Saint Patrick's Day, Fall leaves for Thanksgiving. This recipe worked out just the way it said it would.

AdrianDavis's Review

August 18, 2013

susieq571's Review

February 09, 2011
Oh my heck. I thought I had a dependable stand mixer for this job, but the goo wound up around the beaters and would not beat well. Then when I got most of it in the pan, it wouldn't spread without using a lot of the dusting mixture. Pretty and tasty, but just too messy. It's also so stretchy and stringy, it wants to have a life of its own.

SNSH1NE's Review

December 04, 2013