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21 Best homemade marshmallow recipes and how to use them

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

Stop buying marshmallows at the store, and start whipping them up yourself (literally!)

Am I the only one who walks down the marshmallow aisle at the store and tries to squish them through the bag? I hope not. If you're a fellow mallow squisher, then try making them at home next time.

Marshmallows always bring back memories of baking in the kitchen with mom or dad. Whether you're making those popular Rice Krispies treats or just dropping a couple into hot chocolate, they're always present. Today, I'm sharing my favorite recipes for making your own marshmallows from scratch.

1. Salted caramel swirled marshmallows recipe

Salted caramel swirled marshmallows

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Add another dimension to your classic marshmallows by making these salted caramel swirled marshmallows. The swirl adds a hint of salt, and the caramel adds a touch of burnt sugar flavor that balances the sweet marshmallow base.

2. Chocolate-hazelnut marshmallows recipe

Chocolate hazelnut marshmallows

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These chocolate-hazelnut marshmallows are the perfect sweet treat for a warm beverage. Try them in your morning coffee for an extra-special morning treat.

3. Marshmallow bunnies recipe

Marshmallow bunnies

These marshmallow bunnies aren't perfect only for Easter and spring holidays but for any time of the year when you want to cheer up little ones.

4. Carrot cake marshmallows recipe

Carrot cake marshmallows

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Turn your favorite bakery cake into carrot cake marshmallows, a delight that will surely impress your guests.

5. DIY marshmallow dollops recipe

D.I.Y. marshmallow dollops
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Try these simple DIY marshmallow dollops, a delicious treat when packaged up in clear craft bags.

6. Cinnamon-covered marshmallows recipe

Cinnamon covered marshmallows
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Cover classic marshmallows in spice, and you've got these gorgeous cinnamon-covered marshmallows, perfect for your late night hot cocoas.

7. DIY s'mores with homemade marshmallows recipe

D.I.Y. s'mores
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End the summer season by making a batch of DIY s'mores and bringing them to a campfire or cookout.

8. Chocolate marshmallows recipe

Chocolate marshmallows
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Swirl these chocolate marshmallows into hot milk for instant hot cocoa.

9. Cream cheese marshmallows recipe

Cream cheese marshmallows

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Try tucking these cream cheese marshmallows into red velvet s'mores like blogger Irvin does on this post.

10. Chocolate malt marshmallows recipe

Chocolate malt marshmallows

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Using malt powder in these chocolate malt marshmallows brings back memories of the favorite childhood beverage Ovaltine, but with a more sophisticated vessel.

11. Almond marshmallows recipe

Almond marshmallows

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We're loving the crushed almonds in these almond marshmallows, a great way to add texture to these goodies.

12. Homemade coconut marshmallows recipe

Homemade coconut marshmallows

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Bring the flavor of the tropics to your kitchen by making these homemade coconut marshmallows.

13. Butterscotch swirled marshmallows recipe

Butterscotch swirled marshmallow

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Throw in some butterscotch chips, and make these butterscotch swirled marshmallows. Think of the possibilities... Grab your favorite bag of candy chips, and swirl them into marshmallows.

Here are some recipe ideas in which you can use your homemade marshmallows: 

14. Caramel marshmallow apples recipe

Caramel marshmallow apples

Get ready for the fall season by dipping these caramel marshmallow apples. Your kids will love you.

15. Toasted marshmallow milkshake recipe

Toasted marshmallow milkshake

Blend up a toasted marshmallow milkshake, and slurp your way into gooey heaven.

16. Marshmallow, caramel and bacon bark recipe

Marshmallow, caramel & bacon bark

This marshmallow, caramel and bacon bark makes a great edible gift.

17. Grilled banana s'mores recipe

Grilled banana s'mores

Grab a dozen bananas, and fire up the grill to make these grilled banana s'mores.

18. S'mores cookie recipe

S'mores cookies

Stuff chocolate and marshmallows together, and create these s'mores cookies for your next party.

19. Inside-out s'mores bars recipe

Inside out s'mores bars

Golden Grahams cereal mixed with chocolate and marshmallows makes these inside-out s'mores bars a perfect afternoon treat.

20. Vegan peanut butter brown rice crispy treats recipe

Vegan peanut butter brown rice crispy treats

Have vegan friends coming over and don't know what to serve them for dessert or as a treat? These vegan peanut butter brown rice crispy treats are just the thing.

21. S'more dessert pizza recipe

S'more dessert pizza

Make pizza night a sweet one with this recipe for s'more dessert pizza.

More marshmallow recipes

Marshmallow-filled sweet potato cupcakes
Gluten-free candy cane marshmallows

Copycat Starbucks marshmallow dream bars

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