The night before Thanksgiving, I stayed at my brother's house in prep for the big day to come. After a long day of traveling we unwound with cocktails he mixed up in his home bar, but as I sleepily tottered off to bed, my sister-in-law disappeared to "make a few things for tomorrow." In the morning, it was as if the Christmas elves showed up early. Besides the various delicious deviled eggs and stuffed celery appetizers, she had made marshmallows! Boy, were they amazing.
If you've never had homemade marshmallows, get excited to eat something heavenly. Dusted in powdered sugar and sectioned into delicate one inch bites, these beauties boast the texture of a cloud-like pillow. Homemade marshmallows are airy, but firm — absolutely not chewy like their inferior jet-puff cousins.
I always assumed that marshmallows belonged with French macarons and croissants in the list of things best left to the professionals. Sure you could make it, but would it really turn out well with my not-so-perfect baking skills? Surprise: Not the case! Although perhaps a bit of a mess, my sister-in-law assured me these were super simple. She had made them on a whim on Thanksgiving Eve after all.
After munching on approximately too many marshmallows to admit, I started thinking about what a great present these would make for neighbors in my building. What better way to say thank you at the holidays for accepting all of my packages than a tin of homemade marshmallows, paired with homemade hot chocolate mix? Plus, with so many cookie plates going around, marshmallows are sure to be a welcome change. Even if they're not printed with your favorite Instagram photos.
First time making marshmallows? Check out Emma's step-by-step guide here: How to Make Fluffy Vanilla Marshmallows.
When you've mastered the technique take it up a notch with these: Copycat Recipe: Chocolate-Dipped Beer Marshmallows
(Image credits: Emma Christensen)