Homemade marshmallows from the Butter Baked Goods cookbook

Homemade marshmallows on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’m a sucker for a pretty baking cookbook and one that helps me finally master marshmallows? I’m sold!  I was pretty excited to receive the Butter Baked Goods cookbook just in time for the holiday baking season.  Featuring over 100 recipes for classic baked goods – childhood favorites that you will want to make over and over again—including the recipe for Butter’s Famous Marshmallows – the item that really put the bakery on the map and which now exists in 18 different flavours!

Homemade marshmallows from Butter Baked Goods cookbook on eatlivetravelwrite.comButter Baked Goods began its life as a tiny bakery, opened in 2007 by Rosie Daykin in Vancouver.  Soon after opening, word got out about the bakery’s marshmallows and Butter Baked Goods marshmallows can now be found in over 300 stores (and counting) across Canada, the U.S. and Japan. The recipe for Rosie’s feted marshmallows is just one of the reasons to buy this beautiful book.

Homemade mint marshmallows on eatlivetravelwrite.comI loved that the recipes in Butter Baked Goods are easy-to-follow – making the gorgeous treats so accessible for all levels of bakers (even the marshmallows).  With recipes for homemade treats to celebrate all of life’s milestones – birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, baby showers, bridal showers; or a gloomy, rainy afternoon when you need a little pick-me-up –  Butter Baked Goods is home baking at its very best.

Homemade marshmallow on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’ve bookmarked a fair number of recipes in the book but I was immediately drawn to the marshmallows (especially after tasting them at the Butter Baked Goods launch in the Toronto offices of Random House Canada a few weeks ago). In fact, I have made marshmallows before but wasn’t convinced that they were easy enough to make again. Rosie promised me that I would change my mind about making marshmallows at home once I had made her recipe.

Guess what? She was right. I made these one evening – they literally took under 30 minutes to whip up – and left them on the counter top overnight to set. The next morning, it was a breeze (albeit a messy one, caked in icing sugar!) to cut them and I was thrilled to taste them – the texture was perfect (not too gelatin-y and melt-in-your mouth soft!) and I had flavoured them with mint extract ever so slightly for something a little different. This made a LOT of marshmallows (I cut them smaller than the prescribed 1×1 inch size) so, as with most baking projects, they ended up in my staff room. People were impressed by how “real” they tasted and looked 🙂  I’ll be making these again for holiday treats. Homemade versions of people’s favourite recipes? They are the best!

I’m so excited to be able to share the recipe with you today.

Excerpted from Butter Baked Goods by Rosie Daykin Copyright 2013 Appetite by Random House. Published with permission, originally shared on The Cake Blog.

Yield: 64 1x1-inch marshmallows

Butter's Famous Marshmallows

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Easy homemade marshmallows from the Butter Baked Goods cookbook. Excerpted from Butter Baked Goods by Rosie Daykin Copyright 2013 Appetite by Random House. Published with permission.

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Inactive Time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes


  • 1 cup water
  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla
  • Generous amount of icing sugar to coat the marshmallows, about 2 cups


  1. You will need: 1 (9- × 9-inch) baking pan, buttered
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, pour in 1⁄2 cup of the water and sprinkle with the gelatin.  Set aside to allow the gelatin to soak in.
  3. In a medium saucepan over high heat, add the sugar, corn syrup, salt and remaining 1⁄2 cup of water.  Bring to a rolling boil and continue to boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
  4. Turn the mixer to low and mix the gelatin once or twice to combine it with the water.  Slowly add the hot sugar mixture, pouring it gently down the side of the bowl, and continue to mix on low.
  5. Be really careful at this point because the sugar mixture is smoking hot!  It’s not a job for little ones.
  6. Turn the mixer to high and continue to whip for 10 to 12 minutes until the marshmallow batter almost triples in size and becomes very thick. Scrape down the sides of the bowl frequently to avoid the batter overflowing as it grows. Stop the mixer, add the vanilla, and then whip briefly to combine.
  7. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan and use a spatula or bench scraper to spread it evenly in the pan. Work quickly, as the marshmallow becomes more difficult to manipulate as it sets.
  8. Grease a sheet of plastic wrap with butter and lay it across the top of the marshmallow. Press down firmly on the plastic wrap, to seal it smoothly and tightly against the mixture.
  9. Leave the marshmallow to set at room temperature for at least 3 hours or, even better, overnight. The marshmallow will be too sticky and soft to cut if you try too soon.
  10. Sprinkle a work surface or cutting board with the icing sugar. Run a knife along the top edge of the pan to loosen the marsh­mallow slab. Invert the pan and flip the marshmallow out onto the counter or board. Scoop up handfuls of the icing sugar and rub all over the marshmallow slab.
  11. Use a large knife to cut the slab into 1- × 1-inch squares. Roll each of the freshly cut marshmallow squares in the remaining icing sugar to coat them completely.
  12. If you—and most of your kitchen—are speckled with marshmallow by the time you finish this recipe, fear not! It’s mostly sugar, so a little hot water and elbow grease will have things as good as new in no time.

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Butter Baked Goods the CookbookWin a copy of Butter Baked Goods (Canada)! EDITED TO ADD: CONTEST CLOSED

That’s right – thanks to the kind folks at Random House Canada I have a signed copy of Butter Baked Goods up for grabs for readers in Canada!

To enter:
1. Leave a comment below telling me why you’d like to win the Butter Baked Goods Cookbook.
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Contest closes on Wednesday, December 11th at 6pm EST. Winner will be chosen by random.org and will be notified by email on December 12th 2013.


Disclosure: Random House Canada provided me with a review copy of Butter Baked Goods. I was not required to post about this, nor am I being compensated for doing so. All opinions are my own.


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44 thoughts on “Homemade marshmallows from the Butter Baked Goods cookbook”

  1. Would love to win the butter bakery cookbook! Yet anther book I’ve been eyeing. The photos inside are so adorable and you can tell they make great stuff. And I regret not checking then it when I was in van this summer! 🙁

  2. If the marshmallow recipe and the goregeous photos of your marshmallows are any indication of the quality and ease of the recipes, it would be a delight to work through this book. Thanks!

  3. I have this book on my wish list. I love to make goodies that have the sweet taste of butter and goodies that I know others will appreciate. This book looks like it incorporates that in the recipes,

  4. I have been coveting this cookbook for weeks! The cover is so beautiful and makes you want to bake (and eat) everything on it. I would love to win the cookbook so I can try to make those delicious looking marshmallows!!

  5. Oh, my! Decisions, decisions. All of the treats look delicious. Where to start? The pink cake with khaki trim (?) is delightful. And oh, to have the recipe!! Thanks for the opportunity to win this lovely book.

  6. Gorgeous confectionary, Mardi — they looks like sunset clouds! I’m not eligible for the giveaway, which means I’ll have to buy this book at my local indie. Thanks for the introduction!

  7. Gorgeous marshmallows, Mardi! I want/need/love this cookbook. I’ve heard so many amazing things about it. Thanks for the opportunity! Xo PS – Tweeted about the giveaway as well.

  8. My roommateand I moved to Vancouver last September and stumbled upon Butter Baked goods in Whole Foods and then the bakery itself. They are really really delicious – we seek them out! However, we are both nearing the end of our Master’s programs and will be headed to different sides of the continent. I would love to win this book and share it with her as a way to stay in touch, with delicious treats and skype dates. ^-^

  9. I would like to in this cookbook because the baked goods look so tasty and it would be fun to make them at home. I tweeted (@greenurlifenow)

  10. With three kids I am always looking for delicious cook friendly recipes tgat I can get the kids interested in helping me with. This book looks like a sure hit.

  11. I love the cover of this cookbook – looks so pretty! – that’s one reason I would like to win and also, I would like to attempt the marshmallows – they look scrumptious!! Also, I tweeted.


  12. I would like to win so I can give it to my friend and suggest she make all the recipes and I will be the taste tester for her! That is what friends are for!

  13. Oh, I’d love to win this cookbook… I love classic recipes – you can’t beat them when it comes to baking! It would be so nice to have these recipes at my fingertips when it’s time for a sweet treat.

  14. I absolutely LOVE baking and think this book would be great to add to my collection! It looks like it would be a lot of fun! I am definitely going to try that marshmallow recipe!

    BTW- I tweeted also 🙂

  15. I’ve only ever tried to make marshmallows with egg whites, but I would definitely like to try this eggless version from the book. You are right though, it is quite messy the next morning trying to cut them. I think I tried scissors when I made marshmallows last time. I’m not sure if that was better or worse, lol!

  16. I am the lucky winner. 🙂 Thanks to Mardi, to RandomHouse Canada, and to Rosie Daykin (for the book and the autograph)! This is the most beautiful of recipe books. A delight to touch. The photographs and the small details, like the old-fashioned wallpaper in the inside cover pages, show a loving hand. Not only are the recipes accessible and not-at-all daunting, there are helpful instructions (for example, using piping bags) to help build confidence (much needed in my case). A fabulous book. Thanks again!

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