Homemade Heart Marshmallows

Made as either a special Valentine's Day gift or a fun project to do together, these homemade marshmallows are an extra-sweet treat.

Ingredients
nonstick cooking spray
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup cold water

1/3 cup water
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

1. Spray a 9x12 baking dish with nonstick spray. Line the pan with parchment paper and spray again.

2. Spray the bowl of a stand mixer, with nonstick spray, then combine water and gelatin in the bottom. Allow to stand about 5 minutes.

3. Combine sugar, corn syrup, salt and water in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil, making sure to stir and keep the sugar from burning.

4. Stir mixture until it reaches soft-ball stage, 238 degrees, on a candy thermometer. Immediately remove it from the heat. If any of the sugar burned and hardened, carefully and quickly spoon it out now.

5. Stir up the gelatin mixture to remove it from the bottom of the bowl, then turn mixer on low. Pour in the hot syrup, letting it run down the side of the greased bowl. Increase the speed every other minute until it is on high. Beat for a total of 10-12 minutes, until it is white, fluffy and at least twice as much as in the beginning.

6. Add vanilla and beat on medium until combined.

7. Spray a large rubber spatula with nonstick spray and scrape marshmallow mixture into the prepared pan. Spread the top out smooth.

8. Wrap the pan in cling wrap and allow to set overnight.

9. Spray a small heart-shaped cookie cutter with nonstick spray and begin to cut out marshmallows. Re-coat with spray as necessary so the marshmallow won't stick. Store in an air-tight container or bag.

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