Moonshine Marshmallows

November 27, 2012
1 Ratings
Photo by Clay McLachlan
  • Makes sixteen 2-inch squares
What You'll Need
  • 3 3/4 teaspoons powdered gelatin. Or 5 sheets of gelatin
  • 1/3 cup (2.9 oz / 80 g) water
  • 3 tablespoons moonshine
  • 1/4 cup (1.1 oz / 31 g) cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup (1 oz / 28 g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 cup (5.3 oz / 150 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (2.9 oz / 82 g) light agave syrup
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  1. If you’re using gelatin sheets, fill a medium bowl with ice water and submerge the sheets in the water. If you’re using powdered gelatin, pour the 1/3 cup (2.9 oz / 80 g) of water into a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the surface. Let either stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, sift the cornstarch and confectioners’ sugar into a small bowl.
  2. Line an 8 by 8-inch baking pan with 2 sheets of parchment or waxed paper, laying the sheets perpendicular to each other so that the bottom and all sides of the pan are covered. Sift enough cornstarch mixture into the prepared pan to completely and generously cover the bottom. Reserve the remaining cornstarch mixture.
  3. In a small heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together 1 tablespoon of moonshine, the granulated sugar, agave nectar, 2 tablepoons of water, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil without stirring and cook until the temperature registers 238°F to 240°F on a digital thermometer.
  4. Meanwhile, if using gelatin sheets, lift the softened sheets out of the bowl, squeeze out the excess water, and put the gelatin and the remaining 2 tablespoons of the moonshine in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. If using powdered gelatin, add the bloomed gelatin to the mixer bowl along with 2 tablespoons of the moonshine.
  5. With the mixer turned off, pour all of the hot sugar syrup over the gelatin. Whip on low speed for 30 seconds, increase the medium speed and beat for 30 seconds, and then increase the speed to high and whip for 10 to 11 minutes until the mixture is smooth, glossy, and holds medium-firm peaks. It won’t begin to resemble marshmallow until around the 5-minute mark.
  6. Working quickly, transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and smooth the surface with a greased offset spatula. Let stand at room temperature for 3 to 4 hours until set.
  7. Sift a generous amount of the reserved cornstarch mixture over the surface of the marshmallow. Remove from the pan by running a knife along any stuck edges, and then carefully peel away the parchment paper. Cover all of the edges with the cornstarch mixture. Using a knife or scissors dusted with the cornstarch mixture, cut the marshmallow into 2-inch squares. Generously dust all cut edges with cornstarch mixture to prevent sticking.

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9 Reviews

judy November 20, 2014

I made these with Fireball Whiskey. Cinnamon,slightly boozy heaven.They were easy to make and held up well for weeks in a tin.
NancyfromVictoria April 19, 2014
I just bought pure moonshine no water added to it do you think I should add water ie the 3 table spoons woukd include water.
Leonor Y. January 2, 2013
What is moonshine?
jeffnoel April 1, 2013
as seen below, moonshine is a kind of alcool, see the original comment.
doughman2 December 16, 2012
Sounds great but is there a vegetarian substitution for the geletin? I would like to make marshmallows for my veg friends who miss them!
Judy_N January 8, 2013
You can use powdered agar agar.
Caitlin F. November 30, 2012
We use a corn whiskey (called moonshine) made by Kings County Distillery. Any other alcohol can be substituted; we've loved whiskey, Lillet Blanc, brandy, etcetera.
Maedl November 30, 2012
Moonshine? Does this mean something on the order of schnapps?
AntoniaJames November 28, 2012
Sounds delicious! I'm making all kinds of marshmallows to include in the holiday treat boxes I plan to send in the coming weeks. I most certainly plan to try this recipe! ;o)