For Dusting • Vegetable shortening or vegetable oil for greasing pan and utensils • 1 cup powdered sugar (125g) • ½ cup cornstarch (65g)

For Marshmallows • ½ cup ice water (118ml) • 3 packets gelatin (0.75 oz) • 2 cups granulated sugar (400g) • 1 cup light corn syrup¹ (236ml) • ½ cup water any temperature (118ml) • ¼ teaspoon table salt • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract • Additional powdered sugar as needed

Prepare a 13×9” (33x23cm) pan by thoroughly greasing the sides and bottom with vegetable shortening (I use Crisco) or a thin layer of vegetable oil. Grease a rubber spatula as well. 

 Prepare dusting powder by whisking together powdered sugar and cornstarch until  well-combined and set aside.

Pour ice water into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and sprinkle gelatin overtop, then stir to combine.

In a medium-sized pot, combine sugar, corn syrup, remaining ½ cup (118ml) water and salt.  Turn stovetop to medium and cook, stirring frequently, until sugar is dissolved.

If you notice sugar crystals on the side of the pot, use a damp pastry brush to gently wash them down the sides of the pot back into the mixture.

Continue to stir until mixture comes to a boil, then attach a candy thermometer to the pot  and continue to cook without stirring until mixture reaches 242F (115C).

Remove syrup from heat and turn stand mixer speed to low. With mixer on low speed, gradually drizzle the hot syrup into the gelatin mixture in a steady stream. 

Once all syrup has been added, gradually increase mixer  speed to high.

Beat on high-speed for at least 10 minutes/until mixture is fluffy, thick, glossy, and greatly increased in volume.

Stir in vanilla extract (or your favorite extract and any food coloring you may wish to use) at this point until completely combined.

Use your greased spatula to pour/spread marshmallow mixture into prepared pan and smooth the surface. 

Sift 2-3 Tablespoons of the dusting mixture (save remaining mixture, you’ll need it) over the surface of the marshmallows.

Let marshmallows sit until firm, about 4-6 hours or overnight. 

Once firm, dust a cutting board generously with about a tablespoon of the dusting mixture and pour the remaining mixture in a bowl.

Turn out the marshmallows onto a cutting board. 

Grease knife or kitchen shears with either shortening or vegetable oil then cut marshmallows  into squares.

Toss marshmallows one at a time in bowl with remaining dusting mixture then enjoy.