Toasted Coconut Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

Yield: 24 large marshmallows

Toasted Coconut Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

Toasted Coconut Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

Delicious homemade pillow soft vanilla bean speckled marshmallows with a generous coating of toasted coconut.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes


  • 4 sachets (3 tbsp + 1½ tsp) gelatin
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1¼ cups golden syrup or light corn syrup
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1½ cups icing (powdered) sugar


  1. Brush a 9x13-inch glass baking dish with oil. Line with parchment paper allowing a 2-inch overhang on the long sides. Brush parchment with oil, set aside.
  2. Put granulated sugar, golden/corn syrup, salt, and ¾ cup water into a medium saucepan. Bring to the boil over a high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cook without stirring until mixture reaches 228°F/110°C on a candy thermometer -around 9 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, put ¾ cup cold water into a bowl of an electric mixer; sprinkle with gelatine. Let soften for 5 minutes.
  4. Attach bowl with gelatine to mixer fitted with whisk attachment. With mixer on low speed, beat hot syrup into the gelatine mixture. Gradually raise the speed to high; beat until mixture is stiff, about 12 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, dry toast the coconut in a frying pan/skillet, stirring often, until slightly browned, set aside to cool. Beat in vanilla bean paste into the stiff mallow mixture. Pour into the prepared dish, and smooth with an offset spatula. Sprinkle the top with the toasted coconut completely covering the sticky mallow surface then set aside, uncovered, until firm, approx. 3 hours.
  6. Sift 1 cup confectioners’/icing/powdered sugar onto a work surface. Unmold marshmallow onto confectioners’/icing/powdered sugar; remove parchment. Lightly brush a sharp knife with oil, then cut the marshmallows into 2-inch squares, wiping and adding more oil to the knife as necessary. Sift remaining ½ cup confectioners’/icing/powdered sugar into a small bowl, and roll each marshmallow in the sugar to coat.


I prefer not to use the icing sugar to coat my marshmallows as they're perfectly sweet without adding further sweetness. Instead, I used a flour sifter and filled it with ½ icing sugar and ½ corn flour (starch).
I also found using a flour sifter so much easier to coat the marshmallows instead of the roll in a bowl method.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 41mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 0gSugar: 40gProtein: 0g

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25 Comments on “Toasted Coconut Vanilla Bean Marshmallows”

  1. Rebecca September 3, 2012 @10:05 pm Reply

    Hurray! - you made them!
    Now you can have fun playing with the ingredients :)
    I've made some with a couple of tablespoons of fresh fruit purée added at the end, which
    were lovely but took a bit longer to set, and obviously don't last as long. Not that they last long in our house anyway.I love them dipped in chocolate and coconut, but I must admit there's something about the simple vanilla good on hot chocolate, and AMAZING in rocky road!
    Becca X

  2. Pamela September 3, 2012 @11:56 pm Reply

    These look YUMMY! I am glad you shared this recipe, I will be making these. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel September 4, 2012 @12:20 am Reply

    Oh man, girl. I'm swooning! Coconut is my jam and I'm game for anything it's sprinkled on, espesh if that 'anything' is homemade marshmallows as puffy and fluffy and gorgeous as these are! I don't know why I've never made my own mallows before, but that's about to change now.

  4. sally @ sallys baking addiction September 4, 2012 @1:14 am Reply

    I've never attempted to make my own marshmallows before! What a delicious spin on them, I feel like they pair up wonderfully! I can only imagine how tasty one of these would be in a smore!

  5. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust September 4, 2012 @2:11 am Reply

    Oh my gosh Lisa, I love this! It's so amazing, and even better? It just gave me the most awesomest idea. You're a bloggy inspiration!

  6. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction September 4, 2012 @2:24 pm Reply

    I love toasted coconut and with homemade vanilla bean marshmallows?! I want!

  7. veronica lee September 4, 2012 @4:03 pm Reply

    Looks yummy!!

    Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog!
    Have a nice day!

  8. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) September 4, 2012 @8:47 pm Reply

    I intend to make homemade marshmallows as soon as I get a stand mixer---these look so good! I'm so happy your sub work and I love that they're vanilla bean with toasted coconut!

  9. Choc Chip Uru September 4, 2012 @8:58 pm Reply

    Your homemade marshmallows look incredible my friend, absolute perfect :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. Paula September 5, 2012 @1:27 am Reply

    I'm so glad you were daring enough to make these without having the called for corn syrup. Just look how wonderful these look. I can imagine how delicious they tasted:)

  11. Michelle September 5, 2012 @1:45 am Reply

    wow....these look great! I gotta make marshmallows at home one of these days. Glad you said they really do taste different....i'm afraid i won't be able to keep them away from me.

  12. The Partiologist September 5, 2012 @1:33 pm Reply

    I've always been afraid of homemade marshmallows - maybe I'll give it a try - thanks!

  13. RavieNomNoms September 5, 2012 @6:27 pm Reply

    Wow do these look good!! So gorgeous!!

  14. Crystelle September 5, 2012 @9:05 pm Reply

    These marshmallows are inspiring....
    Coconut is divine...


  15. Nicole September 5, 2012 @11:09 pm Reply

    Yum! These would be dangerous for me to have around the house - I could eat a plate full!

  16. Lisa @ Flour Me With Love September 6, 2012 @1:24 am Reply

    These look divine! I've never made marshmallows, but I want to now :)

  17. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. September 6, 2012 @2:25 am Reply

    Homemade marshmallows are the best! I love the coconut and vanilla bean combo in these!

  18. Crystal {@phatbakes} September 6, 2012 @2:50 am Reply

    Wow! I may sound crazy, but I haven't thought about making my own before! I should!! These look divine. I'm totally jealous! ;0P

  19. Hannah September 7, 2012 @7:28 pm Reply

    I love that you've used golden syrup with these. I've seen so many recipes for homemade marshmallows that use corn syrup and could never be bothered to try them because it always seemed like too much effort. I'm glad you've done the hard work for me! Lol.
    And I'm loving that you still use those napkins in your food shots. :)
    I've been meaning to email you for a catch up lately. Will send you a lengthy essay soon.
    Lots of Love,
    Han. x

  20. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life September 11, 2012 @4:43 am Reply

    Coconut anything gets my taste buds going, but on top of a fluffy homemade marshmallow? I bet those are so absolutely divine!!!


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