Spooky Marshmallow Ghosts

Awwwww yeah. It’s that time of year again- the week leading up to Halloween. Every time trick or treating came around while I was growing up, I would get so excited I could barely function. A holiday dedicated to dressing up in costumes and collected candy from door to door? My chubby-cheeked, 8 year old self couldn’t imagine anything more glorious. My parents always took us to the our family friend’s neighborhood, where there was primo trick or treating. I’m talking full-sized candy bars and decked out houses.  Heaven.  🙂

In honor of one of the best holidays around, I made these marshmallow ghosts. I found a recipe for homemade peeps and I decided to adapt those into a spooky version. They taste great on their own, but I think they would be adorable served with a steamy cup of hot chocolate.

Have a spooktacular Monday, everyone. 🙂

Spooky Marshmallow Ghosts

Printable Version

Yield: 2 dozen marshmallows


  • 1 packet unflavored gelatin
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Black gel food coloring


Place the 1/3 cup cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer. Sprinkle with gelatin and allow to set for at least 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring the 1/4 cup water and sugar to boil in a saucepan. Stir the mixture with a whisk and allow it to boil until a candy thermometer reads 238 degrees.

Remove from the heat and pour over the gelatin mixture. Beat on medium speed for 8-10 minutes until soft peaks form.

Spoon the fluff into a piping bag fitted with a large round tip.

Pipe ghost-like blobs onto parchment or wax paper. Allow to set slightly. Mix a small amount of black food coloring with a few drops of water and use a toothpick to draw faces on the ghosts.

Lightly wet your fingers with water and transfer the marshmallows to an airtight container. Enjoy!

Source: Recipe from Hoosier Homemade , originally from Martha Stewart

16 Comments Add yours

  1. A. Jones says:

    Reblogged this on Northern News and commented:
    What a fun way to celebrate the holiday!

  2. megan says:

    geeeeez lolly these look great! what’s up for thankgiving!!!!!

  3. Becky Baker says:

    Thanks for the great idea, Lolly. I’m going to have my Home Ec students make these next week for my Elementary students. I think I’ll put them on brownies! Keep those recipes coming, Kiddo. We’ll be at the Wisconsin game too, but I don’t think we’re tailgating.

  4. Ann O'Neill says:

    You are good girl. I think you should start your own show and business!!!

    1. Lolly says:

      Haha- well thanks, Ann. I am having a lot of fun with this blog 🙂

  5. khaki says:

    I’m gonna just stick that pipe in my mouth, and have at it…get in my belly!

    1. Lolly says:

      Khaki- I thought you would appreciate the marshmallow fluffiness 🙂 It’s right up your alley

  6. Jennifer says:

    so cute!! do you think they’d stay upright in a mug of hot chocolate?

    1. Lolly says:

      Hi Jennifer- I actually put one in my coffee this morning and it stayed up for a little bit, but it started to melt soon after and tipped on its side. Good luck of you try it 🙂

  7. Jayne Barnes says:

    Hi Lolly! This is great! Do you know how many oz are in a packet of unflavored gelatin? I have some from the bulk food store so it is not in packet size. Also, if you want to take me up on the offer of some honey, this is our last weekend at the Worthington Farmer’s market, and if you want to come get some to try for a recipe, just let me know! Thanks!
    Jayne Barnes

    1. Lolly says:

      Hey Jayne! There are 1/4oz or 1 Tbsp of gelatin in one packet. I would love to get a jar of the honey. We are going to the Wisconsin game this Saturday, buy I will try to swing by the market. Thanks so much!

  8. These are so adorable! Also, they are versatile-can be used on cakes and bars. I would like to have one of these dancing on big brownie right now-yum. Very creative post-well done!

  9. Hezzi-D says:

    So cute! I love these and may just have to use them to decorate for my Halloween party-who doesn’t like edible decorations?

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