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Homemade Marshmallow Ghosts for Halloween

Jan has been cooking and writing about food for over 20 years. She has cooked on multiple television stations, including the Food Network.

Super cute and very easy, these little homemade marshmallow ghosts are adorable—and delicious! Kids love them!

Super cute and very easy, these little homemade marshmallow ghosts are adorable—and delicious! Kids love them!

These Ghosts Will Steal the Show!

Homemade treats are such fun to make, and these little ghosts are a perfect example. Your Halloween party will be a hit when you serve these homemade marshmallow ghosts.

These are delicious on their own—and if you'd like, you can add flavorings to change them up. Vanilla extract is wonderful, but try almond for a change of pace.

Using half of a chocolate sandwich cookie for a base is easy, and it makes these little ghosts simple to move around if you need to. But you could also pipe them directly onto the top of a cupcake or pipe several onto the top of a cake. I personally have no decorating skill whatsoever, so I take the simple shortcut of using the cookies as a base.

Try these simple goodies and you'll fall in love with them—despite their slightly grumpy faces!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large egg whites, separated
  • Miniature chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, almond extract, or flavoring of your choice (optional)

Directions

  1. Place about 1 inch of water in the bottom of a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
  2. Place sugar and egg whites into a glass bowl, and place the bowl over simmering water. The water should not touch the bottom of the bowl.
  3. Whisk egg whites and sugar together, over the heat, until the sugar fully dissolves, and egg whites turn white and frothy (about 5 minutes).
  4. Remove bowl from heat, and begin whisking egg whites with an electric mixer, until stiff peaks form and whites are glossy. Be patient—this takes about 10 minutes.
  5. Transfer mixture to a piping bag, and pipe ghosts onto cookie halves. Use miniature chocolate chips for eyes and mouths.

Serve the ghosts as is, or use them as decorations for other treats.

Whisk Over Simmering Water

Whisk together sugar and egg whites over barely simmering water. Whisk until the sugar is fully dissolves and the egg whites turn white and frothy.

Whisk together sugar and egg whites over barely simmering water. Whisk until the sugar is fully dissolves and the egg whites turn white and frothy.

Remove From Heat

Remove the bowl from the heat once the sugar has dissolved and the egg whites are white and frothy. Beat with a mixer until stiff, glossy peaks form.

Remove the bowl from the heat once the sugar has dissolved and the egg whites are white and frothy. Beat with a mixer until stiff, glossy peaks form.

Stiff, Glossy Peaks

Just keep beating—it takes about 10 full minutes for the correct consistency to form. You're looking for the egg whites to hold stiff peaks, and for the texture to be very glossy.

Just keep beating—it takes about 10 full minutes for the correct consistency to form. You're looking for the egg whites to hold stiff peaks, and for the texture to be very glossy.

Sandwich Cookie Halves

For the base, give your little ghosts half of a chocolate sandwich cookie. Lay them out when you're ready to pipe the ghosts.

For the base, give your little ghosts half of a chocolate sandwich cookie. Lay them out when you're ready to pipe the ghosts.

Transfer Mixture to a Piping Bag

You can use either purchased cake decorating bags, or (much easier and cheaper!) use a baggie and just cut off the corner. I usually use that method!

You can use either purchased cake decorating bags, or (much easier and cheaper!) use a baggie and just cut off the corner. I usually use that method!

Pipe Out Ghosts

The ghosts are easy to pip with a simple circular motion. Lift the tip of the piping bag straight up to give them "curly" heads.

The ghosts are easy to pip with a simple circular motion. Lift the tip of the piping bag straight up to give them "curly" heads.

Use Mini Chocolate Chips

If you're as uncoordinated as I am, tweezers make placing mini chocolate chips easy! Place the chips immediately, before the ghosts set.

If you're as uncoordinated as I am, tweezers make placing mini chocolate chips easy! Place the chips immediately, before the ghosts set.

Ready to Serve!

The cute little ghosts are adorable as is, or you can use them to adorn your favorite cupcakes or to top a cake. Have fun with them!

The cute little ghosts are adorable as is, or you can use them to adorn your favorite cupcakes or to top a cake. Have fun with them!

© 2017 Jan Charles