Cooking for Kids: Ghostly Marshmallows Recipe and How-To

Marshmallow Ghost

Image & recipe credit to Parenting Magazine

As the holidays fall upon us we begin to start searching through our recipes for all the high-calorie, high-carb snacks we can find. It is the time of year to put on a few extra pounds and no one will think twice if they see you eat two cookies, instead of just one.

Halloween happens to be one of my favorite holidays when it comes to making snacks. There is usually not a lot of baking involved, some microwave use, and relatively inexpensive ingredients. We also get the opportunity to become very creative.

I still have my issue of Parenting magazine from last October, in this magazine they debuted a recipe of Marshmallow Ghosts. This was a huge hit in my household and neighborhood, the decorations were adored for a few seconds and then disappeared. After all, they are Ghosts, they do not stay around for long. If you have kids who enjoy helping you cook, this would be a great way to get them involved.



  • 8 Large Marshmallows
  • 6 wooden skewers (points cut off)
  • 1 cup white-chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbs vegetable shortening
  • 12 cinnamon Red Hots
  • Black decorating gel


Step 1. Push three marshmallows onto the end of each of your skewers.

Step 2. Microwave white-chocolate and shortening for one minute. Stir. Microwave in 10 second intervals until smooth.

Step 3. Holding your skewers above bowl of frosting, spoon frosting over the marshmallows until completely covered. Place on wax-paper. Use the red-hots as the eyes and the black decorating gel for the mouth.

Step 4. Refrigerate until frosting is hard. Enjoy!


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    I’m saving this recipe. This is perfect for my daughter’s class for the Halloween party. 🙂 Perfect for kindergarteners. That, and I think my son will have the time of his life helping me out with it 🙂