Marshmallow Peeps

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Makes 12

  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 2 packets unflavored gelatin powder
  • 1/2 cup colored sanding sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Additional flavorings (liqueur, herb sprigs, citrus zest, matcha green tea powder, vanilla extract)
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or other large bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of water with the 2 packets of gelatin and set aside. (If you'd like to make boozy Peeps, replace 2 tablespoons of water with 2 tablespoons of liqueur.)
  2. Lightly spray your Peep mold with cooking spray and set it aside. Have a piping bag, rubber spatula, and any additional flavorings like extracts, zest, or powders standing by. Also, place the sanding sugar on a plate and set it aside.
  3. In a medium pot, stir together the remaining 1/4 cup of water, the sugar, the corn syrup, and the salt. If you'd like to infuse your Peeps with herbs, place a sprig in the mixture but don't break it up at all because it will be difficult to remove.
  4. Heat the mixture over medium heat to 240° F. Remove it from the heat, and if you're using herbs, remove them with tongs. Turn the mixer on low and drizzle the sugar mixture in a slow and steady stream down the side of the bowl. Once the entire mixture is in, increase speed to high and let it mix for 10 to 12 minutes, until lukewarm and fluffy. Add an additional flavorings -- 1/4 teaspoon citrus zest, 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder, or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract -- in the last minute of mixing.
  5. Immediately scrape the mixture into your piping bag and then pipe the mixture into the molds. Let set for 10 minutes. Gently remove them and coat them with sanding sugar.
  6. To give them faces, melt the chocolate chips and then spoon the melted chocolate into a small piping bag or into the corner of a sandwich bag. Snip a tiny bit off the end and pipe on their faces.
  7. Let dry and then store in an air tight container.

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about 1 year ago peter griffin

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over 1 year ago awedgirl

My fatal flaw was not making sure the mold was properly greased. Didn't have any spray so tried to rub some safflower oil in there, but didn't do a good job. They were tasty, but they didn't look great. Also tried to use two colors of sugar. This also didn't help the looks. :)


over 1 year ago luvcookbooks

Meg is a trusted home cook.

Hi, our peeps tasted good but were a bit like Silly Putty and too rubbery to shape to a mold. Can you say a little more about what fluffy means? Is it like holding a soft peak? Starting to see ripples stay in the mixture? I think we beat it too long although it was still less than ten to twelve minutes.


over 1 year ago molly yeh

Hi Meg,

Yes, soft peaks! I'm sorry the texture was like that. If you're up for trying it again, do stop mixing before the ten minute mark if the mixture gets to be lukewarm and holding soft peaks before then.

Best of luck!



over 1 year ago Stephanie Cigrang Hassibi

I made these today. They tasted great, way better than the store bought peeps, but, I had a hard time filling the piping bag. The marshmallow kept sticking to the bag as I filled it. (Perhaps if I spray pam inside the bag it may not stick so I can fill the bag.) I ended up using a ziplock bag, filling it & then cutting a hole in the corner to fill the molds. Tasted great though.


over 1 year ago awedgirl

Where do you find Peep molds?


over 1 year ago molly yeh

hi there! michael's has the peep brand mold, and then target has some similar molds as well!


over 1 year ago awedgirl

Thanks very much! Excited to make these for a Ham & Lamb supper I'm going to on Sunday night!


over 1 year ago cynthia | two red bowls

!!!!! Matcha peeps!!!!!!!