Easy Homemade Peeps

Made in a pinch

With Easter around the corner, why not make your own Homemade Peeps? It’s an easy, fun, and colorful activity that everyone can enjoy. Making your own edible art is a great activity for kids of all ages, as it allows them to express their creativity and have some tasty treats at the end.

Made in A Pinch

1. Sprinkle 2 tsp unflavored gelatin in 1/3 cup water and let sit to dissolve in a mixing bowl. *Do not dump all the gelatin in one space, sprinkle it across the top of the water.

bloom the gelatin

2. Place one cup of sugar in a heavy bottom pot.

in a heavy bottom pot

3. Pour 1⁄2 cup water over the sugar, making sure its all saturated.


4. Heat the sugar to 230 degrees.


5. Place on Medium high heat, do not swirl the sugar around in the pan. As the sugar’s temperature raises it will begin to form bubbles. The bubbles will pop very quickly as the temperature rises. To help the edges from caramelizing use a pastry brush to brush water around the inside of the pan. Once the bubbles begin to slow down they will look like slow-popping bubbles. Place the silicon pastry brush in the center of the pot and immediately into a bowl of ice water. When it reaches what is considered the “soft ball” stage (a literal ball of sugar will appear when it's placed in the ice water) it’s ready to be added to the mixing bowl.

Soft ball time

6. Using a whisk attachment on your stand mixer turn it on low breaking up the gelatin. Slowly pour the heated sugar into the bowl while it’s mixing. Once it’s all inside, increase the speed to medium and let mix for 4-5 mins. The mixture will turn white and begin to look like icing.


7. Add vanilla.

a splash of vanilla

8. Turn the mixer on high and let it whip for another 8-10 mins. The marshmallows triple in size and hold a stiff peak. If it does not hold a peak, let it continue to mix until it does. This step is critical.

whip & triple

9. Prepare your icing bag and sugar station.

prep the piping bag

10. To set up the sugar station, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour sanding sugar on the bottom so the marshmallows do not stick.

prep the pan

11. Add a large round tip to a piping bag and cut off the tip of the bag, fitting the tip snugly inside the plastic piping bag. Add marshmallows to the piping bag.

add the marshmallow

12. Pipe a thick line of marshmallow fluff in a line toward you. Slightly raise it and go back in the opposite direction halfway down the line. Bring it forward and pull off to complete the neck and head.

pipe the peeps

13. Pipe the peeps next to one another. Cover with sanding sugar and allow time to set.

add the sanding sugar

14. Use melted chocolate or black candy sprinkles to add the eyes.

create the eyes

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