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Forget Store-Bought — Here’s How to Make Homemade Peeps!

Peep Flower (Link Bug- Facebook)
Peep Flower (Link Bug- Facebook)

Homemade Peeps

Marshmallows:

  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2T. powdered gelatin
  • 4T. cold water
  • 1t. vanilla extract
  • food coloring of your choice
  1. Mix powdered gelatin with cold water (add extra water if needed) and set aside.
  2. Combine corn syrup, sugar, and water in saucepan and bring to 235 degrees using a candy thermometer.
  3. While bringing sugar mixture to a boil begin whipping egg whites in mixer till soft peaks form.
  4. When sugar mixture reaches 235 degrees add gelatin and quickly stir to dissolve.
  5. Slowly add hot mixture to whipping whites.
  6. Add vanilla and whip till stiff.
  7. Add food coloring if desired.  Please note you only need a few drops.
Homemade Peeps (Link Bug- Facebook)
Homemade Peeps (Link Bug- Facebook)

Peeps:

  1. Cover a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Cover parchment with powdered sugar(don’t be cheap)
  3. Fill a piping bag with marshmallow.
  4. Pipe a tear drop shape first.
  5. Then pipe the peep by squeezing the marshmallow on top of the tear drop pulling the piping bag up. Slowly release your pressure and bring forward.
  6. Allow peeps to dry overnight in a cool dry place.
  7. Brush lightly with water.
  8. Brush with disco dust.
  9. Place the eyes on them using a toothpick dipped in food coloring.

Notes:

* When you have marshmallow in the mixer make sure you keep the mixer on.  If you let marshmallow sit it will dry out and be useless.
* Put a lot of powdered sugar under the peeps.  They are very sticky.
* Disco dust colors I used: baby blue, baby yellow, baby green, pink, and baby pink.  I couldn’t find lavender, but the baby pink is not very pink at all, and worked perfectly.

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