Homemade Marshmallow Peeps

by Amy on 5 April 2012

Homemade Marshmallow Peepswhen i think of my favorite Easter candies, cadbury creme eggs + reese’s peanut butter eggs are definitely on the top of the list, along with a tried-and-true Easter candy: marshmallow Peeps! i loved Peeps growing up + the Easter bunny always put some in my Easter basket. even now that i’m all grown up, i still make sure to enjoy at least a handful of Peeps every Easter.

this year, i wanted to mix things up a little – instead of indulging in store-bought Peeps, i decided to make them myself. while my Peeps, admittedly, aren’t the most professional-looking that i’ve seen, i think they have a charming homemade look. =) they taste absolutely divine – they’re soft, delicate, + have a wonderful vanilla flavor – far tastier than any store-bought version. surprisingly, they were pretty easy to make – this was only my second time working with homemade marshmallow, + i found the instructions + video from the original recipe super helpful + easy to follow.

if you’re looking for a fun + delicious recipe to try out for Easter, give this one a try! even if all your Peeps don’t turn out looking 100% perfect, they’ll definitely be 100% delicious.

oh, + if you’re like me, + some of your long-beaked Peeps look far more walrus-like than chick-like? just roll with it – stick a couple toothpick tusks in, + call it an easter walrus. =)

Homemade Marshmallow Peeps

makes about 40-45 peeps, adapted from buttercream blondie


for the marshmallow mixture:
2 tablespoons powdered unflavored gelatin
4 tablespoons cold water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
4 egg whites
1 teaspoons vanilla extract

to decorate the Peeps:
colored sugar: you can buy it, or i made my own by simply combining white granulated sugar with a few drops of food coloring + shaking the bejeezus out of it til it blended. success!
a tiny amount of cocoa powder + water – for the Peep eyes


mix powdered gelatin with the 4 tablespoons of cold water + set aside.

combine corn syrup, sugar, + remaining 1/2 cup water in saucepan + stirring occasionally, bring to 235 degrees using a candy thermometer.

while bringing sugar mixture to a boil, put the egg whites in a stand mixer, + whip until soft peaks form.

when sugar mixture reaches 235 degrees, carefully add gelatin mixture + quickly stir to dissolve. with the mixer on a slow speed, slowly add hot mixture to whipped egg whites in the stand mixer. add vanilla + whip on a medium-high speed until marshmallow forms – for me, this took about 5 minutes. add food coloring to the marshmallow if desired – you only need a few drops.

to make the Peeps:
cover a sheet pan with parchment paper, + cover it with a liberal layer of powdered sugar. fill a large piping bag with the marshmallow mixture.

on top of the powdered sugar, pipe a tear drop shape first – this will be the Peep body. then pipe the head of Peep by squeezing the marshmallow on top of the tear drop pulling the piping bag up. slowly release your pressure + bring forward, allowing the ‘beak’ to form. repeat until all Peeps are made.

allow Peeps to dry overnight in a cool dry place. after about 12 hours, mine were tacky enough for the colored sugar to still stick, but not so tacky that i couldn’t handle them.

taking one Peep at a time, tap off as much of the powdered sugar from the bottom of it as possible. then, put the Peep in your container with the colored sugar. the Peeps are very well-set at this point so you can roll ’em around in the colored sugar without worrying about them losing their shape. once the Peep is fully covered in colored sugar (it won’t stick to the bottom, due to the powdered sugar), transfer it to a plate or tray. repeat until all Peeps are covered in colored sugar.

to make the eyes, i simply mixed a little cocoa powder with a few drops of water, creating a cocoa paste of sorts. i then used a toothpick to dot ‘eyes’ on to each Peep.

your Peeps are now ready to eat! they’ll keep for about two weeks in an airtight container.

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots April 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Haha…easter walrus! You are too funny! Oh a more serious note, these look incredible! I too am more of a reese egg & cadbury egg girl, but I love a good peep! 😀

2 cassie April 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm

these could not be any cuter, amy! i’m not a fan of peeps but want to make them just because they are so adorable. awesome job on these!

3 Tabitha April 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Ok, I will admit – I am a fan of the walrus.

4 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee April 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Oh my! These are so adorable. Love the Easter walrus. I bet these taste a ton better than the store bought ones.

5 Ally Garner April 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I have never liked the taste of Peeps, but they are so iconic & adorable at Easter I can’t help but buy them anyway. And Amy, these really are super cute. I can’t imagine I’d ever be able to make these homemade and have them turn out as perfectly shaped as yours did. How pretty! And I bet these were fun to make too. So cute!!

6 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm

I’ll be honest with you – I don’t like store-bought peeps. They are just TOO goddang sweet and probably chockfull of preservatives and other not-so-great crap BUT I will definitely try your homemade crack-free version. They are incredibly cute, and I just love the easter walruses! :)

7 Jackie @ Domestic Fits April 5, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I just LOL’d at your walrus peep! I’m not a fan of the peeps, but for some reason, it jut wouldn’t be Easter with out them. I made a Center Piece (CenterPeep) out of them last year so that I could have them around but I didn’t have to eat them.

8 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel April 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

the walrus is hilarious! I’ve actually never had a single marshmallow peep in my life.

9 kristen @ notsodomesticated April 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

How cute!!! Honestly, I don’t normally like Peeps because I think they taste artificial, if that makes any sense. But I bet I’d love these!

10 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl April 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm

HA! Easter walrus…love it! And I love these peeps–they turned out soooo cute! One of my favorite Easter treats.

11 Jocelyn @ BruCrew Life April 5, 2012 at 7:38 pm

hahaha!!! Totally digging the Easter walrus:-) I think you should start a new tradition with it! Your peeps turned out awesome!!! One of these days I will attempt homemade marshmallows. Peeps are one of the things on the top of my Easter candy list…but, I like them stale:-) So usually I open a pack and let it sit for a week or two. Then they are just about perfect:-)

12 amy April 5, 2012 at 7:47 pm

i know tons of people who like ’em stale, jocelyn – you’re definitely not alone!

13 Renee April 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Easter Walrus! You are cracking me up Amy. I love seeing the imagination and adaption of when things do not work out perfectly. Fantastic.

14 angela@spinachtiger April 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Oh Amy these are just adorable. I don’t think I have the patience for this, but I love my peeps at Easter.

15 Jen @ Juanita's Cocina April 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I had to giggle at the walrus.

These made my night!!!!

16 Choc Chip Uru April 6, 2012 at 2:10 am

This is a delightfully delicious! And one of the cutest creation ever 😀
The walrus is so my favourite 😉

Happy Easter!
Choc Chip Uru

17 Sammie April 6, 2012 at 4:24 am

oh my goodness! What a fantastic idea for Easter! Definitely loving your pastel coloured walruses! Very very creative! hehehe..

18 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray April 6, 2012 at 9:06 am

These are so cool!! And yours came out great–adorable, and I’m sure much tastier than the packaged kind. :) I have a feeling all of mine would turn into Easter walruses…

19 julie @ table for two April 6, 2012 at 10:23 am

bahahaha i laughed so hard at the walrus one. these are cute and good job for attempting them! mine would’ve turned out so horrible, i just know it!

20 sportsglutton April 6, 2012 at 11:06 am

Very cute Amy….but the walrus is priceless!

21 Alison April 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

haha, Awesome!! I like the walrus.

22 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts April 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Super cute Peeps! I can’t even imagine what mine would look like if I tried them. A walrus would be the best I could hope for :)

23 Patty April 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Love this!

I think I love Easter Walrus’s even more. So totally adorable!

24 Asmita April 6, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Happy Easter! These are so adorable!

25 Katia April 7, 2012 at 3:09 am

I’ve never heard about marshmallow peeps, they’re so cute!
Happy Easter Amy!

26 lannae April 7, 2012 at 8:40 am

Way too cute! Happy Easter!

27 Baking Serendipity April 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm

You are over the top! These are fantastic :)

28 Amanda @ foodfascinations April 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Wow! These are great! I love the walrus.

29 emily (a nutritionist eats) April 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Adorable! I never really liked marshmallows growing up, but I have a feeling that I’d enjoy home made ones!

30 Jeff April 10, 2012 at 12:22 am

Aww poor Walrus! They never really get a holiday in their honour! It’s a good thing that you were there to put a stop to that! I hope that you had a good easter Amy!

31 Kathryn April 10, 2012 at 3:42 am

I think they look adorable! I’m not a big fan of store bought marshmallows but homemade ones are a completely different beast.

32 Blond Duck April 10, 2012 at 6:26 am

I love the walrus!

33 katie April 10, 2012 at 7:06 am

OMG! These are too dang cute. I’ve made marshmallows before but never attempted to replicate the coveted peep!

34 natalie (the sweets life) April 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm

i totally think these look authentic! you’ve given me something to look forward to making next spring!

35 Baker Street April 19, 2012 at 11:57 pm

How did I miss this post?! These are super adorable Amy! Love the idea of easter walrus. :)

36 shuhan April 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm

awww that is just so cute! its my first time at your blog and I actually came by because I chanced across a photo of this.

37 amy April 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm

welcome, shuhan! so glad you found your way to my little ol’ blog. =)

38 Meghan May 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Amy, please excuse me for not getting over here sooner! Your peeps came out fantastic!! Some of mine usually turn out a little wonky too, so I love the Easter walrus! So happy you made them & enjoyed them :)

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