Marshmallow Peeps may have started out as a simple Easter treat, but over time they've become such a big part of pop culture that people compete each year to see who can create the most masterful diorama starring these bunny- and chick-shaped sugar-coated marshmallows. And with their seasonal specialty marshmallow treats, Peeps are now also part of nearly every major holiday year-round. If you're not quite up for a project of diorama-like magnitude but still want to get a little creative, give one of these Peeps recipes — and Peeps-inspired recipes — a try.
This dessert — essentially a bar cookie version of the fluffy sugarcoated treats with a shortbread-like crust, lemon topping, lemon zest finish and mini chocolate chips for the eyes — is for the person who likes the idea of Peeps, but would rather have a lemon bar instead. (You like what you like. We get it.)
This recipe from Allrecipes member Elizabeth is evil genius at work. Sugar, vodka, bright yellow — there is nothing else to say except, cheers! Watch this video on how to make a Peeps-infused vodka, perfect for lemon drop martinis.
Yes, this is a thing. If you want an unleaded, creamier version of the recipe above, try this dessert smoothie to get your Peeps fix. "Major pucker power!" writes Allrecipes member lutzflcat in a review. "Tasted like sherbet!" raves Allrecipes member Emily Hoskins, who also notes that adding an extra Peep made it even creamier.
For an instant Peeps upgrade, stick 'em on a stick and cover them with melted chocolate. This fast, fun project seems to look best when you use bunny-shaped marshmallows.
Put a sunny spin on chocolate-frosted chocolate cupcakes by turning them into sunflowers. Simply cut the ears off yellow Peeps bunnies and press them into the frosting around the edge of the cupcake. Cover the top of the cupcake with mini chocolate chips to make sunflower seeds.
Here's a fun idea for using up Easter-basket leftovers. Melt Peeps over a layer of chocolate in a skillet and scoop up all that melty, chocolatey goodness with graham crackers.
Ready to take your Peeps game to the next level? These sophisticated double-decker raspberry-lemon marshmallows are dusted in granulated sugar, rather than powdered sugar, for a Peeps-like sweet finish. And if you miss the Peeps look, you can always cut these out of the pan with an Easter-egg or Easter Bunny-shaped cookie cutter.
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