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You've Been Eating Your Peeps All Wrong

Peeps are the ultimate sugary salute to Easter. There's no way to get enough, but if your strategy for eating as many as you can is just popping them in your mouth, we're here to tell you that you're doing it all wrong.

Do you love Peeps? You’re not alone.

Yes, it’s true that at their core they’re “just” marshmallows. But with their pastel hues and sugary coating, to fans they’re more than that. (Peeps trivia time: The company behind them says they make enough in one year to circle the Earth twice. Yellow is the most popular color.)

These marshmallow chicks and bunnies spring up around Easter, brightening our lives with colorful whimsy. But what if you want to go beyond just biting a Peeps bunny or a Peeps chick? Peep these recipes.

Homemade Marshmallow Peeps

Homemade Marshmallow Peeps

Homemade Marshmallow Peeps by 52 Kitchen Adventures
First things first: If you somehow find yourself without Peeps in your Easter basket and you want a solid do-it-yourself project, look no further than homemade marshmallow Peeps. The ingredients list is surprisingly short! Cold water, gelatin, and sugar, plus colored sugar and cocoa powder for decorating your Peeps. Yes, if you have a silicone bunny mold, this is the time to use it. No bunny mold? No problem. You can use cookie cutters.

Peeps s'Mores

Peeps s'Mores

Peeps s'Mores by Real The Kitchen and Beyond
Real the Kitchen and Beyond gives this campfire classic the indoor Peeps treatment. Regular marshmallows are swapped out for Easter Peeps sandwiched between graham crackers and combined with delicious melty chocolate. When it’s all assembled, you’ll see the bright color of the Peeps peeking out from the inside of the graham cracker sandwich.

Peeps Pretzel Rods

Peeps Pretzel Rods

Peeps Pretzel Rods by Simplee Thrifty
These simple, ingenious noshes combine the salty and sweet with white chocolate-coated pretzel rods teaming up with Peeps and little pastel candies for an easy Easter goodie. Do you have kids who want to get their hands on some of these? Simplee Thrifty recommends letting the children pitch in! It’s an activity and a treat rolled into one.

S'mores Peeps Pops

S'mores Peeps Pops

S'mores Peeps Pops by The Bitter Side of Sweet
This s’mores incarnation dips the peeps in chocolate and showers the coating with graham cracker crumbs, for a treat The Bitter Side of Sweet says will call to mind spring with just a glance. Popsicle sticks add even more whimsy to this clever Easter bite. If you use decorative sticks, it’s another opportunity to add a pop of color.

Sunflower Peep Cake

Sunflower Peep Cake

Sunflower Peep Cake by Spend with Pennies
Springtime is flower time and this centerpiece cake brings spring into the kitchen. Bright yellow Peeps line the edge of the frosted cake, with circles of chocolate chips in the center re-creating the “seeds” to round out the sunflower look. Use a store-bought cake and you’ve got a head start on this easy, beautiful Easter treat. It could hardly be quicker to put together. Total time: about 15 minutes.

Marshmallow Peep Milkshakes

Marshmallow Peep Milkshakes

Marshmallow Peep Milkshakes by Wear and Where and Well
Perch a Peep on the rim of a milkshake for a dose of color and fun. A little food coloring matches the ice cream color to the Peeps color and helps tie it all together. Take advantage of your supply of Easter candy and add some mini candy Easter eggs as a garnish.

PEEPS Peanut Butter s’mores Dip

PEEPS Peanut Butter s’mores Dip

PEEPS Peanut Butter s’mores Dip by Happy Go Lucky
Chocolate chips, Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, graham crackers, and Peeps get piled together to create a spring celebration of sweetness with a colorful top that’s unmistakably Peeps. It does spend a little time in the oven, but nothing that will slow you down. Cook time: just 6 to 8 minutes.

Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

Peeps Rice Krispie Treats by Let's Eat Cake
Rice Krispies Treats get the Peeps treatment in this brilliantly colorful and delicious recipe. One tip from Let’s Eat Cake for taking these beyond the conventional Rice Krispies treats: Brown the butter. It’s not at all difficult and it adds an extra dimension of flavor to the finished treat.

Peeps Sugar Cookies

Peeps Sugar Cookies

Peeps Sugar Cookies by Sweet and Savory Meals
These Peeps cookies take a classic sugar cookie and plop a Peep on top with some sugar sprinkles for a pretty Easter flourish. Match the sugar color to the Peep color for a polished look that pops.

Bountiful Bunny Peep Easter Cake

Bountiful Bunny Peep Easter Cake

by The Rebel Chick
This Peeptastic cake from The Rebel Chick features a ring of peeps surrounding it and a crown of Peeps atop it. Just a dab of frosting is all it takes to attach the bunnies to the edge of the cake. Edible Easter grass provides another cute and clever decorative touch.

Hippity Hoppity Cupcakes

Hippity Hoppity Cupcakes

Hippity Hoppity Cupcakes by Queen of Reviews
Tinted frosting tops chocolate cupcakes (cake mix is your friend here). And for the pièce de résistance (Peeps de résistance?): a chocolate-dipped marshmallow Peep poking up from the field of frosting.

Dressed Up Peeps

Dressed Up Peeps

Dressed Up Peeps by Midwestern Moms
Perhaps you’re thinking Peeps look a little too casual as is? Maybe they could use a suit (or a tux!) Have we got the recipe for you. This recipe takes Peeps and candy melts — use whichever color you like, according to the color of your Peeps — to create the most elegant Peeps you’ve ever seen. Midwestern Moms says you can even use melted chocolate for a Peeps tuxedo. Never again will anyone say that your Peeps are underdressed. (Wait. Was someone saying that?)

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