Supermarket shelves are filled to the brim with Peeps of all colors, which clearly means Easter is approaching. It’s hard to say no to the pastel display of cuteness, but if you’re anything like us, you have a hard time finishing all the marshmallow delights you buy. This year, instead of eating them straight up, why not use Peeps in new, fun ways? From melting them inside a chocolate chip cookie to using them to create colorful popcorn, we rounded up our favorite ways to turn basic Peeps into festive bites.
Sweet and salty is one of the ultimate snacking combinations, and that’s where this popcorn recipe comes in. Lay the freshly popped popcorn on a baking sheet, and start melting the Peeps in a greased saucepan. (The recipe suggests using one color at a time so they don’t blend together.) When the Peeps are fully melted, drizzle them across the popcorn. After you’ve finished with all of the different colors, let the popcorn sit, and then drizzle melted white chocolate across it, too.
This skillet dip recipe is super easy to make and is sure to impress guests. First, put semisweet chocolate chips, bittersweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips in the bottom of a cast iron skillet pan. When your pan is loaded up with chips, start placing the Peeps on top. Broil this for two to three minutes, and then bake for an additional four to five minutes in a 375 degree oven. Make sure you keep on eye on this so your Peeps don’t burn. When it’s gooey, take it out of the oven and serve with animal crackers or any dipping tool of your choosing.
If you’re a milkshake lover, you’re going to flip for this fun Easter version. The steps are the same for any normal milkshake, but with the addition of toasted Peeps. On a foil-lined baking sheet that has been greased, line up your Peeps. Broil them until they start turning a slight golden color. While these are toasting, put vanilla ice cream and milk in a blender along with a drop of food coloring to match your Peep. Pull your toasted marshmallows out of the oven, and add them to the blender. Pour this concoction into a glass, and garnish with a chick or bunny to make it look extra festive.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
A dessert within a dessert is what dreams are made of. This Peeps-stuffed recipe only takes one extra step than traditional cookies, so everybody should be trying it out this year. When your cookie dough is ready (homemade or store bought, it’s up to you), flatten the dough into discs. Place a Peep on one disc and then cover it with another to sandwich the Peep inside. Seal it up around the edges to make sure the marshmallow is completely covered, and bake.
Chocolate Covered Pops
These chocolate covered Peep pops are a great way to get everyone involved in making something together. You could even set up a Peep making station. First, poke a lollipop stick right into the marshmallow. Next, dip the Peep into melted chocolate, and cover it in a fun topping. Place these on wax paper, and let them sit until the chocolate is cool and set.
If you’re a sweets lover, look no further. These candy bars combine chocolate cake, Peeps and M&M’s. Top a chocolate cake with chopped up Peeps, and put it back in the oven for five minutes or so. Take them out of the oven when they’re melty, and sprinkle with M&M’s. Make sure you let this completely cool before cutting into bars.
General rule of thumb: If it’s miniature, it’s awesome. These Peeps s’mores pies would look adorable served on any plate this Easter. Use mini graham cracker pie crusts and pour in ganache. Top each of these mini pies with a Peep, and then let them chill.
Rice Krispies Treats
We know that Rice Krispies Treats are made with the help of marshmallows, so this is the perfect time of year to opt for a pastel colored treat instead. In a large pot, melt butter, add Peeps, and stir until they’re completely melted. Then, add your Krispies. When they’re all set, cut them into squares and put them on display!