Everyone loves peeps, so why not take your peeps to the next level? For your Easter party make this amazing Giant Homemade Marshmallow Peep, your guests will be absolutely amazed!
Sponsored by Wilton
Are you a Peeps lover or hater?
My love affair with Peeps has been lifelong and I shared my story about winning a year's supply of the marshmallow treats last year in my Raiding the Carrot Patch Peeps Pudding post. I love them so much that for my birthday this year, my sister put a candle in a large bunny Peep and presented it to me while everyone in the room sang.
So, when a box arrived from Wilton, filled with a bunch of their new Peeps merchandise, I ripped it open with so much enthusiasm, it scared my dog. I was squealing when I saw the 3-D Peeps cake pan, and knew immediately I wanted to try to make a Giant Homemade Marshmallow Peep.
I can't tell you how happy I was that this project actually worked. When I prepped the pan and filled it with homemade marshmallow, I crossed my fingers then waited for hours before pulling apart the two pieces of the pan to reveal a perfectly shaped Peep.
I donated my Giant Peeps to my nephew's baseball team for their fundraiser and it was the talk of the event. I was excited to see so much enthusiasm surrounding my creation.
If you would like to make your own Giant Homemade Marshmallow Peep or a Peep cake, you can purchase one of Wilton's 3-D Peep pans at your local craft store, but you better hurry up, as they are flying off the shelves.
- 3-D Peeps Cake Pan Set
- Mini Peeps Baking Cups
- Peeps Baking Cups
- Peeps Cookie Cutter Set with a bunny and a chick
- (so you can make some bunny cookies, like those pictured)
- Peeps Sugar Decorations
- Peeps Treat Boxes (fits 4 cupcakes)
Giant Homemade Marshmallow Peep
3-D Peeps Cake pan
butter (to grease pan)
⅓ cup yellow sugar (stir yellow food coloring into white granulated sugar)
2 batches of my homemade marshmallow recipe (see recipe on my Starfish S'mores post)*
yellow food coloring
2 large dark chocolate chips
*Each batch of homemade marshmallows will require these ingredients:
1 cup water
3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
a pinch of salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
You will have extra marshmallow by making 2 whole batches. If you have a professional kitchen-aid with a 6 quart bowl, you can make 1 ½ recipes instead and should have enough to fill both sides of the pan. Otherwise, I suggest just making the two batches.
Grease the inside of each half of the 3-D Peeps pan really well with butter. Sprinkle yellow sugar all over the inside of the pan, making sure to get in all the grooves.
Make one batch of the homemade marshmallows, adding yellow coloring as the marshmallows are being whipped. Pour the yellow marshmallow into one half of the 3-D Peeps pan. Butter one hand really well and press down on the marshmallow making sure it's really well compacted in the pan.
You will have more than you need. Use any extra yellow sugar to coat the excess marshmallow.
Make another batch of yellow marshmallows and fill the other side of the 3-D Peeps Pan.
If the first pan of marshmallows is still sticky, just press the two sides of the pan together. If not, wet your fingers with water and rub the water all over the first marshmallow that you made. This will make the marshmallow sticky again. Then press the two sides together.
I set my pan inside a large bowl and snuggled a towel under the top of the pan to keep it level.
Allow the marshmallow to dry for at least 4 hours.
Set the Peeps pan upright and carefully peel the two sides off the marshmallow.
Trim off the excess marshmallow along the seem and sprinkle some yellow sugar over the seam and any bare spots.
Stick a wood dowel into the peep where the eyes should be, to create a small well. Stick the pointed end of a large chocolate chip into the well. It will just stick.
This marshmallow should stay fresh for a week sitting on Easter Grass in a basket. If you put it in an airtight container it will stay fresh for several weeks. Of course, I like stale Peeps, so letting it sit and get crusty isn't a bad thing. You can probably keep this for at least a month if you don't mind a more crunchy exterior.
More Sweet Easter Treats
from Hungry Happenings
My Marshmallow Recipe can be found on this post:
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