One of my family’s, all families for that matter, is making sweet treats for Easter. In my house, they have to be kid approved and something we can make together. Peeps are always a favorite and I decided that this year our treats would center on those. First, what are peeps, other than sickenly sugary marshmallows? According to delish.com, “In 1953, Peeps candies were purchased from the Rodda Candy Company by Sam Born, a Russian immigrant who made a name for himself in 1916, when he developed the first machine to mechanically insert sticks into lollipops. A confectionary genius, Born would, years later, turn those brightly colored, sugary marshmallow chicks into a must-have for Easter. In 1954, Peeps had become so popular that the Just Born candy company had to develop specially designed machines to keep up with the production. The speed of the assembly line helped Just Born become the biggest marshmallow candy company worldwide. In 1958, the marshmallows were no longer produced just for Easter. The company introduced the first pumpkin-shaped marshmallow treats for Halloween, followed by Christmas snowmen and trees, and now of course, the myriad of other shapes and varieties.”
Now here are the two recipes I will be trying with my kiddos this year, wish me luck. What are your favorite Peeps recipes?
PEEPS® Easter Garden Cake
Prep Time20 MIN Total Time1 HR 20 MIN
This festive bunny garden cake is quick and easy to make, thanks to the help of these adorable PEEPS® marshmallow bunnies.
1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ devil’s food cake mix
Water, oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
1 container Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy chocolate frosting
1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
1 can (6.4 oz) Betty Crocker™ green decorating cake icing
8 to 12 PEEPS® marshmallow bunnies
1 can (6.4 oz) Betty Crocker™ orange decorating cake icing
- Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray. Make cake as directed on box for 13×9-inch pan. Cool in pan on cooling rack until completely cooled, about 30 minutes.
- Spread chocolate frosting on top of cake; sprinkle with chocolate cookie crumbs. Use green icing to make garden rows, using photo as guide. Insert toothpick halfway into base of each PEEPS® marshmallow bunny. Insert bunnies, toothpick side down, into cake.
- Use orange and green icings to make carrots on cake, using photo as a guide. Cut into 4 rows by 3 rows to serve.
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Peeps S’mores Pies
6 Keebler Mini Graham Cracker Crusts
1 recipe Chocolate Ganache*
Do not attempt to remove crusts from their tins before ganache has been chilled.
Divide the ganache among the crusts.
Top each one with a Peep.
Chill if desired before serving.*
After at LEAST 30 minutes of chilling, you can carefully remove the tartlets from the tin by pushing gently on the bottom of the tin to loosen the sides of the crust. Then, with one hand touching the Peep, turn the tin over and remove tin. Gently place hand on the bottom of crust and flip right side up before plating. Leave in tin if you are transporting.
*Use Hershey’s milk chocolate for a more “s’mores-like” taste! I just used my favorite milk chocolate chips.
*If you chill the ganache for more than a few hours, you’ll want to let them rest at room temperature for about 20 minutes after removing from the refrigerator.