DIY Homemade Marshmallow Peeps!

March 30th, 2009

Be sure to also check out our DIY Easter Bunny!


One of my favorite things about the Easter holiday is all the candy! I have a huge sweet tooth so naturally Easter is right up my alley. This year I decided to try my hand at an old time favorite and make homemade marshmallow peeps!


What You’ll Need:

Corn Syrup, Gelatin, Sugar, Cold Water, Salt, Vanilla Extract, Corn Starch, Powdered Sugar, Food Coloring and Sanding Sugar


1. Begin with a basic marshmallow recipe, this one from Alton Brown works well. At the end of the recipe when you are adding the vanilla extract also add your food coloring. I ended up making three batches, one for each color, needless to say I have a LOT of peeps now. If you don’t need  that many, think about sticking with one or two colors.

2. Once you’ve poured the mixture into the prepared pan, smoothed it out with a spatula and dusted it; place plastic wrap over the pan and flatten smooth the surface with a rolling pin. Remove the plastic wrap and let set for at least 4 hours.

3. Once the marshmallows are ready, cut them out with a lightly oiled cookie cutter. I used this set from amazon, but feel free to use whatever you like.

4. To get the sanding sugar to stick, I ended up lightly blotting the tops and bottoms of the marshmallows with a damp paper towel before rolling in the sugar.


5. For the “eyes” I put a dab of corn syrup on the back of a black candy button to get them to stick (found at a local cake store). NOTE: Man hands in the photo belong to my husband, not me.

6. For a sweet little present, line the bottom of a clear gift box with parchment paper, I added a little scalloped edge to finish off the look.

This was a fun afternoon project and even more fun to eat! Enjoy!

74 Responses to “DIY Homemade Marshmallow Peeps!”

  1. Katie Hall Says:

    I was wondering where you bought your orange and aqua sugar? I am throwing a baby shower this weekend and was thinking about doing this for favors since it’s close to easter. I’d appreciate the tip of where to get the colored sugar! Thanks!

  2. Kathleen Says:

    Hi Katie, I found my sanding sugars at a small shop here in Seattle called Home Cake Decorating Supply Unfortunately she doesn’t have an online shop. I would suggest looking for a local cake decorating shop or making your own sanding sugar colors. Here’s a super easy link on how to make your own. Best of luck!

  3. Rachel Says:

    Wow, they look amazing and I love the colors! The packaging is gorgeous too. I’ll be linking.

  4. Katie P. Says:

    OMG Kathleen! Those are adorable and they look yummy too!

  5. Naomi F. Says:

    OMG! You are a genius!
    I love the colourful sand sugar and the way you’ve packaged it so professionally!

    It looks so brilliant and delicious!

    …and you make it look so easy… I can almost be tempted to try it myself… :D

  6. ashlyn carter Says:

    too cute! i love the little blue bunnies!

  7. Jolie Musick Says:

    Were they yummy? Yummier than the store bought ones?

  8. Jeff Says:

    Now the question of the day is how do they do in microwave jousting competitions compared to their cellophane brothers?

    Looks great!

  9. Ashley Says:

    Oh my gosh these are way to cute! I love your blog you are ridiculously creative

  10. amy Says:

    this is wayyyyyy cute!:)

  11. Kathleen Says:

    Hi Jolie, I may be biassed but I would have to say yes indeed-y! I much prefer a homemade marshmallow over store bought ones. The texture is smoother and lighter overall. The sanding sugar on my peeps may be slightly coarser than the store bought ones but the flavor is just as sweet!

  12. Jessica Says:

    OMG, so much fun!

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  14. Rosa Says:

    Oh, they are so pretty! I definitely have to make marshmallows…



  15. flutterbyblue Says:

    These are ADORABLE!!! They are even cuter than store-bought peeps!

  16. ashley Says:

    Oh wow, I don’t even like peeps but this makes me want them terribly. I love the little package, too! I already bought a bag of robins eggs and devoured them in no time. Holiday candy is a weakness.

  17. : irene : Says:

    Ohhhh these are darling!!!! Looks so cute all wrapped up and ready to go too :) Such a great gift idea!

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  21. girlrunningaround Says:

    Holy moly! I need to try these. Peeps are my fav!

  22. Annie Says:

    Ack! What genius! I almost can’t stand the cute… we might have to make some of these this week.

  23. Sara at SoapRehab Says:

    These are so cute!!!

  24. Viviana Says:

    Wow, something new to make this Easter, what a wonderful idea!!! Cheers for sharing!

  25. sunshine Says:

    Please forgive me in advance as this is a rather dumb question but… how did you color the sugar???? Does the food coloring make it dissolve??

  26. Becky Says:

    Peeps are one of my most favorite things on earth- I can’t wait to try this myself! They look lovely!

  27. msbcocker Says:

    I am wondering if one could buy the sugars at Micheals because so many of the cake and cooking type stores have closed especially in our area.

  28. Lacie E Says:

    my son is going to love this soooo much. Thank you for taking the time to post this.

  29. Kathleen Says:

    Hi msbcocker and sunshine, I haven’t looked at Micheals but I think they or even Joann’s would be a great place to start. They both have great baking sections. If they don’t carry the sanding sugar you can always put a more corse sugar into a food processor to make it more fine. Another option is to make you own colors with food coloring and regular sugar. See my comment at the top where I include a link on how to do that. Good luck and thanks for the questions! Kathleen

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  41. Regina @ Margarita Bloom Says:

    Wow, this is just the coolest thing I’ve seen!! They’re so cute and look better than any peeps I’ve seen or bought!!! I love those little yellow chicks….awwwww….

  42. Kim @ Inspired Goodness Says:

    These are adorable – thanks for sharing!!

    (Also posted a link to you today)

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    I’ve never tried my hand at homemade marshmallows. Your peeps look great!

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  47. Ryan Says:

    About how long do you think these would stay fresh? I’d like to make them in advance for a party. TIA!

  48. Kathleen Says:

    These can be made and stored in an air tight container for up to three weeks. Cheers!

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  64. Eric (the photomaker) Says:

    WOW! DIY Homemade Marshmallow Peeps!

    I have been addicted to peeps for so many years, but always wait for holidays to eat them.

    This possibly could be the most dangerous recipe ever written.


  65. Katrina Says:

    These are so cute! What did you “dust” the mallows with before placing the plastic wrap on top to flatten?

  66. elizabeth escoto Says:

    this is so yummy . my mom is moving to teaxas and when she comes back i will make pink,blue,yellow,purple. And she is going to like it. :):)

  67. Sarah Says:

    I am going to add this to my weekend links list on my blog today!

  68. terri Says:

    the only thing better would be to dip them in milk chocolate! yum

  69. Rachel Harwood Says:

    Thanks so much for the instructions! I can’t wait to try these!

    I have featured your post in my Easter Inspirations as one of my favorite ideas on the web. Thanks so much for sharing!

  70. MyKidsMake Says:

    love these, they are adorable. i have made marshmallows with my kids before, but I think they would love making them into cute shapes like you did! very fun!!

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