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!

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  10. 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.


  11. Katrina Says:

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

  12. 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. :):)

  13. Sarah Says:

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

  14. terri Says:

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

  15. 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!

  16. 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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