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« on: March 31, 2010 06:03:40 PM »

Ss there is a whole tale of how I came to make my own Peeps, but I have chosen to spare you my rambling Smiley If you want to know why I made them feel free to visit my blog for the details: http://jojobean26.blogspot.com/2010/03/faux-peeps.html I know you really all just want to know how to make them so on to the how-to!

A few notes before you begin: This is only a very easy project if you own a stand mixer. Owning a hand mixer is fine, but it means that you will need to stand over a bowl, whipping constantly for at least 15 minutes. I don't really have that kind of patience, so without my trusty Kitchen Aid, there is no way I'd make these Smiley Also, you may want to prepare a second, smaller glass pan in addition to the 9x13. I ended up with a ton of extra marshmallow this time! You don't want to waste any of this good stuff.

Faux Peeps (Feeps?)

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2 cups granulated sugar
1 Tbls. corn syrup
4 envelopes gelatin
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
1 1/2 c. water, divided

Spray a 9x13 inch glass pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Set aside.

Sprinkle gelatin over 3/4 c. water in a bowl. Allow to sit and soften for 5 minutes.

In a small saucepan, bring sugar, corn syrup, and 3/4 cup water to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Turn heat to medium high and cook until it reaches 260 degrees on a candy thermometer.

Place bowl of gelatin over a small pan of simmering water and whisk until all gelatin is melted and combined. Set aside.

Beat egg whites in stand mixer of high until stiff peaks form.

Whisk gelatin into sugar mixture. While mixer is still turned on, slowly pour sugar and gelatin mixture into the egg whites. Beat on high speed for 10-15 minutes. The mixture will get very thick and fluffy. It should look like a jar of, well, fluff.

Pour your fluff immediately into prepared pans, smoothing with a spatula. Allow to sit at room temperature for at least 3 hours. It can sit as long as over night.

Now for the fun part. Fill a shallow bowl with colored sugar. Spray your cutter (or knife) lightly with cooking spray. Cut into marshmallow slowly, as it might stick a bit. Lift carefully with your fingers and push out from the cutter into the bowl of sugar. Flip to coat on all sides and move to a piece of waxed paper.

Pipe on the teeny face.

 I used black gel coloring for the eyes and nose, but you could also use melted chocolate. My cutter shape came out a little wonky, and I made it much bigger than a standard Peep Bunny. I think the little pink guy felt threatened by his giant cousins. Rightfully so.

**p.s. If you can't find colored sugar, make your own by filling a zilpoc bag with 1 cup of granulated or extra fine sugar and a few drops of food coloring. Seal, shake, then spread on a sheet pan lined with wax paper to dry out. It lasts virtually forever.

**p.p.s. For regular marshmallows (those without color) you can dip them in a mix of 1 part cornstarch and 2 parts powdered sugar. That will give them a nice matte finish and keep them from getting all stuck to each other.
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2010 06:21:51 PM »

Love it!  I feel like I must make these for easter!

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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2010 06:23:22 PM »

Those look yummy and much better than regular Peeps, which I hate.  I would eat those!

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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2010 07:41:14 PM »

This is such a great idea!

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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2010 09:52:30 AM »

You made Peeps bigger, therefor you win.  Smiley


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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2010 04:52:29 PM »

I've always loved peeps but won't touch them cause I don't know what they put in those things, unpronounceable chemicals, etc.
But now, I'm making these.

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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2010 07:42:02 PM »

do these marshmallows taste different than regular peeps? I HATE peeps because, like urban craft said, I don't know what's in the store's Peeps.

I want to make some. where did you get the cutter? and was the recipe for one pan full of marshmallows? how many bunnies did you get cut out?

they look awfully tasty! Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2010 09:29:37 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2010 04:32:19 AM »

Thanks for the compliments all!

And to answer your questions:

sminto, homemade marshmallows are amazing. They don't taste at all like store bought. The reason I don't like store bought Peeps is because of the colored sugar. It does taste very much like chemicals! (But if you read the Peeps ingredients, it is really just sugar and corn syrup with a preservative added, nothing tooo crazy!) If you make your own colored sugar you can control the amount of food coloring in it, plus you can add flavors like vanilla by tossing a vanilla bean into the bag when you shake it up. You can also just use natural colorings, though I haven't tried that myself.

This recipe makes at least one 9x13 pan of marshmallows, but I did get extra this time. I filled a second smaller dish (maybe 4x6 inches) too. It made 10 bunnies, but only because I wasn't careful about where I cut, since it was just an experiment. Plus my cutter is huge!

I made the cookie cutter myself, after a very long and fruitless search. The Peeps peeps apparently don't make Peeps shaped cookie cutters, even though they make a ton of merchandise!

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« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2010 09:46:35 PM »

its like being able to eat peeps year round! I love marshmellows

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Next Easter. For sure.

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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2010 07:05:45 PM »

Really cool. How do they taste?

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« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2010 08:46:40 AM »

They taste like any marshmallow would, sweet and soft and awesome Smiley They are just missing that chemical flavor from the sugar coating on real Peeps. Plus, they stay soft for much longer! You can even dip these in chocolate and skip the sugaring altogether.

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« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2010 10:58:34 AM »

this is going to be the perfect gift for my mom. maybe mothers day since her birthday is so far off....but peeps are our favorite candy! yumyumyum. i cant wait...
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« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2010 10:44:44 PM »

Oh dear.  Peeps craving coming back....badly.  (I didn't indulge in my favourite mini-eggs this year, but ending up consuming 4 boxes of pink bunny peeps...)

Love the last photo....the attack of the Giant Cannibal Peep!

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« Reply #16 on: May 08, 2010 03:36:19 PM »

what did you make the cookie cutter out of?? my sister LOVES these things but shes trying to go all homemade for an entire month!!! Im doing this as a surprise!

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« Reply #17 on: May 09, 2010 10:40:01 AM »

I know, I really need to get my butt in gear and post a cookie cutter tute! Maybe I'll have time later this week. It basically involves using metal tape and lots of bending and trying not to cut yourself! I'm sure there are tutes out there on the web, too!

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« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2010 07:49:02 PM »

WOW super mega Peeps!!! Amazing, I'm really going to try this, it could be a dangerous recipe to have. I'm welcoming the future sugar high!  Grin

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« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2010 03:31:42 PM »

So cool.

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« Reply #20 on: May 13, 2010 11:07:07 AM »

WOW!!! What a great idea! I will def need to try this with my girls. It's like an art project and cooking rolled into one! Thanks for the tut too. :0)
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