Homemade “Peeps”

This is the easiest recipe for homemade marshmallow chicks (and the tastiest too!).

I know Easter is just a couple of days away and I was hoping to have this posted before now.  Please forgive me!

If you have granulated sugar, powdered gelatin and water, you can make these adorable treats in less than hour!

I always enjoyed getting “Peeps” in my basket when I was little. I used to put them in my children’s baskets, and now I put them in my grandchildren’s.  I like the yellow chicks because, well, yellow is my favorite color:).  I also like to take them out of the wrapper and let them sit to get “stale” haha!!  It makes them chewy and gives them the texture I enjoy.

When I made my first batch of homemade Peeps, I wanted them to taste good, but I also wanted them to be easy and fun to make!  I think these homemade marshmallow chicks are way better than any you can buy at the store AND they are easy to make…Win! Win!

I was hoping to make a baking video with my son David showing the making of these chicks, but we are all in quarantine right now so that’s not going to happen:(.  But you should check out and follow his YouTube channel (David Macomber).  His art is amazing, and his vlogs are both funny and informative.  We will be making another baking video as soon as we can!

Make these “Peeps” my friends.  Your peeps will be glad you did!!

Ingredients for coating sugar:

1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams)

A few drops of your choice of food color


Preheat oven to 200° F.

Place sugar and food color in a food processor and pulse until color has combined.

Distribute sugar on a baking sheet and place in oven for 20 minutes.  This will dry the sugar.

Remove sugar from the oven and sift to remove any clumps.

Put a piece of parchment on a baking sheet and sprinkle with a little bit of the sugar.  This is what you will be piping your peeps on.  Set aside

Ingredients for Peeps:

1 Packet powdered gelatin (7 grams) + 1/3 cup cold water

1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams) +1/4 cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Black gel food coloring for eyes


Put 1/3 cold water in a mixing bowl and sprinkle gelatin on top and let it sit while you make the sugar water.

Place a cup sugar and 1/4 cup of water in a small saucepan.  Stir to combine.  Heat mixture on medium heat to soft ball stage (238°F).  Use a candy thermometer for this step. DO NOT STIR!

Mixture is going to be bubbly and very hot.  Please be careful!

Once it has reached 235° F, carefully remove from heat and slowly pour it into the mixing bowl with the gelatin.  Add vanilla and stir to combine and break up any remaining lumps. Let mixture cool for 10 minutes.

While the mixture is cooling, get your piping bag ready.

Place a large circle tip (1/2 inch) in a 14″-16″ piping bag.

Once the gelatin and sugar mixture has cooled for ten minutes, mix with whisk attachment on medium-high speed for 8-10 minutes.  It will be slightly stiff and fluffy (see photo).

Add marshmallow to piping bag.

Pipe a 3″ line (this is the body).  This recipe makes 20 chicks.  I like to pipe four sets of five chicks.  Pulling them apart is one of my favorite parts of eating them:)!!

To pipe the head, squeeze your piping bag and gently release the pressure as you pull down (see video).

After you form your chicks, sprinkle them with the remaining sugar.  Be sure to make sure you coat them completely.  Let them dry for 10-15 minutes, then shake off the excess sugar.  Transfer them to another baking sheet and let them sit for at least an hour.

Add eyes with a thin brush and black food gel (melted chocolate works too).  I have used black royal icing to make the eyes too.  Use whatever works best for you.  Enjoy!

I hope you make these cuties, and if you do, be sure to tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to see your pictures!!

God Bless and have a Happy Easter!!

“As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.  The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”  James 5:11

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