Homemade Marshmallow Peeps

Prep 35 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 45 mins

These Homemade Marshmallow Peeps taste just like store bought only so much fresher! The homemade marshmallow melts in your mouth and you can color them however you want!

Try these homemade peeps on my Oreo Easter Egg Cups instead of marshmallow bunnies!

Marshmallow Easter Peeps Recipe

Homemade Marshmallow Peeps Are My Favorite Easter Candy

I secretly love Peeps. LOVE. But I guess it’s no longer a secret.

I actually would rather have a Peep then ::gasp:: any chocolate Easter candies. I have no idea why, because generally I will take chocolate every time! But something about the crunchy sugar on the outside and the soft marshmallow inside always lures me in. Plus, growing up, one of my favorite Easter activities was putting a Peep in the microwave and watching it grow to 3 times it’s size yelling PEEPZILLA!

But those days have passed and I haven’t done that in years…well…I hadn’t until this week. When I decided to make my own Peeps, I knew the true test would be the microwave test. And boy did they pass. They grew probably close to 4 times their size! By the way, yes I know how irrational and childish this all sounds…but you have to realize I have been alone for a week with only the dog and cats to keep me company. So exploding a Peep sounded like the best idea I had come up with in days.

Homemade Marshmallow Peeps Recipe

These Marshmallow Peeps Will Melt In Your Mouth 

As for the actual flavor and consistency, these were very comparable to the Peeps you buy. The only difference? They are so incredibly fresh and soft that they melt in your mouth. They are a bit of a pain to get the correct shaping at first. I tried multiple different tips and size bags and found that my best Peeps came from the use of a ziplock freezer bag. If you want to use your piping bag, my best suggestion would be to use a very large round tip…but really, just use the ziplock bag! No cleanup! And my favorite part of making my own Peeps? They don’t have to be yellow!

Yield: 12 Peeps

Homemade Marshmallow Peeps

Homemade Marshmallow Peeps Recipe

These Homemade Marshmallow Peeps taste just like store bought only fresher! The marshmallow melts in your mouth and you can color them however you want!

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 1 packet unflavored gelatin (2 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1/3 cup cold water, for gelatin, plus 1/4 cup for syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Sprinkle Sugar (I used Wilton)
  • 1 block of dark chocolate


In the bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle gelatin over 1/3 cup cold water. Allow gelatin to soften, about 5 minutes.

In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup water and sugar, and stir over medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved. Stop stirring, and place a candy thermometer into sugar water; wipe sides of pan with a wet brush if sugar crystals have splattered up. Boil sugar until temperature reaches the soft-ball stage (238 degrees).

Remove syrup from heat; add to softened gelatin. Using the whisk attachment of an electric mixer, hand-stir the mixture a few minutes to cool; place bowl on the mixer stand. Beat on medium high with the whisk attachment until soft peaks form and the marshmallow mixture holds shape, 8 to 10 minutes.

Transfer marshmallow mixture to a large zip lock bag and cut off one tip to form a circle (about the size of a nickle), and use immediately.

Chick How-To

Pipe an oval shape onto sugar, about 1 inch wide, tapering the end and pulling upward to finish with the tail.

For the head, pipe a mound on the end opposite the tail, about the width of the body, pushing toward the tail and up. Pull away from the head to form the beak.

Immediately sprinkle sugar over the entire surface of the chick. Allow about 10 minutes for the marshmallow to cool and hold it's shape. Lift peep and ten dip in sprinkle sugar to ensure bottom is coated as well.

Make eyes with melted dark chocolate and a toothpick.

Store in airtight container until ready to eat.


Adapted from: Martha Stewart, originally seen on Erin's Food Files

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 0gSugar: 21gProtein: 1g

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22 Responses
  1. Snippets of Thyme

    Those are adorable. I had no idea at first that you MADE them! I do find lots of great ideas from the Martha Stewart sites. Beautiful photography too!

  2. Tina (My Life as a Mrs)

    These are ADORABLE. Fabulous meeting you this weekend, lady! Looking into going to BlogHer Food! Hopefully I’ll catch up with you there! πŸ™‚

  3. Stephanie - Chocolate and Toast

    Homemade marshmallow is the BEST! A couple of other tips – pour your colored sugar into a pie plate or baking sheet and pipe the marshmallow shapes right on top, then you can use a spoon to scoop the sugar up over the figure once you’ve finished piping. Also, keep a small bowl of water handy and dip a finger or two in it if you need to smooth out a spot of marshmallow or reshape something like a beak.

    Ohhh, and dipping them completely in chocolate is awesome, of course. Skip the sugar and just let the marshmallow figure air dry before you do it. YUM.

  4. Shannon O'Connell

    While not a huge fan of eating peeps, I still get them every year (yes, my mom still makes me an Easter basket & I’m 30) and blow them up in the microwave. I can’t wait to make my own!

  5. Anna Johnston

    Sooooooo cute. πŸ™‚ Me Likey, however big call on the eating these sweet treats over traditional easter goodies… I’d feel bad eating this little guy.

  6. Kim @ Feed Me, Seymour

    Wow… That’s awesome! I’ve never been a big fan of Peeps (in fact, I detest them). But these look so fun and cute! I’ll have to make them anyway and let my family gobble them down while ridiculing me and saying I’ve got no Easter spirit.

  7. Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Hmmm this might take my peep-stuffed cookies to the next level! Not sure I’d have the patience to make these first, though;-)

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