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"Peep"ing Into Spring
March 27, 2013 • Posted by Rebecca Marber

Easter is on it’s way, and whether you’re celebrating or not, Peeps are a seasonal favorite. I must say, I’ve always been a Peeps fan but I think it’s because they carry a certain sentimental value. That’s what’s so great about these homemade Peeps--the sentiment is there, but so is the taste.

I’m going to a friend’s house for Easter brunch this year and I decided I wanted to bring something festive for the host. After letting my friends try them, they had the same reaction I did--loving the fluffly sweetness we all indulged in several. We all agreed they were better than their store-bought alternatives.

These make for great Easter Sunday basket “stuffers.” You even can get more creative with the chocolate decorations. I started off just melting the chocolate chips to make eyes for the chicks, but after my first few Peeps, I decided they needed to have some other expressions. After making these I have a whole new appreciation for homemade candy. It may take a lot of love, but in the end they’re definitely worth it!

Homemade Peeps

Ingredients

2 packages gelatin
3/4 cup water, divided
2 cups sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups yellow sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
Candy thermometer

Directions

  1. Add gelatin to 1/4 cup of water. Allow for gelatin to soften.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of water, corn syrup, and sugar to large saucepan. Insert a candy thermometer to side of pan and cook mixture until it reaches 235 degrees.
  3. Remove mixture from stove. Add to mixer and begin mixing on low speed. Slowly increase to high until mixture turns opaque in color. Add vanilla, and beat until ingredients are uniformly mixed and stiffen. This should take 10-15 minutes.
  4. Assemble piping bag; use a one-half inch round tip for ease. Prepare a baking sheet by placing tin foil over it. Sprinkle a generous layer of yellow sugar on top of the lining.
  5. Place mixture into piping bag and begin to shape peeps on top of yellow sugar. Start with a one inch long base; this should be tear-drop shaped, the point being the tail of the chick. Then create next layer of body--this one more of an oval shape, the tail sticking out from below. Taper the third layer, much more narrow in diameter, and release for the tip of the piping bag slowly to create beak.
  6. Take remaining yellow sugar and cover the top sides of the peeps. Melt chocolate chips in microwave, and use a toothpick to dip into melted chocolate, and draw on eyes to the peeps.

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