Homemade Peeps

by Merissa on April 20, 2011

in Make Your Own, Recipes

Homemade Peeps - Little House Living

Homemade Peeps Recipe

 Warning: making homemade Peeps will make you feel like a homemaking superstar.

Homemade Peeps

What you need:

  • 1 packet unflavored gelatin
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/3 + 1/4 c. cold water

A few other notes on this recipe. Do not be doing anything else while making it. Anyone that's made candy before should know this, things tend to burn fast and get too hard fast. You will need a mixer for this recipe, a hand mixer or a machine will work.

In a bowl, mix together the 1/3 c. water and the packet of gelatin. Set aside.

In a saucepan add the 1/4c. water and the 1 c. sugar. I used turbinado sugar and the hubby couldn't tell the difference.

You want to cook the sugar water mixture until it gets to 238F. That's the magic number. Make sure you are stirring constantly or the mixture will burn.

Once it gets to 238F, remove the pan from heat. Pour the sugar mixture and the gelatin mixture into your mixer. Use the whipping attachment and whip the mixture. I got to use all 800 watts of power on my Bosch mixer to whip this. It was amazing. Now I think I know what the hubby feels like when he hears an awesome car start up.

After several minutes of whipping it should look like this, kinda puffy. Very much like marshmallow cream(well that's what it is!)

Put the mixture in a pastry bag or, if you don't have one like me, a ziploc baggie.

Ok, here's where I messed up. If you want to make traditional Peeps you want to lay down a layer of sugar on your wax paper first. I wanted to make chocolate covered peeps and I figured that if I piped them onto wax paper they would come right off to dip in chocolate. Boy was I wrong.

Homemade Peeps

So, either pipe the marshmallow mixture onto a sugar coasted surface OR first brush a layer of chocolate into a candy mold and then pipe the marshmallow into the mold.

Homemade Peeps

Aren't they cute though? You could do the traditional Peeps shape or bunnies like I did(which was pretty easy) Have fun!


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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melissa Logan April 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm

This is FABULOUS!!


2 Lana April 21, 2011 at 6:51 am

I may just have to do this for my food allergic daughter! Hopefully I will have the time before Easter! The Ziploc bag probably did better than a pastry bad because it is larger and then you did not have to get the pastry bag clean 🙂 Thanks!


3 Amy Saves April 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm

very cute! great pix!


4 Paula Lee March 15, 2012 at 8:44 am

Awesome! Thank you 🙂


5 Deb Thomas March 15, 2012 at 8:47 am

love it!


6 VickiRae Lopez March 15, 2012 at 9:01 am

How funny, I made marshmallows last night and just finished writing up the post for it. 😛 Question though, when you say you use 1 packet of unflavored gelatin, what size did you use? I used 3 packets of the small envelopes from Knox. Oh, also if you pipe it onto a silpat they just come off once they set. No need to use any coating or spray when you use the silpat.


7 Little House on the Prairie Living March 15, 2012 at 9:06 am

I’m not sure of the ounces but it shoudl be 2 1/2 teaspoons of gelatin.


8 VickiRae Lopez March 15, 2012 at 9:07 am

Okay, I think that’s about the same as what I used as the amount in the envelopes is small.


9 Jessica March 15, 2012 at 9:32 am

Awesome! I cannot wait to try these! I love homemade marshmallows so these will be great!


10 Deb Thomas March 15, 2012 at 9:49 am

what is a silpat?


11 Little House on the Prairie Living March 15, 2012 at 9:53 am

A silpat is this: http://amzn.to/silpatliner


12 Samantha April 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I’ve never made this before so please excuse my ignorance…once you pipe the shape how long before it sets? How long are they fresh? Do you have to put them in the fridge?


13 Merissa April 3, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I stuck the in the fridge so they set faster so I’m not sure exactly but it’s not very long. And yes, I stored them in the fridge too but if you ask my hubby I’m a fridge freak and keep everything in there, lol.


14 Monica April 3, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Awesome! My son is allergic to corn products, so I am hoping to make these Peeps for him before Easter! What kind of thermometer?? I have never made candy before, excuse my ignorance!


15 Merissa April 3, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Any candy/meat thermometer will work. I think I only paid a couple bucks for mine so you don’t need a fancy one!


16 Rhonda March 25, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Oooooohhhh…. I don’t think I’ll make peeps (though they look awesome), but I see rice crispy treats in my near future! Being allergic to corn means no marshmallows. I had NO IDEA that making them would be so easy. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


17 Kathy March 26, 2016 at 4:00 pm

I made these today for my grandaughter for Easter. The only complaint I have is that they get hard really fast. Mine started out good but before I could put them into the molds it was like glue. They do taste good though. What did I do wrong?


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