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homemade peep candy in the shape of bunnies sitting in on parchment paper and colored sugar

Homemade Peeps

Homemade Peeps are seriously not even comparable to store bought ones! With only 4 simple ingredients and little bit of time you'll be a peep lover before you know it!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 20
Calories 195 kcal


Sugar Coating

  • 3 C Sugar
  • Food Dye of Choice


  • 3 TBS Unflavored Gelatin
  • C Cold Water
  • 3 C Sugar
  • 1 ½ C Water
  • 1 TSP Vanilla


  • In a small bowl, place the gelatin and the cold water, then set it aside to bloom about 10 minutes.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the remaining sugar and water over low heat, occasionally stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Add the gelatin and stir till dissolved.
  • Increase the temperature to medium heat and allow the mixture to cook on a low boil about 10 -15 minutes. You do not want it to start caramelizing, so make sure you watch the mixture. Do NOT stir at this point.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat and transfer it to a bowl or stand mixer and allow it to cool about 5 minutes.
  • Add the vanilla and let it beat on medium-high speed until the mixture is white and thick.
  • Spread some of the sugar onto a pan or parchment paper.
  • Transfer the marshmallows to a piping bag and pipe the shapes you want into the sugar.
  • Cover the tops of the marshmallows in additional sugar before they set.
  • Let them dry, dust off excess sugar if you want, and enjoy!


  • Do NOT skimp on the beating time – You want to make sure you are getting a lot of air into the marshmallow mixture as you can. This will help your finished product have a light and fluffy marshmallow texture, which we all love.
  • Let it cool – I know it’s hard to wait a few minutes once you have your marshmallows made to get them shaped before they cool. Trust me, though, waiting just a few minutes before you pipe them will help whatever shape you choose hold better. If you pipe it right away, you can end up with puddles instead of the shapes that you want.
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