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PEEPS-A-LICIOUS!: 50 IRRESISTIBLY FUN MARSHMALLOW CREATIONS – A COOKBOOK FOR PEEPS® LOVERS – JUST BORN

Peeps-a-licious!: 50 Irresistibly Fun Marshmallow Creations - A Cookbook for PEEPS(R) LoversPeeps-a-licious!: 50 Irresistibly Fun Marshmallow Creations – A Cookbook for PEEPS(R) Lovers by Just Born
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BONUS MARCH PROJECT!

BONUS MARCH PROJECT THAT LASTED UNTIL JUNE IS NOW OVER!

**update – i have done the PEEPS®-math and four more recipes should rid me of (most of) my leftover PEEPS® and THEN i can close this project out &yadda.

*update – i am going to continue this slightly into april, because greg’s still upstate with my chocolate mousse PEEPS® and i didn’t have time to make the lemon bar ones, but i bought all the ingredients, so. two more recipes! soon!

since i finished Animal Querkles too quickly, i have some extry days of march to fill with projects, and i’m choosing to fill them with this book! i don’t think i could handle a month’s worth of PEEPS® recipes, gastrointestinally speaking, but a week? i can manage that. sugar high, here i come!

PEEPS® Peek-a-Boo S’mores Fudge

first things first, you’re gonna need to decapitate some bunnies

bowl of adorable carnage

then you do some stuff with ingredients to make the fudge (since this is just a mini filler-project, i’m gonna skimp on details, if that’s cool), and tuck the heads in like they’re PEEP-ing out of their chocolatey graves

then you solidify them in the fridge, add some graham

and decorate your morbid easter tableau most festively

will these bunnies rise again after three days? who knows – by then they will long be eaten. i will let you know if i experience any indigestion.

PEEPS® Double Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches

first, you make these cookies. and these cookies are amazing. like, truly amazing. i will make these again, with or without PEEPS®. (probably without, TBH)

and then you arrange the bunnies like so

and then you microwave

the book warns: Microwave, one by one, for 8-12 seconds until the Bunnies begin to puff up, depending on your microwave wattage. Do not microwave for any longer than that or your cookie will fall apart and be too fragile to pick up.

i don’t know what gives with my microwave, but my Bunnies just weren’t puffing up, so, yeah – i had to microwave for much longer.

and this happened

but these things happen. at least i can enjoy the cookies by themselves. and i WILL, because – delicious. i am going to make some ice cream sandwiches with them and see if those turn out any better.*

oh, and i tried to provide the microwave footage requested by Rossdavidh, but unfortunately, my microwave likes to keep its secrets.

sorry, guy(s)!

PEEPS® Crème Brûlée

okay! time for a recipe from the “PEEPS® gourmet” chapter! because we fancy!

but first, an emotional photo montage of the noble PEEPS® who sacrificed themselves for this dish. CYO saccharine heartstring-tugging ballad to accompany:


good-bye.

but it was worth it, right? for crème brûlée?

and yes, those little top-holes are from me poking them to see if they were done

they weren’t.

these took twice as long to cook as recipe claimed. these photos make them look all dried out as a result, but i assure you, they were creamysweet and the perfect custardy texture

oh, but something’s missing!

for this part of the recipe, i bought a couple of GIANT bunny PEEPS®

and borrowed greg’s blowtorch

which is pretty much my favorite thing.

and then WHOOOOSH with the flame

and GARNISH!

although maybe giant bunnies are too giant for this.

don’t care – this was unexpectedly delicious, and while it doesn’t top the crème brûlée recipe i got from some guy that used to work at gotham, if you have PEEPS® and heavy cream on hand, why wouldn’t you make this?

PEEPS® S’mores Brownies

this was a messy, messy one!

it started out fine and easy – make a graham cracker crust, make some brownies from a mix (cuz no one’s judging), toss some PEEPS® and chocolate chips on the top and find some easter-themed toys (optional)

and then bake and broil and torch those PEEPS® like crazy

and you get a brick of this

and it IS a brick; able to be held aloft, panless, without falling apart

but a pretty, stratified brick

that kind of resembles unicorn vomit

but then you gotta cut these puppies

and that’s where it gets messy

and you end up with goopy, sticky, marshmallowy treats

that are delicious, but GOLLY that’s one messy confectionary…

No-Bake Lemon PEEPS® Cake

this recipe is lying to you. i’ve made more than a few baked goods in my time, and while i was making this one, i thought, “that’s not nearly enough butter to make a crust.” and, “there’s no way they’re using lemon pudding in that photograph.” and, “how is theirs so… tidy?” and, “go to hell, ‘love from the oven!’ if that’s even your real name! why do you want me to fail? and why are you contributing a recipe to this book that doesn’t even require an oven???”

joke’s on them, though, because i can food-style, too.

YOU CAN TAKE YOUR FILTERS AND SHOVE THEM, ‘LOVE FROM THE OVEN!’

on a less yelly note, i do like how you can see the PEEPS® peep-ing out from just under the whipped cream here.

and i just realized that i actually made this one on april 1st, so let’s call it a very elaborate prank on me. well played, ‘love from the oven.’

i am returning to this project after a little palate-cleansing break! i will do a couple more recipes before closing this down for the season, with the option to revisit it as seasonal PEEPS manifest.

The PEEPS® Crispy Rice Treat

i wasn’t planning on making this one, but i ended up with far more PEEPS® in my house than was sensible AND i had taken a chance and bought a box of Kellogg’s Strawberry Krispies™ that i needed to find a use for, since they are unacceptable as a breakfast cereal. SO! crispy rice treats it is!

it was madness—an orgy of bunnies and chicks of all different colors cavorting in a hot tub of butter with no sense of decency

once more into the fray, boys!

this is what regret looks like. those eyes, so haunted…

and so here’s the thing—recipe encourages baker to: Make your crispy rice treats match the occasion by using different-colored marshmallow PEEPS®—pink PEEPS® will result in pink treats and so on.

i do not think this is true. the sugar is the colorful part of a PEEP, and when the sugar dissolves, it takes its color with it into the ether somewhere, and what’s left is just… beige; only slightly differently-colored from a traditional marshmallow.

which is why it’s a good thing i was using Kellogg’s Strawberry Krispies™ so it didn’t look like some PTA bake sale up in here.

using PEEPS® to make krispy treats is weird—it makes these mallow-spiderwebs form, and it’s not as adhesive as using proper marshmallows.

i can’t tell if this is pretty in pink or a bad case of eczema

either way, they’re not as gooey and satisfying as regular RKTs, but they’re an easy way to foist off unwanted cereal on others.

before i make another recipe, an interlude. just before easter, when i was still hip-deep in this project, i decided i didn’t have ENOUGH PEEPS® in my life and i needed to go to dylan’s candy bar for their ‘chillin’ with my peeps’ milkshake, which is a unicorn-ejaculate craft project thought up by dentists to drum up more business.

do you see all these baubles?

they are affixed to the cup with FROSTING

diabolical.

but it did match my nails, which was nice.

okay, interlude over.

PEEPS® Reindeer Chocolate Mousse Cups

pay attention, aspiring french chefs, because apparently, this:

is all you need to make chocolate mousse.

don’t believe me? good, because this is an example of a recipe that is BROKEN, and a reason i am glad i am doing this project; so i can WARN you when things like this happen. recipe calls for chocolate chips, butter, chocolate mousse reindeer PEEPS®, whipped topping (optional) and chocolate sprinkles (optional). i had some whipping cream in my fridge already, so i OPTED to use it to make whipped topping. but had i not OPTED to make whipped cream, i would have followed the recipe: putting the three ingredients in the microwave, stirring, allowing it to cool, observing that it was indeed ‘very thick’, just as the recipe told me it would be, and then calling it a freaking day. because the next step is to combine the whipped topping and the chocolate mixture, with no indication that the whipped topping was previously designated an optional ingredient. lemme tell you – it ain’t optional. if you do not use the whipped topping, you will have a ‘very thick’ paste of melted chocolate and butter with some chemically-marshmallowy texture. so but BECAUSE i was led to believe it was optional, i didn’t buy any additional whipping cream. i used the 1/2 pint i had on hand, even though it called for 8-ounces of optional whipped cream. i figured it would be a little thick but still yummy and-hey-it’s all OPTIONAL, right? anyway, long story short, i made this:


i do not think it is mousse, but it is tasty. PSA reminder to always read your recipes critically before you dive in, because sometimes they let pranksters write these things.

PEEPS®-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

this recipe called for PEEPS® Chocolate Mousse Chicks Dipped in Milk Chocolate, but i had to use the PEEPS® Filled Delights: Chocolate Caramel Swirl Dipped in Milk Chocolate. i do not think the recipe suffered for the substitution.

first, you cut your chicks in half and build your cookies around them:

they make little smiley balls

THEN YOU BAKE AND ENJOY!

i prefer my own chocolate chip cookie recipe, but i love this idea of secret PEEPS®, so i might do it again, karenstyle.

PEEPS® Lavender Panna Cotta with Blackberry Sauce

who’s this fancy lady making treats outta marshmallow rabbits, putting smug-looking marshmallow chickies on top? IS ME! this tastes powerfully of flowers, like eating an old lady’s church-hanky. if you are a rabbit or a person who likes eating flowers, like may’s issue of food network was telling me people are now, you will like this. i like the sauce very much. i’m still acquiring the taste for flora, but i’m going to have another one and see where it takes me.

PEEPS® S’mores Milkshake

IT WAS A GOOD MILKSHAKE. i’m running out of space, so i’m just dropping this one in quicklike before the final two to wrap this project up.

PEEPS® Mini Baked Donuts

i do not have mini donut pans, so mine are more cake-blobs than donuts AND YES i DO realize i could have cut the center out and faked a donut, but i’m learning to live with my decision not to. to make up for my lack of mini donut pans, i used the tiny bunny-shaped silicon molds that erica easter-basketed me one year to make PEEPS® donuts that are PEEPS®-shaped and the crowd goes wild.

also, this recipe called for 2 tbsp ‘baking power.’ shoot, i am MADE of baking power.

LAST RECIPE!

PEEPS® Birthday Cinnamon Rolls

i call bullshit on this one. the roll-part of the recipe is fine.

make rolls:

bake rolls:

but for the frosting – for the part that actually has the PEEPS® in it, it says to melt the PEEPS® with butter until combined, remove from heat, allow to cool. LET’S SEE HOW THAT GOES!

this recipe calls for Party Cake PEEPS®.

there’s safety in numbers, fellas!

oh noooooooooo! this party’s OVER!

and this is what you get.

this is the substance that is now meant to be mixed into the cream cheese&etc mixture to make one big happy frosting. but it will not mix into that mixture. the electric beater just goes CLONK CLONK CLONK and you end up with a yummy buttery cream cheese frosting with giant rando chunks of calcified PEEPS®-snot in it.

so while you do get tasty cinnamon buns at the end of all your labor

those Party PEEPS® died for nothing and don’t even factor into the final product.

a sad end to a fun, if very drawn-out, project.

UNTIL NEXT PEEPS® SEASON!!!

* spoiler alert – they DID:

PART TWO

HELLO! KAREN HERE!

i used this book for a project last year, which you can check out here if you missed it. but there were a few recipes i wasn’t able to do at the time because they required special seasonal PEEPS® flavors that were not seasonal at the time i was doing the project. in the months since then, i’ve been stockpiling those seasonal flavors so i could try a few more recipes. now that goodreads has shrunken the review spaces over here, i can’t add on to that old review, so i’m starting over here. this won’t be a one-a-day project, but i’ll toss some up in here as i make them.

here are my plans:

PEEPS® CLOUD ANGELS
PEEPS® PEPPERMINT RICOTTA CHEESECAKE
SALTED CARAMEL MARSHMALLOW PEEPS® DIP
PEEPS® CATS IN PUMPKINS
PEEPS® PUMPKIN PATCH

PEEPS® BERRY CRUMBLE

this one requires strawberry crème hearts (the book uses the accent grave because it is fancy?)

and also many cherries

topped with oatmeal and brown sugar, which means it is a very healthy dessert because it is all stuff horses eat and everyone knows horses are healthy. BERRIES! FROOTS! OATS!

all marbled in with delicious marshmallow

WELCOME TO ROMANCE!

CHRISTMAS PEEPS® PEPPERMINT PUDDING PIE

this one calls for chocolate-dipped peppermint bark PEEPS®

first, you make a pie with chocolate pudding and whipped topping and peppermint extract

and then you slap a PEEP® and some crushed-up candy canes on it

and then, for more gooeyness, chocolate syrup

inside, it looks like this

this one is a joker. the only PEEPS® content is the PEEP® on top. which is like calling a basic birthday cake a “birthday candle cake.” but whatever. you’ll not hear a PEEP® outta me about recipe titling accuracy. except for that one i just typed. this pie would have been better if i hadn’t misjudged the potency of peppermint extract, or remembered what happened when i made those peppermint cookies recently with the same misjudgment and toothpaste-y results. when you moosh the whipped topping into the mousse-y part, it tames it down somewhat, but YEESH. it is a very bracing pie. I FEEL SO CLEAN!!

SPRINKLED WITH LOVE PEEPS® VALENTINE COOKIES

observe this romantic mise!

and here are the molten-peeps-stuffed, marshmallow-frosted, candy-encrusted red velvet cake mix-cookies

with special thanks to greg for obtaining all the valentine’s sugar-flair toppings for me

happy PEEPS®entine!

SMOOOOSH

how does it taste? in a word: sweet. like, brain-achingly sweet. how much you care for someone is best measured by how quickly you can send ’em into sugar shock.

PEEPS® CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT CUPCAKES

AN EPIPHANY: while i was making these cupcakes, i realized why all my pepperminty treats have been soooo pepperminty. i only just last night realized that what i have in my larder is not, in fact, peppermint extract, but peppermint OIL! which is obviously a much more potent beast. what a dummy i am—i can’t even READ! but i CAN make delicious cupcakes:

these are chocolate-peppermint cupcakes with peppermint frosting, and the frosting has PEEPS® in it. sort of. so, you make the frosting the way frosting is made: butter, confectioners’ sugar, milk, etc, and then you melt some PEEPS® candy cane chicks (not the ones dipped in chocolate, the recipe clarifies) in butter, wait for it to cool, and then mix that into the frosting. i ran into the same problem i ran into with the frosting for the PEEPS® cinnamon rolls: it glomms up and does not integrate, so there are chonks of marshmallow-y sediment that in no way improve the frosting, which was already delicious on its own. i don’t know if it is because my PEEPS® were old-ish, or because i only had the ones dipped in chocolate, which i surgically removed from their chocolatty bottoms, adjusting the math, or if the recipe is just…dumb. in any case, the cupcakes themselves are excellent; a box mix supplemented with sour cream, mini chocolate chips, flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and eggs, and they are ultra-moist and chocolatty and the frosting is great, but at the end of the day, the only PEEPS® content is the garnish and the unappealing bits i tried to avoid when frosting them.

ta-daaaa!

GINGERBREAD PEEPS® HOT CHOCOLATE

and so it goes.

it’s making me a little sad that three of them have hands to hold thru their slowmelt deaths, but one is all alone.

it’s better when you can’t see their screamy faces.

but forget all that gloom, here’s some holly jolly cocoa! with freshly made whipped cream and a fresh gingerbread man to replace all the ones melted into the cocoa! it’s a perfect treat for—

oh no

not again

and then the gingerghosts dragged his body down into cocoa lake and all of them had hands to hold. see? happy ending! also, this cocoa was outstanding. kinda frothy and thick, enriched with PEEPS® who were totally ready to go into that good night, not overly sweet and—i have just learned—equally delicious gulped cold out of the fridge the next morning.

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