Friday Food : Homemade Peeps

Thanks everyone for understanding about the shift in posting from yesterday. Foodie Penpals is a great monthly feature and I had no issues with pushing this back a day. Now, what have you all been waiting an extra 24 hours to learn? How to make your own peeps! I made chicks and a few bunnies, but if you have the patience or a pan, you could make anything. A lot of sites are featuring this same set up, but not everyone was linking to their sources. The best I can tell, the basic recipe is from Ms Martha Stewartherself, with twists on how to form the shape and dot the eyes.

Homemade Peeps

What you will need:

  • 1 envelope Knox gelatin (2 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1/3 cup water + 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • optional : Additional sugar + food coloring
  • optional : Cocoa + water for eyes


  1. Prepare an area with wax paper sprinkled with preferred colored sugar.
  2. Set aside remaining colored sugar.
  1. In a bowl, sprinkle gelatin over the 1/3 cup water and allow to set for 5 minutes.
  2. In a sauce pan, combine 1/4 cup water and sugar.
  3. Heat and stir until dissolved, cleaning edges of pan as needed.
  4. Boil to 238 degrees F then remove from heat source.
  5. Mix in the gelatin and hand whisk 2-3 minutes.
  6. Blend on high with an electric mixer for 8-10 minutes, until mixture keeps shape.
  7. Pour into bag fitted with appropriate tip and immediately form peeps.
  1. To form the chick peep, create an oval shape over the colored sugar on the wax paper, tapering for the tail.
  2. Add the head as a smaller blob on top of your “body” tapering again for the beak.
  3. Cover in colored sugar and allow to set.
  4. For the eyes, use food coloring or cocoa mixed with water and a toothpick.

Photos & Comments

My peeps were much too runny. I couldn’t get a majority of them to hold their shape. I still posted this recipe though, because I think when they do come out, they are amazing. I found making sure I didn’t rush through forming the body it held shape better. I also think I probably needed to wait just a tad longer on the boiling phase.

Also, making the bunny shape was MUCH easier than the chicks. Use the same set up for your own shapes. If you have a silicon mold use it for other possibilities.

I tried chocolate and food coloring pens for the eyes, in the end I found regular liquid food coloring and a toothpick worked the best.

My pictures feature the 8 chicks and 2 bunnies I am not totally ashamed of making. However, there are an additional 3 bunnies and 24 chicks sitting in my creation station. It makes a good chunk of creatures, be prepared when you start and end this project as many steps you can’t walk away from or it will ruin the chemical process.

Update:  I may have been my own worst critic when I said only 10 came out as useable. I later realized many more were cute once I added the eyes and shook off extra sugar. Here is the full load. 14 creatures added to the mix.

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