Peeps recipe ideas: Cake, shakes and s'mores

Love them or hate them, Peeps are here this Easter season, and before turning up your nose at these sugary marshmallow treats, take a look at these creative ways to enjoy the Peep. They might just make a fan out of you.

Peep Show Treats – This sugary creation is one that you can easily do with any child. The eMeals blog gives simple instruction for making these treats by whipping up a batch of Rice Crispy treats and sticking a Peep on top.

Chocolate Covered Peeps on a Stick – Looking to add a little something extra to the Peeps you have stashed in your cupboard? Melt some chocolate, poke a stick in the Peep and go fondue. For more specific instructions, check out the website Make and Takes .

Peeps S'mores – You don't need to go camping to enjoy a s'more; especially a Peeps s'more. Food site Eclectic Recipes instructs to replace the normal, "boring" marshmallow in a s'more with a Peep and enjoy.

Peepshi – What do you get when you make Peeps into "sushi?" Peepshi! Creative food site Serious Eats puts a fun twist on the traditional Peep by using boxed Rice Crispy Treats and Fruit by the Foot to mold Peeps into a sweet sushi. You won't find any wasabi or ginger with this sushi. Serious Eats gives instructions on how to roll the Peepshi here.

Peeps Lemon Curd Cake – Bring this elegant creation to an Easter brunch and impress everyone. The visually appealing two-layer cake is topped with Peeps. See the recipe below.

Peeps Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake – The Easter staple can be enjoyed in beverage form, too. The recipe for the chocolaty milkshake that has you toasting the Peeps and blending with milk, vanilla ice cream and sour cream. See the recipe below.

Peeps Lemon Curd Cake

Ingredients:

4 pkgs (3ct each) Peeps (Milk or Dark) Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Chicks
1 cup butter, softened
2-1/2 cups sugar
5 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups cake flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup whole buttermilk
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup lemon curd (may substitute lemon pudding)
1 container white frosting
1 tube white decorating icing with star or flower tip
2 Tbsp powdered cocoa
Zest of one lemon

Makes 1 (2 layer) cake

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (6-inch) cake pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
In another large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
In a small bowl, combine buttermilk and lemon juice.
With electric mixer on low speed, add a small amount of flour mixture to the butter mixture. Next, add a small amount of buttermilk mixture to the butter mixture. Alternate adding small amounts of flour mixture and buttermilk mixture to butter mixture, ending with the flour mixture.
Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake until golden and a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes.
Cool in pans on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove cake from pans and cool completely on wire rack.
Place one cake on serving dish. Spread lemon curd on top of cake.
Place second cake on top of lemon curd on first cake. Cover top and sides of entire cake with white frosting.
Sprinkle powdered cocoa and lemon zest on sides of cake.
Place Peeps Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Chicks on top of the cake, arranging them with the heads facing outward.
Use star or flower shaped tip to decorate the edges of the cake as desired with white icing.

Peeps Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake

Ingredients:

3 pkgs (3ct each) Peeps Chocolate Mousse Flavored (Milk or Dark) Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Chicks
2 cups milk
1 Tbsp sour cream
2 cups creamy vanilla ice cream

Makes 4 servings

Directions:

Place 5 Peeps Chocolate Mousse Flavored Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Chicks on a cookie sheet and toast under the broiler in your oven for 1 – 2 minutes or until charred on top.
Take out of oven and let cool.
Pour milk, sour cream and ice cream into a blender. Add the 5 toasted Peeps Chocolate Mousse Flavored Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Chicks and mix for 3 minutes or until well blended.
Pour milkshake into 4 serving glasses. Top each serving with a Peeps Chocolate Mousse Flavored Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Chick.

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