This marshmallow peeps recipe is a fun way to make one of the most popular Halloween candy treats at home (especially during shortages!). Our orange pumpkin homemade peeps are a super fun Halloween recipe to make with kids!
HALLOWEEN PUMPKINS MARSHMALLOW PEEPS RECIPE
If you’re wondering how do you make homemade peeps, we have great news: this recipe is easier than you think!
Before we get to our recipe for Halloween treats, you may be wondering…
Where to buy Halloween Peeps?
Unfortunately, with all the shortages, there will be no Halloween peeps and no Christmas peeps this year. The company has said they will provide their traditional Easter peeps, though. Time to make this homemade peeps recipe!
(Nope, no Target Halloween peeps and even no Halloween peeps Walmart this year or anywhere else. Sorry. You gotta go homemade Halloween peeps this year!)
How To Make Homemade Peeps
How do you make peeps from scratch?
Homemade peeps are actually super simple to make. They are made from water, unflavored gelatin, sugar, vanilla, and colored sugar or sanding sprinkles. The one thing that is vital for peeps made from scratch is a candy thermometer so that your peeps can reach the right temperature.
How To Pipe Marshmallow Peeps
If you want to make the traditional marshmallow peeps chicks, you will need to use a piping bag or a plastic bag with the tip cut off. Allow the mixture to cool slightly before piping or else the peeps mixture won’t hold its shape.
For our peeps recipe, we used a Halloween pumpkin cookie cutter with a face (instead of piping).
You can adapt this to make any shape you want, like homemade ghost peeps using a ghost cookie cutter.
Wondering what to do with leftover peeps?
What can I do with marshmallow Peeps?
Things to do with peeps:
- Eat them alone (of course!).
- Use peeps to decorate cakes or cupcakes.
- Dip them in white, milk, or dark chocolate for chocolate covered peeps.
- Make peeps krispy treats.
- Use peeps to make s’mores.
- Make peeps candy pops.
- Make peeps cookie sandwiches.
- Make peeps brownies.
- Use them to make peeps popcorn.
Can you freeze marshmallow peeps?
You can freeze marshmallow peeps by placing them in a single layer in a sealable freezer bag. Frozen peeps can be frozen for up to three months. To eat, defrost on the counter to room temperature.
Before we get to the Halloween recipe treats, let’s give you some fun pumpkin children’s books to go with this recipe…
Childrens Books on Pumpkins
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Let’s get to our recipe for homemade peeps!
PUMPKIN HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOW PEEPS RECIPE
This really is the best homemade peeps recipe! The texture and taste are perfect.
The only thing we’ll do differently next time is to make our sugar sprinkles finer by running them through our grinder or food processor. Our crystals were a little too coarse.
Make sure your sugar sprinkles are fine (not quite a powder) in order to get that full store bought peeps texture.
- 1 packet plain (unflavored) gelatin
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 cups orange sugar, fine sanding sugar or fine orange sprinkles
- Pour 1/3 cup cold water into a medium mixing bowl. Pour gelatin on top of cold water in mixing bowl. Set aside.
- In a medium baking dish (15 ounce), pour a layer of orange sugar to cover the bottom. Set aside.
- In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup water. Stir to combine.
- Heat over medium until candy thermometer reaches 238 °F. Do not stir.
- Remove from heat and slowly add sugar water to the mixing bowl with the gelatin.
- Slowly stir to combine gelatine and sugar mixture.
- Cool slightly, then mix on medium-high until the clear mixture turns white and begins to get thicker and stiff, around 8 minutes.
- Add in vanilla and mix for additional 1-2 minutes.
- Pour mixture onto top of orange sugar in baking dish. Sprinkle top of mixture with top layer of orange sugar.
- Place in freezer for 1 hour to harden.
TO SHAPE THE PUMPKINS
- Remove marshmallow mixture from freezer. Mixture should be slightly hard and set, but not frozen.
- Using a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter, gently press down into mixture all the way to the bottom. Carefully remove marshmallow from cutter.
- Roll edges in orange sugar to cover the white completely.
- Store in airtight container for up to 3 weeks or in freezer for up to 3 months.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 0g
Nutrition information is estimated. Changes to the recipe and use of different brands may cause changes to the nutritional information to vary slightly from the ones provided here.