Homemade Marshmallow Peeps


Peeps! You can make them yourself, then float them in your hot chocolate! Yes, I do lie awake at night thinking about this stuff. Some girls think of George Clooney – I’m counting Peeps.

Sure you can always pick up a bag, but marshmallows are fun to make yourself, can be flavoured any number of ways – try adding peppermint or coconut extract – and are far more delicious than the packaged kind by virtue of being homemade. Bonus: you can shape your mallows into letters or shapes by spooning the mixture into a zip-lock bag and piping it out.

It’s just marshmallow goo, spooned into a zip-lock bag and squeezed out through one corner. Easy. In fact, once you have the bagful of creamy marshmallow (made with plain gelatin simmered into hot syrup with sugar and water, whipped with corn syrup until it has the same consistency as meringue) you could squeeze it out into letters, numbers or any shape you like. You could, I imagine, toss them about in finely ground coloured sugar while they’re still tacky to complete the Peeps effect, but I love the way they resemble whipped cream as they melt on top of hot chocolate. You can flavour them with vanilla or peppermint or coconut or cinnamon or anything else you think would go well with chocolate. (And if you want to go dairy-free, use coconut milk in your mug.)


Homemade Marshmallows

Recipe link


November 27, 2010

  • Makes: Makes lots.


3 pkg. (3 Tbsp.) plain gelatin

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

2 tsp. vanilla, mint or coconut extract

icing sugar, for dusting


1In a small bowl sprinkle the gelatin over 1/2 cup water. In a medium pot, combine the sugar and another 1/2 cup water and bring to a simmer; add the softened gelatin mixture and stir until fully dissolved and hot to the touch.

2Pour into a large bowl (if you have a stand mixer, use it with the whip attachment), add the corn syrup and vanilla and beat on high (if you like, drape a kitchen towel overtop at first to catch splatters) for about 10 minutes, until the mixture cools and increases in volume until it has the consistency of meringue - billowy and white, and forms soft peaks.

3Pour into a 9”x13” pan lined with parchment or foil and dusted generously with icing sugar, or spoon into a large (or small) zip-lock bag, snip a large piece off one corner and pipe shapes, letters, swirls or Peeps onto a piece of parchment or silicone mat or an icing sugar dusted sheet. Let cool until completely set and if you need to, cut into squares using a sharp knife sprayed with nonstick spray.

Makes: Makes lots.



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16 comments on “Homemade Marshmallow Peeps

  1. Carol SB
    November 27, 2010 at 7:42 am

    These are just too cute. And they do, as you said the other day on your diabolical Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate post, look beeYOOtiful, gracing the top of the mug with their presence.
    Thanks for the recipe, Julie

  2. Sharon
    November 27, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Would it be possible to substitute maple syrup for corn syrup? I’ve never understood the syrup-substitute science. Of course not many people would be interested in wanting to know. Except the posters here.

  3. Another Deb
    November 27, 2010 at 8:54 am

    I’ll try your oatmeal cookie recipe Julie — mine is tried and true, and my husband’s favourite, but I’d like to get rid of the shortening and tons of brown sugar is calls for. Thanks!P.S. Snowing and freezing rain in Ottaw today — looking at your Okanagan prize certainly makes me long for summer, BC, sun, etc!

  4. Liana @ femme fraiche
    November 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    No hot chocolate is complete without marshmallows…and homemade ones just take the cake! Love the idea

  5. colesangel
    November 27, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Now i know what to do with the five packages of gelatin i found in the bottom of the box of my baking supplies after my most recent move! thanks Julie!

  6. Michael
    November 28, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Marshmallows! By coincidence, I made marshmallows today, with a little coconut flavour and rolled in toasted coconut. Heaven! Nothing like nasty store bought, chalky overly-sweet puffs. This is going to be my new winter must-have, and I will definitely save a few next time “sans coconut” for floating on hot beverages. It’s always nice to rediscover an oldfashioned favourite!

  7. Nella
    November 29, 2010 at 11:51 am

    My Nana and I just made the oatmal cookies with almond oil and dried cranberries- They were fantastic!

  8. Sharlene
    November 29, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    I have tried making homemade marshmallows several times before and have failed each time with a hot sticky mess at the end of it all. I’m going to try this recipe and fingers crossed I hope it works!!

  9. Kathy
    December 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Made these cookies last night, really like them, esp. the fact they only have 1/2 c. of sugar.

  10. zeemaid
    December 3, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    You make it all seem so easy. YUM!

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