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Easter Peep-Za

When brainstorming Peeps ideas this year, I came up with some pretty good ones that were shot down: Peeps Sweet Potato Casserole. Peeps-Jello Salad. Twice-Baked Peep-Topped Sweet Potatoes. Peeps Ambrosia. The idea that did make the cut: Peep-Za.

Peeps on a pizza, well that’s just gross. But Peeps on a pizza-like dessert — that is amazing. To make a Peep-Za, you just need a cookie crust, some frosting and the contents of your Easter basket: Peeps and M&Ms or whatever candy you like best.

For the crust, I like Cookie Monster’s sugar cookie recipe because he’s the most credible source for cookies I know, but you can take a shortcut and use store-bought sugar cookie dough. Same goes for the frosting; use store-bought if you don’t have time to make homemade frosting.

I still stand by the Peeps Sweet Potato Casserole idea. Look for that one next year.

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Easter Candy from the Edge

This weekend, it doesn’t matter if you’re celebrating Easter or Passover, because a common devotion unites us all: candy.

Your baskets may floweth over with the usual sugary suspects, but we figured that — as two girls who soaked a Peep in absinthe then set it on fire for our cocktail video series — we owe it to you to bring you the weirdest holiday confections we could find, like the Minecraft Peeps above. Behold zombie bunnies, gilded edible Jesuses, Peeps behaving badly and matzah houses so boggling, you’ll wonder why they weren’t condemned. 

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Sifted: Peeps Edition

"A Peep of Thrones" by The Epi-Log

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Peeps take on a comical dark side in theA Peep of Thrones.” No offense to the HBO original Game of Thrones, but we prefer The Epi-Log’s peeptacular rendition.
  2. Inside the Marshmallow-Chick Factory: It only takes 6 minutes to create the beady-eyed Easter icons, start to finish. “But for such an innocent, marshmallow-and-sugar pastel candy, the Peep is surprisingly polarizing.” — NYT Magazine
  3. Peeps and crushed Easter candy turns white chocolate into a no-fuss Easter bark recipe. We love the pretty pastels.
  4. Not a fan of the sugary mallows? These recipes for rocky road blondies and lemon meringue tarts might change your mind.
  5. It doesn’t get much easier (or as tasty) than Easter fondue. Peeps pair perfectly.

Still peepin’ out?  Take a peek at all our Peeps Dessert Recipes, including Alie & Georgia’s Peepin’ It Real Cocktail!

Sifted: Peepin’ Around

Peeps!

Happy Easter!

Here’s some fun ideas for your leftover holiday peeps from Cooking Channel’s family and friends:

  • Peeps on a stick? Call them kebabs… — Food2
  • A one of a kind peep show, and no cover charge — Food2
  • Melted chocolate + Marshmallow Peeps = Easter Peep Fondue? — Dish
  • Bringing out the best in those marshmallow bunnies — Serious Eats

Need ideas for your leftover Easter eggs? Check out our Deviled Eggs Cook Off for inspiration.

Easter Candy Bark

Easter candy bark

It's like candy, made of candy.

The Easter Bunny brought too much candy. He (she?) always does. And as always, by Tuesday of next week, everyone will be so sick of white chocolate bunnies, pastel M&Ms and overcooked hard-boiled eggs tinted a freakish blue-green color from the dye that seeped in, that they’ll refuse to eat any of it. The eggs will go in the trash and the candy will end up in the cupboard till it gets cleaned out in October.

This year, don’t let that happen. Turn the excess candy into a slightly different treat and your family’s love for the sweet stuff will be renewed — like when you top a baked potato with last night’s chili and pretend it’s a new meal. Because it is a new meal.

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Peep-Tacular Easter Desserts

Peep Blondie Slice

Rocky Peep Blondies

It’s Peep season! I can’t say I’m usually a fan of these pure-sugar Easter staples, but they’re so darn cute I always end up with a box or six. This year, instead of waiting till they take on ceramic-like qualities, I’m determined to actually consume them. So how do you make these adorable, sugar-coated fluffballs taste delicious? Burnish ‘em — here are two ways to do it.

Rocky Peep Blondies (pictured above)
Chocolate, marshmallows, peanuts — they go together so well in Rocky Road ice cream, so why not bring Peeps into the mix? Mix a half-cup each of pastel-coated chocolate candies and roasted, salted peanuts into your favorite blondie recipe.

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