♥ Cooking With Christmas PEEPS®
(Sponsored ♥ via PEEPS®)
I've really turned a corner with PEEPS®.
For years I avoided them like the plague. They were the scourge of my youth, fit only to suffer my scorn in the candy aisle. When presented with one of the brightly colored chickens at Easter, I would decapitate them indifferently and not bother to eat either of the pieces. As I got older, my defenses wore down. PEEPS® were always around me and what was worse is that everyone seemed to love them except for me.
Eventually I broke down and would nibble a piece here and there until they became tolerable. I didn't like them, but I didn't particularly hate them either. The line of PEEPS® has since expanded beyond Easter to be present at every major holiday, including Christmas.
When I was offered the chance to try the Christmas PEEPS®, I initially thought no way, but then I started to really think about it and liked the challenge of turning the ultra-sweet confections into something desirable, something that I could possibly, dare I say – love.
I was sent several packages of Christmas PEEPS® including Peeps Chocolate Mousse Reindeer, Peeps Trees and Peeps Snowmen - all of which are gluten-free. My daughter was giddy with excitement when she saw them, but I was overwhelmed. How could I possibly transform PEEPS® into something I would want to eat?
I thought long and hard about what to make with them and whether or not I should preserve their original shape or completely melt them. I eventually decided on making gluten-free S'mores and gluten-free Rice Krispie Treats. Both are desserts that are completely suitable for the winter holidays and both are actually perfect for PEEPS®!
The S'mores were the easiest thing to make, of course. All you need is gluten-free graham crackers, chocolate and PEEPS®. I've never made s'mores using Peeps before so I wasn't sure if they would melt like a regular marshmallow, but lo and behold they did! I topped my graham crackers with some Guittard chocolate chips and then one PEEPS® Snowman per cracker. I put them in an oven at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes. The PEEPS® started to spread a bit, but didn't melt completely by that point, so I turned on the broiler and broiled them for a minute or two until the tops started to brown slightly. Once they came out of the oven I topped each Peep with another graham cracker and then chowed down.
The PEEPS® were quite melty at this point and the whole thing was yummy - the perfect amount of graham, chocolate and marshmallow flavor.
The Rice Krispie Treats presented a different challenge, if only because I wasn't sure about ratios. The PEEPS® Reindeer measure about 2.5 oz per package and since I had two I ended up halving the recipe for making traditional Rice Krispie treats.
After melting the PEEPS® in some butter, just mix them with the cereal and voila! I thought the PEEPS® Krispie Treats would be too sweet, but they were actually insanely good. The chocolate was subtle and the sweetness was perfect and not cloying at all. They were an awesome twist on a regular Rice Krispie Treat and I would absolutely make them again. They barely lasted a day in our house between me, my husband and our daughter snacking on them!
I'm already thinking about the next time I can put on a Peep show at my house.
- Gluten-Free Graham Crackers
- Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 package of PEEPS® Snowmen
You can make as many or as few as you'd like. I only made three, lost one to the cause and ate the other two with my daughter and husband.
You can make roughly 12 s'mores per box of gluten-free graham crackers (Kinnikinnick).
- (2) 2.4 oz packages of PEEPS® Reindeers
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 3 cups of gluten-free Rice Krispies
Serves at least 9 (if using 9x9 baking dish).
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