March 27, 2014 at 10:14 AM ET
It seems that we’re no longer satisfied with buying a 99-cent package of Peeps and inhaling them on the spot. No, home cooks and pros alike are incorporating the quintessential Easter candies into more complex sweets:
Dunkin' Donuts is announcing the release of a new Peeps doughnut, which you can find in stores starting on March 31 for a limited time. The flower-shaped glazed doughnuts come frosted with either strawberry or plain green icing and a Peep plopped in the middle. But Dunkin' isn’t the first to do this: California’s Psycho Donuts has been making a similar confection for the past few years, except the doughnut is coconut and the Peep on top “lays” crispy chocolate eggs.
If you haven’t microwaved a marshmallow Peep, you haven’t lived. So just imagine taking the concept a step further and making Peeps S’mores. Eclectic Recipes suggests adding graham crackers and chocolate bars to the kids’ baskets to pull these off—though we can’t help but imagine how they’d taste with a Reese’s peanut butter egg melted in the mix. Overkill?
3. Chocolate-dipped Peeps
Chocolatier Jacques Torres’s gussied-up Peeps have become a fan favorite. He starts with real drugstore Peeps (not some handmade artisanal ones that never taste the same anyway) and dips them in either milk or dark chocolate before decorating the chicks with little tuxedo bowties.
4. Pie or Tart
If you can make Rice Krispies treats, you can probably handle making this Peeps pie from Good Housekeeping. That is, if you can bring yourself to melt the little guys down in a saucepan. Or get slightly fancier with the just-as-easy Chocolate-Hazelnut Peeps Tart , made with puff pastry, Nutella. Peeps and pistachios.
Toasted marshmallow shakes sound pretty good to us, even without the cute Peep garnish. Just Born, the company behind Peeps, has a whole “Cookin‘ with Peeps” section—who knew? —including a recipe for such a concoction.
Yes, there’s even a slightly healthful way to get your Peeps fix—thread them onto skewers, alternating with slices of fruit. Cooking Channel even suggests giving the kebabs “a go on the grill.”