Friday, March 30, 2012

Glamour Peeps 2.0


Easter is right around the corner which means it's time to make the Peeps!  That's right, Glamour Peeps are back, in all their sparkle glory.  These little peeps are my favorite makeover to date, and I couldn't wait to make them again.  So grab your candy thermometer and disco dust cause it's time to make some candy!
For those of you who are relatively new to Buttercream Blondie, I made the original Glamour Peeps last year.  It all started with an idea to give Peeps a makeover.  I've always been a fan of Peeps, but homemade marshmallows are so much better!  I figured out a way to pipe the marshmallow to look like peeps, and then dolled them up.  Of course this means I had to zhush them up with some disco dust, and there was a feather boa involved.  The word ridiculous has come up once or twice ;)
This time around while the basic concept is the same, I changed up the colors and lost the feather boa.  There's also a video on these which I think is really helpful.  I had to watch it a few times this week when I was making them just to make sure I got my peep mojo back!  For my color scheme this year, there was no way I could pick just one color, so I went with an assortment of pretty pastels. Making five different color peeps out of one batch of marshmallows was ambitious, but it had to be done!  I'm so happy with how they turned out, look at that lavender!  What about the blue??


I think I might actually like them more than the pink!  I know, I'm shocked too.  Who am I kidding, I love the pink too.  There's no way I can possibly pick a favorite, I even love the yellow.  I'll give you more info on all the colors I used in the Notes section below.  For their eyes, I used a toothpick dipped in blue food coloring.


Well, I think you can probably tell by this point that I kind of love this project!  Enjoy the video, and have a great weekend!



Marshmallows:
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2T. powdered gelatin
  • 4T. cold water
  • 1t. vanilla extract
  • food coloring of your choice - I used rose pink, purple, lemon yellow, leaf green, and sky blue.
  1. Mix powdered gelatin with cold water (add extra water if needed) and set aside.
  2. Combine corn syrup, sugar, and water in saucepan and bring to 235 degrees using a candy thermometer.
  3. While bringing sugar mixture to a boil begin whipping egg whites in mixer till soft peaks form.
  4. When sugar mixture reaches 235 degrees add gelatin and quickly stir to dissolve.
  5. Slowly add hot mixture to whipping whites.
  6. Add vanilla and whip till stiff.
  7. Add food coloring if desired.  Please note you only need a few drops.
Peeps:
  1. Cover a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Cover parchment with powdered sugar(don't be cheap)
  3. Fill a piping bag with marshmallow.
  4. Pipe a tear drop shape first.
  5. Then pipe the peep by squeezing the marshmallow on top of the tear drop pulling the piping bag up. Slowly release your pressure and bring forward.
  6. Allow peeps to dry overnight in a cool dry place.
  7. Brush lightly with water.
  8. Brush with disco dust.
  9. Place the eyes on them using a toothpick dipped in food coloring.
Notes:

* When you have marshmallow in the mixer make sure you keep the mixer on.  If you let marshmallow sit it will dry out and be useless.
* Put a lot of powdered sugar under the peeps.  They are very sticky.
* Disco dust colors I used: baby blue, baby yellow, baby green, pink, and baby pink.  I couldn't find lavender, but the baby pink is not very pink at all, and worked perfectly.

81 comments:

  1. Oh Meghan! These are adorable! Great video too.

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  2. These are absolutely adorable!! Awesome.

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  3. These are so cute! The sparkle makes 'em 10 times better than store-bought. I didn't even know you could make homemade Peeps. Wonderful job on the video as well!

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  4. Adorable, Meghan! I don't love marshmallows but I want to make these for my family who does love them. So cute!

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  5. So cute! I am not a fan of the way peeps taste, but they always look so cute!

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  6. Homemade peeps! Yum. I never even considered making homemade peeps. Now, I so want to try this recipe. They look glamorous, indeed. Absolutely beautiful. You have such a lovely site.

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    1. Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy them!

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  7. Ok....how weird is it that I am not a peep fan and yet I am drooling!!! I do love homemade marshmallows and I'm thinking that will make these taste 100x better than the store bought counterpart! Thanks for the great idea!

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  8. Haha, genius! Love that glitter :)

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  9. I can only imagine how much fun my Girls would have making these! Thank you so much for posting this!

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  10. Only from your creative mind would glamour peeps come up! I saw the name and was wondering what the "glamour" was about. After reading this I realize that one simple taste would forever turn someone away from store bought peeps. You always manage to have some zing in your creations and this one is very craftily done. Peep mojo is probably something you will never lose by the looks of these. Awesome post!

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  11. Best Easter treat EVER!!! These are so fun and so adorable!!

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  12. These are easily the most adorable things ever. I am not a fan of peeps, but I do like marshmallows. Wonderful job of making something not so tasty yet adorable be both! And disco dust...i need to invest in some asap :)

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    1. Thanks April! You definitely need to get some disco dust :)

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  13. Fabulous!!! I just found your blog via my local NBC affiliate's website....www.wwbt.com. I'm in love with your Easter treats!
    May I share them with my blog readers? I would credit your photos and link back to your website! If you'll let me, I'd love to post this sometime this week-end!

    Now Following!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage
    www.shabbyfrenchcottage.com

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    1. Thanks so much Mikey! You can definitely share!

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  14. Oh my mind is all over the place now!! Easter, Halloween, Christmas. . . . the possibilities are ENDLESS!!!

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  15. LOVEEEEE!!!! I usually hate Peeps. But, I love homemade marshmallows so these look fab to me!

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    1. Thanks girl! Yes, homemade marshmallows are the way to go!

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  16. Ohmigoodness! I was just thinking the other day if there was some way for me to make homemade peeps. And here they are. And colorful. And sparkly. I could just die.

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    1. Haha, thanks Kim! I'm all about colorful & sparkly :)

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  17. These are so cute! There so professional looking! I want to make them, but they won't look as pretty as yours thats forsure!!

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    1. Thanks Jen! I have no doubt yours will look awesome!

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  18. I am not a Peeps fan at all but these are just too cute! Oh my! Love the colors and sparkle.

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  19. Anonymous3/30/2012

    for vegetarians could you use pectin instead of gelatin

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  20. These are so gorgeous? Is that the Peep's Secret Fashion Show, above? Strike a pose! I would love to be able to make these with my daughter. She saw them and loves them!

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    1. Haha, Cindy you crack me up! Thank you :)

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  21. This are the COOLEST peeps EVER! I love it!

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  22. How cool! I love this. I hate those boxed peeps, but I bet home made ones are great! I have GOT to order some disco dust!!!!

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    1. Thanks Alyssa! Homemade tastes awesome & yes, you have to get some disco dust!

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  23. I cant believe you have a pink mixer and a pink kettle lol, you and my daughter would get along sooo well :)
    Nice peeps..

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    1. Haha, I can't believe that surprises you!

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  24. How gorgeous! Peeps are not available in Australia - now I can make my own! Thanks!

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  25. I love, love, love these and I don't even like regular peeps. :) I am sharing these with my diva friends today.

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  26. Maureen Rocco3/31/2012

    Meghan - you are unbelievable! love your video! Can't wait to try them!! you need to be DISCOVERED!

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    1. Thanks so much Maureen, you are so sweet! Thanks for watching the video :)

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  27. Soooo lovely! I won't eat them, I promise.....oh, wait.....maybe I will. Just one...or two...

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  28. WOAH! These are so elegant!

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  29. Oh sooooo pretty! They are absolutely perfect and love the colours and the disco dust.

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  30. You're a genius. Not sure I could pull this one off, but they look beautiful!!

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    1. Thanks Lori! You could definitely pull this off!

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  31. OMG I said just yesterday that peeps were my favorite Easter confection and they don't sell them here. I remember someone made some last year but hadn't gotten around to looking it up.

    These are SO mine!

    I even have some of the dust. You've made my day.

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    1. Thanks Maureen! So happy you're going to make them & that you already have the dust :)

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  32. These look awesome and the real ones are my favorite, I am going to make these but what is disco dust???

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    1. Thanks Sheri! Disco dust is a product used for cake decorating.

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  33. I remember these and so glad they are back! Too cute and I'm sure very tasty!

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  34. I love these!!! i have bit of a Peeps obsession (currently doing a Peep Pop Week) so I love your homemade ones, and they are so glitterful! (is that a word?)

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    1. All I know is it should be a word! Thank you, & peep pop week sounds great! Will definitely check it out!

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  35. Wow! These look so amazing! I found you on Pinterest and I'm featuring you this week as my Pinterest Pick at my Friday Favorites party!

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  36. Anonymous4/04/2012

    Perfect recipe for my kids and I to do on Spring Break just in enough time for Easter. I love glitter and this is right up my alley!!! Great video and idea, love this recipe for glamour peeps :). I am going to have so much fun doing this with my kids and we're going to make cute little baskets to give to family members. :) Thanks for this recipe :)

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    1. Thank you! Sounds like fun, hope you guys enjoy them!

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  37. Anonymous4/04/2012

    You're my hero, Buttercream Blondie! I'm a Peep-freak! We make cocktails every Easter that use a chick Peep as a garnish. I might be out of time for this year... but next year, mine will be homemade glitter Peeps!

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    1. Haha, thank you! I like the idea of a peep as a garnish!

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  38. Anonymous4/04/2012

    Not sure what happened but mine were a little stiff and when I tried to pipe the teardrop, as I released the pressure and pulled to make the tear drop part, the "peep" just dragged through the powdered sugar??? Some were ok but some ended up looking kind of like a blob?? Taste delicious though!! I will definitely try again. One question is you call for 2 T of unflavored gelatin, all I could find was packets and wondered if you used 2 packets or dumped them out and measured the 2 T. Thanks for posting! I love them.

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    1. Thank you, so happy you love them! I was snacking on a few today! The only time I find they get a bit stiff is when I'm at the end of the batch, like down to piping the last 3 or 4. I always have a few that turn out a little funny looking! I don't use the little packets, so I always measure out 2 tablespoons of gelatin.

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  39. Quirkeylulu4/05/2012

    I am trying this today. Can I get this "Disco Dust" at the candy/bakery supply store? I have a friend that is a Peep Lover, I hope I can pull this off......you made it look so easy!

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    1. Sweet! I usually order it from amazon, but there are lots of options available if you can't find it. You can also use pearl dust or any other sparkle dusts they sell!

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  40. Anonymous4/05/2012

    Never had a homemade marshmallow - that must change! I'll make these with the kids tomorrow!

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    1. Awesome! Hope you guys enjoy them!

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  41. these turned out great! i initially tried using Martha Stewart's recipe, but found the marshmallow to be very thick + stuff, not at all easy to shape into Peeps. I scrapped that, found your recipe, + gave it a try. big success! I'm hoping to put it on my blog tomorrow if I can find time to photograph 'em today! =) thank you!!

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    1. Fantastic Amy! So happy they were a success & you liked them!

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  42. Great video! And I love everything about these peeps! Awesome job!

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  43. They are perfect!!! Love the video!

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  44. Ok can you just spray a mist of water over them very lightly with a spray bottle and shake them in a bag to get the dust on them??? I love how cute they are but i have little time for painting...

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    1. If you are pressed for time, you can sprinkle them with sanding sugar or colored sugar after you pipe them. Enjoy!

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  45. These homemade peeps are so cute! I wish I could make these and have them turn out well :)

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  46. WOW! You rock, my friend!!!

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  47. these are ridiculously fabulous! I am so glad I found your blog! I only wish I had found it a few weeks ago! But thanks for packing my arsenol for next spring! You are incred! XO

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  48. So pretty! I have to admit that i don't love Peeps, but homemade might just be a different story! Love these.

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  49. Those are so stinking cute! I wish that I'd had time to make them after I saw them last week!!

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  50. Oh my word! They are adorable:-) And what a great video, so helpful! Hugs, Terra

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  51. The is way cool and cute. I have not seen these on sale. I know I am going wow my family and friends if I can make these at home.

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  52. These are so wonderful, this coming from a major Peep freak. Your method looks like the best and most realistic one I've seen yet! But one question, where's the video? It doesn't seem to be here.

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  53. Hi I love peeps and your glamour peeps look awesome! I can't wait to try this. I also don't see a video but I'm on my smartphone so that might be why.

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