There are people who are devout Peeps eaters. I am not such a person. I like them alright, there are just other things I’d rather eat before I get to Peeps. Like Rice Krispy treats. Who can resist a Rice Krispy treat? The supermarket across from our studio had Peeps on sale. Given that and the fact Easter is approaching I figured this somehow appropriate. It was really an excuse to melt some Peeps if I’m being honest. Either way the results were colorful, if nothing else. I had planned on bringing it into work but somehow convinced myself that I didn’t have time to cut it up and since have been consuming it almost solely by myself. In fairness I had wanted to use a cookie cutter to make little chicks and bunnies. In reality using even a metal cookie cutter for this task sadly unsuited. I made one. I’m eating in square by square right now.
Hardly counting for much of a recipe, this is very easy to accomplish and would be a neat recipe for kids (perhaps excepting for any sensitivity to the wholesale murdering of several dozen Peeps I suppose.)
I used a big pot to melt the butter and the Peeps in. I imagine it would probably go just as well in the microwave in a giant bowl. I used a color variety of Peeps to keep things mildly interesting. My rational with the pot was trying to keep the colors of the Peeps remotely separated. I accomplished that much, admittedly at the expense of browning the butter slightly.
Melt three tablespoons of butter and around 35 Peeps over low heat or I’d imagine in 30 second bursts in the microwave. They melt fairly slowly and don’t mix too well with the butter at first. It took a while for everything to melt up nicely. I poked and prodded a bit and kept the pot turning to keep the heat even. I suspect i went a little longer than necessary.
Add the Rice Krispies to the marshmallow/butter mixture and stir to combine well. This recipe will make a thin layer in a 9×13 pan. If you want really thick treats you’ll want to make it smaller pan for sure. Whatever you use, grease it pretty well, these are sticky. Press the mix into an even layer into whatever pan you’ve decided on. You can use parchment paper to lay over the top and press down. Alternately a flat wooden spoon lightly greased (to keep it from sticking) does a very nice job as well.
Let them cool completely then slice and eat. I had purchased some blue Peeps but they never made it into the melting pot. In hindsight I’d say the blue would have given the final product a bit more color and I’m annoyed that I didn’t add any but that’s nit-picking. My final product picked up a slight nose of browned butter about it because I let things go a little long in the pot, over too high a heat. After mulling it over a bit I’ve decided I quite like them. Keep the heat low and slow (or use the microwave) and you’ll avoid such mishaps.
If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids or are simply interested in a tasty way of serving up three dozen Peeps to the marshmallow gods, you’ll need:
- 3 Tablespoons Butter
- About 35 Peeps
- 6 Cups of Rice Krispies