Here’s What to Do With Your Leftover Peeps

Don't let those pastel marshmallows go stale this year. We've rounded up some of the most creative (and delicious) ways to use up leftover Peeps after Easter.

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Peeps Sunflower Cake

This easy chocolate cake puts spring’s favorite marshmallow treats to work. Simply arrange Peeps around edge of cake to form the petals.
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Layered rice krispie peep treats on sticks
Photo: Yellow Bliss Road
Photo: Yellow Bliss Road

Rice Krispie Peeps

Recreate one of your favorite childhood snacks by melting your Peeps to make sweet cereal treats. Follow this simple recipe, which only uses three ingredients (cereal, butter and Peeps). You can even create pretty pastel layers by using different colored marshmallows like pink, purple, yellow and blue. They’re easy to mold into Easter shapes, too.

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Peeps s'mores
Photo: How Sweet Eats
Photo: How Sweet Eats

Skillet S’mores

Break out that cast iron skillet for this decadent dip. A layer of chocolate chips plus a layer of creamy peanut butter plus a layer of Peeps baked in the oven turns into a gooey spread for graham crackers. Make sure you dive in while it’s still warm for the best bite.

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Easter peeps milkshakes
Photo: Shared Appetite
Photo: Shared Appetite

Shake It Up!

Blend leftover Peeps into an indulgent milkshake topped with whipped cream, sparkly sprinkles and marshmallow fluff. The base is vanilla ice cream and whole milk, so you will have to use food coloring that matches your Peeps to get the full Easter effect. Stick a straw in and you’re good to go.

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Peep pops
Photo: Gimme Some Oven
Photo: Gimme Some Oven

Pop Goes the Peep

Cake pops are a major trend in the dessert world right now. Make your own version by putting a Peep on a stick, dipping it in chocolate and coating it with all the sprinkles your heart desires. The bitterness of the chocolate balances out the sweetness of the marshmallow. Peeps pops, anyone?

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Peep s'mores
via Linen, Lace & Love
Photo: Linen, Lace & Love

Stuffed S’mores

It might not be summer, but you can’t go wrong with the combo of graham crackers, Hershey’s chocolate and marshmallows. Sandwich a colorful Peep for a fun spring twist. Tip: You don’t need a fire for this—you can make s’mores in your microwave or on the stove, too.

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Peeps playdough
Photo: thesway
Photo: thesway

Go Ahead, Play with Your Food

If you have kids, why not turn your leftover Peeps into something that will keep them entertained for hours? The best part about this pretty playdough is that it’s completely edible so it’s safe for children of all ages. They can even help make it, too, since it’s such an easy recipe.

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Easter snack mix with pink bunny peeps
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Photo: A Mom’s Take

Snack Attack!

Toss some Peeps with chocolate Chex Mix, chocolate eggs and jelly beans for the perfect Easter snack mix. You can serve it in a big bowl at your next party for guests to snack on or send them home with a baggie as a super sweet favor.

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Peeps in a jar with vodka being poured over them
Photo: Baking Bites
Photo: Baking Bites

Spiked!

This next recipe is for adults only: Peep-infused vodka (yes, really!). Simply place your Peeps in a jar, cover them completely with vodka and let them sit in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. When you’re ready to use it, strain out the Peeps and stir your now marshmallow flavored vodka into your favorite cocktail.

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Dirt cup treats topped with pink bunny peeps
Photo: A Zesty Bite
Photo: A Zesty Bite

Garden in a Cup

Everyone loves dirt pudding—it’s essentially a creamy pile of deliciousness with crushed Oreos. Make your next batch spring-themed by topping it with “grass” (green strands of icing), Peeps and little chocolate eggs or carrots. Your Peeps pudding cups will look just like an Easter garden but taste way better.

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Centerpiece of peep kabobs
Photo: Leigh Anne Wilke
Photo: Leigh Anne Wilke

Center(piece) of Attention

Turns out Peeps aren’t just good for eating—they’re also great for decorating. Create your own spring centerpiece by creating sticks of Peeps and placing them in a clear pitcher or jar filled with colorful jelly beans. You can also cover the lollipop sticks with plastic wrap and give to guests as party favors.

Amanda Tarlton
Amanda has more than a decade of media experience, specifically in product testing in the cooking and lifestyle space. As a freelancer for Taste of Home, Amanda writes mostly about foodie finds, home and lifestyle goods and cooking and baking utensils that make life easier (and more fun!). Outside of freelancing, Amanda is the executive editor of commerce at Field & Stream.
When she's not working, Amanda is on the lookout for the best pizzas in town or testing out secret menu items at restaurants and coffee shops.