Sadly, there are no photos to show - as the finished goods looked rather bloated upon coming out of the oven, and then just plain pitiful after they cooled.Possessed by Peeps Fascination, I had to try out this recipe* for Peeps S'mores:
*recipe follows at the end of the post
Comments: Not recommended unless you go for the ridiculously sweet...I choked down one serving with a huge glass of milk. And it should go without saying that if you do give this a whirl, eat when fresh out of the oven. Baked and cooled Peeps do not an appetizing treat make. While the lovely pastel Easter m&ms made for good presentation, the melty chocolate effect that is synonymous with S'mores was missing. Perhaps a go with chocolate chips might be in order.
And now, the Recipe:
Easter S'Mores in a Jar
Method and Ingredients:
- Reduce 1 sleeve graham crackers to crumbs.
- Layer 2/3 of the crumbs in a 1 qt jar.
- Place 8 marshmallow bunny** peeps standing up, facing out around the inside of the jar.
- Press them up against the glass, but don't squash them.
- Carefully spoon remaining crumbs in the center of the jar to support the bunnies, pressing down to keep it snug.
- On top of this pour 1-1/4 cup Easter M&M's***.
- Spoon 1/3 cup brown sugar into center of M&M's, gently pressing with a spoon. Attach A gift tag to say:
- EASTER BUNNY S'MORES
- Empty the jar contents into a bowl.
- Snip the bunnies into bits with kitchen shears or cut up with a knife.****
- Return the bunny bits to the mixture and mix well.
- Melt 1/2 cup butter; add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour this over the dry ingredients, mixing well.
- Pat into a greased 9" square pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.
- Cool and cut into bars.(Makes 9 to 12 bars.)
- Option - leave bunnies whole; combine remaining ingredients and place the bunnies on top; then bake as directed.
Note:This gift jar may be created to suit any holiday for which marshmallow candies are available.
** I used regular Peeps chicks
***I used plain Easter colored m&ms
****Being soft hearted, I opted for leaving the peeps whole. Somehow this softheartedness does not apply to gummy bears or chocolate rabbits - both of which are methodologically dismembered and eaten in a predetermined order...