Friday, March 18, 2005

Peeps S'mores

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:
  1. Reduce 1 sleeve graham crackers to crumbs.
  2. Layer 2/3 of the crumbs in a 1 qt jar.
  3. Place 8 marshmallow bunny** peeps standing up, facing out around the inside of the jar.
  4. Press them up against the glass, but don't squash them.
  5. Carefully spoon remaining crumbs in the center of the jar to support the bunnies, pressing down to keep it snug.
  6. On top of this pour 1-1/4 cup Easter M&M's***.
  7. Spoon 1/3 cup brown sugar into center of M&M's, gently pressing with a spoon. Attach A gift tag to say:
  • 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...


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