Do you love Peeps? Those marshmallow chicks and bunnies covered in pastel sugar? Then you're going to LOVE these homemade, Peeps inspired whoopie pie cookies. Homemade soft sugar cookies in Peeps colors, filled with homemade marshmallow, and rolled in colored sugar crystals. This is the cookie you've been waiting for, Peeps fans.
These Peeps whoopie pies are for you, my fellow Easter-Eve warriors. The ones staying up past midnight, filling and hiding Easter eggs. If you're getting up for early Easter services, all the more respect to you, my friends. These are the cookies that you need. That you deserve.
Homemade soft sugar cookies in classic Peeps colors, filled with homemade marshmallow, and rolled in colored sugar in classic Peeps colors. Even if you don't like Peeps, there's a good chance you'll love these.
Impressive balancing act, no? Ok, so I could only balance four of the whoopie pies without having the whole stack fall. This picture was actually held in place with my daughter's finger, which I edited out. But it looks cool, doesn't it? ;-)
Ready for all the details? The recipe with all the in-progress photos is next. But if you want to skip ahead to the video tutorial and the free, printable, one page version of the recipe, scroll to the bottom of the page.
Peeps Whoopie Pies Recipe (Sugar Cookie Sandwiches with Homemade Marshmallow Filling)
Peeps Whoopie Pie Ingredients:
- 1 cup butter flavored shortening
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Homemade marshmallow
Cream shortening and sugar together. Add eggs and cream again. Combine all dry ingredients and all wet ingredients in separate bowls, and add to the creamed mixture, alternating, until completely combined.
Divide sugar cookie dough into as many portions as you're going to make different colors. I made five colors of Peeps inspired whoopie pies, so I divided my sugar cookie dough into fifths.
Color using gel food coloring. I used Americolor Electric Pink, Electric Yellow, Mint Green, Sky Blue, and a mix of Electric Purple and Electric Pink.
When I'm making these cookies just as sugar cookies, I generally make them larger, as I did for the Sprinkles birthday party. But since these cookies were going to be doubled up in a sandwich cookie, I decided to use the smallest cookie scoop in this set.
Roll the colored cookie dough in colored sugar and place on a baking sheet.
Bake for 10-15 minutes (depending on the size of your scoop) at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Look at all the pretty colors!
I didn't get the colors exactly right, but it's close enough for me!
For the filling, make a batch of my favorite homemade marshmallow recipe.
Fill a disposable pastry bag with the homemade marshmallow. The recipe I linked to makes a LOT of marshmallow, even more than fit in my 21" disposable piping bag! It was way more marshmallow than I needed for filling these cookies, quite frankly. Feel free to half the marshmallow recipe if you make them.
Pipe the homemade marshmallow on the bottom of one of the cookies you baked. Let it sit for a few minutes (or it will squish out the whoopie pie under the weight of the top cookie). Then top with another colored sugar cookie and roll the exposed edges of the marshmallow filling in colored sugar. Just like actual Peeps marshmallow candies!
See? I told you I could only balance four of the cookies.