Chocolate Marshmallow Peeps

[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

These homemade chocolate marshmallow Peeps are delicious and adorable.

Notes:

  • Make sure marshmallow is set enough to hold it's shape before piping or you'll end up with blobs instead of chicks.
  • Don't chill the mixture too much or it will be difficult to pipe. The test mound should gently hold it's shape.
  • To pipe chicks: Start by piping base. Holding tip at 90 degree angle, squirt a half dollar sized mound and then release pressure and pull away. This will create the tail. Then pipe another mound on top and toward the direction of the tail end. Halfway to the end, pull up and then release pressure as you slightly angle tip in the opposite direction, creating the head and beak.
  • To fix any flaws, use a wet fingertip. The marshmallow won't stick to it.

About the Author: Yvonne Ruperti is a food writer, recipe developer, former bakery owner, and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide To Easy Artisan Bread. You can also watch her culinary stylings on the America's Test Kitchen television show. She presently lives in Singapore and is currently at work constructing her new blog, http://shophousecook.com/ .