A few weeks ago I was browsing through Micheal’s Craft store, like I often do, and found a whole display filled with new PEEPS products from Wilton. How absolutely cute are these????
Well, as part of the Wilton Sweet Treats Team, the company was kind enough to send me a whole package of the new PEEPS products. (P.S. I’ve only seen these products at Michael’s, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Walmart and they are flying off the shelves. So if you want some, you better go look quickly) I may have let out a little squeal when they arrived because well, they’re just so darn cute! PEEPS have always been a traditional part of our kids’ Easter baskets and now they’re part of our Easter baking fun too!
In fact, we kicked off Spring break which seems to have come ridiculously early this year, by baking up some very simple but sweet, PEEPS chicks and bunnies sugar cookies.
To make these yourself, you’ll need a few things. I like to start by prepping my favorite sugar cookie dough recipe and refrigerating it overnight. Sometimes I’ll even make 2 or 3 batches and keep them in the fridge for different cookie projects. You’ll also need a rolling pin, these Wilton PEEPS cookie cutters and a space to roll your dough. I prefer to do this on a Roul-Pat lightly covered in flour.
Get your cookies all cut out and placed on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake as directed by your recipe and set them aside to cool for about an hour.
Prepare a batch of Wilton’s royal icing recipe and divide it equally into bowls. The number will depend on how many colors you’re doing. I only needed two bowls because I made yellow chicks and pink bunnies. For the chicks, I used Wilton’s bright yellow and a touch of golden yellow gel food colors. With it all mixed, I filled a pastry bag with a small round tip and outlined each of the cookies. This will need 30 minutes or so to set up.
Next, you add a bit of water to the royal icing so it’s pourable, about the consistency of honey. Spoon a bit into the center of each cookie and spread it out.
At this point you can do one of two things.
1. Let the cookies set up and harden for a few hours and add eyes with black gel icing.
2. Immediately cover the icing in colored decorating sugar for a true PEEPS look.
I left mine solid because I’m not a fan of the sweetness and texture of decorating sugars.
Keep an eye out for even more PEEPS treats and ideas from Wilton bloggers by following #WiltonTreatTeam on Twitter. I’ll also be sharing a few more project ideas before Easter!