Easy recipe for homemade Easter peeps, a healthy and fun alternative to commercial brands at the supermarket with questionable ingredients. Only 4 ingredients!
Place 1/2 cup water in a large bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it in an even manner. Let it sit for a few minutes and then begin the next steps.
Put the sugar and the other 1/2 cup of water in a small pot and bring to a boil while stirring. Once the mixture is a rolling boil (or 242 F/ 117 C with a candy thermometer), pour the hot sugar water mixture over the gelatin/water mixture and beat with an electric mixer for about 10 minutes until the combined mixture turns into marshmallow with peaks.
If adding optional food coloring, add required amount to achieve desired color during the whipping phase with the electric mixer.
Pour marshmallow mixture into a 9x13 glass dish that has been coated with a tiny drizzle of coconut oil to prevent sticking.
Let it sit out for several hours and up to 12 hours until firm.
Remove marshmallow from dish in one large piece and cut out desired peeps shapes with kitchen scissors or press out shapes with small stainless steel bunny cookie cutters.
If using marshmallows for roasting over a fire, simply cut into rectangles.
Store marshmallows and/or peeps in an airtight container in the pantry.