Peeps. Wish you could have Peeps any time, not just at Easter? Make brownie Peeps! Thick fudge brownies, rich frosting and sprinkles for a new twist on an old classic!
Yes, I know they aren’t really Peeps, but frosted and sugared brownies, cut using Peeps cookie cutters are pretty darned tasty, too! And these are so easy to make and decorate, the whole family can help.
My daughter and I were shopping recently and found some awesome Peeps cookie cutters and knew we had to get them! The recipe on the back of the cookie cutters was for sugar cookies, but we are chocoholics at our house, so we used brownies instead! Yum!
What you’ll need for brownie Peeps.
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For the brownies:
Box of fudge brownie mix (I use Betty Crocker) and ingredients to prepare it
Mine called for:
1/2 c. oil
3 tbsp. water
Tubes of colored frosting (I used Wilton’s decorator icing because the star tip was included)
Sugar sprinkles (I used Wilton’s bright sugar crystals, but any kind is fine)
Mini chocolate chips (for the eyes)
Optional parchment paper to line the baking pan
The cookie cutter.
We bought our cookie cutters at Joann Fabric, but I couldn’t find the exact one on Amazon or Joann’s website. 🙁 So here it is directly from Wilton: Wilton Peeps cookie cutter set.
This is another Peeps one from Amazon: Wilton 2-piece cookie cutter set It’s cute, too! A big bunny and a small chick. But any bunny or chick cookie cutter will work!
Prepare your brownies as directed on the box.
Either spray the pan with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.
(Note: I did not use parchment paper and I was able to get them out just fine, but being able to cut the brownies while out of the pan would have been easier.)
Once the brownies have cooled, use the cookie cutters to cut the brownies. Leave very little space between them as you cut to get as many as possible from the pan. Press the cutter down firmly so it is easier to remove the brownies from the pan later.
Here is the pan with all the brownies cut out.
Start in a corner and remove the edge piece. Then carefully use a spatula to remove each brownie.
You can also carefully put the cutter back around each to help them hold together while lifting them out of the pan.
Now that they’re all out, they are ready for frosting.
For better consistency, knead the tubes of frosting before using them. Pipe some frosting on the brownie. No need for perfect coverage because you will be using a knife next.
Using a knife, spread the frosting evenly on the brownies.
Shake on the sprinkles.
Add the eyes. The chicks only need 1 mini chocolate chip eye. The bunnies get two.
And that’s it. These brownies are so easy to make and decorate! Even my husband helped, as you may have noticed in some of the photos above! He’s the one without blue nail polish. 😉
So, go ahead, make some brownie Peeps for Easter, but don’t forget you can always have them later in the year, when you wish it was still Spring! 🙂
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