Spring is here and with it comes new growth, fresh air and … Peeps. Yes, these little yellow marshmallow chicks are officially ‘in season’ and I’ve got the perfect yummy plan for them. Introducing, the Peeps Sunflower Brownie.
I wish I could take all of the credit for this fancy floral dessert, but alas I got my inspiration from a cake I saw on Taste of Home. The design is spectacular and uses one of my favorite Spring whimsical seasonal ingredients … yellow marshmallow chicks, AKA Peeps!
I made a few modifications. Instead of cake, I made a brownie base and oh, is it ever delicious. This decadent brownie blossom will not only bring a smile to your face, but will satisfy the chocolate lovers as well.
Five Fun Peeps Facts:
- The first Peeps took 27 hours to create. Each.
- In 1953, Sam Born, of Just Born Candy, bought the Rodda Candy Company and acquired their marshmallow chicks formula. First order of business … automate the Peeps process to produce each Peep in just six minutes.
- Sam’s son Bob built a top-secret machine, The Depositor, that started this automated process and to this day pumps out 3,500 little Peeps per minute.
- Peeps are indestructible. In 1999 two scientists performed experiments to disprove this theory by trying to dissolve, burn or otherwise disintegrate Peeps using boiling water, chemicals and microwaves. The Peeps held their ground. It was only the use of Phenol that finally got the better of the Peep … however, the eyes survived.
- Peeps eyes are made of carnauba, a non-toxic edible wax also found in shoe polish, car wax and dental floss. Yummy.
Speaking of microwaving Peeps … check out our Peep Show!
As our exciting experiment proved … Peeps are indestructible. The microwave exploded, fire-zapping all over, and while the Peep blew up, please note it still held its color without a single singed ‘feather.’ Miraculous.
Don’t worry too much about Peeps and your waistline … a single Peep is only 32 calories. Just don’t go on a Peep eating frenzy … not that I would know anything about that. Thankfully, these original yellow Peeps are only around once a year.
Peeps Sunflower Brownie
For my sunflower dessert, I used a brownie mix. Prepare according to package directions and bake in a 9-inch round cake pan at 350 degrees for 30 to 36 minutes. Let cool. Remove from pan and place on a flat surface.
Carefully cut the brownie into 12 wedges and transfer each wedge onto a serving dish to form a circle. Spread 1 1/2 cups frosting onto the top of the brownie. This will hold the wedges together and help hold the Peeps on top. Arrange the Peeps around the outer circle of the brownie, side-by-side, facing inward … making sure to place each one on a full brownie wedge.
Place chocolate chips one-by-one into the center. And you are done!
Decadent brownies, chocolate frosting, chocolate chips and whimsical Peeps … yes, Spring is here and it’s delicious!
- Brownie Mix, plus ingredients listed on box
- 1½ cups Chocolate Frosting
- 12 Peeps
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- Prepare brownies as directed and pour into a greased 9-inch round cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 36 minutes or when a toothpick inserted comes out almost clean. Let cool.
- Remove cooled brownie and place on level surface (or serving plate).
- Carefully cut brownie into 12 wedges.
- Place each wedge onto your serving plate and arrange into a circle.
- Frost the top of the brownie with a layer of frosting.
- Arrange Peeps, facing inward, around the outer edge making sure to place each one on a full brownie wedge.
- Decorate center with chocolate chips.
Inspired by Taste of Home.