Homemade Boozy Marshmallow Peeps

Homemade Boozy Marshmallow Peeps Recipe

These homemade boozy marshmallow Peeps are flavored with Kahlua, Limoncello, or Chambord.   They’re tasty on their own or a great way to elevated hot chocolate or on Smores.

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I know, I know.  A day late and a dollar short.  But I just returned from Morocco and it seems that jet lag has put a big honking speed bump into my daily life.  And what gives with Easter being so early this year, anyway?

Regardless, Easter wouldn’t be Easter without some pip, pip-etty pip Peeps. And these Peeps are too cute not to share. . .even if they are a day late.  Besides, just because I fashioned these homemade boozy marshmallows into the cutest little bunnies and chicks doesn’t mean you can’t pipe these little yummies into flower, frog or other spring-inspired molds.  Heck!  These would even taste superb cut into squares and used to kick your adult Smores up a notch.   

Boozy Marshmallow Peeps

Boozy Marshmallow Peeps

Boozy Marshmallow Peeps

Boozy Marshmallow Peeps


Yes, I said adult.  These are not the Peeps that showed up in the kiddos Easter baskets.  Nope. . .these are homemade boozy marshmallow Peeps made with Kahlua, Limoncello, and Chambord.  And if that isn’t enough, I jazzed up their sweet, sugary cloaks with chili powder and cinnamon or lemon zest.  

But word on the street has it that quite a stir has been a-brewing in the magic Peepland.  The Original Peeps are used to being the center of attention this time of year and they are not happy that this rowdy gang has moved into their turf.  


Original Peeps vs Homemade Original Peeps Recipe


This has resulted in some down and dirty gang wars in Peepland.  We’re hoping they can work out their differences because we feel there is enough demand for the original and boozy Peeps to co-exist peacefully.  Only time will tell if they can work out their differences.


Boozy Marshmallow Peeps

Boozy Marshmallow Peeps


But not all of these boozy Peeps are unsavory characters that are fixated on leaving a trail of trouble in their wake.  We came across a couple of cowboys that are committed to sustainable farming practices.  We also think these hunks are easy on the eyes.


Boozy Marshmallow Peeps


And on our flight back from Morocco we even met some adventurous Peeps who have been jet setting across the globe.  Some have even found unexpected love. . .even if it is only temporary (@!$ Tinder!).


Homemade Chambord and Lemon Zest Peeps Recipe

Alright. . so perhaps this posts makes me look a little kooky (yep, that’s me).  But, Easter was the perfect excuse for me to play around and unleash my child-like imagination. . .even if it was a day late.

In the very least, I hope you got a little chuckle out of this post.  And really. . . these marshmallows will give your Smores (or even hot chocolate) that little extra je ne sais quoi, I promise.



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Homemade Boozy Marshmallow Peeps
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
These homemade boozy marshmallow Peeps are flavored with Kahlua, Limoncello, or Chambord. They're tasty on their own or a great way to elevated hot chocolate or on Smores.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
  • 1/2 cup colored sanding sugar
  • 1 tsp chili powder + several pinches for sugar coating
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon + several pinches for sugar coating
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 2 tbsp Kahlua liqueur
  • 2 packets unflavored gelatin powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 pinch salt
  • cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup Limoncello
  • 1 lemon zest from + extra for sanding sugar
  • 2 tbsp Chambord liqueur
  • 1 lemon zest from + extra for sanding sugar
  1. Place the sanding sugar on a place & stir in a couple of pinches of chili powder & a couple of pinches of cinnamon.  You will be rolling the marshmallow Peeps in this after they are removed from the mold.  Set aside.  

  2. Have a piping bag, spatula, candy thermometer & 1 tsp of chili powder & 1/2 tsp cinnamon ready to go.  You will have to move quickly once the marshmallows are are ready.  

  3. Measure out 1/2 cup of water, then remove 2 tablespoons of the water from the measuring cup.

  4. Pour the water into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Alternatively you could place in a big bowl & beat with a hand mixer.

  5. Add the gelatin & Kahlua to the water & whisk until combined.  Set aside.  

  6. Place 1/4 cup water, sugar, corn syrup & salt in a small saucepan.  

  7. Click a candy thermometer on the side of the pan. Heat over medium high heat until the mixture reaches 240° F (soft ball on the thermometer).

  8. Once the mixture reaches 240° F, immediately remove it from the heat.

  9. Turn the mixer on low speed &, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup in a steady stream down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture

  10. Once all the syrup is added, increase the speed to high.

  11. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick, fluffy & is lukewarm, approximately 10-12 minutes.  I always know when the marshmallows are close when I see it forming strands while it is mixing.  

  12. While the mixture is whipping, lightly spray your Peeps mold with cooking spray & use a pastry brush to insure that the cracks & crevices are coated.  

  13. Add 1 teaspoon chili powder & 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon in the last minute of mixing.  

  14. Immediately scrape the mixture into your piping bag with a spatula & pipe the mixture into the molds.  

  15. Let them set for 10 minutes, then gently remove them from the molds.  

  16. Coat them with the chili & cinnamon flavored sanding sugar.  

  17. To give them faces, use black icing melted chocolate placed in a small piping bag or sandwich bag with the corner snipped off.  

  18. Let the Peeps dry and then store them in an air tight container.

  1. Follow the directions above, except add 1/4 cup of water (not the 1/2 cup instructed in the recipe) plus 1/4 cup of Limoncello to the gelatin.  You will also add lemon zest to the sanding sugar instead of chili & Cinnamon.  

  2. In the last minute of mixing, add in the zest from 1 lemon.

  3. Pipe the marshmallow into the mold as instructed above.

  4. If you want an even more intense lemon flavor, add a pinch or two of lemon zest to the sanding sugar. Roll the Peeps in the sugar.

  1. Make the marshmallows according to the directions above except sub in 2 tablespoons of Chambord liqueur.  You will also add lemon zest to the sanding sugar instead of chili & Cinnamon.

  2. In the last minute of mixing, add in the lemon zest.

  3. Pipe into the mold as instructed above.

  4. Add lemon a couple of pinches of lemon zest to the sanding sugar (if desired).  Roll Peeps in the sanding sugar.

Recipe Notes

Note: You can add 3 tablespoons of Kahlua for a more boozy Peep. In this case, the Peeps will be easy to remove from the mold and will retain their shape; however, they will be more flimsy and as such will not stand upright. Do not! I repeat. . .do not replace all the water with Kahlua. Ahem! Guess who did this? 🙄 Twice. While it is super tasty. . .you will not be able to remove the Peep from the mold and it will not properly solidify into a marshmallow form.


Adapted from Food 52 Marshmallow Peep Recipe (see link HERE).  I used the Wilton Peeps Silicone mold (find it HERE).

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40 thoughts on “Homemade Boozy Marshmallow Peeps

  • April 6, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Wow, Morocco! So jealous!

    These peeps are so adorable! I love the scenes you placed them in – I definitely chuckled a few time 🙂

    • April 6, 2015 at 10:13 am

      Yeah. . .wishing I was still there. I love everything and all things Morocco. The food is amazing, the architecture stunning, and the designs breathtaking. Anyhow, time to plan the next trip – a volunteer trip to Patagonia collecting data on the penguins.

      I had loads of fun playing with these Peeps (they hogged up my entire week). And the background scenes are my photos (cowboys = photo from Hana; Gangs = photo taken in Morocco).

    • April 7, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Morocco is an amazing place Erin. My plans are to return and spend more time in the desert. I hope you manage to make it there one day.

  • April 6, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    OMG this is gold!! I have never ever had boozy marshmallows – I LOVE coming across unique ideas like this! And the recipe for the marshmallows doesn’t even seem that hard….)

    • April 7, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Sky is the limit with boozy marshmallows as there are so many fun flavored liqueurs. As for marshmallows. . .once you get the hang of making them. . .they are easy breezy. The trick is not to let them completely cool down before piping or spreading (I never end up beating for the instructed 10 minutes. . .but I am using a hand mixer). Happy marshmallowing!

  • April 6, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Okay, 1) Boozy Peeps are the BEST idea, love it! and 2) I LOVE the scenes you’ve put them in 🙂

    • April 7, 2015 at 9:36 am

      Right? So much fun. I have more plans for these guys this spring. Making the scenes was a lot of fun. I can’t wait until next Easter.

  • April 6, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    I love the wardrobe, and the heels are killer! Ha ha! These boozy peeps are such a great idea, Lynn!

    • April 7, 2015 at 9:37 am

      The heels are pretty amaze! Unfortunately they didn’t have them in my size. Bummer! 🙂 I can’t wait until next hot chocolate season. . . can you imagine boozy marshmallows and hot chocolate?

  • April 7, 2015 at 9:02 am

    The cuteness is out-of-control in this post! I love it. Kahlua marshmallows would be perfect in a boozy hot cocoa.

  • April 7, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Agreed Erin. You should have heard how many times I called the Peeps cute. Who knew a marshmallow could be so cute. I personally think the homemade ones are far cuter (and tastier) than store bought.

    • April 8, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      I guess you can say I am easily amused. The cowboys are my favorite too Nicole.

  • April 8, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Those marshmallows are so lovely! And the trip too, I loved that part about the unexpected love! 😀

    • April 10, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks Kelly. I can’t wait until next Easter to create more Peep-tastic stories.

    • April 10, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      Right? Imagine those flavors on a Smores. Can’t wait until the next BBQ to give them a try. Come on Boston weather. . .you can do it.

  • April 9, 2015 at 1:02 am

    Oh my gosh, I am dying over all of your Peeps scenarios! You should enter the Washington Post Peeps diorama contest next year! These flavors are outrageous, too–amazing job.

    • April 10, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth. It was so much fun creating the scenarios and I kept squealing with excitement over all the Peep cuteness. Maybe next year for the Peeps diorama (I guess I should start plotting now since they can get quite fancy).

    • April 10, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      He! He! Aren’t boozy Peeps part of everyone’s love language. I need to comb the liquor store for more inspiration. I have a Passionfruit vodka in the cabinet. . .I wonder how that would taste. Hmmm. . .shall we experiment again?

  • April 9, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    haha I love how you have made a story around these homemade vs store bought peeps!! I am drooling over all the delicious flavors you made here and boozy??!! Send me some!!

    • April 10, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks Ami! I had a lot of fun making up the stories. I can’t wait until next Easter so that I can continue to follow these Peeps and their antics.

  • April 24, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    This was so much fun to read! Your creativity and artistic flair is really amazing to witness. 🙂 I am all over those chambord peeps in particular – though I really want to try them all!!

    • April 24, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks Nora! All were super tasty but I have to admit the Chambord flavor was my favorite too. You can never go wrong with berries.

    • February 28, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      He! He! Glad you liked Sara. It was so much fun to pull these little vignettes together. . .but you can only imagine how many batches I made to get the alcohol levels just right.

  • March 22, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I am ALL about booze in food. These are so cool!!

  • March 29, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    This is so freakin funny. I loved the little bandanas. They would definitely may Easter with the relatives a lot more festive!

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