Easter ‘Peeps’ with Real Marshmallow Root

It was bound to happen. 

Once I got the bunny cookie cutters, homemade marshmallow root “Peeps” were sure to follow.

These peeps were made with some of the marshmallow root we harvested and processed last summer during my apprenticeship with Cedar Mountain Herbs.

I tinted the marshmallow pink using hibiscus-infused honey, which I thought was appropriate since hibiscus is a marshmallow cousin and a fellow member of the Malvaceae family. The color is subtle and it adds a hint of fruity hibiscus flavor to the final marshmallows, but it works! Butterfly pea flower would have given them a subtle blue tint.

For a more vibrant color, you could try a plant based food coloring such as Color Kitchen or Color Garden.

As you might imagine, these taste quite different than sugary-sweet commercial Peeps. The marshmallow root + honey create a marshmallow with a soft, chewy texture and a subtly sweet “earthy” flavor. Personally, I love that these actually taste like “real” food. (Because they are!)

Refer to *Real* Marshmallow Root Marshmallows for step-by-step instructions on how to make marshmallows from scratch! 

Happy Easter everyone 


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