Peeps are an enduring Easter tradition. It wouldn’t feel like the holiday without their brightly colored little faces staring vacantly up at us from our seasonal baskets. The problem is, even though they’re basically mandatory, they’re really not that delicious. When it comes to Peeps, flavor seems to be an afterthought. 

peep rice krispies
Look at that marshmallow pull

After Easter has passed, it suddenly doesn’t make as much sense to have sugar-coated chick-shaped marshmallows filling up our houses. Here’s how Blue Apron chef Sarah Entwistle turned excess Peeps into colorful cereal treats. 

peeps, cocoa krispies, butter
Get creative with your cereal choice

Chocolatey Peeps Krispies 

Adapted from Serious Eats

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 packages of Peeps, two different colors 
  • 6 cups of cereal, we used Cocoa Krispies 
  1. Brown the butter. Place a medium pot over medium heat and add ½ of the butter. Move the butter around with a spoon or heat-proof spatula while it melts. After it has completely melted, you’ll see it start to foam up around the edges. Continue to stir, and watch the butter closely. After the foam subsidies and you can see some brown specks forming in the bottom of your pan, the butter is ready. 
  2. Add one color of peeps and stir to melt. 
  3. Stir in 3 cups of cereal. 
  4. Using a spatula coated in cooking spray, spread this mixture evenly into a 13 X 9 inch pan.
  5. Repeat this process with the second half of ingredients to form two colorful layers. 
  6. Once cool, cut your treats with a serrated knife and enjoy
peeps krispie bars
The final product