Peeps playdough is edible play dough made with Peeps candy. Kids of all ages will have so much fun transforming leftover Peeps with this easy playdough recipe into sensory play and the best part is that the smooth dough tastes delicious! This homemade marshmallow play dough is even cooler than regular edible playdough because it is made with Easter’s favorite candy, Peeps!

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Let’s make Peeps Playdough!

Edible Peeps PlayDough Recipe for Kids

Let’s look at an easy way to transform Easter candy into Peep playdough! Homemade play dough recipes are a favorite here at Kids Activities Blog and this marshmallow play dough is my kids absolute favorite and you can make it quickly with just 3 simple ingredients because the Peeps coloring acts as food coloring.

Related: More Edible Playdough Recipes We Love

About Peeps Candy

Around the Easter holiday is the best time to get Peeps candy because on average about 2 billion Peeps are sold each year. Despite high sales, Peeps candy is controversial as seen in a recent study:

“A full 49% of respondents indicated they don’t eat Peeps, which just means more Peeps for the rest of us.”

Leavitt Group, Marshmallow Peeps Survey Results

Related: Extra Peeps?  Try our Peeps Rice Krispie treats recipe

This edible playdough recipe is colorful and a fun activity for kids and if you are part of the 49% we are recycling something you don’t want to eat!

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Easy Peeps Play dough Recipe

Supplies Needed to Make Peeps Play Dough Recipe

  • 3 Peeps – one color works best
  • 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons of Powdered Sugar (and some more for dusting)

Note: Each Peeps play dough recipe makes enough for one child.  Repeat the recipe for additional kids and so you can use the other Peep colors.

Instructions to Make Peeps Playdough

Watch Our Short Video on How to Make Peeps Playdough

Step 1

Set the Peeps and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave for 10 seconds, just enough to watch the peeps “grow” with the heat.  

Step 2

Add the powdered sugar to the melted Peeps and stir.  

Step 3

As you stir in the bowl, the dough should begin pulling away from the edges.  

Step 4

Step 4 - How to Make Peeps Playdough Recipe - child kneading Peeps playdough in hand over bowl
Now it is time to knead your Peeps playdough!

Lightly dust your lump with powdered sugar, and work out any additional lumps in your dough with your hands forming a ball of dough. The play dough consistency will be a little springy, but a smooth soft dough.

How to Fix Your Peeps Play Dough

  • If your edible play dough is too sticky, add more powdered sugar.
  • If the edible play dough cracks, add a touch more oil.
  • If your edible play dough is too lightly colored, add some food coloring of the same color as the Peeps candy to intensify the playdough color.

How Peeps Playdough Turns Out

This is essentially marshmallow fondant. It tastes even better if you use the flavored Peeps. We had a box of blue raspberry Peeps – boy it was yummy!

How to Store Peeps Playdough

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Mmmm…our homemade playdough tastes yummy!

Your child can play with the marshmallow play dough as normal play dough, but it does not store well even in an airtight container.

We have used ours two days later, after storing it in an airtight baggie, but it was pretty stiff and not as pliable as it was on day one. So instead of playing with it like traditional play dough, we found it was good for cutting practice with scissors giving kids even more fine motor skills activities for hand muscles!

Our Experience Making Peeps Play Dough at Home

This idea of making Peeps play dough came up when our kids got a big box of Peeps and we already had so much Easter candy in the house.  The Peeps reminded me a little of our Peanut Butter Playdough recipe which used three ingredients including regular marshmallows and made edible, candy-like, playdough and so Marshmallow Peeps Play Dough was born.

If you like this idea, but think it has too much sugar, check out this version by Still Playing School. They use cornstarch as their “thickening agent”.

How to Add Texture to Peeps Playdough Recipe

Want to add some texture to your dough? We had fun adding coconut flakes, chocolate chip shavings, and candy sprinkles.

Yield: 1

Peeps Playdough Recipe

Peeps Playdough Recipe Steps and finished result

Make homemade candy play dough with this fun Peeps Playdough recipe for kids. And it is so fun, you will want to make a batch for yourself. Super easy and quick to do because it only has 3 ingredients! Sticky, squishy fun for play.

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • 3 Peeps – one color works best
  • 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons of Powdered Sugar (and some more for dusting)

Tools

  • Microwave
  • Bowl
  • Spoon or stick for stirring

Instructions

  1. Place the Peeps and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 10 second intervals until the candy Peeps "grow" with heat.
  2. Add powdered sugar and stir until it starts pulling away from the bowl's edge.
  3. Dust hands with powdered sugar and knead out any more lumps.

Notes

Add powdered sugar if the dough is too sticky. Add more oil if it starts to crack.

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42 Comments

  1. Bd’s you really need to check things out before you start running your mouth. The sugarless candy people give their children is worse for them then regular candy is in moderation. And a responsible parents knows their childs limits, and this is about doing fun things with your children/grandchildren making memories not about eating candy, truth be known we teach our children/grandchildren not to eat play dough. Duh are I do any way.

  2. If you do this they have flavored peeps now a days and it does not work so well. I done it for my son and baby brother for easter. They loved it except the flavored kind I used.