Marshmallow PEEPS Cookie Sandwiches.

Soft, thick, and puffy cookies filled with peanut butter M&Ms and sprinkles, then smooshed together with a marshmallow PEEP. Dangerously good!

Marshmallow PEEPS Cookie Sandwiches - so festive and easy to make! sallysbakingaddiction.com

I got a little wild in the kitchen this weekend. Perhaps it was the dreary rainy weather yesterday that had me craving some fun? Or maybe it was the smorgasbord of Halloween candy I have stocked in my pantry? Yeah that’s definitely it. Festive sprinkles, peanut butter M&Ms, and PEEPS® Pumpkins.

They’re soft, melty, peanut butter-y, sprinkle-y, and of course – frightfully ooey-gooey.

Soft, thick, and puffy cookies filled with peanut butter M&Ms and sprinkles, then smooshed together with a marshmallow PEEP. Dangerously good!

If you love PEEPS marshmallow candies, you’re going to flip for these crazy cookie sandwiches. If you’re not a fan of PEEPS, it’s all good. You’ll be melting them into marshmallow oblivion anyway. Let’s get started on making your new favorite cookie sandwich.

I used my favorite soft-baked chocolate chip cookie recipe. This is a recipe that makes use of cornstarch (cornflour) in the dough. Cornstarch softens and thickens the dough, resulting in one insanely melt-in-your-mouth soft batch cookie.

Think of the softest cookie you’ve ever had…

These cookies are even softer.

Soft-Baked Peanut Butter M&M Cookies - seriously seriously soft!

If you’re more of a chewy cookie person, use my chewy chocolate chunk cookie dough instead. That cookie dough still uses cornstarch, but melted butter and the addition of an extra egg yolk produces extreme chew. I love both cookie recipes equally, but today the super soft cookie won my heart.

I filled the cookie dough with festively colored peanut butter M&Ms and sprinkles. As my mixer beat these add-ins into the dough, some of the peanut butter M&Ms broke up and the peanut butter filling became infused in the dough. Paired with the gooey marshmallow from the PEEPS? It’s like a fluffernutter-sprinkle-cookie-sandwich. SO dang good, right?

Once the cookies are baked, allow them to cool completely on the counter. Then put them in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. You want to use cold cookies for the assembly of your cookie sandwiches since you will be working with melted marshmallow. Putting the cookies into the microwave for too long will make them too soft and fragile.

Now get your little PEEPS ready to go. You may use PEEPS Pumpkins, PEEPS Ghosts, PEEPS Bunnies, PEEPS Chicks – anything PEEPS, any time of year.

Their little smiles are just too cute; I can’t even handle it.

Marshmallow PEEPS Pumpkins

You will have about 20-24 larger cookies from the cookie batch. Arrange two PEEPS onto half of your cookies. Remember, your cookies should be cold since you will be nuking them in the microwave.

Microwave the open-faced PEEPS cookie sandwich for about 8-12 seconds in the microwave. Now the microwave time solely depends on your microwave wattage. Watch the PEEPS closely. Once they begin to puff up, stop the microwave. You don’t want to overmelt your PEEPS and your cookie or else you won’t be able to pick it up. But umm… an overmelted cookie would still be divine in my eyes. ;)

As soon as you remove the open-faced PEEPS cookie sandwich from the microwave, smoosh another cookie on top to make a complete sandwich.

Soft, thick, and puffy cookies filled with peanut butter M&Ms and sprinkles, then smooshed together with a marshmallow PEEP. Dangerously good!

All of that gooey, sticky marshmallow flowing out of the sides? Divine. Move over turkey-on-wheat, I have a new favorite sandwich.

The cookie sandwiches taste best the moment you make them. Obviously you can’t eat 10-12 cookie sandwiches yourself, so it’s a wonderful treat to make for a girls night, kid’s party, slumber parties, game day, etc. Or you can make the batch of cookies and make your marshmallow PEEPS cookie sandwiches one at a time over a few days. We made about 6 cookie sandwiches from the batch and Kevin brought the rest of the peanut butter M&M cookies to work.

If you’re looking for that perfect festive cookie, these are exactly what you need. Marshmallow + peanut butter + chocolate candy shell + sprinkles + buttery cookie dough. Do I really have to say more?!

Soft, thick, and puffy cookies filled with peanut butter M&Ms and sprinkles, then smooshed together with a marshmallow PEEP. Dangerously good!

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Marshmallow PEEPS Cookie Sandwiches

Soft, thick, and puffy cookies filled with peanut butter M&Ms and sprinkles, then smooshed together with a marshmallow PEEP. Dangerously good!

Yield: 10-12 large cookie sandwiches

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes, plus chilling

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks or 170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) dark brown sugar (or light brown)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature*
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (250g) peanut butter M&Ms (or regular M&Ms, peanut M&Ms, chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles
  • 20-24 PEEPS marshmallow candies

Directions:

In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy. Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and mix on medium speed until fluffy and light in color. Mix in egg and vanilla. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. On low speed, slowly mix into the wet ingredients until combined. The cookie dough will be quite thick. Add the peanut butter M&Ms and sprinkles and mix for about 5 seconds until evenly disbursed. Cover dough tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days. Chilling is mandatory for this cookie dough.

Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

Once chilled, the dough will be slightly crumbly, but will come together if you work the dough with your hands as you roll into individual balls. Roll balls of dough, about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough each, into balls. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges. They will look extremely soft when you remove them from the oven. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet. If the cookies are too puffy, try gently pressing down on them with the back of a spoon. They will slightly deflate as you let them cool. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely at room temperature. Then stick the cookies into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. You need cold cookies to make the sandwiches.

Arrange two PEEPS onto half of the cold cookies. Microwave, one by one, for 8-12 seconds until the PEEP begins to puff up. Depending on your microwave wattage, do not microwave for any than that or your cookie will fall apart and be too fragile to pick up.  Smoosh another cookie on top creating a sandwich. Cookie sandwiches taste best right after they are made. Cookies (without PEEPS) stay fresh at room temperature for up to 1 week.

*Room temperature egg is highly suggested for this cookie dough. It will disburse more evenly when mixed. To bring the egg to room temperature quickly, drop into a cup of warm water for 5 minutes.

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Want to get a little snazzy with your PEEPS?

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74 Responses to “Marshmallow PEEPS Cookie Sandwiches.”

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    Erinposted October 20, 2013 at 10:59 am

    These are so cute. Love this idea! I personally think peeps are a little funky tasting on their own but I think smashed in between two cookies, they would be great! I love that orange plate in your last photo! So fall-esque. :) Hope you had a great weekend!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 20th, 2013 at 11:25 am

      Thanks! I believe that plate is from Pier 1. I hope you had a great weekend too Erin!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted October 20, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Dam Sally! This is dangerous! I would love to try this sandwich! It looks amazing!!

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    Jeannineposted October 20, 2013 at 11:25 am

    That is such a wonderful idea. Keep an eye out after each holiday for the 70-90% off these little cuties since they are always showing up in the current seasons colors. Tuck them away for little cash and you are ready anytime the cookie monster calls:) Excellent new twist!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 20th, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Yes! I completely agree. I always try to score them on sale. Especially after Easter. I love the PEEPS chicks. Thanks Jeannine!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress)posted October 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Best use of peeps ever.

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    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolateposted October 20, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    You sure love colourful things, don’t you? I must say, these have Halloween written all over them!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 20th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Yep, I’ve always loved a lot of color. Probably why I love funfetti and sprinkles so much. Thanks Mallory!

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    Caitlinposted October 20, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    The lighting in these photos is perfect! So warm looking! How does the photo of the “the chocolate chip cookie” look so different than the original ones? These look so yummy!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 20th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      Hi Caitlin – the original post for this recipe was shot over a year ago with my old camera, lens, and lighting environment. My current camera provides a sharper, cleaner image. Thank you!

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    Madisonposted October 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    AMAZING! I love how festive these are. I bet if I made these and handed them out to kids: they would be so happy!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 20th, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      What PEEP-lovin’ kid wouldn’t love these cookies?! Thanks Madison!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted October 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    A fluffernutter-sprinkle-cookie-sandwich sounds amazing. I love that you went back to the choc chip cookie dough base that I happen to love and have relayed and parlayed with a million add ins and candies, from M&Ms to Twix, Snickers, pretzels, you name it, love that dough base b/c the cookies always turn out and stay soft.

    Those pics that you’re holding the cookie with the oozing melted Peeps coming out of the sides…priceless. I bet warm and fresh, these babies are unstoppable!

    Btw, how do you do those hand shots? Tripod? Timer? You know I loathe a tripod so not in the cards for me but impressive if that’s what you did. And love the fun colors here. Pinned!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 20th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks for pinning Averie! I use my tripod for the hand holding shots. My camera is always set on a 2 second timer with my tripod, so sometimes it’s tough to keep my hand steady. For even 2 seconds! But with exceptional lighting, it’s a breeze.

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    • Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Bakerreplied on October 20th, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      I don’t know if you can do this with a normal camera as all my photos on my blog are taken with a phone camera, but I usually rest the camera phone on a few books then press the button with the free hand.

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    Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Bakerposted October 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Oooh these cookies are soo colourful. I love it

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    Shelby S http://bellabakes.netposted October 20, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Those Peeps are like the cutest thing ever! And I love anything that involves melty marshmallow between two cookies! :)

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    Nancy O'Connellposted October 20, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Did you really just do this???? Peeps! I love peeps!!! And you’ve put them in a cookie? I’m on the fence about pumpkin peeps – I really thing the best peeps are the chicks and bunnies – but I have to try these!!

    Sally – this is EXACTLY why we should eat dessert first!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 20th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      I am partial to the bunnies ;)

      This comment made my day. Yes, these are seriously the reason dessert should always, always be first. Thanks Nancy!

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies)posted October 20, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I love sandwich cookies, especially gooey ones like this. Great idea, Sally!

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    Nora (Buttercream Fanatic)posted October 20, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    So cute! I made s’mores cookies this past summer using the same methodology, but the colors here made these so much more festive!

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    Miss Messyposted October 20, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I wish I could get peeps here! These look simply fantastic as per usual! I love the have one as a sunday night treat!

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    Megan - The Emotional Bakerposted October 20, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    What a genius idea! I will have to try these :)

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    • Sallyreplied on October 20th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      You should Megan! And let me know when you do. Enjoy!

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    Teresaposted October 20, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Gosh, Sally, I don’t know how you do it! You keep churning out so many creative, beautiful and tasty looking sweets day-after-day. You are a genius when it comes to baking. You need to have your own cooking school or something!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 21st, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Thank you so much Teresa! You are so sweet. Teaching a cooking class would be so fun!

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    Starposted October 20, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I’m so making the Peeps cookies for my company Halloween luncheon!!!!
    They’re easy and PERFECT for Halloween!!! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on October 21st, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Yeah! Hope everyone loves them. Thanks Star! And happy early halloween :)

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    Anna @ Bashful Baoposted October 20, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I always buy Peeps right after Halloween when they go on sale. Now I know what to do with them (instead of late night sugar rushes) :D

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    • Sallyreplied on October 21st, 2013 at 9:59 am

      They’re like 4 packs for a $1 sometimes at Walmart right after Halloween. Stock up!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crustposted October 20, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    What an awesome idea!!

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweetposted October 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I still can’t get over the fact that you can get peeps now in the fall! LOVE it!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 21st, 2013 at 9:57 am

      I know!! I love it too.

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    Tieghanposted October 20, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    So fun, Sally!! These have got to be some of the funniest, cute and festive halloween cookies I have seen all season! Love them and your shots! They all look perfect!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 21st, 2013 at 9:57 am

      I think they’re pretty funny too lol. Eating one made me feel like a kid again!!

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    Amyposted October 20, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    I’m sad that we don’t get marshmallow peeps over here in Australia! But the cookie and marshmallow combination looks so delicious that I’m sure there is a way for me to create something similar with just plain marshmallows. Thanks for sharing :)

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    • Sallyreplied on October 21st, 2013 at 9:56 am

      Try just melting a few plain marshmallows inside the cookie sandwich, like how I did with a marshmallow peep. Hope you enjoy, Amy!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girlposted October 21, 2013 at 12:43 am

    This is such a fun way to use Peeps! I was totally not expecting a sandwich full of them, love it!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted October 21, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Sally! These are adorable! I’ve never seen pumpkin peeps!

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    Kammie @ Sensual Appealposted October 21, 2013 at 3:02 am

    These are so cute, I love how fun they are. Perfect for a kids treat for Halloween too, or maybe that’s just cause of the bright colors! I’d eat them ;)

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    • Sallyreplied on October 21st, 2013 at 9:52 am

      These cookies make me feel like a little kid again. ;) Thanks Kammie!

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    Becca @ Crumbsposted October 21, 2013 at 3:59 am

    Oh yay, sprinkles have made a return!!

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    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?!posted October 21, 2013 at 8:14 am

    So festive! Perfectly fun and delicious for both kids and adults alike :)

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    katie @ ohshineonposted October 21, 2013 at 10:42 am

    well this is a recipe i’ve never seen before. whaaat.

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    Ari @ Ari's Menuposted October 21, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Can’t eat 10-12 yourself? Obviously you’ve never eaten cookie sandwiches with me. ;) These are so cute Sally! What a fun idea!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 21st, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      HAHAHA ok for that reason – we need to meet up and eat a dozen cookie sandwiches together – or each. lol

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    valposted October 21, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I’m officially in cookie heaven. AMAZING.

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    • Sallyreplied on October 21st, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      :D Thanks Val! xo

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    Beth @ bethcakesposted October 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I’ve seen the ghost peeps, but I haven’t seen those cute little pumpkins! Such a good idea using them instead of a frosting or something between the cookies. So colorful and festive! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on October 21st, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      LOVE the ghosts! I was actually going to do an orange frosting but didn’t have orange food coloring, so PEEPS it was. Thanks Beth!

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    Starposted October 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I’ll let you know…. :0)

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    lisaposted October 21, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Just curious…who eats all of the cookies and treats you make!?!?

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    Jess @ On Sugar Mountainposted October 21, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    You had me at “smooshed together with a marshmallow peep” ! These are gorgeous, Sally, and I am practically drooling over my keyboard over these ! :D

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    • Sallyreplied on October 21st, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Haha! I couldn’t find a better word that “smooshed”

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted October 21, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I absolutely love these creative little cookie sandwiches, Sally. They’re so fun and festive for Halloween!

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    Markieposted October 21, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Those are so cute and festive! Peeps get such a bad rap, they’re just marshmallows with personality! I actually made a very similar sandwich cookie for my brother’s birthday a couple months ago, but I toasted the Peeps (gas stove) to soften them before sandwiching. A little more time-consuming, but then they keep for a few days. Thanks for another fun recipe!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 21st, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      I have to try toasting the PEEPS next, Markie! And I agree. They’re just marshmallows with a sugary coating. :)

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    Caleyposted October 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    So cute! And cookie sandwiches are probably the best thing ever, because then you get to eat TWO cookies ;). I bet this would be great with the flavored peeps…like the chocolate cats! I love the fall colors throughout your post!!

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    • Sallyreplied on October 21st, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      chocolate cats?!?!?! I have to get my hands on those!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted October 22, 2013 at 2:23 am

    Sally, these are so stinking cute! I need to stock up on peeps now!

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    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queenposted October 22, 2013 at 2:29 am

    I haven’t even seen halloween peeps, it’s crazy how almost all candy has a version for each holiday. I grew up sticking peeps in the microwave so can’t wait to try it stuffed in a cookie, delish!

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    Jamie@Milk N Cookiesposted October 22, 2013 at 6:42 am

    These look so, so fun! What a creative use for Peeps. I love them straight out of the box/tray, but these cookies would be even better : )

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    • Sallyreplied on October 22nd, 2013 at 9:58 am

      I can’t stop popping PEEPS straight out of the box tray either. I leave them out on the counter, uncovered, when I have a box. I like them stale. :)

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    Jenn @TheRebelChickposted October 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    These look amazing! I love sneaking Peeps into recipes but never turned them into a sandwich before. Fab idea! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on October 22nd, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      Thanks Jenn!

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    Dinaposted October 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    they look yummy and festive!

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    Zainab @ Blahnik Bakerposted October 23, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I love these and your crazy weekend ideas. Soft cookies are the best!!!

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    Deborahposted October 27, 2013 at 3:27 am

    I love that you stuffed peeps in between cookies! I could go for one!

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    Nutmeg Nannyposted October 27, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Oh wow, I could go for a few of these right now ;) what an awesome idea!

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    Amyposted October 30, 2013 at 1:24 am

    I’m not a big fan of peeps (shh don’t tell), but my guy certainly is! Anything with pure sugar, and he’ll eat it all in a day. Gummi bears, lemon heads, skittles, nerds… He’d love your peeps sandwiches! Although come to think of it, he’d probably make his using my culinary torch instead of the microwave. Boys and their fires! ;)

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    Birds Cookie Cuttersposted November 19, 2013 at 7:25 am

    I want to take a bite out of the screen. These look incredible!

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    Lynnposted October 26, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    “Frightfully ooey-gooey”

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    • Lynnreplied on October 26th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      I can’t stop laughing.

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