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I can’t believe that Easter is in less than two weeks! Jordan has half days all this week, and is off all the next, so I need to get myself in gear for Easter basket goodies!

I think the early Easter has affected the blog too – this is my first “cute” Easter post! I posted a few brunch ideas (Raspberry Snack Cake and Peanut Butter Muffins) over the past few weeks…but nothing fun! Until now…

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Peeps are an iconic Easter treat. Every February 15 you see them start to pop up in stores, ready to be baked and crafted with and thrown into Easter baskets and plastic eggs. When I was invited to join the Spring Hop Along Peeps Party, I knew I wanted to do a cute Easter Peeps treat! I actually had two ideas…and this one happened first. Maybe I’ll get to the other one before the big day!

I’ve never made pavlovas before. I can’t even remember if I’ve ever tasted them either! But I love meringues, so I knew I’d love pavlovas too. In fact, making pavlova is not that different from making meringue cookies, although I think the recipe is a teensy bit different.

Normally, you see pavlovas served with fruit on top. Now, I’m not a huge fruit-in-dessert person. But I am totally a sugar-on-sugar and cute dessert person, so I am introducing you to your cutest ever Easter dessert: Mini Pavlova Peeps Nests.

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Have you ever ended up with leftover egg whites in your fridge? If you’ve ever made homemade pudding, I can bet the answer is yes. When I made the Coconut Cream Pies in Jars, I had a few egg whites left over and I wanted to use them instead of finding them in the back of my refrigerator in three months, all green and fluffy.

{Don’t judge; you know you’ve been there too.}

Somehow pavlovas came to mind, and shortly after, Peeps nest popped into my brain. Pavlovas are super simple to make: whip eggs and sugar with a little cream of tartar and vanilla. You get a sweet, stiff mixture reminiscent of liquid marshmallow. This is your meringue, what the pavlovas are made out of. Then you bake it at a low temperature (in essence, you are just drying them out) and the become crunchy on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside.

You can pipe your pavlovas onto parchment using a piping bag, to make them perfectly round and sculpted. Or, you can just spoon them on, like I did. You can even make one large pavlova instead of minis, and make more of a cake. Then you top with delicious things, like whipped cream or berries. I’m sure they’re delicious with strawberries or peaches. For me, they’re perfect with whipped cream and Peeps!

Then I added some Robin’s Eggs and some sprinkles, for good measure. Everything is better with candy eggs and sprinkles!

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Cute Easter food at it’s finest! Want some other cute Peeps ideas? Check out the list below for some inspiration!

Pavlova Peeps Nests

Pavlova Peeps Nests

Pavlovas recipe from Martha Stewart.

Ingredients

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whipped cream (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 3-4 drops green food coloring
  • About 8 Peeps
  • Candy eggs and/or sprinkles, if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment or a silpat.
  2. Beat egg whites using an electric mixer on high until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, with the mixer running. Beat until the egg whites are very stiff and glossy and if you feel the meringue between your fingers there is no grittiness (the sugar has dissolved), about 5 minutes. Beat in vanilla.
  3. Using 2 spoons, scoop dollops of meringue on your prepared cookie sheet. Use the back of one spoon to smooth the meringue into a small circle and place an indent in the center to hold the filling. Alternately, you could place your meringue in a piping bag and pipe small circles. You will get about 8 circles.
  4. Bake for 50-60 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. They are done when the outside is no longer sticky, but the inside is still soft. Turn off the oven and let the pavlovas cool inside it.
  5. Once cool, remove the pavlovas to a serving plate.
  6. Take your whipped cream and stir in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and food coloring. Alternately, you could use whipped topping or leftover frosting (but those wouldn’t need sweeting). Place about 2 tablespoons of whipped cream on top the pavlovas. Top with a Peep and sprinkles!
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Do you love Peeps? Then you’re in luck! This post is part of a Spring Hop Along Peeps Party! Some fabulous sweet bloggers are baking with Peeps today and you can WIN a Peeps prize pack!

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Ready for more fabulous PEEPS recipes and ideas???  Visit the following websites, each is sharing an amazing PEEPS post for you today, so hop on over and check them all out!   Don’t forget to enter to win the fabulous PEEPS Prize Pack as well!   Happy Spring!

PEEPS bunnies in Chocolate Easter Eggs from The Decorated Cookie
PEEPS Cupcakes from Hoosier Homemade
Spring PEEPS Truffles from Java Cupcake
PEEPS S’mores from The Southern Institute
Giant PEEPS Cereal Treat from Dollhouse Bake Shoppe
PEEPS Candy Bars from The Domestic Rebel
Rice Krispies PEEPS from Creative Food
Easter Cake with White Chocolate PEEPS from Bird on a Cake
Hula Bunny PEEPS from Sugar Swings! Serve Some
Peeping Peeps from Miss Candiquik
Bird House S’mores on a Stick From Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons
Layered S’mores Brownies with PEEPS from Shugary Sweets
PEEPS Brownie Pops from Munchkin Munchies
Easter PEEPS in their Finest from Pint Sized Baker
Peeps Get Married from Haniela’s
Peek A Boo PEEPS Cookies from In Katrina’s Kitchen
Spring Hop Along PEEPS Party from Love From the Oven
PEEPS Eclair Cake Cups from Inside BruCrew Life
PEEPS Easter Candy Carrots from Hungry Happenings
Very Vanilla PEEPS Cake from Pink Little Cake
Peeps Centerpiece Cookies from The Baked Equation
PEEPS Magician Hat from Not Your Momma’s Cookie

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Other Easter cuteness:

Baby Peeps

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Bunny Munch

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Peeps from friends:
Peeps Doodle Cake by Something Swanky
Peeps & Patron Cocktail by Smart School House
Peeps in a Basket by Mom on Timeout


 

 

This post may be linked to: Chef in TrainingLil’ LunaBuns In My OvenChic-and-CraftyI’m Lovin’ it FridaysStrut your Stuff Saturday, Weekend PotluckWeekend Wrap Up PartySundae Scoop Link Partyand all of these too!

108 Responses to “Pavlova Peeps Nests”

  1. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on March 19, 2013 at 4:06 am (#)

    Cute Dorothy! I love homemade meringues. And with PEEPS? Adorable.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 6:26 am

      Thanks Aimee!

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on March 19, 2013 at 4:12 am (#)

    So fun! My fave way to enjoy them is right out of the package!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 6:26 am

      Thanks Averie!

  3. Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons posted on March 19, 2013 at 4:28 am (#)

    These are so pretty and cute!! Love meringues…cute idea!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 6:25 am

      Thanks Jill!

  4. Anne @The Cooking Campaign posted on March 19, 2013 at 4:34 am (#)

    Adorable! Love Pavlova!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 6:25 am

      Thanks Anne!

  5. Beth @ Hungry Happenings posted on March 19, 2013 at 4:58 am (#)

    Oh, my friends always makes Pavlova for Easter and she loves Peeps, I’ll share this with her so she can make them for Easter.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 6:24 am

      I hope she loves them! :) Thanks Beth!

  6. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on March 19, 2013 at 5:02 am (#)

    Those are too cute! I have had the pavlova with fruit…I like the way you think. Sugar on sugar is the only way to go, especially with sprinkles and robin eggs!!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 6:24 am

      Right? You and me, the sugar sisters. :)

  7. Kaylee @ Couponing & Cooking posted on March 19, 2013 at 5:10 am (#)

    I love peeps in all ways, my husband not so much. That’s why I had to recreate them in cake form : )

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 6:24 am

      I can’t wait to go look at everyone’s posts! My husband won’t come near a Peep!

  8. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on March 19, 2013 at 5:30 am (#)

    LOVE this sweet idea, Dorothy! Pavlova is the bomb, I bet it is even more scrumptious with PEEPS!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 6:23 am

      It’s a sugar party, for sure. :) Thanks Jennifer!

  9. Michelle posted on March 19, 2013 at 5:43 am (#)

    Awesome! Love meringues so these are probably so yummy with the peep toppers!!thanks for playing along!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 6:23 am

      Thanks for including me Michelle!

  10. Karyn - Pint Sized Baker posted on March 19, 2013 at 6:17 am (#)

    These are great! Aren’t Meringues awesome?

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 6:22 am

      I love them! I’ll be making them again for sure. :) Thanks Karyn!

  11. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on March 19, 2013 at 6:45 am (#)

    OMG stop it! HOW CUTE ARE THESE??!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      lol! Thanks Kayle!

  12. Lisa@hooplapalooza posted on March 19, 2013 at 6:47 am (#)

    these are melt in your mouth cute goodness :) love pavlova! :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks Lisa!

  13. Betsy @JavaCupcake posted on March 19, 2013 at 6:47 am (#)

    Ooooohh…. I’m always looking for new things to make! This pavlova looks so yum!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks Betsy!

  14. Kathia posted on March 19, 2013 at 7:19 am (#)

    Dorothy, these are so cute!!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks Kathia!

  15. Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik posted on March 19, 2013 at 7:35 am (#)

    I forgot that you had done ‘hatching’ peeps before! Mine are veryyyy similar to yours from 2011 :). Cute idea with the pavlova peeps – I doubt anyone else will have this idea.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Ha, it’s been so long since I made those. My photos have come a long way, lol! :) Thanks Sarah!

  16. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork posted on March 19, 2013 at 7:55 am (#)

    Saying the word, “Pavlova” is fun and makes me feel fancy! These looks great! Perfect Easter treat!! Have Fun with Jordan the next two weeks!!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      I know, right? Thanks Meghan!

  17. Kathy posted on March 19, 2013 at 8:08 am (#)

    I have never had Pavlova before. It doesn’t look too hard and I do seem to have extra egg whites that I don’t know what to do with. My kids would love these! I think I will try this for Easter. Thanks for a cute idea!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      You totally should, they are really good, and easy! I hate wasting the egg whites, so these are perfect for leftovers!

  18. Jenny posted on March 19, 2013 at 8:18 am (#)

    These look so cute and delicious too! Great idea!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks Jenny!

  19. Melissa posted on March 19, 2013 at 8:36 am (#)

    Love it! I have never made pavlovas. I must give this a try. These are just too sweet!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks Melissa!

  20. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on March 19, 2013 at 8:47 am (#)

    Eek! Their little nest is so adorable.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks Hayley!

  21. Holly @ Life as a Lofthouse posted on March 19, 2013 at 9:10 am (#)

    Oh MY CUTENESS!! These are so darling, Dorothy! My kids would love these! They look delish!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks Holly!

  22. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on March 19, 2013 at 9:11 am (#)

    not only are these totally adorable, but Dorothy – I LOVE your photography here. Esp that 3rd picture. So much gorgeous blurry background and bokeh. It’s a gorgeous photo! PS: I’m obsessed with peeps! Kevin hates them, so I get to eat them all!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      Aw, thanks Sally! That means a lot. I love bokeh! :)

  23. Amanda Davis posted on March 19, 2013 at 9:12 am (#)

    I’ve never had or made pavlovas before – actually, I’ve never even heard of them before, but they look tasty. :)

    My favorite way to eat peeps is to bite off their heads, hehe.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks Amanda! They’re like meringues, but better!

  24. Susan posted on March 19, 2013 at 9:19 am (#)

    Reminds me of the commercial with the two young boys discovering on Easter that their basket has Peeps! The older boy informs his younger brother, “you can have Peeps with everything!!” Well, they need to see this…what a sweet display, XOXO

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      LOL, totally Susan! Thank you!

  25. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry posted on March 19, 2013 at 9:21 am (#)

    How sticken cute are these?! Personally I am a fan of sugar on sugar. Fruit takes a distant second.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      You’re a girl after my own heart!

  26. Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff posted on March 19, 2013 at 10:00 am (#)

    I think of pavlova as an elegant dessert … but everything turns into fun when you put a Peep on it!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Fun and elegant, all in one!

  27. Sarah Gardner posted on March 19, 2013 at 10:08 am (#)

    We like em stale!

  28. keri @ shaken together posted on March 19, 2013 at 10:27 am (#)

    Adorable! And fluffy! And sound absolutely YUMMY!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks Keri!

  29. dana posted on March 19, 2013 at 11:19 am (#)

    when i lived in australia, my mom sent me a package for easter. peeps aren’t available in australia, so my friends were so excited to try them. we made s’meeps one night (smores+peeps) and they were amazing! i always smile when i think of that.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      What a great memory! Those sound YUM!

  30. Sarah G posted on March 19, 2013 at 12:24 pm (#)

    I like them in hot cocoa and in fruit salad!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Those both sound delish!

  31. Michelle | Creative Food posted on March 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm (#)

    I’ve never had pavlovas but they look and sound yummy!! :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks Michelle!

  32. Shiloh Barkley posted on March 19, 2013 at 12:47 pm (#)

    i pop them in my mouth one at a time!

  33. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on March 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm (#)

    How cute are these!?!? Sometimes I like to warm my Peeps up for just a few seconds in the microwave…is that weird?

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Not at all – that sounds awesome!

  34. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen posted on March 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm (#)

    I am totally a sugar-on-sugar person too :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      I knew I wasn’t alone! :) Thanks Katrina!

  35. Hani@haniela's posted on March 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm (#)

    Cutest Pavlova ever!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks Hani!

  36. Tieghan posted on March 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm (#)

    These are SO cute! I love them, I want to make and I will! Thanks for this adorable Easter recipe!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks Tieghan!

  37. Wendy posted on March 19, 2013 at 4:45 pm (#)

    Very, very cute and crunchy!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      Thanks Wendy!

  38. Lindsay Ann @ Dollhouse Bake Shoppe posted on March 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm (#)

    OMG I love meringues, these look amazing! Such a fantastic addition to the Peeps party! So glad we got to collaborate :D
    -Lindsay Ann @ Dollhouse Bake Shoppe

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      Me too! Thanks Lindsay!

  39. Amy Tong posted on March 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm (#)

    aw….your Pavlova Peeps Nests are adorable! Too cute! :) My favorite way to enjoy the PEEPS would be eating them with my kids and having a hard time deciding if the PEEPS should jump head first (into our mouths) or the other way around. :P LOL…

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      Too funny! Thanks Amy!

  40. Sue {munchkin munchies} posted on March 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm (#)

    Your peeps chicks look so regal and elegant on their fancy, tasty nests!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 19th, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      Thanks Sue!

  41. Kristin posted on March 19, 2013 at 6:33 pm (#)

    I’m still remembering how amazing that bunny munch was last year! I think Bugles and candy melts are in my near future. The heck with the “carrots”. I’ll just have Bugles and “dip”. :)

    I just eat Peeps one after another…straight out of the package.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 20th, 2013 at 7:17 am

      Yay! That sounds like something I would do… :)

  42. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen posted on March 19, 2013 at 6:37 pm (#)

    I’ve always wanted to try a Pavlova (because of the name and how fancy they look), but it’s one food I just can’t imagine the texture or taste. Which means it has to get done fast :)

    You are a ‘sugar-on-sugar’ person!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 20th, 2013 at 7:16 am

      They have a great flavor Loretta! Crunchy outside, soft inside, like a sugary toasted marshmallow!

  43. Susan posted on March 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm (#)

    I love microwave s’mores made with peeps!

  44. Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon posted on March 19, 2013 at 6:48 pm (#)

    I have 3 egg whites in my frig. I am having pavlova tomorrow.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 20th, 2013 at 7:15 am

      Perfect!! :)

  45. Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations posted on March 19, 2013 at 7:11 pm (#)

    What a cute idea, to give the peeps a crunchy nest. I love pavlova!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 20th, 2013 at 7:14 am

      Thanks Regina!

  46. Liz@HoosierHomemade posted on March 19, 2013 at 7:49 pm (#)

    Oh yum! Meringue is favorite here! Love the Peeps on them too!
    ~Liz@HoosierHomemade

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 20th, 2013 at 7:09 am

      Thanks Liz!

  47. Stacey posted on March 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm (#)

    Love to decorate with peeps.

  48. Michelle @yagottahaveahobby posted on March 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm (#)

    These are adorable! The colors just pop so fantastically and the presentation is gorgeous. I love Peeps!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 20th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks Michelle!

  49. Julie posted on March 20, 2013 at 7:09 pm (#)

    Aww, these are super cute!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 20th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks Julie!

  50. Ellen @ Indigo Scones posted on March 20, 2013 at 7:47 pm (#)

    These are TOO CUTE. Not even kidding you.
    And I love Peeps. Oh, and I adore meringue. You just combined two of my favorite things, and I might be doing a happy dance because of it. Sugar overload, in the best of ways! xo

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 21st, 2013 at 6:52 am

      I love a good sugar-overload happy dance. :) Thanks for reading Ellen!

  51. Back for Seconds posted on March 20, 2013 at 8:22 pm (#)

    Sugar on sugar, hehe :) Love these pavlovas! They are adorable with the peeps on top!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 21st, 2013 at 6:51 am

      Thanks Stephanie!

  52. Cindy Harris posted on March 21, 2013 at 9:20 pm (#)

    My daughter is coming for Easter. She is gluten intolerant–these nest look like the perfect dessert, filled with fruit and whipped cream. Thanks for a great idea that she will enjoy–we all will.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 22nd, 2013 at 6:38 am

      I’m glad! Enjoy Cindy!

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    I’d love for you to share this with Iron Chef Mom Battle: Peeps! http://www.addhousewife.com/2013/03/iron-chef-mom-battle-peeps.html

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