Pavlova Peeps Nests


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…


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.


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!


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

Did you make this recipe?

Pavlova Peeps Nests

Mini pavlovas are topped with frosting and a PEEP! Perfect for Easter!


  • 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


  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!

Pavlova recipe from Martha Stewart.

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Mini Pavlova Peeps Nests are the perfect treat for Easter

Do you love Peeps? Then you’re in luck! This post is part of a Spring Hop Along Peeps Party!

Other Easter cuteness:

Baby Peeps


Bunny Munch


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

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

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!

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

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

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

  9. These are great! Aren’t Meringues awesome?

  10. OMG stop it! HOW CUTE ARE THESE??!

  11. these are melt in your mouth cute goodness 🙂 love pavlova! 🙂

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

  13. Dorothy, these are so cute!!

  14. 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.

  15. 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!!

  16. 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!

  17. These look so cute and delicious too! Great idea!

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

  19. Eek! Their little nest is so adorable.

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

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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

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

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

  26. We like em stale!

  27. Adorable! And fluffy! And sound absolutely YUMMY!

  28. 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.

  29. I like them in hot cocoa and in fruit salad!

  30. I’ve never had pavlovas but they look and sound yummy!! 🙂

  31. i pop them in my mouth one at a time!

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

  33. I am totally a sugar-on-sugar person too 🙂

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

  35. Very, very cute and crunchy!

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

  37. 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. 😛 LOL…

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

  39. 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.

  40. 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!

  41. I love microwave s’mores made with peeps!

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

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

  44. Oh yum! Meringue is favorite here! Love the Peeps on them too!

  45. Love to decorate with peeps.

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

  47. Aww, these are super cute!

  48. 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

  49. Sugar on sugar, hehe 🙂 Love these pavlovas! They are adorable with the peeps on top!

  50. 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.

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