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Homemade Easter Treats

Martha Stewart Living, April 2001

Marshmallow Treats
The fresh taste of homemade marshmallow treats beats that of the cellophane-wrapped variety any Easter.

Tools and Materials
Rimmed baking sheet or several small bowls
Fine crystal colored sugar or turbinado sugar
Luster dust or sparkle dust (optional)
Piping bag and tips
Marshmallow for Piping recipe
Royal Icing recipe

Fill rimmed baking sheet or small bowls with about 1 1/2 cups sugar. If desired, color white sugar by stirring in luster dust or sparkle dust a little at a time. Pipe shapes onto sugar. Bunnies and chicks must be completed one at a time.

Bunny How-To
1. Pipe a small marshmallow mound onto sugar, about 1 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch tall. Pipe two smaller mounds on either end for the head and tail.

2. Pipe the ears, starting from the top of the head onto the body, pulling forward and off to finish. With a damp finger, pat down any marshmallow spikes formed from piping.

3. Immediately sprinkle sugar over the entire surface of the bunny. Allow a few minutes for the shape to set.

4. Pipe on a royal-icing face with a #1 Ateco icing tip; lift bunny out of sugar with a spoon or small offset spatula. Place in a parchment-lined airtight container until ready to serve, or for up to 2 weeks.

 

Chick How-To
1. Pipe an oval shape onto sugar, about 1 inch wide, tapering the end and pulling upward to finish with the tail.

2. For the head, pipe a mound on the end opposite the tail, about the width of the body, pushing toward the tail and up. Pull away from the head to form the beak.

3. Immediately sprinkle sugar over the entire surface of the chick. Allow a few minutes for the shape to set.

4. Pipe on royal-icing eyes with a #1 Ateco icing tip; lift chick out of sugar with a spoon or small offset spatula. Place in a parchment-lined airtight container until ready to serve, or for up to 2 weeks.

 

 

Chocolate Nest and Eggs How-To
A chocolate-nest centerpiece filled with white chocolate eggs makes a sweet place card for each dinner guest.

1. Blow up balloons, twisting and clamping ends with binder clips. Do not tie ends, since the air must be let out slowly later. Dunk balloon straight down into tempered chocolate, wait a minute, and dunk again. Rest balloon clip side down in a small bowl, and refrigerate to set for 20 minutes. Repeat process to create as many nests as you like.

2. To make twigs to fill the nest shells with, cover baking sheets with parchment paper. Dip a rubber spatula into tempered chocolate and wave over lined baking sheet, trailing chocolate over entire surface. Refrigerate to set for 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat to create as many twigs as you like.

3. Unclip balloons and let air out gently, peeling balloon from chocolate if necessary. Peel twigs from parchment. Drip some tempered chocolate into the nest, and add the twigs in layers. Add white chocolate eggs or another treat of your choice to these individual nests. (The eggs in this photo are made of tempered white chocolate poured into egg-shaped chocolate molds. A natural sponge was used to dab milk chocolate in the molds, creating this mottled look.)

 

Comments (14)

  • Nastasia 19 Apr, 2014

    These ideas are great. The only question is how to make the nest... when I've started to dunk baloon in a chocolate it exploded... What was wrong? I've used baking chocolate, liquid but not hot...

  • LillyW 4 Apr, 2010

    I would say this was pretty easy...i didn't have a small enough tip, so the bunnies were a little fatter than i wanted.
    I let the sugar get to about 250, which helped make a firmer "marshmallow" which was easier to pipe.
    This was definitely a favourite at my party, and not with just the kids!

  • mrsc808 27 Mar, 2010

    My bunnies definitely did not come out like Martha's. I have few that you can tell are rabbits and the rest are blobs. I think I'll stick to cut out marshmallow shapes from now.

  • naoko53 24 Mar, 2010

    I just tried this. Okay, this thing is not as easy as it shows on the photo!! It's extremely sticky, and it's really difficult to pipe out marshmallows. Once marshmallow starts to get harden, it's even more difficult to pipe it out.
    But it's fun project for sure. This project must be made few times to get used to it.

  • naoko53 24 Mar, 2010

    I just tried this. Okay, this thing is not as easy as it shows on the photo!! It's extremely sticky, and it's really difficult to pipe out marshmallows. Once marshmallow starts to get harden, it's even more difficult to pipe it out.
    But it's fun project for sure. This project must be made few times to get used to it.

  • naoko53 12 Mar, 2010

    to poetgoddess. Tempering Chocolate is, so heat up to certain temp. and then cool it down then heat it up again. It's really difficult technique. But I think, I can just use melted chocolate (chocolate for baking) instead

    Does anybody know, if I can make marshmallow with egg white and works this way???

  • poetgoddess 9 Apr, 2009

    What is meant by "tempered" chocolate?

  • christysuny 26 Mar, 2009

    I just made them and they are delicious! it is king of hard to get it in the pastry bag though. I lined the sheet with shredded coconut and sugar and it is delicious!

  • CouldBeMartha 21 Mar, 2008

    I just tried these and they are super cute! Like said previously, you have to be able to move at the speed of supermartha to get finished before the marshmallow is set. I made a about 6 with a decorators bag snd then I warmed small bowlfuls for 15 seconds and poured it into cookie cutters on sugar, sprinkled more sugar on top and let it set. Pulled off the cookie cutter and cleaned up the edges with my fingers while adding sugar to the sides.
    My husband was very impressed

  • aprilrommel 21 Mar, 2008

    You can also microwave your mixture (in the pastry bag if you like) for a few seconds to soften if the mixture gets to hard to work with. If you microwave to long though you will have to wait for the mixture to set again before it will hold its shape.

  • aprilrommel 21 Mar, 2008

    they turned out pretty good! You have to have the marshmallow at just the right stage though in order for it to hold its shape when you pipe it. I found that I had to let the mixture sit for a few minutes to harden slightly before it worked well....only then you have to work fast (no interuptions) until you are done. I also added a tsp or so of lemon at the end of the mixing stage to give some flavor. For sanding sugar,use regular table sugar and add a few drops of food coloring. Mix well.

  • Helebake 18 Mar, 2008

    This is a fun little recipe, but we found that you really have to work fast or else they get hard and stringy. Also, we liked coloring and flavoring the peeps instead of the sugar. Using all that colored sugar seemed like a waste.

  • jltirone 17 Mar, 2008

    I made the chicks by using her marshmallow recipe listed during the Christmas holiday. Then I added a few drops of yellow coloring while mixing and cut them out using my chick cookie cutter (dipped in vegetable oil). I then dusted the chicks with sugar colored with yellow coloring. It worked great and was easier than these instructions.

  • Honeybunny13 19 Feb, 2008

    I think this idea is realy great but try covering the marshmallows in lemon juice to get the sugar to stick to give a lemony flavour or use icing sugar for a white rabbit.