Chocolate-Dipped Peeps ... because Peep Brownies didn't work

April 9, 2011
This weekend I started out making Peep Brownies.  I have a friend who absolutely loves Peeps, and her birthday was this weekend.  So when I found a recipe for Peep-Stuffed Brownies, I knew I had to make them for her.  But here's what I ended up with instead:

Chocolate-Dipped Peeps
See, the brownies didn't go so well for me.  They sounded like they'd be good, but sometimes recipes just don't turn out the way you think they're going to.  Live and learn. 

For the brownies, you first cut some Peeps in half ... the long way ... right between their little eyes.  It made me a little sad to cut them between their eyes!

Poor little Peeps
 Then you place the Peeps on top of brownie batter, ...

Peeps meet brownie batter
 ... pour some more brownie batter over them, and bake them as directed for regular brownies.  Well, I did that.  And what I got was a bizarre looking crater-like brownie surface with burned spots where the Peeps used to be.  Okay - I may have been able to get past the look, but I couldn't get past the texture.  The melted Peeps made the brownies super chewy ... and not in a good way.  So, chock this one up as a failure.

A bit disturbing looking
The bright spot in this kitchen adventure - I had one Peep left over, and decided to wipe brownie batter out of the bowl with it, and then pop it in my mouth.  Now that was tasty!

Peep dripping with brownie batter
 So, after the failed Peep Brownies, this brownie-batter-covered Peep became the inspiration for my next Peep attempt.  Still determined to bring my friend a Peep creation for her birthday, I ran to the store to pick up more Peeps and commenced to make Chocolate-Dipped Peeps.  They worked!  Not only did they work, they were really yummy.

Dipping away!
 After dipping, I placed them on waxed paper to let the chocolate set up.  Popping them in the refrigerator for a few minutes makes this process go even quicker.

Just chillin'
I'm happy to report that my friend loved her Peep treats!

Chocolate-Dipped Peeps
Peeps (I used 30 Peeps)
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 T. shortening

Melt together chocolate chips and shortening.  I melted them in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring after each 30 seconds, until smooth.  Dip each Peep in the chocolate mixture, gently shaking off excess.  Place on waxed paper and let chocolate set.  Dipped Peeps may be placed in the refrigerator for a few minutes to help the chocolate set more quickly.

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