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Peeps Shortbread Checkerboard

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We are huge Peeps fans in this house, especially my son, and I was so excited to hear that they'd signed on as a sponsor for this event. Peeps wants to know, are you Team #PeepsBunny or Team #PeepsChick? This got me thinking about different ways the bunnies and chicks might square off against each other. Squares. Checkerboard.  Game on!

Initially I thought about doing sugar cookies, but they are prone to spreading, so I went with shortbread instead. The completed checkerboard requires 2 batches of dough. I do not recommend trying to mix a double batch of the dough in one bowl.  It is far too hard to work with that way. Make one batch, roll it out, get it baking and then do the second. 

This was my first ever shortbread, and I completely panicked that it was not going to come together.  I saw that crumbly mess in the bowl, and automatically reread the directions to see if I'd done something wrong,. but it rolled out perfectly between the waxed paper.  I cut out the squares with a 2x2 cutter. The great thing about shortbread is that it doesn't spread, so I got about 20 cookies per half sheet tray, and the two batches makes 80 2x2" cookies. 

I made the icing in 2 batches as well, one bowl for each color.  You can use the outline and fill method, which entails making the icing a bit thicker at first to pipe borders and then thinning it out and filling in the inside, or you can make it thin to start and just spoon it over the cookies.  I went with the second method.   I placed the cooled cookies on wire racks over parchment paper and spooned the color over, making sure the tops were completely covered.

Once the icing was set, I laid them out in the classic checkerboard pattern, and placed the Peeps on top.  I was so happy with how it turned out. We had fun playing a few games, though there was some debate over whether it was legal to eat the Peeps that you jumped over :)

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Peeps Shortbread Checkerboard

Peeps Shortbread Checkerboard

Yield: 64


  • 1 package Peeps Bunnies
  • 2 packages Peeps Chicks
  • 4 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 cups flour
  • For Icing:
  • Powdered sugar
  • butter
  • corn syrup
  • extract
  • food coloring
  • water


  1. Heat oven to 300 degrees. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Slowly add in flour. Mixture will look crumbly. Move to your work surface and knead and press the dough together for about 3 or 4 minutes.
  2. Working with half the dough at a time, roll out between 2 sheets of wax or parchment paper to approximately 1/4." Cut cookies with 2" square cutter. Place on baking sheets 2" apart. Bake for 20 to 25 mins. Move to racks and cool completely.
  3. For icing, combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat until smooth. Place cookies on a wire rack above a baking sheet or parchment. Spoon icing over cookies, spreading to the edges. Let set for 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Arrange cookies in a checkerboard pattern on a large platter or food grade cardboard. Top with Peeps.
shortbread, Peeps,
Cookies, Easter
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Such a cute idea! This Peeps checkerboard would certainly be a hit at any family Easter gathering.
What a cute idea, perfect for the centerpiece of a dessert table at my next Spring gathering.
Carlee said…
I can't tell you how much I love this idea! It is so cute and so much fun!
Susan Bickta said…
I LOVE the Peeps Shortbread Checkerboard!! Love to see Peeps being used in so many different ways!! They are made in my hometown of Bethlehem, PA and I used to live about a mile from the factory ..... so, Peeps are kind of special to me!!!
I need to pick up some peeps just so I can make this! What a fun and creative idea. And you can't go wrong with shortbread!
Kallee said…
This is such a fun idea. PEEPS are such a fun Easter food anyway and now you have created a fun way to play with them!
Jan said…
So fun! You are so creative
Hezzi-D said…
This idea is adorable! I love how you decorated the cookies!
Valentina said…
This is such a cute idea! I have such a weak spot for shortbread, and these sound wonderful!
Kate said…
I need to teach my kids to play checkers so I can get them to appreciate this! What a fun idea!
Karen said…
This is just about the cutest thing ever! What a fun way to use the PEEPS!
Terri Steffes said…
Ok, you win the internet today! Adorable!
KathyC said…
I love your Peeps Checkerboard! I like the chicks best! One of my favorite spring sweets are anything made with cherries
Cindy Kerschner said…
So clever! Yes it's time to play with your food!
You are so creative and fun! I love this idea! I also love shortbread...and pink bunny peeps!
April said…
This is such a cute idea, I like how your mind works. This would be so fun to serve at a party!
Ann Bush said…
Love the peeps shortbread checkerboard! My fav Spring dessert is strawberry shortcake with homemade shortcake and REAL WHIPPED CREAM!
Totally legal to eat the PEEPS you jump over!
This is so much fun. I'm not surprised it was a hit. Totally going to make this next year!
Megan Marlowe said…
What a fabulous idea! My kids would absolutely love this! It would make a great centerpiece for an Easter brunch!
Teri said…
Absolutely adorable and so fun! Perfect for any spring celebration!

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