1/3 cup light corn syrup

3-5 tablespoons flour, plus extra to flour cutting board

In mixing bowl, add prepared vanilla pudding. Stir in diced Peeps (and other candies/ cakes) OR you can layer candies-pudding-candies-pudding-candies.

Slice pound cake and put one layer on top of the prepared graham cracker crust. Pour pudding/candy mixture into prepared graham cracker crust on top of the pound cake. Set Peep pot pie in refrigerator to set (per pudding instructions).

Meanwhile, prepare the top "lattice" crust by melting the butterscotch chips in microwave (stopping every 15-20 seconds to stir). Keep warming until it is a smooth consistency. Mix in the corn syrup into the melted butterscotch. Let mixture sit in bowl to cool (about 1 hour).

Mix in 3 tablespoons of the flour and stir. You can then try to handle and work the "dough" like Playdo. Add more flour if still too sticky to handle. On a floured cutting board, roll out the dough. Using knife, pizza cutter or pastry cutter, cut into 1-inch strips.

(Tip: the dough might look too white once you add the flour, but if you keep handling the dough, the butterscotch color comes through).

Remove Peep pot pie from refrigerator. Place the butterscotch strips on top of pie and weave to create lattice look (see picture). Garnish with Peep of your choice.

—Anna Lawson, age 11, Glenelg


Peeps crab nuggets

1 pound crab meat

4 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 teaspoon parsley flakes

1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup soft bread crumbs

2 egg yolks, lightly beaten

1/2 cup flour

Oil for frying

2 3-ounce packs of Peeps Chicks

Pick over crab meat; remove any bits of shell and cartilage. Flake crab meat; place in mixing bowl. Put Peeps in freezer and freeze. Melt butter in small sauce pan. Add seasonings except for Old Bay, bread crumbs, and egg yolks to crab. Add melted butter. Put frozen Peeps in food processor and process the Peeps until they are gooey. Scrape out of processor and put in microwave safe bowl. Microwave the Peeps for 10 seconds and stir in Old Bay, then add to the mixing bowl and mix all of the ingredients. Put in ice box or freezer to firm up the mixture. Heat your oil to 360 degrees. Form mixture into nuggets the size of walnuts and dredge in flour. Makes about 20 or more nuggets depending on how you size them. Fry in heavy saucepan or deep fryer until golden brown.

The sweetness of the Peeps combined with the Old Bay give the nuggets a real taste kick.

—Steve Pusateri, Ellicott City