The Peeps show arrives just as the first buds of golden forsythia begin to blossom. Chorus lines of brightly colored chicks and bunnies...

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The Peeps show arrives just as the first buds of golden forsythia begin to blossom. Chorus lines of brightly colored chicks and bunnies play to their audience.

And now, their reputation is further enhanced by a sweet little book, “Peeps! Recipes and Crafts to Make with Your Favorite Marshmallow Treat” by Charity Ferreira (Chronicle Books, $12.95.)

Peeps, although cute and colorful, are a touch tacky, and we’re not necessarily referring to their texture. The author and photographer Liz Wolfe play up those attributes for all they’re worth.

Take, for example, the photograph of a recipe for Molten Chocolate Peeps Cakes in which little pink chicks appear to be drowning in chocolate, resurfacing for a last gasp. (Although there are worse fates, to be sure.)

Fondues, lemon tarts and s’mores are all treated to the magic of Peeps. And for special celebrations, there’s even a recipe for mixing up a batch of Peeps Mai Tais.

Ferreira and Wolfe also provide lots of inspiration for those who spend more time in the craft room than the kitchen. String together paper flowers and marshmallow bunnies into leis or for the sushi aficionado, construct a chopstick rest with chicks wrapped in origami paper. With this silly book in hand, the creative possibilities are endless.