Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

Easter is 4 days away are your ready? I'm not and I feel so bad about it. I'm usually on the ball when it comes to the kids Easter Baskets, but as of right now all I have is baskets.

The only reason I have them is because I snagged them on clearance after Easter last year. No worries though because I plan on heading out tomorrow and getting started. Thank goodness everything isn't wiped out yet in the Easter isle.

I may not have baskets filled and ready, but what I do have is Easter tins full of treats for my kiddos teachers. Each tin is packed with Chocolate Dipped Oreos, Jelly Beans and these festive Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs pictured above.

Aren't they just the cutest?? Well cute they are but they taste even better. They remind me of the Reese's peanut butter eggs you buy in the store only cheaper. I do have a few put aside for the kids Easter baskets, so I guess I can say I have a little head start.

If you're looking for a last minute Easter treats I think these peanut butter eggs would be perfect. And while weree on the subject of Easter treats don't forget about the Chocolate Dipped Oreos and the Easter Bunny Popcorn Mix. All are great choices for your little Easter bunny.
Here's a little bit of a run down on just how easy these peanut butter eggs are to prepare. In a large bowl, cream butter; gradually add the confectioners' sugar, cracker crumbs, peanut butter and vanilla.

Shape into 16 eggs; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. You can also use a plastic egg tray to shape eggs which is the method I used. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until firm. (you can also prepare and freeze the peanut butter eggs in advance.

I just stored the peanut butter eggs in a large ziploc bag in the freezer. Then dip them in chocolate another day. In a microwave, melt chocolate bark until smooth when stirred. Using a fork dip eggs in chocolate; allow excess to drip off.

Immediately shake sprinkles on top of each dipped egg; return eggs to waxed paper. Chill until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Everything purchased to make these festive peanut butter eggs can be found in the grocery and Easter section at your local Walmart.





Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

Ingredients:
1/2 - cup butter, softened
2 -1/3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 - cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 - cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 - teaspoon vanilla extract
12 0z - milk chocolate almond bark, prefer Plymouth pantry
1 - egg tray or mold
Easter sprinkles

Directions:
In a large bowl, cream butter; gradually add the confectioners' sugar, cracker crumbs, peanut butter and vanilla.

Shape into 16 eggs; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. You can also use a plastic egg tray to shape eggs. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until firm.

In a microwave, melt chocolate bark on the defrost setting. Melt in 3 minutes intervals until the chocolate is smooth when stirred.

Using a fork dip eggs in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Immediately decorate with sprinkles; return eggs to waxed paper. Chill until set.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Recipe Yields: 16 - 18 eggs.

Note: Since the peanut butter eggs are frozen before you dip them. The chocolate will set up pretty quick, so make sure to have the sprinkles close by. I used my thin flat metal spatula that I used to frost cakes to pop the peanut butter eggs out of the molds.

adapted from: Taste of Home





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7 comments:

Michelle said... #

I pin this so I don't lose the recipe. My girls are going to love this. Thanks for sharing.

Laura said... #

Funny we both made these this year. Love how you used the deviled egg tray to mold them. Your recipe has graham cracker crumbs in it. Gonna have to try this for next year!

Becky (So Very Blessed) said... #

These are so cute! I make something very similar (not in egg form!) and I add Rice Krispies to the peanut butter filling. It is brilliant to use the egg tray to make the shapes!

Aggie said... #

Wow Tina, I'm loving these! I need to pick up a mold like that, maybe during the after sale. I never make treats like this, but this looks easy enough for me :)

And really...you had me at chocolate and peanut butter :)

pam parsons said... #

the peanut butter eggs what could do use like the old fruit and nuts eggs and if you want other flavor than the peanut butter.

Colleen said... #

OMG,. These I Have to make. They look Amazing and such an easy recipe.
thank you
ColleenB. ~ Texas

Anonymous said... #

Graham crackers? Who knew. Has anyone tried it this way? Sounds and looks good. Love your recipes!