Last week I was in the store and decided to pick up my favorite Easter treat- chocolate covered peanut butter eggs (you know the brand ;) ). It is the one sweet Easter tradition that I allowed myself to carry with me as I switched over to 'adulthood' . After I got home, I put them in the fridge like I always do. A few hours later when I ate one of them I was slightly taken aback. THIS is the treat I always look forward to so much each year? The chocolate was paper thin and the peanut butter was dry and crumbly. I can do better I thought. Below is the recipe I used. Even though my eggs have a little room to improve looks wise, it was really MUCH more simple than I thought it would be. I will never buy another store bought peanut butter egg.
- 16 oz jar of peanut butter
- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup butter softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extrace
- 3 Tablespoons milk
- 4 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1 TBSP and 1 tsp coconut oil or vegetable oil
- In the bowl of your stand mixer (or other large mixing bowl if using a hand mixer) , mix powdered sugar, peanut butter, vanilla, and softened butter with whisk attachment.
- Add milk, one tablespoon at a time until it becomes a nice workable dough. It will be a little bit sticky, but will scoop nicely.
- Scoop 2 tablespoon sized rounds onto a large baking sheet or cutting voard lined with parchment paper. If you find yourself out of parchment paper- like I did- you can use plastic wrap, but you will have to allow the chocolates to set up in the fridge or freezer.
- Flatten and form into an egg shape with your fingers.
- When you are ready to dip the eggs in the chocolate, place the chocolate chips and coconut oil into a microwave safe glass container and heat at 30 second intervals, stirring well between each heating until melted smooth.
- Dip the eggs into the chocolate. I put mine on top of a spoon and dipped it down into the chocolate, lifting it up and allowing the extra to drip off afterwards.
- Once you have all of the eggs dipped and placed on the wax paper (NOT TOUCHING), put the eggs into the fridge or freezer to set up.