Happy Easter! These little candies are perfect for giving to some-bunny you love. They also make egg-ceptional Easter basket items! Hop some over to your neighbors, they’ll love you forever! Oh, I crack myself up…ok, enough with the egg jokes. The peanut butter mixture is very crumbly, add the milk until you can pick up a handful, squeeze it and have it hold its shape. I would suggest making them no larger than about an inch and a half long – they are VERY sweet!I saw a tip for shaping these eggs that I thought was fantastic, unfortunately – I wasn’t able to do it. Here’s the tip: use the plastic fillable Easter eggs. Open them up, press the mix down inside one half and place it on a cookie sheet in the freezer for a few minutes. Turn them over, tap on the egg and you’ll have a perfectly shaped half an egg. My problem is, I only have the eggs that open in the middle vertically, not horizontally. Drat! So, I had to make due shaping the eggs with my clean hands. Some of them look amazing. Some of them have a lot of character.
**Update: I have decided that the next time I make these, I will cut back a bit on the powdered sugar – I think they are too sweet and just a tad too dry. Removing about 1/2- 1 cup of the sugar should fix both problems.
1 (16 ounce) package confectioners’ sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1-2 tablespoons milk
8 (1 ounce) squares semi-sweet chocolate (or semi-sweet chocolate chips)
1 tablespoon shortening
- In a mixing bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, butter and milk (if needed for moisture) until blended. Shape mixture into two 1/2 pound eggs or make a bunch of smaller eggs. Freeze eggs for 30 minutes.
- While the eggs are freezing, cut semi-sweet chocolate into small pieces and place in top of double boiler with shortening. Melt over medium heat, stirring frequently until smooth. Drop each peanut butter egg in melted chocolate to cover then lift with a fork and slide off to drain on waxed paper. When the eggs are cooled and set, decorate the eggs to suit your fancy. I decorated mine with some white chocolate (melted in the microwave and tinged with various pastel colors – drizzled with a filled ziploc with the corner snipped off.