Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Chocolate covered, peanut butter eggs

All week I've been staring at these chocolate covered peanut butter eggs on Pinterest.  I couldn't resist any longer and had to give them a try!

Anything I can make Gluten Free for my 3 year old, is worth trying as I always feel he gets left out.

You will need:
4 cups of powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups of creamy peanut butter
1/4 pound of butter
3 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
2-3 tablespoons of milk
1 tablespoon of shortening

I used my mixer to combine the powdered sugar, butter and peanut butter.  I warmed up the butter and PB to help it combine easier, although the original recipe didn't say to do so.

Once those ingredients are combined, add the milk one tablespoon at a time until you reach a playdough type consistency.

Form the "dough" into egg shapes, place them on wax paper and put them in the freezer for about an hour (I only did 45 minutes because I was impatient).

In the meantime, melt the chocolate chips.  I used a double broiler method, but you can also do it in the microwave.  Add 1 tablespoon of shortening to the chocolate chips.

Coat the peanut butter eggs in the chocolate.  I tossed mine into the chocolate and then scooped them out with a fork, allowing the excess chocolate to drip back into the pan.  Place them on the wax paper and once they are all done, place them in the freezer.

I ended up with over 50 eggs about 1 inch in length.  This was a LOT of eggs, so I think next time I will only make about 1/2 the amount.

I also ended up with excess chocolate so I decided to drizzle some over the eggs for fun....can't have too much chocolate, right?  We'll pretend I'm not on a diet for now.

Here is the end result after being in the freezer.  I have so many, I'm going to keep them in the freezer for now and hand some out to friends!!

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