Easter always comes with the best candy. For me, that means Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs- I'm a freakin' loon about peanut butter and chocolate together. Is there any better combination?
So when I saw these on Brown Eyed Baker, I knew I had to try them! I want to begin making homemade versions my favourite chocolate candy bars. I'm helping my grandma host Easter dinner this year, so I figured I'd make a little after-dinner treat. (Even when you're full, there's always room for a treat- right?) Even if you can't make these until after Easter, these would be great as little round truffles (i.e. Buckeyes), which are really popular lately.
These Peanut Butter Eggs only have 6 ingredients (most of which you have on hand already) and take one hour to make. How much simpler can it get? It would probably take you longer to go to the grocery store and buy Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs. (Especially with Easter being on Sunday!) These are way better than store-bought-- but aren't most things better homemade? These are seriously delicious. These would be great as gifts, either to kids or the people you're hosting dinner for!
My eggs aren't perfectly egg-shaped and the chocolate layer isn't perfect, either. I'm still learning styling and being a bit neater in my cooking, so bear with me :)
Homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs
Yield: About 15 eggs (depending on how big you make them)
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 1¼ cups powdered sugar
- 2 cups milk chocolate chips (or 12 ounces milk chocolate, chopped)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper; set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the peanut butter, butter, and brown sugar over medium heat. Heat until completely melted and starting to bubble a little, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Add the powdered sugar a ¼ cup at a time, stirring until completely combined with the peanut butter mixture after each addition. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
- Using a medium cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon, scoop out peanut butter mixture and shape into eggs. I found it easiest to roll the scoop into a ball, and then roll it into a short cylinder. I placed it on the baking sheet, and then used my fingers to shape the ends into an egg-like oval. Refrigerate to allow the peanut butter eggs to set, about 30 minutes.
- Once the peanut butter eggs are set, melt the chocolate chips and shortening together in the microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until completely melted. One at a time, dip a peanut butter egg into the chocolate and, using a fork, flip it over so it is completely covered. Remove it from the bowl, letting any excess chocolate drip off. Return it to the baking sheet, and repeat with all of the peanut butter eggs. Sprinkle with decorations, if desired. Return the chocolate-covered peanut butter eggs to the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to set, about 30 minutes. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to serve.