I KNOW these are my favorite Easter treat. When I start seeing the Cadbury Bunny commercial on television, I know it’s getting close to time to make these. This year, I decided to see if I could change my usual recipe over to fit our more natural diet. I haven’t made these since Annie was born, and boy have I missed them. I’m chowing down on one right now…..
Sure the Reece eggs in the store are awesome…but for me, there is just something about homemade peanut butter eggs. They’re special. They taste different. They make you do crazy things, like hide them in the fridge and only eat them when Annie is asleep.
Sugar – these always call for a good amount of powdered sugar. Since I quit using white sugars and started using sucanat instead, I’ve been making my own powdered sugar using the sucanat. You can see how I do that in this post about Chocolate Peanut Butter.
You can use whatever sugar you have – powdered sugar that you have already or you can make your own from what’s in your cabinet. Just give it a whirl in the blender, baby! You’ll need 4 cups total. I’ve found that powdered sugar measures cup for cup with granulated. So, I have to blend 4 cups of sucanat to get 4 cups of sucanat powdered sugar. I’m getting all scientific.
PS – I only have one bit of my egg left…I’m trying to eat it slow and savor it. *Burp!*
Now, in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the peanut butter, melted butter, and powdered sugar. It will be very stiff, so you need to start adding milk to get it to come together. I add a little sugar and then a little milk…otherwise you will have a mess with flinging sugar all over the kitchen. Or so I’ve heard from OTHER PEOPLE. *Cough*
The amount of milk you will need will vary. It’s based on all sorts of things – the weather, your sugar, your mood, the peanut butter, the way the sun is shining, and what day of the year it is. You just need it to be the consistency of play dough. You should be able to mold it and get it to stick together without sticking to your hands. I usually use between 4-8 tablespoons of milk. Add them 1 tablespoon at a time to ensure you don’t add too much.
When you have the right consistency, you can start to mold your mixture into eggs and place them on a pan. It’ s a good idea to play an episode of Sesame Street while you do this part…or else your toddler will want to help – and she will end up eating more than helping. I myself would never, ever partake of peanut butter dough before it was ready. *Cough*
I don’t have very good skills at making egg shapes. But I really don’t care what shape they are as long as they’re in my tummy. Amen.
Stick your pans in the freezer for about an hour. It will let them get nice and firm so they’re easier to dip.
I’d like to be real specific on this part, but I can’t be. Sorry. It’s time to melt the chocolate, but how you do this will really depend on what type of chocolate you’re using. I used dark chocolate chips. Because of that, I added some coconut oil to make sure my chocolate was runny and smooth enough to dip. Do I always add oil? Nope. If you use almond bark to dip, then you won’t need oil at all. I used 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to 3 cups of chocolate chips.
Keep in mind that if you do use oil, the chocolate will be a bit soft when it sets up. I’m cool with that….I like it like that.
If you want to be proper, you should use a double boiler to melt the chocolate. I’m not proper, so I just used a regular saucepan. Be careful not to get any water in it or let it get too hot. That will cause it to seize up. For solutions about seized chocolate, see this post from About.com.
Dip each egg down into the chocolate and make sure it’s covered completely. I used a bamboo skewer to dip mine, by sticking it into the end and then shaking it off on the pan. I will admit that by the time I was done, I had chocolate all over my hands, face, and arms. But that’s okay, I just licked it off. Oh come on…you know you do it too. Once dipped, transfer your eggs back to the pan to let them set up.
How long they take to set up will depend on the temperature in your kitchen and the humidity level. I let mine set out overnight because it was warm in the house. They were still a bit soft in the morning, but I prefer my chocolate a bit soft. I store them in the fridge so I don’t worry about them melting…not that they wouldn’t get eaten. Chocolate should never be wasted. I think that’s in the Bible somewhere isn’t it?
I realize mine aren’t all that glorious looking…but we just like to eat them. You could decorate them with sprinkles, royal icing, or melted white chocolate. If I’m giving them out to people, I wrap each one in a piece of plastic wrap, like a present. And what a glorious present, indeed!
I like to take mine out and let them soften a bit at room temperature before I eat them. Yes, I get chocolate all over my hands…but I usually lick it off.
*NOTE: You can make these any time of year in whatever shape you like.
See also my Buckeyes recipe.
Peanut Butter Eggs
4 cups powdered sugar
1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter
4 tablespoons melted butter
4-8 tablespoons milk
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (or dark chocolate chips)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
In the stand bowl of a mixer, combine the peanut butter, sugar, melted butter, and milk. Add the milk one tablespoon at a time until you get a play-dough consistency. You should be able to mold it into shapes without it sticking to your hands.
Form the dough into egg shapes and place them on pans. Put the pans in the freezer for 1 hour to firm up.
Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil on the stove in a double boiler or saucepan. Dip each egg in chocolate, covering completely. Return to pan and allow chocolate to set up.
Store in the refrigerator.
Yield – about 30 small eggs
*This post is linked at Full Plate Thursday on Miz Helen’s Country Kitchen, at Pennywise Platter on The Nourishing Gourmet, at Think Pink Sunday on Flamingo Toes, at Homemaking Hints at Heavenly Homemakers, at Simple Lives Thursday on GNOWFGLINS, at Homestead Barn Hop at The Prairie Homestead, at Fat Tuesday on Real Food Forager, at Tuesdays at the Table on All The Small Stuff, at Hearth and Soul Blog Hop at Penniless Parenting, at Healthy 2Day Wednesday on Day2Day Joys, at Cooking Thursday on Diary of a Stay At Home Mom, at Make Your Own Monday at Nourishing Treasures, and at Proverbs 31 Thursday on Raising Mighty Arrows.