Jessie Oleson

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Easter Candy has come a long way. When I was young, it seemed as if it was a matter of chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, and your choice of creme eggs or mini eggs in terms of treats. Then…along came the peanut butter egg. A delectable nugget of sweetened peanut butter coated in rich chocolate, it rocked my Easter basket and my world. Here’s a homemade version of a store-bought treat, made yet awesomer by incorporating peanut butter in the filling and the topping. A word of advice? If you’re creating these confections for a crowd, please make a double batch. They’re seriously that simple, that addictive, and that good.

Prep time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Active time: 30 minutes
Total time: 3 hours
Yield: 15-20 eggs

Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

Ingredients

Chocolate Peanut Butter Eater Egg Ingredients

¾ cup Smooth Operator peanut butter
3 tablespoons butter, softened
teaspoon salt
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons milk
2 cups (about 12 ounces) milk chocolate
1 teaspoon Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter

Procedure

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the Smooth Operator peanut butter, butter, and salt together for 3 to 5 minutes. They should be nice and incorporated and smooth.

2. Stir in the confectioners’ sugar, one cup at a time. It will form into a fairly clumpy mixture. Add the milk as needed, until it forms a mass that is easily handled with your hands and doesn’t crumble apart. You may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl and re-mix lightly.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Eater Eggs Sugar Confectioners'

3. Using your hands, form the dough into eggs. You’ll use a little less than a handful; I found it was a good reference to make an “OK” sign with my hand and shape the dough around it. As you finish shaping them, put the “eggs” on your parchment-lined baking sheet.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs OK shape dough

Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs Ready Chill

4. Put the sheet in the freezer for about 30 minutes, or in the refrigerator for up to overnight (cover it if it’s going to be overnight).

5. Near the end of your cooling period, begin to make the coating.

6. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the milk chocolate along with the Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. Stir frequently so that the mixture does not scorch (that does not taste good). Once melted, you’re ready for business.

7. Using the tines of a fork, spear the BOTTOM of the first “egg” (we will deem this “the ugly side”) and coat all over with chocolate. Be gentle, because you don’t want the “egg” to shatter. Tap on the side of the pan so the excess can drip off. Place back on your parchment-lined sheet, with the bottom side facing down so it looks pretty. Repeat with the remaining eggs.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs Dipping Fork

Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs Dipped

8. Let the eggs set for about 2 hours, or until they are firm enough to be handled (use a spatula though, because like a candy bar, if you touch, your fingerprints will be imprinted). You can use a knife to trim off any excess chocolate that may be waiting in a delicious puddle under any of the finished eggs.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs Drying

9. These eggs will keep beautifully for up to 5 days, but don’t stack them on top of one another, because I promise they will stick together.

Completed Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

PEANUT BUTTER GIVEAWAY

What other traditional Easter foods — sweet or savory – would you consider adding PB to?

Leave a comment below with your answer to enter for a chance at winning a jar each of Smooth Operator and Dark Chocolate Dreams, the peanut butters used in this recipe.

DETAILS:

- The giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Monday, April 1, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST.
- One entry per person.
- Winner(s) will be generated via a random number generator and notified via the contact email provided on the comment form.
- Winner(s) will have until 04/01/13 to claim their prize or we will choose another winner.
- Winner will win one 16oz jar each of Smooth Operator and Dark Chocolate Dreams. Product will be shipped by Peanut Butter & Co.
- No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Must be 18 years of age to enter. See Official Giveaway Rules.

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128 Responses to Chocolate Peanut Butter “Eggs”

  1. Renata says:

    Peanut Butter Peeps! White Chocolate Wonderful would be yummy!

  2. Jordan D says:

    Might maple peanut butter over oven roasted sweet potatoes would be AMAZING.

  3. Brandi Rounds says:

    I don’t know if they already do it but the Cadbary Eggs I think a peanut butter one would be awesome

  4. Elizabeth K. says:

    The heat is on peanut butter glazed ham with a touch of honey. Both sweet and savory!

  5. Rebecca Littrell says:

    Peanut Butter and ice cream

  6. Erin R. says:

    I think peanut butter French toast for Easter brunch sounds awesome.

  7. Justin says:

    Other than ham my family doesn’t have an specific Easter foods that we always eat, and for me peanut butter just doesn’t go in savory dishes, I’m not a fan of that, so I would have to say some type of dessert. Cheesecake is a dessert I love and tend to favor it for holidays just because it’s a dessert that takes time and effort to prepare so serving it at a holiday meals just seems extra special. I haven’t done a cheesecake with peanut butter in it before, but I’m thinking maybe a peanut butter cup cheesecake – chocolate cookie crust, fold in chopped peanut butter cups and drizzle the finished cheesecake with melted peanut butter and melted chocolate then add a few more chopped peanut butter cups for garnish. Yum!

  8. Wen says:

    I add a small dollop of PB on top of quesadillas while it is still hot so it can melt and add a layer of creaminess to it.

  9. Kelly Sullivan says:

    Roasted almonds!!

  10. Ray says:

    Easter rice krispie treats with peanut butter would be tasty!

  11. Kristen says:

    White chocolate wonderful on top of a caramel Easter egg. Also, I’m not a big fan of peeps, but if they had peanut butter on them they would be delicious.

  12. Tster says:

    Peanut Butter Sheet Cake would be great!!

  13. megan says:

    making it into the cinnamon rolls with cinnamon raisin peanut butter for breakfast

  14. michele says:

    A Peanut Butter bunny cake!! Yum!

  15. Leah says:

    I would put it in between layers of cake in the traditional bunny cake with frosting and coconut – yum!

  16. sharon bugar says:

    I have used a peanut butter and honey glaze to a ham and the reviews were amazing! It sounded a little strange to me at first, but I am so glad I gave it a chance!

  17. Brenda says:

    Peanut Butter Hot Cross Buns. You could add PB in the batter and also the glaze on top. The more PB, the better!

  18. Mollie says:

    Peanut butter and peeps together would be great!

  19. Kim Shuck says:

    The Heat Is On in a vinegrette over spinich, borage flower, nasturtium and strawberry salad.

  20. Cydney L. says:

    Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats!

  21. Jeffrey says:

    I think ham would be good with a peanut butter glaze!

  22. Jordan says:

    I know everyone on here is going to say ‘peeps!’ I hate peeps. However, slather on some dark chocolate dreams pb and I could eat a dozen of those marshmallow bunnies!

  23. Carey says:

    My mental taste buds always hone in on potential sweet applications. Whether blended in, or as a topping, peanut butter (or, especially the dark chocolate peanut butter) would be amazing added to a homemade coconut macaroon “Easter nests” recipe. For savory, a spicy peanut butter sauce is excellent for appetizers or as part of a main dish.

  24. Charlie Baker says:

    I wish I would have seen this recipe before easter…oh well, guess I’ll still make them anyway! I’m afraid I may gain a few pounds though :( Once chocolate and peanut butter are combined there’s no way to stop! Thanks for sharing. If you like check out my site Baking At Home.

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