Sunday, March 29, 2015

Peanut Butter Eggs

With Easter coming up, I've been making one particular thing in the kitchen that everyone can't get enough of...peanut butter eggs of course!  I was so excited to share that this isn't a thought out post with pinterest worthy pictures (iPhone pics only) - but it is pin worthy, believe me.

These DIY ones are very similar in taste to the store-bought Reeses eggs because of a secret ingredient.  Crackers!  The crackers add texture to the eggs that Reeses creates with ground peanuts.  I've made them with both Ritz crackers and graham crackers and either work great!  We did a family taste test and think that the eggs made with graham crackers taste more like store bought eggs, but the ones made with Ritz add a touch of salt that makes them addicting.  You could use half and half too.

So, to make these eggs, here's what you'll need from your pantry to get started:

  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 cup of crushed crackers (either ritz or graham)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 bag of dark chocolate
  • tbsp of vegetable shortening

  1. Mix the melted butter, crackers, powdered sugar, and peanut butter in a bowl.  
  2. Form mixture into small egg shapes with hands.  If the mixture is sticky, add a dash more powdered sugar.
  3. Place eggs on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and freeze for 30 minutes.
  4. Melt chocolate and add shortening to it.  The shortening is optional - I skip it, but the chocolate is less stable (more melty) at room temperature without it.
  5. Dip the pb eggs in the chocolate and then place them back on the cookie sheet and into the freezer for another 10 minutes to let the chocolate set.
  6. Enjoy!  and try not to eat them all at once :)
The recipe makes about 16 eggs...if you don't indulge too much in the pb mixture like we do.  This is a really great recipe to make with kids, since there are no eggs involved and they can eat as much of the pb mixture as they want.  They also get to mold the mixture into different shapes - they don't all have to be egg shaped.  So go check out your pantry and get to making some pb eggs!