I meant to get this to you earlier. Really I did. But you know how it is… running, running, running and still feeling behind.
There is still time if you want to make them. In my family the kiddos are older so we don’t do the Easter Baskets like we did when they were smaller. Instead, I made Peanut Butter Easter Eggs and each family member gets one. It’s become a tradition that they look forward to.
Peanut Butter Easter Eggs
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 to 2 16 ounce packages powdered sugar, sifted
Chocolate of your choice for coating
Combine butter, peanut butter, corn syrup, and vanilla; mix on the low speed of an electric mixer until mixture is smooth and well blended. I have a Kitchen Aid stand mixer but I don’t use it for this recipe. It tends to mix the ingredients too well and then you have to use more sugar. I like more peanut butter – less sugar.
Gradually add powdered sugar until mixture is no longer sticky and can be handled with your hands.
Divide into six even portions.
Shape each portion into an oval/egg shape with a flat bottom: place these on parchment lined tray and place in refrigerator for several hours.
Place chocolate in a double boiler or chocolate melter and melt.
Carefully dip bottom of each egg in chocolate and place on parchment. Refrigerate 15 minutes. Place eggs on wire rack over wax paper. Spoon chocolate over eggs, letting excess drip on parchment paper. Excess chocolate can be re-melted and used.
Place eggs in refrigerator about 15 minutes or until firm. I didn’t realize how lumpy this guy was until I started putting pictures in this blog post. I’m going to try and hit it with a heat gun and smooth it out a bit… but really, are the kids going to notice? I don’t think so!
Decorate with your favorite icing. Some years I’ve made Royal Icing and other years I’ve purchased little tubes of the ready made stuff. Some years I’ve decorated them all up and other years I’ve just put the kids’ names on them. It just depends on what I have time for and what is going on in our family that particular year. No matter what, the kids’ LOVE them!