Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DIY Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs

It's almost Easter time, and while I try to monitor how much candy comes into our house; I have to admit, those Reese's peanut butter eggs are one of my favorites. I particularly like the thick peanut butter filling in the middle.

I've always wanted to try making my own, but haven't ever taken the time to do so. So you can imagine my excitement a couple weekends ago during our freezer swap, when one of my friends, Kara, brought along these peanut butter balls. They tasted just like the real deal!

Kara has graciously shared her family's recipe with me and I couldn't get over how easy these are to make. She calls them Lincoln Logs, maybe you've heard of them as well? I thought it would be fun and festive to shape them into egg shaped treats. You can certainly make them into balls like Kara did or logs like the name implies.

Our batch sure didn't last long, between sending some to school for teachers and sharing with family, I will definitely need to be making another batch come Easter day.

DIY Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs {Lincoln Logs}

1 stick butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup crushed graham crackers {I used four whole crackers}
2 cups powdered sugar
2 cups chocolate chips {I used a combo of semi-sweet and white chocolate, almond bark works well too.}

In a large bowl, cream together butter and peanut butter until smooth. Add in graham cracker crumbs. Mix in powdered sugar well.

Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper. Taking peanut butter mixture, form small egg shapes and place onto cookie sheet. Place sheet in fridge and let chill for at least 1 hour.

When ready to coat, melt chocolate chips or almond bark in a microwave safe bowl. Remove candies from fridge and dip into melted chocolate. Let excess chocolate drip off and then place back onto cookie sheet. For quickest results, let chocolates set while in the fridge. Once completely set, you may then remove from cookie sheet and transfer to an airtight storage container. Store extras in fridge. Makes 2 dozen.

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