Is it just me or is holiday candy better than any other candy out there? I know it’s the same but there is something about holiday candy that makes it taste so much better. Perhaps it’s the shape of peanut butter eggs and trees that give them more of a peanut buttery taste. Maybe it’s just the excitement of the holidays preparing our minds to enjoy things more. Either way, there is no denying that peanut butter eggs around Easter are just plain amazing. What isn’t amazing, however, is just how processed they are. Since we are working to eat healthier as a family I decided to make a few simple swaps to make homemade peanut butter eggs this Easter.
The great thing about any homemade treats is the fact that you can easily change them to meet any dietary restrictions you may have. You can also make simple changes to take out the parts that aren’t all that healthy to replace them with better options. In addition, you can add fun embellishments to truly make them your own! We did this by adding a colorful drizzle of chocolate (just like in our Easter brownies) to make them more fun.
How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Eggs
The biggest change we are making with our homemade peanut butter eggs is the fact that we aren’t using any preservatives or additives apart from what is absolutely needed to make them what they are. You can go a step further by using natural chocolate. These may even work well using PB2 peanut butter powder for a low-calorie peanut butter option. However, we did not test that version.
1/4 C butter, softened
1/4 tsp vanilla
white chocolate candy melts
Combine the peanut butter and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer until completely combined. Add in the vanilla. You can use as much or as little as you want. We don’t want a strong vanilla flavor here, but a hint of it goes well with the white chocolate candy melts.
Add in the powdered sugar a little bit at a time until the dough becomes crumbly. You may not need to use all of it. That’s ok! You can even add a little more if you think you need it. You just don’t want the mixture to be too dry or you will lose the trademark texture of a peanut butter egg.
Many recipes out there add in about 1/2 C of shortening into the mixture to help them hold their shape a little better and to make getting the egg shape a little easier. I don’t think this is really necessary and don’t like the idea of adding more calories than there has to be. If you prefer you can always toss it in, but the recipe holds up just fine without it.
Most of the time if I make chocolate covered peanut butter eggs I will mold them using a deviled egg tray. Apparently, ours has disappeared. (and our local grocery is sold out of them arghhh lol) It’s no big deal though. You can always use another plastic egg shape as a mold or just roll the dough out and using a cookie cutter to create your egg shape. I went with the cookie cutter method for these eggs. It is important to remember the thickness needed to make a truly tasty homemade peanut butter egg. I went with about an inch to an inch and a half thickness.
In the meantime put your candy melts into the top of a double boiler and melt over low heat. If you feel you need to thin your chocolate a little for a smoother coat you can add about 1 tablespoon of cooking oil to the chocolate. This will thin the chocolate without affecting the color or flavor at all.
You can use whatever method works best for you to cover your peanut butter eggs. I decided to use a flexible spatula to help smooth the chocolate over the eggs like a paintbrush. My eggs were placed on a cookie rack as they were coated. This way all of the excess chocolate can drip off of the peanut butter egg and you will have easy clean up with the baking sheet.
If you find that the bottoms of your homemade peanut butter eggs aren’t quite covered you can use a knife and a little extra chocolate to smooth a thin layer over the bottom once the top of the chocolate has hardened.
Personalizing your Homemade Peanut Butter Eggs
You can go in any direction that you want here. We decided to go with colorful chocolate drizzles and sprinkles. However, you can top your eggs with just about anything. They are perfectly fine to just leave plain if you prefer too!
To do a chocolate drizzle we used prepackaged colorful candy melts. We cut the opening to the bag as small as possible to have a very thin drizzle line of the chocolate.
Once the chocolate has partially dried we added in the sprinkles. You don’t want to do it too soon after you drizzle the chocolate onto your peanut butter egg. Doing so can cause the chocolate to be pulled off of the peanut butter egg due to the weight of the sprinkles. However, you don’t want to wait too long because the still drying chocolate helps to stick the sprinkles to the peanut butter egg.
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