Some of the many memories I have of Easter are the tradition of coloring eggs, a new fluffy bunny, an Easter egg hunt and Easter baskets full of special candies like these Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs. These treats were something I looked forward to.
These Chocolate Covered Eggs would come in various flavors like coconut, strawberry nugget, fruit and nut and my favorite – peanut butter. The eggs would arrive in a pretty box. Each egg had a lovely candy decoration on top. I loved these for how pretty they were and how awesome the Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs tasted.
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs
- ⅔ cup smooth peanut butter at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons softened butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons water
- 2 12 ounce bags of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers or tempered chocolate
- Variety of Candy decorations or pearls, any candy decorations such as flowers, bunnies, etc will do.
Mix the peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt together until thoroughly combined. Mix the two sugars together. Add the sugar mixture to the peanut butter mixture and stir a bit before kneading the mixture with your hands. Add the water a bit at a time and continue to knead until a smooth ball of dough is formed. Shape the dough into nine ovals and press firmly into the plastic lined egg-shaped forms. Cut off the excess filling from the bottom of the formed eggs to ensure they’re even and flat, chill for at least one hour.
Prepare the chocolate coating or temper your chocolate. Place a dab of chocolate on the bottom of each egg and smooth with an offset spatula. Return the eggs to the refrigerator until you’re ready to coat the eggs. (You can leave them overnight to coat and decorate the next day.)
Line a sheet pan with Silpat or parchment and place a wire rack on top. Remove the eggs from the form. Trim the bottom edges a bit and place the eggs on the wire rack. Prepare more of the tempered coating chocolate. Using a ladle, pour the hot chocolate coating over each egg making sure to cover the egg completely with chocolate. Repeat until each egg is coated. While the chocolate is still wet, decorate the eggs with various candy decorations to your liking. Let the coating harden a bit. Move the eggs to a smaller sheet pan, cover and place the eggs in the refrigerator to set. (Note: you may need to use a sharp knife to cut the eggs gently away from the wire rack).
Notes: You can easily double or triple this Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs recipe. If you prefer smaller eggs, use a deviled egg dish as a form, using the same process. Making sure the peanut butter and butter are at room temperature make this recipe much easier all around.
When enrobing the eggs with chocolate, use a heaping ladle of chocolate. Start pouring the chocolate on the top and center; continue to pour the chocolate on the egg until the eggs are coated completely. Make sure you do it once; going back will not give you a nice smooth surface. Not to worry, the leftover chocolate coating laying on the parchment below the rack can be re-used. Let it harden, break it up, re-melt it or place it in a plastic bag for another use.
The decorations you choose are up to you. Melting a bit of white chocolate and drizzling it back and forth over the eggs is another fun way to add a bit of decoration. The way you decorate your eggs is up to you. Just have fun with them.
- White chocolate-coated peanut butter eggs are yummy. Do both for a bit of fun.
- Dark or white chocolate covered coconut centered eggs
- Dark or white chocolate covered nugget centered eggs
- Dark or white chocolate covered marshmallow centered eggs
I know what you’re thinking, these Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs seem a bit harder then you might want to tackle. They aren’t. I do them in steps. Create the eggs one day then have fun coating and decorating the next.
What’s fun is to make a double batch and share them with your neighborhoods, with your friends, colleagues at work, and, of course, you and your family. These Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs make awesome gifts for someone special or to impress. So put on that apron and get to it, and have a bit of fun.
Time to eat…