In my family growing up every Easter my parents would buy large quantities of Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs and they were lovingly referred to as "Egg Attacks". Oh the memories... Well this year I found an awesome recipe from Paula Deen for homemade chocolate covered peanut butter eggs and I had to try it. Our family had so much fun last night making these together - it is a great recipe to make with kids cause they can form the peanut butter mixture into eggs and roll them in the chocolate. I think it will become a Easter tradition. Oh, did I mention how absolutely scrumptious they are??!!!
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter flavored shortening
In a microwave safe bowl microwave brown sugar and butter in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until brown sugar is melted. (For me it took 1 minute.) Stir in powdered sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla. Shape mixture into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Take out of fridge and shape mixture by teaspoonfuls into egg shapes. Place on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
In a microwave safe bowl microwave chocolate chips and butter flavored shortening in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until chocolate is smooth. Let sit to cool slightly. Using the tines of 2 forks roll eggs in chocolate to coat. Place chocolate covered eggs on parchment or wax paper to dry. When dried remove eggs to an air tight container and there they can keep for a week (I dare you to try and let them last that long!!:)).