Inspired by Reese’s holiday candy
Last spring I made Homemade Reese’s and I noted that they would be awfully cute in holiday shapes. Well, here you go: delicious Peanut Butter Trees! These are so, so good and would be so cute on a Christmas cookie plate.
I used a small Christmas tree cookie cutter to cut these out. Whatever leftover dough you have, just roll into balls and dip in chocolate for traditional Buckeye candy. This is quite a long-lasting candy. I made them several weeks ago and they still taste perfect! You gotta love make-ahead Christmas recipes.
Also: I’m not a skilled chocolate dipper. You’ll make much prettier trees than me, I’m sure!
Peanut Butter Trees
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2 Tbsp 1% milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp shortening
- Using a handheld mixer, beat powdered sugar, peanut butter, and butter. Add milk and vanilla and mix well.
- Transfer dough to wax paper and form a 8×8 inch square. Slide a small cookie sheet under the wax paper and freeze for 60-90 minutes.
- Use a Christmas tree cookie cutter to cut out trees. I easily got eight trees of this square. You could shape the remaining peanut butter dough into the cookie cutter, or just roll the access dough into balls for traditional Buckeye’s. Freeze dough for another 45-60 minutes.
- Next, gently melt chocolate chips with shortening on the stove or in the microwave at low heat, whisking every thirty seconds.
- Set each tree in melted chocolate, using a fork to turn it twice to coat. Lift out of chocolate, tap the tree on the side of the bowl, and transfer to another piece of wax paper. Repeat with remaining trees. Let set in the fridge until chocolate has solidified. Store in an airtight container at room temperature (or in the fridge on hot day).
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