Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Trees

November.  The time of year wishbooks arrive in the mail, Christmas commercials run on the television and Reese's Peanut Butter Trees arrive at the grocery store.

The holidays are here.

With no running around to do this evening, I indulged myself and made homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Trees.  They were easy.  I promise.  I was waiting for a giant experimental disaster, and instead I found myself with smooth, creamy Christmas Trees made of peanut butter and chocolate.

Heaven on Earth.  These can be made in just over an hour, and they are the perfect holiday treat for friends, teachers or your family.  I highly recommend hiding a few in the crisper drawer for yourself.

We all know no one is looking for anything good in there.

3 cups powdered sugar (may need a little more to achieve desired molding consistency)
1 15oz jar creamy peanut butter
1 Tablespoon soft butter
1 tsp vanilla
2-3 Tablespoons milk 
3 cups milk chocolate chips
1 tsp oil
Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter

In mixer, blend powdered sugar, peanut butter and butter on medium speed.  Mixture will be crumbly.  Add milk, one tablespoon at a time until dough is sticky but mold-able.

Line baking sheet with wax paper.  Using a spoon, scoop heaping tablespoons onto wax paper.  Flatten with your hands, and use tree cookie cutter to make trees.  Continue to mold and cut.

Freeze 1 hour.

Melt chocolate on medium-high heat in microwave in a heavy glass bowl.  Stir every 30 seconds until smooth.  Add oil and stir.

Using a fork, dip trees one at a time, tapping fork on edge of bowl to smooth chocolate.  Place back on chilled pan lined with wax paper (this helps chocolate set quick).


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