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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Christmas Trees

For the Christmas holiday  I wanted to take my chocolate covered peanut butter eggs recipe and give them a fun little makeover as chocolate covered peanut butter Christmas trees! Plus, a few months ago, my one cousin had requested I make them as a different shape. So I found a good silicone Christmas tree mold online and went to work!

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how are these different from reese’s chocolate covered peanut butter Christmas trees?

For starters, my chocolate covered peanut butter trees are better. Lol, okay I’m kidding…sort of. This chocolate covered peanut butter tree recipe is different in that they are filled with a mixture of butter, confectioners sugar, peanut butter, and marshmallow fluff. To me, it makes for a lighter, fluffier, peanut buttery version that is simply irresistable! It’s really quite hard to eat just one!

what kind of mold can I use for the trees?

You can use any mold you would like…you don’t even have to use a tree mold, but I would make sure you use a silicone mold. They are much easier to work with as far getting the frozen peanut shape out of the mold. There are tons of them out there to choose from, but this is the silicone Christmas tree mold I went with off of Amazon. In retrospect, I would should have gotten two of them, but for the amount of times I will probably use this, one is good.

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what can I do with the leftover melted chocolate?

You will more than likely have extra chocolate after you’re done with dipping your chocolate covered peanut butter Christmas trees, so a fun thing to do is to take any hard pretzels you have in the house and dip those in the chocolate. You can also try dipping other treats in the chocolate like Oreos, almonds, chips, and whatever else you feel like trying!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Christmas Trees | All Images © Beyond the Butter, LLC
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recommend tools for making chocolate covered peanut butter christmas trees

Silicone Christmas Tree Mold
GIR Get it Right Mini Stainless Steel Whisk, 8″
Candy Melts Candy Dipping Tool Set, 3 Piece
KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red
Anchor Hocking 10pc Glass Mixing Bowl Set
Joseph Joseph Shake-It Self-Tapping Sieve, Large
The Smart Baker Half Sheet 13 x 18 inches Perfect Parchment Paper – Pre-Cut Parchment Paper Baking Sheets
Black & Decker MX3000W 250-Watt Hand Mixer
Cuisinart MCP111-20N MultiClad Pro Stainless Universal Double Boiler with Cover
Silicone Christmas Tree Mold
GIR Get it Right Mini Stainless Steel Whisk, 8″
Candy Melts Candy Dipping Tool Set, 3 Piece
KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red
Anchor Hocking 10pc Glass Mixing Bowl Set
Joseph Joseph Shake-It Self-Tapping Sieve, Large
The Smart Baker Half Sheet 13 x 18 inches Perfect Parchment Paper – Pre-Cut Parchment Paper Baking Sheets
Black & Decker MX3000W 250-Watt Hand Mixer
Cuisinart MCP111-20N MultiClad Pro Stainless Universal Double Boiler with Cover
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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Christmas Trees

  • Author: Jennifer
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes (for chocolate dipping)
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 chocolate covered peanut butter christmas trees (will vary though depending on the mold you use) 1x
  • Category: Chocolate
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

A simple, yet fun twist on my Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs recipe! Super easy to whip up and they make great Christmas treats for anyone with a serious love for anything chocolate and peanut butter!


Scale

Ingredients

peanut butter Christmas trees

chocolate

  • 1 bag (12 ounces) Semi-Sweet or Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 square of Parrafin Wax (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare a small baking sheet or container lined with wax paper.
  2. Using a hand-held mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium-high speed, mix together the unsalted butter, peanut butter, and marshmallow fluff until completely combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Switch the mixer to low speed and gradually add in the confectioners sugar. Mix together until the peanut butter egg mixture forms (it should be soft, creamy, and a little sticky).
  4. Take a few spoonfuls and fill each Christmas Tree cavity with the peanut butter mixture. Fill them almost to the top.
  5. Freeze the peanut butter trees until they are firm enough to dip into the chocolate – about 1 hour, but overnight is my preference.
  6. Using a double boiler (fill the bottom boiler with about 1″-1.5″ water), melt the wax over low-heat uncovered until melted. Then add in the bag of chocolate chips and stir continuously until melted.
  7. Using 2 forks, carefully dip each tree into the melted chocolate then set back onto the wax paper. Repeat until all the trees are done.
  8. After the chocolate has hardened, trim off any excess chocolate from the bottom (optional step).
  9. Store the chocolate covered peanut butter trees in the fridge or you can freeze them (in a container) for up to a month.

Notes

Recipe adapted from my late Grammy’s Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs recipe.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Tasia| twosugarbugs
    December 8, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Such a fun idea Jennifer! My family would devour these. Now I just need to click that link and buy a tree mold. 🙂

    • Reply
      Jennifer
      December 9, 2018 at 7:37 PM

      Thanks Tasia! They are so addictive, but so worth it! Really happy I got that tree mold. I’m thinking I’m going to get some more for other holidays too!

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    December 10, 2018 at 1:15 AM

    Hey,
    I love the idea of making these for my coworkers. I was wondering if it would be possible to use cookie cutters instead of molds?
    I can’t think of another instance to use the molds, so I don’t want to buy them. Would it possible to cool the peanut butter mixture in the fridge; then when it’s easier to work with – roll it out with a rolling pin and then use cookie cutters? After that, transfer to the freezer?

    • Reply
      Jennifer
      December 10, 2018 at 6:02 PM

      Hi! That totally makes sense not wanting to buy one of the molds if you’re not really planning to use it for anything else. I haven’t tried this out using cookie cutters, but I love the idea and I’m sure it will work just fine! I would definitely chill the dough in the fridge first and then freeze the cut outs after so it gives them a chance to really firm up, otherwise they’ll just fall apart in the chocolate. Keep me posted on how it goes!

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