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!
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.
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!
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don't forget to give these chocolate covered treats a try too!
- Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs
- Homemade Peppermint Patties
- Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Hearts
- Chocolate Covered Coconut Buttercream Eggs
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!
peanut butter Christmas trees
- 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
- 3/4 cup Peanut Butter, creamy
- 1/2 cup Marshmallow Fluff
- 2 cups Confectioners Sugar
- 1 Silicone Christmas Tree Mold (this is the one I have)
- 1 bag (12 ounces) Semi-Sweet or Milk Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 square of Parrafin Wax (optional)
- Prepare a small baking sheet or container lined with wax paper.
- 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.
- 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).
- Take a few spoonfuls and fill each Christmas Tree cavity with the peanut butter mixture. Fill them almost to the top.
- Freeze the peanut butter trees until they are firm enough to dip into the chocolate - about 1 hour, but overnight is my preference.
- 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.
- 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.
- After the chocolate has hardened, trim off any excess chocolate from the bottom (optional step).
- Store the chocolate covered peanut butter trees in the fridge or you can freeze them (in a container) for up to a month.
Recipe adapted from my late Grammy's Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs recipe.
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