A Wedding and Peanut Butter Eggs

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This past weekend my husband and I went to a wedding in Pismo Beach, CA, which is a couple of hours South from where we live. The ceremony was held at The Cliffs Resort on the lawn garden overlooking the ocean, and the reception was just a few steps away in a big white tent. Saying it was held in a tent doesn’t give it the grandeur it deserves. I mean, this partly indoor/outdoor celebration was just a few steps away from the most beautiful sunset!  It was romantic, cozy, and intimately decorated with candles, beautiful linen, and several sweet personal touches from the bride and groom, including a photo booth for guests to take pictures!

The hubby and I goofing around in the photo booth!

After seeing this relationship blossom for several years, I looked forward to the marriage celebration of my running coach & friends!  I was also anxious to see some of my exercise enthusiast buddies (sans the tech shirts) dressed in more polished attire :)!!

We were honored to be included in Kristine and Andrew’s partners for life celebration, so much so, that when we returned our “YES” RSVP we didn’t pay to much attention to the fact that it would be on Easter weekend! Well, sometimes you just gotta mix it up a bit and enjoy the moment.

Kristine and Andrew, April 7, 2012

Congratulations to the newlyweds!!

The weather was perfect, and we had a lovely day and evening, but I can’t let a special day like Easter come and go without being surrounded by my family and FOOD!

On Sunday, we hit the highway and headed home to have bunch with our kids and my parents. I prepared in advance, green chili frittata, buttermilk biscuits, and lemon curd. My kids made an asparagus salad, stuffed strawberries with fruit dip, and my mom brought a load of goodies too!  What I didn’t have was the big traditional ham or my yearly carrot cake made to look like a bunny!

This year my sweet treats were homemade copycat Reece’s peanut butter eggs! Milk chocolate wrapped around peanut butter filling has to be one of the grandest combinations, and  also happens to have similar ingredients as the groom’s famous homemade peanut butter bars that he makes!

Peanut Butter Eggs

Peanut Butter Eggs (Brown Eyed Baker)

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used Jiff)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli)
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening (try coconut oil)

In a medium saucepan combine first three ingredients over medium heat. Stir constantly, until the mixture starts to bubble slightly. Remove from the heat.

Stir in powdered sugar ¼ cup at a time until fully incorporated into the peanut butter mixture. Set aside and let cool to room temperature. Prepare a waxed or parchment covered baking sheet. Scoop out a heaping teaspoon of the mixture and roll into a ball. Use your fingers to shape the peanut butter balls into an egg oval shape. Refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes.

When ready to dip in the chocolate, melt the chocolate and oil together in the microwave on 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted. Using a fork or bamboo spear, individually dip each egg into the chocolate coating both sides. Let the excess chocolate drip off and place on the prepared waxed or parchment covered baking sheet. Decorate and place the eggs back in the refrigerator until the chocolates hardens.

Peanut butter filling before being dressed in milk chocolate

If you want to speed up the hardening process a little, you can put these in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes instead of the refrigerator.

Prepping the chocolate cup before the filling goes in

Don’t wait until next year to whip up a batch of these eggs. Try a new shape by forming the filling into patties, balls, squares or make mini peanut butter cups.

Peanut butter eggs with milk chocolate

Take a bite!

This recipe has just enough sugar to give the sweet taste buds a joyful dance, but not so much you are looking for salted chips immediately after a bite. Enjoy!

Sandra @ The Foodie Affair

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16 Comments on A Wedding and Peanut Butter Eggs

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    Sammie says:
    April 11, 2012

    Hi Sandra!!! Those pictures look so adorable!! hehe.. I love weddings!! Just went to one too actually! Congrats to the bride and groom!! 😀 Oh and yeah, your peanut butter eggs look very delicious!! Send me one now please!!!!! I absolutely love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate!!

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      Sandra says:
      April 15, 2012

      I love wedding too, and I like seeing all the personal touches the bride and groom choose for their special day.

      I would’ve gladly sent you a peanut butter egg, but there wasn’t much left 😉

  2. avatar
    April 12, 2012

    First of all, I LOVE a photo booth! That’s awesome. And second, your peanut butter eggs turned out beautifully! Homemade Reese’s, Snickers, Almond Joys etc have been on my to-do list for awhile, but I’m worried I might love them so much I eat 14 too many… Thanks for letting us admire yours 🙂

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      Sandra says:
      April 15, 2012

      TWIX! My friend just forwarded me a twix recipe…man, I can turn into a candy making machine 🙂 T

      The photo booth was super fun. I never heard of having one for events, but now I just love the idea!!

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    Deanna says:
    April 13, 2012

    These look wonderful! I think I would have to make them as a gift for someone, because I would absolutely eat them until I was sick. The wedding looked so beautiful! And what a fun idea with the photo booth–love that!

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      Sandra says:
      April 15, 2012

      Thank goodness I can gift my co-workers with treats, which I do often!

      After the downpour that we’ve been having now, it’s surprising how beautiful the wedding day was!

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      Sandra says:
      April 15, 2012

      SUPER cute and fun! I heard that a few guests staying at the hotel wanted in on the laughs and crashed our party! haha

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    debbrunson says:
    April 16, 2012

    Those are super photos and capture such happiness!! And who can resist a chocolate peanut butter egg? 😉 Yours look so cute!

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      Sandra says:
      April 21, 2012

      I love weddings! Nothing but smiles 🙂

      I was happy that the chocolate turned out nice and smooth to help make the dipping a breeze 🙂

  5. avatar
    April 19, 2012

    I love those photo booths – such an amazing idea (although in my case they’d probably be a bad idea after the cocktail reception).
    Your pictures are brilliant, you can tell you guys are having fun 🙂
    As for the peanut butter eggs, my only comment would be YUM!

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      Sandra says:
      April 21, 2012

      Yeah, I’m sure as the evening went on, the pictures got crazy! haha! Fun times 🙂

  6. avatar
    Cassandra says:
    May 1, 2012

    Weddings and homemade reeses?! Definitely the way to my heart! I’m wedding obsessed! And chocolate and peanut butter are certainly the combo!

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