Peanut Butter Eggs

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      Peanut Butter Eggs

      1/2 cup salted butter, melted
      4 cups powdered sugar
      1 cup creamy peanut butter
      4 graham crackers, crushed
      3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
      1 tbs shortening
      1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips

      Optional: pastel food coloring

      In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, powdered sugar, peanut butter, and graham crackers. Use a hand mixer or can mix thoroughly with a large spoon. For better consistency, use the hand mixer.

      Place the ball of peanut butter filling between two sheets of parchment paper and roll out to about 1/4-inch thick.

      Place the sheet of peanut butter filling on a baking sheet and place in the freezer for one hour, or until firm.

      Use a small egg-shaped cookie cutter to cut out egg shapes. Can also use a circle cookie cutter and gently form the top of the circle into an egg shape. Place the egg shapes back into the freezer while preparing the chocolate coating.

      In a double boiler melt the semisweet chocolate chips with the shortening, stirring constantly, until completely smooth.

      Remove the eggs from the freezer.

      Using a fork, carefully dip each egg into the melted chocolate coating completely.  Remove using the fork and allow the excess chocolate to drip off of the peanut butter egg. Carefully place on a sheet of wax paper and repeat with the remaining eggs.

      Allow them to harden completely at room temperature, about 1 to 2 hours.

      Lay out 3 to 4 small bowls (depending on how many colors desired). Add drops of food coloring to each bowl to create pastel purple, pink, blue, and yellow. Only need a few drops of each color because of the small amount of chocolate and the desire to create a pastel color.

      Melt the white chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a microwave, stirring after every thirty seconds of heating.

      Divide the white chocolate between the three or four bowls. Stir them to completely blend the colors.

      Drizzle each color over the hardened eggs. Allow to completely harden again, at room temperature, and package for giving.

      These can be frozen until ready to give.  Makes 12 eggs

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