Friday, April 22, 2011

Great Treats For Your Easter Basket - Part 1

If you have seen my The31WomanCrafts blog, you know that I have made some cute pails for Easter and I needed something equally as wonderful to fill them with.  So, here are a few recipes (look for part 2 of this blog for more)  that I think will fill the bill.

Chocolate Covered Easter Egg Recipe

1/2 cup butter
8 oz cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 pounds confectioners' sugar

Your Choice of 3 Add-Ins:
1 cup of creamy peanut butter
1 cup of nutella
1 cup of coconut
1/4 tsp mint extract
1/4 tsp almond extract and 1/2 chopped maraschino cherries

Coating Ingredients:
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 tb coconut oil or shortening

In a small glass bowl, microwave the butter and cream cheese for 45 seconds.  In a large bowl, mix together the butter, cream cheese and vanilla.  Add 1/2 of the sugar and slowly mix in to the butter mixture.  Add the remaining sugar and continue to mix  until you have a workable dough.

Divide the dough into three parts.  You can leave one part plain and add one of the above Add-Ins to the other two parts or flavor all three parts.  Mix each part well.

Roll each type of dough into egg shapes using a teaspoon to shape (see video below).

Freeze for at least 1 hour.

In a glass bowl, add the chocolate chips and microwave for 1 minutes on about 60% power.  Stir well.  Continue to microwave for 30 second intervals on 60% power until melted, stirring well between each heating.  If the chocolate clumps up, add 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil or shortening and stir.  Continue adding oil until the chocolate smoothes out, but do not add more than 2 tablespoons.

Dip the chilled eggs into the chocolate using a fork.  Shake off excess chocolate and gently place on wax paper to harden.

If using nuts or coconut in the filling, you may want to sprinkle the top of the eggs with a small amount of coconut or nuts while still wet.  To decorate the other eggs, you can use a small amount of white chocolate tinted with food coloring and decorate the tops of the eggs: green for mint, orange for peanut butter, etc. (see video below)

Chocolate Covered Easter Egg Demonstration

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