Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Hand-Crafted Chocolate Easter Eggs
Hand-crafted Chocolate Easter Eggs
1/4 lb. butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 lbs. Confectioner's Sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Chocolate Coating: 12 ounces of milk or dark chocolate (your preference) or candy-melts. Believe it or not, the original recipe called for 1/4 bar of paraffin to be melted with the chocolate (!) to make the coating very glossy, but I wouldn't do that now!
Filling flavors: 1 1/2 cups peanut butter OR 15 ounces flaked coconut OR 1/2 tsp. mint extract and a few drops pink or green food coloring (or diviide the filling and use proportionately less of individual flavorings to make an assortment).
Beat the softened butter and cream cheese together until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract. Slowly add confectioner's sugar until it is all incorporated. Using a wooden spoon, stir in filling flavor ingredient until it is very well mixed in. Using about 1/4 cup filling, mold into eggs (powder your hands with confectioners sugar if necessary). Place on parchment- or wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Place in refrigerator for an hour or more.
Genlty melt chocolate over double boiler or in microwave. Using toothpicks, dip chilled eggs into melted chocolate. Return to parchment-lined cookie sheet. Cool completely in refrigerator.
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