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You can make your own Easter eggs

DENVER, Pa. -- Instead of buying your candy Easter eggs, why not try making your own? It takes a little time, but the results are worth the effort. Below are two simple recipes you can try. The hardest part is coating the eggs! You can use chocolate coating wafers and melt them in a microwave to minimize the mess. Just remember to microwave in short bursts of 30 seconds, and stir to prevent drying out the chocolate.

Cream cheese is a fresh cheese which is the base for the first recipe. Made from cow’s milk, it is not aged and has a short shelf life. At room temperature it is soft and blends easily, lending itself to be used in many desserts such as cheesecake and candies.

Butter is the star of the second Easter egg recipe below. Butter shares its rich creamy taste with everything it touches. Perhaps you might want to try both recipes!

Creamy Easter Eggs
¼ pound butter
1 package (8 oz) of cream cheese
Soften both and mix together, then add:
2 lbs. confectioners sugar (about 8 cups)
½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp vanilla
1 ½ cups peanut butter or coconut
Place in refrigerator to chill. Shape into eggs and put in refrigerator to harden. Use chocolate coating wafers to coat eggs. Melt chocolate coating wafers according to directions, or in microwave, stirring after every 30 seconds until melted. Coat eggs with chocolate. Allow chocolate to harden and enjoy eggs!

Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs (from Realhousemoms.com)
1 cup butter, melted
2 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
2 cups powdered sugar
1 ¼ cups creamy peanut butter
Chocolate coating wafers
In a medium bowl combine the butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and peanut butter. Refrigerate the mixture for 1 hour. Once the mixture has hardened, form 2 tablespoons at a time of mixture into an egg shape. Place eggs on wax or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Melt chocolate coating wafers according to directions, or in microwave, stirring after every 30 seconds until melted. Coat eggs with chocolate. Allow chocolate to harden and enjoy eggs!

Submitted by Dale Smith
Lancaster County Dairy Promotion Committee