Make Your Own Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bunnies
Tucked in an Easter basket or as part of celebrating spring, these chocolate and peanut butter bunnies are sure to be a hit with your kids. Making them together would be a fun activity, or get busy while they’re out of the house to have a nice surprise for them.
These cute and delicious bunnies can be made several days in advance and kept in the refrigerator. You can, of course, use any cookie cutter shape you like, but don’t choose something with a lot of detail or small, delicate areas.
If you’re concerned about having treats for your child that are gluten-free, making your own is a good way to go. These can easily be made dairy free as well by using dairy-free chocolate chips. If you have a child with a nut allergy, try substituting SunButter for the peanut butter.
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bunnies
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 Tablespoons shortening (I use Spectrum organic shortening)
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar + extra for dusting
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Line two large cookie sheets with wax or parchment paper.
- Melt the chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave according to package instructions.
- Pour the chocolate onto one of the lined cookie sheets and spread it out almost to the edges. Try to keep it an even thickness.
- Let the chocolate cool until it is soft, but not runny. A few minutes in the freezer should do it, but don’t let it get too hard. Take it out after a couple of minutes and test with a cookie cutter. If chocolate sticks to the cutter and it is difficult to lift the cutter up, put it back in the freezer. If it’s difficult to push the cutter down through the chocolate, let it warm up a bit.
- Using a bunny or other shaped cookie cutter, cut as many shapes as you can out of the chocolate. Hopefully it will be an even number.
- Use a spatula to lift each bunny and place it on the second lined cookie sheet. Put it in the freezer to harden while you prepare the filling.
- Mix together the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and salt with a wooden spoon or spatula. Then knead it with your hands until all the sugar is incorporated.
- Liberally sprinkle wax or parchment paper or a pastry mat with powdered sugar. Also rub some on your rolling pin.
- Roll the peanut butter filling out just large enough to cut the number of shapes you will need. You can determine this by counting how many chocolate shapes you have and dividing it by two.
- Cut the peanut butter layer using the cookie cutter.
- Remove the chocolate bunnies from the freezer. Carefully place a peanut butter bunny on top of one chocolate bunny and top it with a second chocolate bunny.
- Wrap each bunny with foil or place them in a plastic container with wax or parchment paper between layers and cover. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
If you break a chocolate bunny you can either put it on the bottom layer where the break won’t be noticed and the peanut butter will hold it in place, or you can re-melt the chocolate and cut it again.