1.5 hours · Gluten-free vegetarian · Serves 18 · These homemade chocolate and peanut butter Christmas trees are like your favorite Reese peanut butter cups dressed up as a fun and festive Christmas dessert!
° 1 cup of smooth peanut butter
° ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
° 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
° 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
° ¼ teaspoon of salt
° 2 cups of powdered sugar
° 10 to 12 oz. chocolate chips, (you can also use chocolate chopped into small pieces if you want, but I use half the semi-sweet chocolate and half the milk chocolate)
- First, please line an 8 x 8 inch dish with parchment paper, leaving the paper overhanging the sides so that you can easily lift it later and set it aside.
- Combine peanut butter, melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla and salt together in a bowl until the sugar dissolves, then gradually stir in the powdered sugar.
- Squeeze the mixture into the prepared dish and smooth the top with a spatula or simply squeeze it with your palms to flatten into a layer about ½ inch thick.
- Now you can place it in the freezer until it is firm enough to cut.
- Cut out the trees with a Christmas tree cookie cutter and place them on the tray, then place them in the freezer until they are completely firm, about 45 to 60 minutes.
- Once cooked, melt the chocolate and line another tray with baking paper.
- Dip each tree in melted chocolate using a fork to completely cover, then gently pat the fork to drain the excess chocolate. (I always only take a few trees at a time from the freezer because the peanut butter mixture softens very quickly at room temperature. It would make working with firm trees easier !!!)
- On parchment-lined platter, place chocolate covered Christmas trees and refrigerate until chocolate is set.
- Finally, be sure to store in the refrigerator or freeze for longer storage.