One of our holiday traditions, every year, is to bake Christmas candies with my mom and sister-in-law. The boys usually don’t participate too much, they just play and have a good time, while us adults have a great time too!
This year, I included it as part of our Christmas countdown activity chain that I shared on PBS Parents, so it would be something that just the boys and I would do together. (We’re still having our annual holiday baking too!)
These are my hubby’s favorite Christmas candies, a favorite from his childhood. His grandma makes them every year. I also grew up with them and loved them. But I realized the recipes that were used were quite a bit different, so I have merged them into our own. Still very similar but what we love from both, different proportions of ingredients.
I made them using Planters® Peanut Butter, a product from our sponsor, Kraft®.
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Ingredients for our Peanut Butter Cup Christmas Candies:
- 1 package of graham crackers
- 2 cups of creamy Planters® Peanut Butter
- 3 cups of powdered sugar
- 1 cup (2 sticks) of melted butter
- 1 cup of chocolate chips
- 2 Tbsp (a good spoonful) creamy Planters® Peanut Butter
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I make it all right in my food processor. Less dishes to clean up that way and its just oh-so-easy! And the kids absolutely love anything to do with the food processor!
George crushed all the graham crackers first.
My husband likes the crunch of not completely crushed graham crackers, so I saved a graham cracker back to hand crush into the mix. George enjoyed crushing it all up!
Then I added the powdered sugar, melted butter and Planters creamy peanut butter.
George did all the food processing once again. It takes a bit of time to get it all mixed together.
Then I scooped it into a 9×13 Tupperware container and chilled it in the refrigerator.
The frosting is simply just the chocolate chips and the little scoop of peanut butter melted in the microwave and stirred up. Spread onto the chilled peanut butter mixture.
Chill them and then cut them into bite size, yummy, peanut butter cup candies!
Keep them chilled otherwise they can get mushy, but still super yummy!
(Sorry, my photos of food and the kids in the kitchen are just terrible… I try my best… )
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