Fill your Easter Baskets with Peanut Butter Fudge Filled Chubby Bunnies

Waking up on Easter morning to find a basket filled with sweet treats was one of the highlights of my year when I was young. Oh, who am I kidding, I still love it. Of course, the chocolate bunnies that used to satisfy me at age 7, don’t hold a candle to the ones found in my basket now. Each year my husband goes out and buys some Peeps, jelly bunnies, and jelly beans to put in my basket, but for the most part he just raids my chocolate kitchen and is always sure to grab a solid chocolate bunny and some peanut butter fudge filled chocolate eggs. 
 
 
I love, love, love peanut butter and chocolate and so do my customers. Each year I make more peanut butter fudge filled eggs than any of the other 18 flavors in my selection. So when it came time to put together Easter recipes, I knew I needed to do something with peanut butter fudge. 
 
My peanut butter fudge recipe which uses melted white candy coating and peanut butter chips mixed with creamy peanut butter and a pinch of salt is very versatile. It can be poured into molds, as I did when I made the Fudgy Hearts for Valentine’s Day. It can be poured into chocolate filled molds, as I do when I make my peanut butter eggs, but it can also be scooped and rolled into balls once the mixture sets up. To make these bunnies, I did just that. I scooped the fudge, rolled it into balls, dipped them in milk chocolate ganache, created spikes to look like fur, then added modeling chocolate ears and feet and candy eyes and a cute heart shaped nose.

This project is pretty versatile too. If you aren’t personally a fan of peanut butter fudge, or perhaps have allergy issues, you could use cake balls, chocolate truffles, doughnut holes, or Oreo truffles, to  make these bunnies. I used modeling chocolate to create the ears and feet, but you could pipe them out of chocolate or use Tootsie Rolls and pink taffy or store bought fondant. So many possibilities.

Also, for those of you that would like a peanut butter fudge filled bunny, but aren’t able to buy the Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips in your store, you can use the peanut butter fudge recipe I used to make my Pink Fuzzy Slipper Cookies (recipe here.) It uses peanut butter, powdered sugar, butter, and whipping cream.

Peanut Butter Fudge Filled Chubby Bunnies (makes 18-20)

Before you begin  If you don’t have much experience working with chocolate and confectionery coatings, you might want to read my Chocolate Making Tips. You’ll also find the recipe and tutorial for making homemade modeling chocolate there too along with troubleshooting information.

Ingredients:

Peanut Butter Fudge –
8 ounces white confectionery coating*

1 cup creamy peanut butter (I suggest Jif Peanut Butter)
a pinch of salt
Milk Chocolate Ganache
16 ounces good quality milk chocolate, finely chopped or chips
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
Decorations – 
milk modeling chocolate (1/4 of the recipe found here will be enough for this project)
white modeling chocolate (1/4 of the recipe found here will be more than enough for this project)
pink candy coloring
powdered sugar to dust work surface, optional
water
36-40 candy eyes
*I personally use Peter’s White Caps which you can usually find at cake/candy decorating stores, but Merken’s white coating also has a good flavor for this recipe. A grocery store option is to use Nestle Premier White Morsels (white chips) which when melted may need a teaspoon of vegetable oil stirred in, if too thick, but they have the right flavor.
Supplies needed:


microwave safe mixing bowl
rolling pin
small oval metal cutter
parchment paper or Silpat
baking sheet
double boiler (or use a pan with a bowl set on top)
drinking glass
chocolate dipping fork or a plain fork
spatula or knife
optional, tweezers (food only)

Instructions:

Place white confectionery coating wafers and peanut butter chips in a microwave safe mixing bowl. Heat on high power for 30 seconds. Remove and stir the chips around or they will burn. Heat for 25 more seconds, then stir. Heat for 20 seconds, then let it sit in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, then stir vigorously. If all of the chips are not melted, heat at ten second intervals, stirring in between each, until completely melted. If you don’t have a microwave, you can melt this in a double boiler. Once melted, stir in peanut butter and salt. 

Make sure to mix really well, scraping the bottom of the bowl. If you don’t stir the peanut butter into the candy, you’ll end up with clumps of hardened candy coating in your peanut butter fudge.

Don’t you just want to put your mouth under the flowing fudge? I can’t resist sampling it in it’s liquid state. Quality control is so important, don’t you agree?

At this point you need the peanut butter fudge filling to go from a melted state to a solid state. I like to just cover my bowl and let it sit overnight. If you don’t have that kind of time, pour it into a shallow bowl, like a pie dish, and let sit for several hours until set. 

While your peanut butter fudge is setting you can get busy making your bunny ears and feet. Use the instructions here to color your white modeling chocolate pink. Just be aware that the pink coloring can be very vibrant and bright, so use a very small amount.

To make the bunny ears, pinch off 40 pea sized pieces of your milk modeling chocolate. Roll into balls then into a teardrop shape then flatten and curve up the edges and bend 20 to the right and 20 to the left. Pinch off smaller pieces of pink modeling chocolate and do the same making the pink fur for inside the ears. Brush the back of the pink piece lightly with water and press it onto the brown ears.

Lightly dust your work surface with powdered sugar. Roll the milk modeling chocolate to about 1/8″ thickness. Use a small oval metal cutter to cut out 40 feet. If you don’t have a small oval cutter, you can just pinch off balls of milk modeling chocolate and flatten them into ovals.

Once your peanut butter fudge has set up, scoop out 18-20 heaping tablespoonfuls and roll into balls. If you hands are warm, the balls will melt a bit as you roll them. Either wash your hands as needed or wear food handling gloves, as I did. If the balls are a bit bumpy, it won’t matter. 

Use a double boiler or a pan with a bowl that fits on top of the pan to make your milk chocolate ganache. Fill the bottom pan with 1 inch of water. Set it over low heat. Fill the top bowl with your chopped milk chocolate, heavy whipping cream and corn syrup. Set the bowl on top of the pan of water making sure the water doesn’t touch the bowl. Allow the chocolate to melt, stirring often. Do NOT increase the heat or you might burn the chocolate. Allow it to melt slowly.

Pour some of your milk chocolate ganache into a drinking glass for ease of dipping. Place two bunny feet next to each other on a parchment paper or Silpat lined baking sheet. Have your chocolate ears, candy eyes, and heart sprinkles ready. I find it easiest to add small decorations if I use tweezers so have those ready too.

Set one peanut butter ball in your chocolate ganache. Use a fork to press the ball down into the ganache, covering it completely. Put the fork under the ball and pull it out of the ganache. Tap the fork on the side of the glass a few times to remove the excess ganache.

Set the peanut butter fudge ball on top of two of the modeling chocolate bunny feet. Use a spatula or knife to create the furry look of your chubby bunnies. Press the spatula onto the chocolate ganache, pull up and away creating spikes. Do this all around the peanut butter fudge ball. If you have any spots where the peanut butter fudge is showing, fill in with some ganache. Immediately decorate your bunny.

Press the ears onto the top of the ball. Press on two eyes and a heart shaped nose. Repeat creating  more bunnies. Allow your chocolate bunnies to sit at room temperature to dry. Store in an airtight container for up to 10 days. If you keep them refrigerated, just be aware that the modeling chocolate pieces will get condensation on them and will appear sticky, so I recommend just keeping them at room temperature.

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Thanks for sharing!

Comments

  1. says

    thank you so much for sharing all this with us. I also posted on flour me with love, that is how I found you. I made the happy birthday cake. I am going to be following you now.

  2. says

    These bunnies are adorable. I was so glad to find your modeling chocolate recipes by clicking through. I ordered some online once and didn't have a great experience. I will try this. Thanks so much.

  3. says

    I'm speechless (and believe me it doesn't happen much often)
    These bunnies are sooooooooooooo cute and adorable
    and you are extremely creative!

  4. says

    So cute!! Love these guys :) We have a few Easter bake sales coming up and I'm guessing these would sell BIG TIME. Thanks for another great idea! You are a genius :)

  5. says

    These are so cute and I'm sure they're yummy! I'm a new follower, and I'd love to have you stop by my brand new blog and follow too! My first link party (and give-away)is running now thru Saturday night. I'd love to have you link up!

  6. Anonymous says

    my daughter has peanut allergies, and I have substituted Soy butter and Sunflower seed butter in many recipes, and found them to work perfectly! (even the peanut-butter addicts didn't know the switch)

  7. says

    i would LOVE to try to make these for my 7 yr old daughters classroom Easter party. But i am not very good at this kind of stuff. and i have none of the materials. Do you think it would be possible still to do? or should i not waste my money cause i will end up with a disaster? HELP please!!!!?!??????

    • says

      Hi Mommyrina, I love these little guys and had so much fun creating them. As you can see from the instructions, they have quite a lot of steps involved and will take some time to create. They also use a lot of different ingredients and supplies. You can swap out supplies and just cut out your pieces with a knife, you can use other candies you might have on hand for the eyes and nose, and even use Tootsie Rolls instead of the modeling chocolate. So you could cut your list of things to buy if you have other items on hand.

      I hope you give them a go and that you have success. Have fun!

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