Homemade Peanut Butter Eggs

As a kid, Easter Sunday always fell very closely behind Halloween when it came to raking in the candy loot. In some ways, it was actually better. Sure, on Halloween you got candy in quantity. However, Easter was definitely all about the quality. Let’s face it – without fail, someone always ended up with a box of Nerds, or raisins, or some other type of unsavory candy on Halloween night. Some of us may have tried to goad their younger sibling into a trade. (Sometimes parents acted as commissioners, intervening to veto the trade.) These things just didn’t happen with the Easter basket, thanks to the Easter bunny being tight with Santa. The bunny knew what kind of candy you liked and you always got the good stuff. For me, the good stuff meant peanut butter eggs (this is shocking news, I know). If there was just one thing in my basket, and it was a peanut butter egg, I would be in my glory. All these years later, I still can’t shake my affinity for them. Since I already tackled homemade peanut butter cups, I decided this Easter would be the year for homemade peanut butter eggs. I don’t think I’ll ever go back!

Let’s break down these peanut butter eggs…

6 ingredients.

1 pot + 1 bowl. Wooden spoon + cookie scoop. 1 baking sheet + 1 piece of wax paper.

1 hour.

There are days that it would take me longer to work up the effort to actually go to the store to buy Reese’s eggs than it would take to just make them myself. I’ve loved tackling homemade versions of treats that I have always eaten from a wrapper; it’s incredibly satisfying to know exactly what I’m eating, and that I’m not using any crazy preservatives or chemicals.

Whether you put them in someone’s Easter basket on Sunday, or share them on a dessert platter, you just have to make these peanut butter eggs this week! They’re too easy and too cute not to. I am planning to put them in individual cellophane treat bags, tie with a ribbon, and place in a basket so everyone can grab one on their way out the door on Sunday. No matter how much we eat, there’s always room for a treat on the car ride home! Right? Or is that just me? ;-)

One year ago: Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies
Two years ago: Italian Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Homemade Peanut Butter Eggs

Yield: About 15 eggs

Prep Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

1 cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup unsalted butter
¼ cup light brown sugar
1¼ cups powdered sugar
2 cups milk chocolate chips (or 12 ounces milk chocolate, chopped)
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

Directions:

1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper; set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine the peanut butter, butter, and brown sugar over medium heat. Heat until completely melted and starting to bubble a little, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Add the powdered sugar a ¼ cup at a time, stirring until completely combined with the peanut butter mixture after each addition. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.

3. Using a medium cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon, scoop out peanut butter mixture and shape into eggs. I found it easiest to roll the scoop into a ball, and then roll it into a short cylinder. I placed it on the baking sheet, and then used my fingers to shape the ends into an egg-like oval. Refrigerate to allow the peanut butter eggs to set, about 30 minutes.

4. Once the peanut butter eggs are set, melt the chocolate chips and shortening together in the microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until completely melted. One at a time, dip a peanut butter egg into the chocolate and, using a fork, flip it over so it is completely covered. Remove it from the bowl, letting any excess chocolate drip off. Return it to the baking sheet, and repeat with all of the peanut butter eggs. Sprinkle with decorations, if desired. Return the chocolate-covered peanut butter eggs to the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to set, about 30 minutes. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to serve.

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  1. Angelyn on April 3, 2012 at 12:32 am

    These look delicious!!

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    • Pat Thompson on April 7th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      These are easy to make. Fun to decorate and delicious to eat! Thanks for another wonderful recipe BEB!

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  2. E on April 3, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Is there any substituion for the shortening? Or do you think I could omit it if I’m using the semi-sweet baking bars? Thanks for another great recipe!

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    • Averie @ Averie Cooks on April 3rd, 2012 at 12:57 am

      Not Michelle but in my experience, the shortening will help keep the chocolate smoother and “thinner” so that you don’t end up with a big “wad” of chocolate around each egg. It keeps the chocolate layer to a more manageable size and keeps it from building up too much when dipping anything from truffles to cake pops but a thick layer of chocolate, i.e. no shortening, never hurt anyone :)

      Just sharing my personal experience on that one.

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      • Lorraine on April 3rd, 2012 at 10:14 pm

        The shortening also helps the chocolate “set”. I never leave it out!

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      • Melissa on April 7th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

        If you add a big heaping spoon of peanut butter instead of shortening, it adds to the flavor, and produces the same result as the shortening. I did this with the bars, and it was fantastic!

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    • katie on April 3rd, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      Yep a great substitute for shortening is wax believe it or not. make sure it’s food grade wax. my mom and i made these the other day and without the wax, our first batch didn’t harden as fast, were not as shiny, and the chocolate was harder to manage.

      for a half bag of large chocolate chips, i’d put in what would be about 1.5 tbsp.

      hope this helps!

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    • Michelle on April 4th, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      Hi E, I would not omit the shortening. I find it essential when melting chocolate for dipping or coating. It really keeps the chocolate thin and from clumping up.

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      • E on April 5th, 2012 at 2:15 am

        Thanks everyone for your input and help!

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      • Kim Tutin on April 7th, 2012 at 1:53 pm

        Hi Michelle, first Happy Easter to you and your family! :) If you don’t have the say Crisco shortening (in the can or sticks) can you substitute with liquid vegetable oil? Thanks, Kim

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        • Katy on April 7th, 2012 at 9:03 pm

          No, but butter (not margarine) or coconut oil will work. Vegetable oil might not help the chocolate set, since it’s a liquid at room temp, whereas the others are solids. Hope that helps!

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        • Michelle on April 9th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

          Hi Kim, I would recommend coconut oil. And Happy Easter to you as well! :)

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    • Jenna on April 8th, 2012 at 1:12 am

      I didn’t put the shortening in mine cause i don’t much care for it and they turned out just fine.

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    • Mel on March 7th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      Use palm shortening, much healthier.

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    • amy on March 14th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      You can you parafin wax instead of shortening when dipping chocolate. It keeps the chocolate from melting in your fingers, and keeps the chocolate thin and smooth.

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    • wesley on April 15th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      Lecithin – which in essence is still a wax but is a professional chocolate makers emulsifier for candy making. It does allow however the chocolate to set up less flimsy than the shortening does. Good Luck ! (in other words an emulsifier of some form really is your friend here :) )

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  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks on April 3, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Your eggs look delish! They do double-duty of being a great Easter treat AND you posted them on Natl PB&J day. You could dip them in a side of jelly…Lol

    Seriously they’re perfect and I love making at-home PB Cups..better than storebought!

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  4. Kristen on April 3, 2012 at 1:02 am

    These remind me of the peanut butter balls I make for Christmas. Yours look so festive!

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  5. Martha@ Simple Nourished Living on April 3, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Like Kristen, these remind me of the peanut butter balls, I used to make at Christmas time. I love the idea of this Easter egg alternative!

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  6. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on April 3, 2012 at 2:57 am

    You had me at peanut butter and chocolate…!

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  7. Will on April 3, 2012 at 3:09 am

    I am lost for words! I want these! That is all.

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  8. Nancy @ CouponClippingCook on April 3, 2012 at 3:31 am

    These are so cute!

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  9. mireia on April 3, 2012 at 4:43 am

    These look perfect!!!

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  10. Jolene on April 3, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Amazing! My Husband was walking past and saw the screen and just begged me to make these for him!! He LOVES Peanut Butter (and so do the kids!) so think I’ll have to whip up a batch!

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  11. Kiri W. on April 3, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Oh man, these look fantastic!! Well done – dangerous to keep around, though ;)

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  12. Katrina on April 3, 2012 at 6:47 am

    These are lovely! I love the look of them!

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  13. Villy @ For the love of Feeding on April 3, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Only seeing that peanut butter color there in the middle I drool! They look so lovely!

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  14. Natasha on April 3, 2012 at 6:55 am

    These look delicious! What a great Easter chocolate gift idea :-)

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  15. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on April 3, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Yum! I have seen peanut butter chocolate around the blog world but haven’t made it because, well I have an peanut butter addiction, but since it is Easter I am going to make these. But stupid question, is shortening, Crisco?

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    • Amber R R on April 3rd, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Actually Crisco is a Brand of Shortening.

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    • Michelle on April 4th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Not a stupid question! Yes, vegetable shortening would be Crisco.

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  16. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie on April 3, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Divine! I’m so trying these. I live for Reese’s peanut butter eggs!!

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  17. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel on April 3, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Completely adorable! They wouldn’t stand a chance at lasting here :)

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  18. Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser on April 3, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Mmmmmm YES! Peanut butter eggs are my FAVORITE easter candy! I am so happy you posted this, THANK YOU!

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  19. Dee on April 3, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Will you marry me? I love your recipes thank you so much for sharing these I am going to make them as a little favor for Easter

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  20. Amber, RD on April 3, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Yay! These are my husband’s favorites. I love everything peanut butter and chocolate as well, but I’m not traditionally a candy person. You did a great job; these are beautiful!

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  21. Ashley on April 3, 2012 at 9:35 am

    These look wonderful! Who knew they would be so easy to make?

    I have 2 questions. 1: I use natural peanut butter normally (the kind you have to stir before using and then keep in the fridge). Do you think that would work or shoud I buy whipped peanut butter? 2: Are these as peanut-buttery as Reese’s? I find that most homemade peanut butter eggs just don’t have the peanut butter intensity that Reese’s do. We REALLY love peanut butter at our house.

    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

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    • Chris on April 3rd, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      I’d like to know, also, about natural peanut butter vs. regular…so I searched the peanut butter cup BAR recipe comments. Many seem to have successfully used natural peanut butter so I’m going to give it a try here! Please comment ‘back’ if you try it!

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    • Michelle on April 4th, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Hi Ashley, I would not use the natural peanut butter that needs to be stirred and refrigerated – it would be too oily for this. You could, however, use the no-stir variety that is kept in the pantry (JIF and Skippy make versions of this). And to answer your second question – I do think these are very peanut butter-y!

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      • Ashley on April 6th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

        I made them with the natural Jif and they turned out perfectly! They are delicious, super peanut-ty! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

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    • Jenna on April 8th, 2012 at 1:24 am

      Win-Dixi has Reese’s brand peanut butter and after adding all the ingredients that the recipe called for i think the peanut butter filling tasted just like the filling in the store bought Reese’s eggs.

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  22. Erin @ Brownie Bites on April 3, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I love treats that look like they were way more difficult to make than they actually are. The secret is not to tell anyone how easy they are, so they can think you slaved all day and conquered some culinary feat! ;-)

    .. or is that just me?

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  23. Lauren on April 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Having this recipe is trouble!! Yikes…I LOVE Reese’s!

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  24. Stacey on April 3, 2012 at 10:04 am

    holy moly :) these are good! Just finished them up and I can not wait for Rob to get home he is going to fall in love with me all over :)

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  25. Angela on April 3, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Yay!! I’m betting the Easter Bunny at this house is going to bring lots of these little goodies for my kids! :)

    Bonus they can be made after they go to bed Saturday night! ;) Thank you for the recipe Michelle!

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  26. Jennie @ The Messy Baker Blog on April 3, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Peanut butter eggs are my favorite! I’m so drooling over these.

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  27. malwina on April 3, 2012 at 10:26 am

    yum!

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  28. Jen of My Tiny Oven on April 3, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I think I just died and went to heaven! These are my ALL TIME favourite Easter treats! Now I can make them at home, awesome!

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  29. Laura Dembowski on April 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Have been wanting to make something similar with white baking chips since I’m allergic to chocolate. This gave me just the push I needed to get in the kitchen and do it.

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  30. Erin B on April 3, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I wonder if you could use nutella or almond butter instead of PB. just curious. I love me some PB and chocolate.

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    • Michelle on April 4th, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      I definitely think you could!

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      • Erin B on April 4th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

        I made the cups with nutella on the inside and a mix of dark chocolate and cinnamon chips on the outside. yummm!

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  31. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts on April 3, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I love these! They are one of my all time favorite treats! Your dipping looks amazing! Mine never look this pretty!

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  32. Shawnda on April 3, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Nicely done! We adore chocolate-covered peanut butter in all shapes and sizes. But the bigger, the better :)

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  33. Mercedes (Satisfy My Sweet Tooth) on April 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    These look absolutely perfect and scrumptious! One of my favorite Easter treats!

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  34. Amy @ Gastronome Tart on April 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I have never made my own Reese’s eggs, however I am all about trying this as they look just as good if not better than the original!

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  35. Corynn on April 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Would chunky peanut butter mess it up? I accidentally bought a jar and no one will eat it. I thought if it was in a candy who could say no?!?!

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    • Michelle on April 4th, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Hi Corynn, Good question! I think chunky peanut butter would work just fine! You’ll just have crunchy peanut butter eggs :)

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  36. Susan on April 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Wow! These are just perfect! My Reese’s peanut butter cup gene has activated and is urging me on to make these! Bet they are so much better!

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  37. Beth on April 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Can’t wait to make these with my children this weekend with soynut butter, since they are allergic to peanut butter. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  38. Joy on April 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Can’t wait to try this. Yum!
    Also, anytime I try to share your recipes via Twitter (through your share buttons) I always get an error… just FYI.

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    • Michelle on April 4th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Hi Joy, Thank you for the heads up! I will look into it.

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  39. Tiffany Arnold on April 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I love all your recipes, yet rarely comment. However, seeing this post I couldn’t help but wonder if we are somehow related. I love peanut butter eggs! You are my hero.

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  40. Tracey on April 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    This is my very favorite candy of all time! I buy the hearts around Valentine’s Day to last me until Easter and then I load up on the eggs :) Your homemade take looks perfect!!

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  41. Autumn on April 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Would butter or lard work instead of the veg shortening? These look delicious!

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    • Michelle on April 4th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Hi Autumn, I would use lard, not butter.

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  42. Paula on April 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Your photographs are excellent! The eggs look delicious.

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  43. christina @ ovenadventures on April 3, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    i think Easter has way better candy than Halloween. Mini Eggs are my all time favorite candy ever but I think if I make these I will be changing my story. YUM!

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  44. Mondo on April 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    good lord! I need these now!…but my hips certainly don’t. ;D

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  45. tb82 on April 4, 2012 at 1:43 am

    one word amazing i will never buy a reese cup again :)

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  46. Christy on April 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I am totally making these! Thanks for the recipe. My husband is a peanut butter egg freak. :0) How long do these typically last in the ‘fridge?

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    • Michelle on April 4th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      Hi Christy, I would say a couple of weeks, as long as they are stored in an airtight container.

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  47. Amy @ The Savvy Kitchen on April 5, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I made these last night and they’re SO yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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  48. Stephanie on April 5, 2012 at 10:29 am

    thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! i love anything reese’s and jumped at the chance to make my own (especially since i would get to lick the bowl!). i made them last night and they absolutely taste like reese’s! i even used reduced fat peanut butter (all i had on hand) which didn’t seem to affect the taste at all. instead of using shortening, i drizzled the chocolate chips with vegetable oil before melting. can’t wait to share these family and friends!

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  49. Dee on April 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I made these today, they are very easy to make, I had a hard time dipping them in the chocolate, my fork kept getting away from me and there was a quite a bit of excess on the wax paper on it. I am hoping I can chip those off so they look prettier, all and all these was a really positive experience, I just have to learn to dip better!

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  50. Taylor on April 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Can I sub semi-sweet mini chocolate chips? That’s all I have!

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