Peanut Butter Pumpkins

These Peanut Butter Pumpkins look impressive, but they are really so easy to make.  You can make them into any shape or color, making them the perfect treat for every holiday.

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This weekend I realized that I am getting old.  My youngest turned 10.  Seriously!  How did that happen?

 I feel like I just came home from the hospital with that 5 pound little boy.  My husband and I were laughing that when he was 5 pounds, he was just skin and bones, and here 10 years later he is still just skin and bones.  At 10 years old, he still only weighs like 60 pounds.  That is probably embellishing it some too.   He is my little love bug and I am enjoying every single snuggle and kiss before he becomes that aloof teenager who thinks his mom isn’t cool anymore.  Yup, I’ve got one of those too.  
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Every year I make the kids a themed birthday cake or treat that they have picked out.  This year all I heard for weeks was plain brownies from my little guy.  I tried these Homemade Chocolate Chip Brownies, thinking chocolate chips and powdered sugar was still plain, but that didn’t work either.  He said they were not plain enough for him.

The night before his birthday, he decided that he wanted a peanut butter Easter egg instead.  An Easter egg in October?  For your birthday?  We almost always have the ingredients needed for these, so this was an easy treat to make for him.

Obviously I couldn’t go with an egg shape for his birthday in October.  As I was mixing up my peanut butter mixture, my husband asked how hard it would be to shape it into the number 10.

See?  I told you all the good ideas come from him :-)
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This peanut butter mixture is so easy to make up.  It has peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, and a little bit of marshmallow cream.  The marshmallow cream is what sets this recipe apart from any other I have tried.  You can shape this into any size ball or shape that you want.  (This is the same recipe I use to make these Peanut Butter Easter Chicks.)

I used about a quarter of the mixture to shape into a zero.  Then I cut the center of that out and used it for the one.  That left me with quite a bit of peanut butter mixture to shape into something else.  Yes, I could have made the 10 bigger, but I had these little pumpkins in my head because I had just gotten a bag of Wilton orange candy melts.  I thought a pan of brownies with the big 10 and a bunch of little pumpkins was the perfect birthday “cake” for my little guy.  He is my little October pumpkin after all.

peanut butter pumpkins cake

You can shape the mixture into any size ball and just flatten the bottom slightly.  I like to refrigerate these for about 30 minutes before dipping into the melted chocolate.  Use a toothpick to dip these into the chocolate and then place a piece of pretzel into the hole.  I also drizzled a little bit of green candy melts around the “stem”.

Now my brain is going crazy with what I can make for every holiday :-)

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Peanut Butter Pumpkins

Yield: 20 pumpkins

Peanut Butter Pumpkins

Peanut butter truffles shaped into pumpkins and served on brownies makes a great treat for the fall.

Ingredients

6 Tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup marshmallow cream
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
8 ounces orange candy melts
1/2 teaspoon shortening
2 Tablespoons green candy melts
pretzel pieces

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter, and marshmallow cream until creamy. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt and beat until it all comes together into a dough.
  2. Roll the dough into 20 balls. Flatten the bottoms slightly and set on a tray lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  3. Place the orange candy melts and shortening in a bowl. Microwave for 30-45 seconds. Stir until melted. Heat 20-30 seconds longer, or until it is melted enough to cover the peanut butter balls. Use a toothpick to dip each ball into the melted chocolate. Set on the parchment paper and remove the toothpick. Place a pretzel piece into each hole. Let set.
  4. Melt the green candy melts for 30 seconds. Stir until melted. Place in a ziplock bag that has one corner cut off. Drizzle around the top of the pretzel to look like leaves. Let set. Store in a loosely sealed container on the counter. Makes 20 small pumpkins.

Notes

I made a pan of brownies and topped them with canned frosting and Oreo cookie crumbs to serve the peanut butter pumpkins on.

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Comments

  1. Gina R says

    We have 2 with Sept bdays. I wanted to encourage you through the teenage years. For one, boys are easier than girls. (I have 4 boys and 1 girl). My oldest boy just turned 23 and he has been visiting this weekend. He just came in and snuggled with me. As I was typing this, my 16 year old boy just came in and laid his head on my shoulder. I hope none of them ever outgrow it. =)

    I hope it never changes. I have an Oct bday so love these pumpkin goodies since we don’t do Halloween.

  2. says

    Cute cute cute!!! I love these! I have 3 kids with October birthdays – so I’m sure I can figure out an occasion to make these. :) Happy birthday to your youngest!
    My oldest will turn 10 this month – he’s really tall for his age (about 5′ 3″) and weighs 80 lbs. Skinny and strong. Sometimes I forget that he’s still just a kid. :)
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  3. Marianne says

    You’re youngest just turned 10? Wish I could sympathize,my youngest recently turned 35!
    I’m not sure how that happened as Im only 35 myself! :)

  4. says

    Jocelyn, these are adorable! I love your recipe/idea for the modeling peanut butter (sort of like modeling chocolate). It’s so versatile and delicious. We’re all big peanut butter fans in our house.

    And happy birthday to your little guy. My kids will be my babies forever (and I always tell them that!), but there’s no denying that they grow up too quickly.
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