These Peanut Butter Pumpkins look impressive but are so easy to make. You can make them in any shape or color, making them the perfect treat for every holiday.
I feel like I just came home from the hospital with that 5-pound little boy. My husband and I laughed that when he was 5 pounds, he was just skin and bones, and here, ten years later, he is still just skin and bones. At ten years old, he still only weighs about 60 pounds. That is probably embellishing it some, too.
He is my little love bug, and I enjoy every 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.
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 were still plain, but that didn't work either. He said they were not plain enough for him.
The night before his birthday, he wanted a peanut butter Easter egg instead. An Easter egg in October? For your birthday? We almost always have the ingredients needed, so this was an easy treat.
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.
This peanut butter mixture is so easy to make up. It has peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, and marshmallow cream. The marshmallow cream 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 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 ten 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 ten and a bunch of little pumpkins was the perfect birthday "cake" for my little guy. He is my little October pumpkin, after all.
You can shape the mixture into any size ball and flatten the bottom slightly. I like refrigerating these for about 30 minutes before dipping into the melted chocolate.
Dip these into the chocolate with a toothpick, and then place a pretzel into the hole. I also drizzled some green candy melts around the "stem".
Now my brain is thinking about how to make them for every holiday!!!
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