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Peanut Butter Cup Trees

Peanut Butter Cup Trees make an adorable place setter on your table as well as a great after dinner treat. The whole family will have fun making their own.
Prep Time 45 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 12
Author Hostess At Heart

Ingredients

  • 24 Reese's peanut butter cup miniatures from a 12 oz bag
  • 12 standard-size Reese's peanut butter cups .75 oz each

  • 12 snack-size Reese's peanut butter cups .55 oz each

  • 12 Reese's peanut butter cup minis from an 8 oz bag

  • 12 small candy stars or topper of your choice
Sprinkles of your choice
  • 1 cup Royal icing

Royal Icing

  • 16 oz powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons egg whites such as Just Whites

  • 6 tablespoons warm water

Instructions

Royal Icing

  • Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add additional water to thin. Keep covered until ready to use. I use a wet paper towel but you could also cover with plastic wrap.

Trees

  • Refrigerate the peanut butter cups for 15 minutes to chill. This helps to prevent damage when removing the candy papers.
  • Spoon Royal icing into a ziplock or pastry bag. Press out excess air. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Unwrap peanut butter cups and line up the various sizes on the sheet.
  • Snip a small tip from the icing bag. Place a miniature peanut butter cup bottom side up on your work surface. I used another lined cookie sheet for my work surface. It helped keep my sprinkles from going every which way, and I could just pick up the wax paper between trees and pour the sprinkles back into their bottle. Pipe a dot of royal frosting on top and attach one standard-size cup bottom side up.
  • Pipe half loops to resemble snow, and add sprinkles. Add a dot of royal frosting and then add the snack sized peanut butter cup and repeat with icing, stacking with a second miniature cup and finishing with a mini cup. Attach a star (or topper of your choice) to the top with royal frosting.
  • Repeat 11 more times. Store in a covered container in a cool place.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Family Circle December 2014 issue.

Nutrition

Serving: 24g | Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 71g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
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