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 45mins
Total Time 45mins
Author Hostess At Heart
24Reese's peanut butter cup miniaturesfrom a 12 oz bag
12standard-size Reese's peanut butter cups.75 oz each
12snack-size Reese's peanut butter cups.55 oz each
12Reese's peanut butter cup minisfrom an 8 oz bag
12small candy stars or topper of your choice Sprinkles of your choice
3tablespoonsegg whitessuch as Just Whites
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.
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.
Recipe adapted from Family Circle December 2014 issue.