Confectioners' sugar icing and sprinkles, optional
In a large bowl, beat peanut butter, butter and vanilla until blended. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and cracker crumbs. Shape mixture into 16 eggs; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm.
In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip eggs in chocolate mixture; allow excess to drip off.
If desired, decorate eggs with icing and sprinkles. Let stand until set. Store in airtight containers in refrigerator.
Confectioners' sugar icing: In a bowl, mix 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, 4 teaspoons corn syrup, 1 teaspoon almond extract and 1-2 tablespoons milk until smooth. Tint with paste food coloring if desired. Yield: 2/3 cup. To decorate eggs with bunny ears: Cut decorative paper into bunny ears. Tape each ear to a toothpick; insert into top of eggs. Remove ears before eating.