Thursday, October 6, 2011

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Treats

As I've mentioned here before, I love chocolate and peanut butter and I love Resse's Peanut Butter cups. Every holiday season they come out with a different shape to celebrate the season. Pumpkins for Halloween, trees for Christmas, and eggs for Easter. There's something about the chocolate to peanut butter ratio of these treats that makes me love them just that much more than regular peanut butter cups.

I share this love of holiday peanut butter shapes with one of my previous coworkers (hi Lesley!). We used to pick up extras when we saw them to share with the other. While these treats are super delicious, they're not always that easy to find around here.

That's why, when I saw this recipe link on Serious Eats the other day, I knew I was going to have to try them for myself. Unfortunately, the only pumpkin cutter I could find was way too big for these so I had to settle for my other festive shapes (owls and bats) and a random flowery shaped thing. The recipe follows below.

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Pumpkins
slightly adapted from Miss Make via Serious Eats

1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups unsifted powdered sugar
12 oz chocolate chips (I used half semi-sweet and half milk chocolate)
1 tbsp shortening 

In a large bowl mix together peanut butter, butter and powdered sugar until crumbly. 
  Turn out onto a cutting board and knead until it comes together and you feel like it can be rolled out.
 Roll dough out on a parchment lined surface to a generous 1/4" thickness. Using a small cookie cutter, cut out your shapes. Use whatever shape you've got - I had flowers, owls and bats. Gather the scraps together and roll out again. Continue until you've used all the dough.
 Place the cut out shapes in the freezer. Meanwhile, in a glass bowl (or over a double boiler) melt chocolate and shortening in the microwave 30 seconds at a time until smooth and liquidy. 
 Using a fork, dunk each frozen pumpkin in the chocolate, shaking off the excess. Place the dipped shapes on a parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet and refrigerate until set. 
 The finished product should look something like this. 

These were delicious. So chocolatey and peanut buttery and so soft and melty. I really enjoyed them and they were pretty easy to make. They took a little longer to get together than I thought they would but it was worth it. My coworkers seemed to like them. I had at least one request for the recipe and that's always a good sign. The only issue I had with them was that they got really soft after a short time out of the fridge. If you aren't planning to serve them fairly soon after they come of out the fridge I would suggest maybe adding a little bit of wax to the chocolate to help keep them firm. I will certainly pull these out for the next major holiday. 

Do you have a favorite holiday version of a classic treat?

1 comment:

  1. Wow, those look amazing!!! I'm hungry now!!! lol


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