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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

23 Nov

Wanna wow your relatives at Thanksgiving this year?  Make them some homemade peanut butter cups to take home!

These are SO good….and so simple to make.  They look impressive but don’t take much time.  Perfect for that last minute holiday treat!

Ingredients
4 cups of chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions
Melt your chocolate chips, either in the microwave or in a double boiler.  Make sure the chocolate is completely melted and smooth, but be careful not to burn it!

Line a muffin tin with muffin liners.  Put a small spoonful of chocolate in the middle of each liner, than swirl it around so it completely coats the sides of the liner.   This is how you make the chocolate shell.  Once each liner is done, place the entire tin in the fridge to set for 20-30 minutes.

In the meantime, work on the next step- peanut butter!  In a medium sized bowl,  combine the peanut butter and powdered sugar until smooth.  Then mix in the vanilla extract.

Take your muffin tin out of the fridge.  Fill each chocolate cup about halfway full with the peanut butter mixture.   Push the mixture down so it lies flat, then top off with a spoonful of your melted chocolate (you may have to reheat it if it’s hardened).  Spread the chocolate around so it seals off the edges and no peanut butter is visible. 

That’s it!  Once you’re done, just pop those bad boys back in the fridge to set.  And prepare your taste buds for a smooth delicious blend of chocolate and peanut butter.  These cups are SO good!

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

12 Jul

It’s 90 degrees here in Boston and humid to boot.  When it gets this hot, the last thing you want to do is turn the oven on and make it even hotter.  But what if you’re still craving dessert? That’s where no bake cookies come in!

They’re quick, easy, and require no oven time.  One of my favorite flavor combos is chocolate and peanut butter so I really like these cookies.

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

Ingredients
3 cups quick oats
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1 stick of butter
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions
Put the butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa powder into a saucepan.  Bring to a roiling boil (you will see big bubbles) and then let the mixture boil for 1 minute

I tried to capture the bubbles-

Remove the mixture from heat.  Stir in the peanut butter and the vanilla until smooth.  Then, stir in the oats.


Line your cookie sheets with wax paper, then drop tablespoons of the mixture onto the sheets.  Let cool until set. 

Once the cookies cool, you are left with a chocolate peanut-buttery snack that is hard to resist.  They may not be the prettiest looking cookies ever, but they sure taste good!

Tri-Colored Strawberries

7 Jul

What’s more fun than chocolate dipped strawberries?  White chocolate dipped strawberries with blue sugar!  It’s an irresistible combination.

Tri-Colored Strawberries

Ingredients
Strawberries (about one pint)
2/3 cup of white chocolate chips
Blue sparkling sugar

Directions
Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave them in 20 second increments, stirring between each one so you don’t burn the chocolate.

Dip the strawberries in the chocolate, making sure to leave part of the strawberry uncovered. 

Dip the bottom of each strawberry in blue sugar, making sure to not cover all the white.  You want all three colors- red, white, and blue, to show!

Place the strawberries on a wax paper covered baking sheet, and put them in the fridge until the chocolate sets.

And that’s all there is to it!  In no time you’ll have patriotic strawberries that taste amazing. You can even pretend it’s a healthy dessert since strawberries are good for you, right? 🙂

Pretzel Rod Sparklers

7 Jul

As promised, here is another 4th of July dessert recipe.  These sparkler pretzels are simple but fun and would make a perfect addition to any summer BBQ!

Pretzel Rod Sparklers

Ingredients
22 pretzel rods
6 .24 oz packets of Pop Rocks
2/3 cup of chocolate chips

Place your chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, then microwave until melted.  Heat in 20 second increments, stirring between each one.  Be careful not to burn the chocolate!

Dip your pretzel rods into the chocolate, coating the top of the pretzel.  Then, sprinkle pop rocks on the coated end, pressing them into the chocolate gently if need be.

Stand your sparkler rods upright in a cup or mug, then place them in the fridge until the chocolate has set. 



When you eat them, the pop rocks sparkle and pop- it’s like fireworks in your mouth!  And the saltiness of the pretzel is perfect with the chocolate.   For such a simple dessert, these really deliver!