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Peanut Butter Balls

27 Jun

Sorry for all the peanut butter lately! If you missed it, I’m catching up on sweets I made for a peanut butter-chocolate bridal shower.

I know there are tons of recipes floating around for peanut butter balls – and everyone has his favorite – but this one is worth writing out. It’s sort of a conglomerate of multiple recipes.

Combine:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup rice krispies
  • 1 cup cocoa pebbles
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
Melt in [sauce pan]:
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter
Pour peanut butter/butter over [dry] mixture and stir together.
Shape into balls, refrigerate till firm, and dip in chocolate.
I covered half in milk chocolate and half in semi-sweet. (The swirls on top of the semi-sweet balls are actually piped with Nestle’s peanut butter chips.)
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Peanut Butter Pie Cups

25 Jun

You might want to call these “chocolate peanut butter cups” or something, but I didn’t want them confused with some kind of Reese’s-like candy (like the peanut butter cups I recently posted). They are chocolate cups, filled with a mixture I adapted from a pie filling recipe. These were a first – and definitely not a last.

MAKING THE CHOCOLATE CUPS

I used Wilton’s chocolate melting candies (for molds, dipping, etc. – NOT fondue/melting chocolate), but I have also used milk and semi-sweet chocolate. The melting candy stays workable longer, but any of these is fine. The candy mold I’m using is also Wilton.

One cup at a time: spoon about 1/3 cupful of chocolate into one cup. Then use a paintbrush to smooth the chocolate evenly up the sides – make sure it’s not too thin or it won’t hold up!

Gravity is your friend. It helps to turn the mold so the chocolate falls where you’re about to paint.

After you’ve “painted” the chocolate into the mold, place them in the fridge for a few minutes to set up – then in the freezer for several minutes.

Important! When you take the mold out of the freezer, don’t try to push or “pop” the cups out (you might notice that my mold is cracked from trying to do it that way!). Simply turn the mold over above a plate or wax paper, and use your fingers to thaw each cup. If you apply a little pressure, they pop right out when they’re thawed.

Clear as mud? Yeah, here’s a video:

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Get the idea?

THE PEANUT BUTTER FILLING

Mix together:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 12 oz. cool whip*

*I know, cool whip comes in 8- and 16-oz. containers, and I’ve made this filling with both sizes. Figure out what you like. (But I’m telling you: 12 oz. is best :) )

I sprinkled them with graham cracker crumbs (I think to justify calling them “pie” cups), but they’d be pretty with chocolate shavings or nuts.

Yummmmmm.

(Reese’s) Peanut Butter Bars (/cups)

15 Jun

They’re a family favorite – a peanut butter mixture (to taste like Reese’s) topped with milk chocolate.

I usually press them into a 9 x 13 pan and cut them into bars – easy as pie. But this time around I experimented with some chocolate cups… I know… no points for presentation :) Sorry I didn’t get better pictures.

COMBINE

1 1/4 c peanut butter

3 c powdered sugar

1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

2 sticks butter, melted

PRESS into 9 x 13 pan.

POUR 12 oz. melted milk chocolate over the top of the peanut butter mixture.

For chocolate cups, use candy foils or mini-muffin papers as a mold. Melt milk chocolate or chocolate candy melts, dollop a spoonful into a cup, and spread it carefully up the sides of the cups. (Some people will tell you to use a paintbrush, but for these I use a spoon – that way you don’t have to paint every little ridge.) Stick them in the fridge for a few minutes to set up.

Cakespy’s Leftover Easter Candy

15 May

I love Cakespy‘s whimsical experiments (and her photographs never fail to make me laugh). I don’t know how I missed this one, but I think it’s my new favorite: Leftover Easter Candy Cookies.

They really were delicious… in a confused, eclectic-mix-of-tastes sort of way.

Recital Reception

10 May

Last week I gave my junior recital – the pinnacle of many a performer’s school year. It was probably the most stressful and most rewarding event of my college career. (WOW, I love singing so much.)

We gave a reception afterward, and of course I made treats: Continue reading