Valentine's Day is slowly creeping up on us. While running my daily errands, I noticed that all the stores are being decked out in Valentine's Day Decor....making Christmas seems like a distant memory. Seems like only yesterday the family and I were snuggled by the fireplace opening gifts under the tree. Boy how time flies!!
All the Christmas baking that I have done recently has left me with some extra ingredients to use up. I had all this almond bark and peanut butter left from when I conducted the Christmas Cooking Class that I literally have been on the hunt to figure out what else to make with them.
Luckily, I came across this recipe over at Tina's blog, Mommy's Kitchen. I have made quite a few recipes from her blog and we have enjoyed them all ;) It was a definite winner in our house and did not disappoint. This is similar to the way I make my Peanut Butter Buckeyes, only difference is you cut the peanut butter mixture into hearts instead of making them into individual balls. You can use milk chocolate almond bark or milk chocolate chips as the coating. These are great to make as teacher gifts, gifts for your friends, or just cause ;)
Since this is a recipe blog, I figured I'd post a tutorial on how to make em'......so let's get started....
First, mix the stick of butter with the peanut butter until well blended. I use my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer for this. Then, you want to slowly add the cups of powdered sugar. You can use your hands to mix in the sugar. After all the mixing, the dough should look like this....a nice...smooth ball of peanut butter dough....and should have the consistency of play dough when you pull it apart......
Next, you want to roll this ball of sweetness into a nice circle....being sure to coat the surface with a little powdered sugar.....
Your kids can help you with this next step! Take a small, heart shaped cookie cutter (or large...depending on how big you want the hearts) and start cutting out heart shapes all over the circle......
Place each of the little/big hearts on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Set them in the fridge/freezer for one hour or overnight.
When ready, melt your chocolate (almond bark or chocolate chips with shortening) in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl. Make sure you only put them in for one minute because anything after that minute will start to cook the chocolate. Be sure to stir the bark/chocolate really well before heading on to the next step.
Dip the hearts inside the bowls of chocolate, making sure to coat both sides. Place the hearts back onto the wax paper to set. We placed ours back in the fridge to set because we enjoy eating them cold.
Yummm! Just look at that smooth, yummy middle inside.....
Easy peasy and so simple! And seriously...who doesn't like chocolate mixed with peanut butter?? They are a match made in heaven ;)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts
(makes as many as you need)
2 cups smooth peanut butter
1 stick butter (1/2 cup) or margarine - softened
4 cups of powdered sugar
1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate morsels
3 T. shortening
1 – Package milk chocolate almond bark
(if using the almond bark omit the chocolate chips & shortening)
Mix the butter with the peanut butter until well blended.
Then, slowly add the cups of powdered sugar. You can use your hands to do this part. Mix it until it forms the shape of a ball and there is no peanut butter left on your hands. The ball, when torn apart, should have the consistency of play dough.
Prepare to roll the dough out by sprinkling a little bit of powdered sugar on the surface. Roll the dough with a rolling pin into a nice circle...about an inch to half an inch thick.
Take your heart shaped cookie cutters and cut little hearts out of the dough. Place the hearts on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and put in the fridge/freezer for an hour or overnight.
Once the hearts have hardened, melt your chocolate (almond bark or combine the chocolate chips with shortening) in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl. Make sure you only put them in for one minute because anything after that minute will start to cook the chocolate. Be sure to stir the bark/chocolate really well before heading on to the next step.
Dip the hearts inside the bowls of chocolate, making sure to coat both sides. Place the hearts back onto the wax paper to set.