Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts

Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts
Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    regular-sized jar of peanut butter

  • 1

    stick of butter (or margarine)-softened

  • 3-5

    c. of powdered sugar

  • 1

    bag of semi-sweet chocolate morsels

  • 3

    T. shortening

  • Optional: you can add rice krispies, peanuts, or any other add-in that you might like. I like mine creamy.

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter and stick of butter. Stir until very creamy. Slowly start to stir in the powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Eventually you can just use your hands to start mixing it in. You want the mixture to be the consistency of play-doh. It should not stick to your hand at all and you should be able to easily form a ball with it. Once it's to this point, you won't need to add anymore powdered sugar: Sprinkle a clean surface with a dusting of powdered sugar. Flatten some of the peanut butter dough on this surface, and slowly roll it to about 1/2" thickness (it should be very easy to roll. If not, add more powdered sugar). With a 1-1/2" heart cookie-cutter, cut out the heart shapes: Place the hearts on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Cover with wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour (if short on time, you can freeze for 15 minutes). In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate morsels with the shortening for 1 minute. Stir and reheat for another 15 seconds, stirring again. Continue to do this until the chocolate is completely smooth and the shortening is melted. If the chocolate seems to thick and fudgey, add a bit more shortening. You want it almost at a runny consistency. Remove hearts from the fridge. Using a large fork, dip the hearts in the chocolate one at a time. With the covered heart sitting on the top of the fork, bang the fork against the side of the dish removing any excess chocolate. Place the heart on the wax paper to set: White chocolate is another great option with the peanut butter flavor. I also like to take some of the extra melted chocolate and make designs on the already-covered chocolate hearts for a quick added touch.

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