Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts "Happy Valentines Day"


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts "Happy Valentines Day"

Here is another sweet treat just in time for Valentines Day. I saw these cute little Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts over at the Sunday Baker. I really wanted to make them last year, but ran out of time. So this year I made a point to get them done. To me these yummy little hearts taste just like Reese's peanut butter cups and who doesn't like those.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter such a awesome combination. These cute little hearts will make the perfect gift for that special someone. My kiddos will be giving these little Pb hearts out as teacher gifts. Every holiday we make a point to give the teachers something sweet and yummy.


There is still time to make these for Valentines Days!! If you have a peanut butter lover in your house I suggest hiding these little hearts until the big day. If not you wont have any left to give, because once you taste them they will disappear so fast. I am happy to say mine are under safe lock and key in the freezer. LOL.

Here are my little valentines with their valentine gifts for their teachers. We added Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies, Peanut Butter Hearts, Chocolate Kisses and a heart shaped note. I think the teachers are really going to love their Goodie bags.

Carson working hard putting all the chocolate hearts in his teachers gift bag. Mrs. Schildmayer I think Carson snuck you a few extra. Smart boy!!!


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.

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 (I placed them in the freezer overnight). I like to spread out my candy making so I am not doing it all in one day. 

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. I used kitchen shears to trim away the extra chocolate around the edges of the hearts. Don't let the chocolate get totally set when doing this or it will break the chocolate instead of trimming it off.



Let sit on the counter until completely hardened. It wont take long for these to set up.


Here is the yummy peanut buttery center.


Very pretty!!!! I think these would be so cute placed in little valentine boxes or placed in a heart shaped chocolate box.


This is a very inexpensive and pretty gift all rolled up into one.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts

1 - 16 oz sized jar of peanut butter
1 - stick butter (1/2 cup) or margarine - softened
3 – 5 cups of powdered sugar (I used 4 cups)
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)

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 (I placed them in the freezer overnight).

Chocolate Almond Bark Method:

If using milk chocolate almond bark omit the chocolate chips and shortening. Melt the milk chocolate almond bark on the defrost setting of the microwave in 3 minute intervals, stirring between each one. Melt until the chocolate is creamy and a runny consistency. Do not use the cook setting or it will cook the chocolate instead of melting it. You want it thin for dipping. You can also melt the chocolate in a doubler boiler as well. The microwave is just much faster. * My favorite brand of almond bark to use is Plymouths Pantry. I purchase mine at Super Walmart in the baking isle. In my opinion it melts the smoothest and easiest.

Chocolate Chip Method: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 fudgy, 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:




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20 comments:

Siggy Spice said... #

Those look GREAT!

Jessica @ How Sweet said... #

Those are so cute and they look DELICIOUS!!! :)

the country cook said... #

I have a feeling I'm going to need to try these someday. I wonder what other shapes I could think of to make them in!

~Judy~ said... #

I will definetly will be making these. We LOVE Reese Peanut Butter Cups so these will be perfect!!

The Japanese Redneck said... #

Yummy looking. Your kids are really cute!

Heidi said... #

I want to make some!! They look fabulous and easy too :)

Joan said... #

Tina, those are so cute! I will be making those soon!
Your kids sure are growing up fast!

Carrie said... #

How much butter?

Mary said... #

Wow, lucky teachers! And lucky children!! :)

dining room tables said... #

I am really excited for Valentines because I am going to make whole lot of goodies and this includes yours.

Sandy said... #

Sounds delish! Have a fun weekend!

Anonymous said... #

my two favorite things in the world: peanut butter and chocolate. yummmmmmm.

kimhays

DailyChef said... #

These look beautiful. I'm about to find out if they taste as good as they look :)

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Bob West said... #

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cookeaze said... #

Those Chocolate look wonderful and delicious.. I’m thinking I might have to make some for my honey for Valentine’s…day.Great share and a nice complement..

Colleen/And Baby Makes Five said... #

These look divine! And so easy too.

My husband's a peanut butter lover so I may have to make some of these for his birthday next month. How fun!

Your kiddos are awfully cute too...

heartnsoulcooking said... #

These look so AWESOME!!! I love chocolate.
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Anonymous said... #

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

Aunt lodi said... #

Made these for my two sons inlaw & they were a hit. So cute and really quicker than making PB balls or buckeyes.