2/11/09

Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts





Valentine's Day is not really a big-deal holiday to me, although I think it can be a sweet day to remind others that you care about them. Here is a very yummy, sweet treat that you can share with a friend, co-worker, or neighbor to let them know you are thinking of them. Or, make up a big container of them and gift them to someone really special! They are delicious and so cute to boot:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts
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.

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
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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. Now it's time to make the hearts presentable! I love these quick little boxes because they're just the right size for the heart candy. Here's the pattern I use (you can print it off and increase the size when scanning):


Make sure to print or trace the design onto a heavy cardstock. Fold at the dotted lines to get this:


You can fill up the little box with Valentine's colored M&Ms or other candy. Then place a homemade heart on top (make sure to put down some parchment or wax paper in the bottom of the box first):





Then I folded up the box and added an embellishment. There's a little spot under the top fold of the box where you can put a ribbon. When the recipient pulls the ribbon out, they can get a message from you:



If you don't have time to make the box, a cute Valentine themed cupcake holder does the job too! Just tie a little cellophane bag with a ribbon around it.:

72 comments:

Lori said...

Mmmmm... thank you for the Dee-lish recipe!! :)

Culinarywannabe said...

These are just precious!!

snbjork said...

Oh yay! These are EXACTLY what I was looking for for my husband's Valentine's day treat. He loves chocolate and peanut butter. These will be so fun! Thanks!

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

The boxes are just adorable! Peanut butter and chocolate? My favorite! Back in the day, of course. :)

Mommy's Kitchen said...

Those are so cute Tanya. Umm I love peanut butter. Such a cute idea, I love making sweet treats for the valentine holiday.

Becca Watson said...

Those look very yummy!! I'll have to give them a try sometime!!

Kara said...

These are so cute! I've made them as peanut butter bars before, but never thought of cutting them into hearts and dipping them. Thanks so much for the great idea!!

Lalapoo said...

Mmm delicious... I am so happy I found your blog.. although I am not a big valentines day person.. I usually cook something yummy for my family... I love this..
Congrats on being saucy!

sassyglassdesigns said...

Since Reese's is my favorite, I will love this. Thanks for sharing.

writing4612 said...

Very cute idea!

ChickenStamps said...

These look really fun...delicious, too! Thanks.

Jennifer said...

WOW, you are so creative!!! These look so amazing!! :) thank you for the step by step! :)

WW said...

Oooh...these look wonderful!
I've gotta try them.
Stop by my blog...I've given you an award!

Rebekah said...

These look great! I've been looking for a recipe like this for a long time! Thanks for posting it!!
Happy Valentine's Day!!

Meg said...

These are fabulous and I love the little boxes!

Sara said...

These are just gorgeous, what a great treat for Valentine's Day!

FlipFlop Mom said...

Beautiful!!!

Stacy's Random Thoughts said...

Those look YUMMY! And I love the little boxes, too! Thanks for sharing! :)

Congrats on being Saucy! ;)

ClassyChassy said...

Nice and easy! What a wonderful idea! Thanks!

angie said...

Just wanted to congratulate you on your Saucy Blog! I'll have to bookmark you so I can come back and look at your recipes - chicken lasagna, taco ring - yum!

Nicole ~ said...

Yummy, I wish I were your neighbor. I sure could use one of those right now! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

Heather said...

What a cute and easy idea! Congratulations on being saucy!!

capperson said...

mmm those look sooo yummy. my mama says no peanut butter..not right now..grr..how aggrivating. i wanted to make some :(

^..^ Corgi Dog Mama said...

Yummo, as RR would say.
Oh my good golly, those look delish, Corgi Dog Mama says!
I've been good, real good, and deserve those!

Millie said...

The only way I could get MOTH's attention with these Tanya would be to flick the Heart shape off & find a Football cookie cutter!
Millie ^_^

Wendy said...

These look divine! What size is a "regular" size jar of peanut butter? How many cups is that?

Tanya said...

He he, you girls make me laugh! These are really good. Addicting, but little so you feel ok eating them!

I use about 2-1/2 c. of peanut butter.

Monica said...

You are now my husband's favorite person! He's going to love this!

yellowfarmhouse said...

Yummm chocolate and peanut butter - my fav. I'm going to try and remember to do these at Easter since I've run out of time for "heart" day. thanks - I love stopping by your blog to see what your whipping up.

Karen

Island Girl said...

I'm pretty sure that if *cough* when *cough* I make these, they won't make it to their destination :)

Stopping by from SITS!

Glamorous Life of a House Wife said...

Um, those look INCREDIBLE!!!!

Donnetta said...

YUMMY! YUMMY! YUMMY!! Too bad I just decided to try & lose some weight - again...

Congrats, Your Saucy-ness!

KathyinCarolina said...

I am so making these today!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Wow! These look awesome!

Tanya said...

I'm in the process of making these right now & I can't wait for them to be done. My son is going to give them to his teachers tomorrow for valentine's day that is if we all don't eat them up first. =)

Just say Julie said...

Stopping by from SITS. Those look absolutely amazing! Wonder if I'd have time to do this tonight?

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Cute box!
Also, thank you for stopping by and saying hello!
Cassie

Katrina said...

Perfect and delicious! Love the hearts! And the box.

Jen Sue Wild said...

Yum
I think I could even make these!

michelle said...

oh my gosh...........SO cute...I might have to do these!

M:)

Reeni♥ said...

Came over to say hi from SITS and I am so glad I did. These look so cute and scrumptious! I love how you packaged them up!

Eric Barclay said...

I have a feeling I'll be grabbing a Reese's at the checkout aisle tonight...

Really like the way you packaged these.

adrienne said...

looks like a "must-do". very creative boxes too! thanks for sharing!

My New 30 said...

That is too precious! Thank you for sharing that with us!

The Blonde Duck said...

This is the cutest thing I've ever seen. I love it! The box, the hearts--it's all so adorable!

www.aduckinherpond.com.

tanya said...

ahh, i think i should save your blog for the evening to check--it's the morning and I'm already starting to get hungry looking at those yummy pics :-)

Anonymous said...

Girl, you are genius! These are awesome and easy enough for me to do. You never cease to amaze me. I love your blog!
Lisa

allthingsribbon said...

Yummy, Just what I am looking for!
Thanks!

Liz said...

That's precious! I could eat my weight in those. Seriously.

blueviolet said...

Those turned out really, really cute! But everything you do does.

Valerie said...

Oh my goodness. I hopped over to wish you a late Happy SAUCY week. I had NO idea how delicious your blog was. My mouth is watering and everything looks so good. I am sooo glad I popped over.

Sue said...

These look fabulous!! I must make them now....

The Cookie Girl said...

Thanks for a yummy mummy recipe.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Cathy Santarsiero, "The Christmas Corgi" said...

Just popping in to wish you a happy Valentine's, Tanya! Kiss that little Sophie on the nose for me too, will you? xo

Jaime said...

Those look AMAZING and I don't even like peanut butter! Thanks for sharing and have a great Valentine's Day from a fellow SITSta!

Michaela said...

Oh those look so delicious! My husband would love those so I will have to give it a try :) Stopping by from SITS and wanted to say congrats to being saucy this week

momma said...

ooooh, just looking at that added 5lbs to my hips :)

happy hearts day - stopping by from sits!

Katie said...

These are beautiful! Congratulations on being saucy!

Tamara aka Cheapskate Mom said...

Oh my goodness - I am seriously holding back from licking my computer screen! Those look divine!

I'll have to grab your button. Yummers!

Visiting from SITS congrats on being SACUY!!

Brenda Jean said...

Oh my gosh, these are awesome! I don't think mine would turn out that beautiful:)

Maria said...

Too bad my husband is allergic to PB! These would of been fun to make!! I guess I will have to make them for myself:) Happy V-day!

Anonymous said...

ok maybe im not getting this but it says 3-5 cups powdered sugar...does that mean u just guess....lol sorry im not very good in the kitchen still learning

Auds at Barking Mad said...

What an awesome, not to mention GORGEOUS Valentine's treat. I wish I'd seen this on Friday...my eldest daughter LOVES chocolate and peanut butter...I would have made these for her in a heart beat!

Linked from SITS and I'll definitely be back!

Joy Zaczyk said...

Seriously, these look to die for! I am printing out this recipe RIGHT NOW. :)

Joy

snbjork said...

I made a batch of these beauties on Friday. They are so delicious (I'm eating one...or two right now)! They were super easy to make and they look so beautiful! This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thanks again!

KraftyKerilou said...

Really NOW!! Are you TRYING to make me FAT?? Oh, they look so good!! I love to come an visit, but you are killin' me here!! Lovely, as always!!
kerilou

Mammatalk said...

Don't know how I keep missing your blog, I have been following you awhile now. Your blog is a blast. I'll be baaaaack!

Oh, and, yum...YUM!

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

Wow! I've always made these into balls and dipped them and I've never seen them as a heart! Love ya big time for this idea!
-Kim

Cynthia said...

we made these and loved them!!

Thanks for the fun V'tines treat!

Meg said...

I awarded you my Holy Yum! award for these beauties. I hope you don't mind that I stole a picture.

Feel free to post about and display your award! Thanks for being such an amazing blogger.

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

This is just like the hearts I made on my blog - only yours are way prettier! I had wanted to do the cut outs, but couldn't find a small heart cookie cutter. These are beautiful!

Deb said...

That last picture made me want to reach in and grab it. Yum

Deb