Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Treats

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    Over the weekend, Chris and I threw an engagement party for our friends Clint and Kelsey. I LOVE party planning and it was fun to do something nice for such great friends. While planning the “sweet side” of the menu, my creative juices started flowing. I have done chocolate truffles for so many get-togethers so I wanted to stay away from those, but I still wanted to do a bite size dessert. Enter the chocolate covered peanut butter treat. I had never made these before and was surprised how easy it was! It is a little time consuming because you have to refrigerate the formed treats before dipping them in chocolate, but it is totally worth it! I decided to do some in a cube form just to do something different because most truffle-like desserts are in the form of a ball. These are very rich and creamy and I could eat about a million! This is one recipe you won’t regret trying!

    Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Treats
    The ones on the right are covered in toasted, chopped hazelnuts. 
    Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Treats
    15oz jar creamy, natural peanut butter*
    1 stick of butter, softened
    3 C powered sugar 
    1 tsp vanilla
    1/2 tsp salt
    Chocolate and white chocolate (or candy discs)
    Chopped nuts (optional)
    Lollipop sticks
    Stickers for the end (optional)
    Start by mixing peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and salt in a bowl. It will come together and look like this:

    After it is mixed, start forming your cubes and balls. Place them on a silpat or parchment paper lined pan.

    Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. While those are chilling, toast a handful or two of hazelnuts in a small skillet for a few minutes. Do not let them burn. When they have cooled a bit, finely chop them and place them in a small bowl for rolling. (I actually used a food processor).
    Place chocolate or candy discs in microwave bowl and melt. Put lollipop sticks in the peanut butter cubes and start dipping in chocolate. Dip in chopped nuts if desired, and place on parchment paper again to harden. 
    Once they were hardened, I put stickers on the end of the sticks to give them more of a decorated look. Some of them were pretty silver stickers and some were a monogrammed R for the couples last name.  (Not the best picture).
    *I found it really easy to just use a jar of peanut butter instead of trying to measure it out in measuring cups (big mess!). A 15oz jar is exactly what you need. It is also nice because you can pop it in the microwave for a few seconds to get it a little warm-this makes it easier to get it out with a spatula. Also, when you are finished scoping out the jar, just throw it away (no messy measuring cups to wash). Of course, if you already have a large jar of creamy peanut butter, use 1 1/2 cups.