Buckeye Balls

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Buckeye Balls are a classic no bake peanut butter and chocolate sweet treat that the kids can help make and are perfect for the holidays!

Buckeye Balls are a classic no bake peanut butter and chocolate sweet treat that the kids can help make and are perfect for the holidays!

The time has come!!!  This is the time of year where I share 12 Days of Holiday Treats, and this is Day 1 of 12!

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I started doing this 12 Days series two years ago when I started my blog. It wasn’t too difficult back then because every year, I made at least 6 different kinds of holiday treats to package up and send to family. So, all I had to do was come up with a few more recipes and, BAM!, there’s my series. Every year I made the same exact recipes to send out. It was my thing. But, when you have a recipe food blog, you can’t really do that, so last year I came up with 12 new recipes to make. Some became new favorites, and all received a thorough critical review from my opinionated little sister. This year has been especially challenging mostly because of, well… life. I became the newly appointed PTO president this year, have had a steady flow of family portrait sessions even though my goal was to back away from people photography almost entirely, etc. You get the picture. But I started this thing a couple years ago and I will continue doing my marathon holiday treat making if it darn near kills me!  All of the recipes this year won’t be able to come out without a few savory recipes popping in, so I’ll be interupting your sugar overload train of thought occasionally until completion. Okay, onto the recipe!

Buckeye Balls are a classic no bake peanut butter and chocolate sweet treat that the kids can help make and are perfect for the holidays!

Did you know… The National Peanut Board estimates it takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter. That’s approximately 45 peanuts per ounce of peanut butter. If your family buys peanut butter in those large 40-ounce mega-jars, each one of those jars takes a whopping 1,800 peanuts to make! That’s your fun fact for the day! As you well know, I make a lot of food. Like, a lot. So much that my family rarely even goes out to eat. That’s why I found it especially funny when the first time I had heard of Buckeye Balls was when my sister-in-law told me that she made them. I guess they’re wildly popular and I’m not really sharing anything original today – just my version. Funny, because we used to eat something like this when we were kids. We called it “peanut butter in a cup” and it was basically peanut butter mixed with an obscene amount of sugar. We used to put sugar on everything (cereal, grapefruit – you name it). That probably explains my serious addiction I’ve been trying to kick for the last three and a half decades. Anyway, these peanut-y treats took me back to my youth and who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate?

Buckeye Balls are a classic no bake peanut butter and chocolate sweet treat that the kids can help make and are perfect for the holidays!

This is definitely one of those recipes you can have your kids help with, even if you’re an overbearing kitchen control freak like myself. Let them have fun and then you can fix their odd shaped creations once they go wash their hands!  Be sure to check out the video of me and my son making these Buckeye Balls. Also, you’ll want to scroll all the way down past the recipe to see a visual guide to all of my holiday treats from the past two years.

Watch me and my son make these Buckeye Balls here:

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.
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Buckeye Balls are a classic no bake peanut butter and chocolate sweet treat that the kids can help make and are perfect for the holidays!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 40 balls
Ingredients
filling:
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 ounce jar) peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (1 cube) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
chocolate shell:
  • 9 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together peanut butter, butter, and vanilla until completely smooth.
  2. One cup at a time, add powdered sugar. Start by mixing with a spoon and then mix with hands to form a thick dough. For the last cup of powdered sugar, be sure to add it slowly one heaping spoonful at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  3. Shape tablespoon sized balls and roll them smooth in between your hands. Set on parchment lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for two hours for freeze for at least 15 minutes.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, combine chocolate and remaining butter and microwave at half power in one minute increments, stirring each time, until everything has melted and is completely smooth.
  5. Dip each peanut butter ball in the chocolate. You make use one or two toothpicks to help and then just smooth over any holes the toothpick leaves in the ball. Return the dipped peanut butter balls back to the parchment lined sheet and allow to set.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze until you devour them.
Buckeye Balls are a classic no bake peanut butter and chocolate sweet treat that the kids can help make and are perfect for the holidays!

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

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10 Recipes Perfect for Easter

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Celebrate Spring with these 10 Recipes Perfect for Easter. From natural Easter egg dye, to deviled eggs, to sweet treats, make this Easter fabulous!

Celebrate Spring with these 10 Recipes Perfect for Easter. From natural Easter egg dye, to deviled eggs, to sweet treats, make this Easter fabulous!

I love Easter! I’m not exactly sure why, but I think it just has to do with the official start of Spring. I know living in Portland isn’t as bad as being in a region that is frozen over for the duration of winter, but I have to admit – I really struggle with the short rainy days and the low grey sky. It makes me feel claustrophobic and I’m pretty sure I have a legitimate case of seasonal depression and I know for a fact that I severely lack in the Vitamin D department this time of year. Perhaps that is why I love Easter so much. To me, Easter represents the return of color. Not only grey skies turning blue, but flowers of all colors blooming everywhere!  That’s why I think its especially fun to make all sorts of Easter goodies.  You can’t beat a delicious ham for Easter dinner, and I made the best damn whole bone-in ham that ever existed.  And what do you do with that leftover ham?  Make a delicious soup, of course! But before you can get dinner on the table, Easter brunch is what its all about and you can’t have brunch without eggs benedict. Finally, for some reason (I think it has to do with the bunny), Easter makes me think of carrot recipes – specifically things like carrot cupcakes and carrot cookies. YUM!

Celebrate Spring with these 10 Recipes Perfect for Easter. From natural Easter egg dye, to deviled eggs, to sweet treats, make this Easter fabulous!

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10 Recipes Perfect for EasterPeanut Butter Easter Eggs

10 Recipes Perfect for EasterBacon Horseradish Deviled Eggs

10 Recipes Perfect for EasterOld Fashioned Carrot Cake

10 Recipes Perfect for EasterEasy Easter Cookies

10 Recipes Perfect for EasterEaster Lemon Pie Cups

10 Recipes Perfect for EasterSoft and Chewy Sugar Cookie Bars

10 Recipes Perfect for EasterHot Cross Buns

10 Recipes Perfect for EasterNatural Easter Egg Dye Recipes

10 Recipes Perfect for Easter Easter Egg Cookie Dough Truffles

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Chocolate Caramel Peanut Crunch Tart

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This Chocolate Caramel Peanut Crunch Tart has everything you could ever want in a dessert – a sugar cookie crust, a rich peanut caramel layer, and a crunchy chocolate peanut butter top.

This Chocolate Caramel Peanut Crunch Tart has everything you could ever want in a dessert - a sugar cookie crust, a rich peanut caramel layer, and a crunchy chocolate peanut butter top.

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Who doesn’t love peanut butter? Who doesn’t love caramel? Now, tell me who doesn’t love all of those things combined? December is a month that means a lot of things to a lot of families. One of the main things it means to me is holiday baking. Lots and lots of it!

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I knew I wanted to make an impressive dessert to serve at Christmas dinner that had peanut butter in it because everyone in my family loves peanut butter. Baking with peanut butter brings me back to the days when I would make peanut butter cookies with my sisters as a kid. To me, it has become a key ingredient in our family tradition of holiday baking. I found this SKIPPY® Natural Peanut Butter and knew I wanted to use it in my dessert because A) SKIPPY® is the brand I grew up on and B) its a creamy peanut butter that you don’t have to stir which I think is ideal for baking and C) it has (and doesn’t have) everything you’d want to see in a peanut butter.  I encourage you to visit the SKIPPY® Peanut Butter website: www.peanutbutter.com (pretty cool url, right?) to see more recipes and get a coupon!

This Chocolate Caramel Peanut Crunch Tart has everything you could ever want in a dessert - a sugar cookie crust, a rich peanut caramel layer, and a crunchy chocolate peanut butter top.

This dessert has everything a chocolate-peanut-butter-caramel fan could want.

This Chocolate Caramel Peanut Crunch Tart has everything you could ever want in a dessert - a sugar cookie crust, a rich peanut caramel layer, and a crunchy chocolate peanut butter top.

This tart starts with a sugar cookie crust. Smack dab in the middle is a combination of homemade salted caramel sauce mixed with peanuts. You like the start of this already, I can tell.

This Chocolate Caramel Peanut Crunch Tart has everything you could ever want in a dessert - a sugar cookie crust, a rich peanut caramel layer, and a crunchy chocolate peanut butter top.

On top of that is a crunchy chocolate peanut butter fudge. That’s right. CRUNCHY. The crunch comes from a secret ingredient – Feuilletine Flakes. These delicacies are hard to find, but in today’s world they are just a click away online. Feuilletine Flakes are buttery, toasty-sweet shards that can be added to ganache, frostings and truffles for a super crunch. But, instead of ganache that’s made from chocolate and heavy cream, this one is made from chocolate, peanut butter, and honey.

This Chocolate Caramel Peanut Crunch Tart has everything you could ever want in a dessert - a sugar cookie crust, a rich peanut caramel layer, and a crunchy chocolate peanut butter top.

I can pretty much guarantee you’ve never had a dessert like this one. One of the many things that I realized as I set this dessert out on the table in front of my family was that I’d unknowingly created a family tradition that I wasn’t even aware of – every year for the holidays, I’ve made some kind of different dessert with peanut butter in it. I plan on continuing the tradition and hopefully my food loving kids will carry it forward with their families!

This Chocolate Caramel Peanut Crunch Tart has everything you could ever want in a dessert - a sugar cookie crust, a rich peanut caramel layer, and a crunchy chocolate peanut butter top.

The best place to buy Feuilletine Flakes is on Amazon:

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 1 tart
Ingredients
shell (sugar cookie dough):
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
caramel layer:
  • salted caramel sauce
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
chocolate peanut butter fudge layer:
  • 16 ounces chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 cup SKIPPY® Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 ounces Feuilletine Flakes
Instructions
  1. To make the crust, follow the instructions to make my sugar cookie dough. Roll out sugar cookie dough 1/4 inch thick and place into a tart pan, pressing down into the corners. Use the rolling pin to roll over the edge and cut off any excess dough - this can be used to make sugar cookies.
  2. Blind-bake the crust by covering with parchment or aluminum foil and then weigh down with pie weights and cook in 400 degree oven for 14 minutes.
  3. Add peanuts to cooked shell and fill crust half way with caramel sauce. Bake for 12-15 minutes until you get a nice full bubbling caramel. Cool.
  4. To make chocolate peanut butter fudge layer, combine melted chocolate, peanut butter, honey, and salt in large bowl. Fold in Feuilletine Flakes and stir until combined. Add mixture to top of tart and press down with back of spoon to even out.
This Chocolate Caramel Peanut Crunch Tart has everything you could ever want in a dessert - a sugar cookie crust, a rich peanut caramel layer, and a crunchy chocolate peanut butter top.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Pretzel Treats

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These Thanksgiving Turkey Pretzel Treats are super fun and easy to make. The kids will absolutely love them and they actually taste really good too!

These Thanksgiving Turkey Pretzel Treats are super fun and easy to make. The kids will absolutely love them and they actually taste really good too!

Wow. My kids really loved making these. Like me, they’re all about the way things taste. First and foremost, they’ll agree that’s what’s important. But they’re still kids, and if a treat like this can not only taste fantastic but is also super cute? That’s a total WIN in their minds.

These Thanksgiving Turkey Pretzel Treats are super fun and easy to make. The kids will absolutely love them and they actually taste really good too!

These goofy little turkeys were so incredibly easy to make. Each one ended up being slightly different too, which made them even more fun. I made my own candy googly eyes, but you can easily buy some at any cake decorating or craft store. Everything else can be found at the grocery store. Well, you might have to go to Trader Joe’s or amazon for the candy coated sunflower seeds, but they just don’t look like turkeys without them!

These Thanksgiving Turkey Pretzel Treats are super fun and easy to make. The kids will absolutely love them and they actually taste really good too!

How fun would these be to set out at Thanksgiving for your guests to enjoy! I just filled a bowl with rice and they stood right up and stared at me, waiting to have their heads bitten off.

These Thanksgiving Turkey Pretzel Treats are super fun and easy to make. The kids will absolutely love them and they actually taste really good too!

My kids told me that all of their friends thought their lunchbox treat was like the coolest thing they had ever seen. I won the “coolest mom” award that day!

These Thanksgiving Turkey Pretzel Treats are super fun and easy to make. The kids will absolutely love them and they actually taste really good too!

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These Thanksgiving Turkey Pretzel Treats are super fun and easy to make. The kids will absolutely love them and they actually taste really good too!
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Recipe type: dessert
Ingredients
  • pretzel rods
  • Reeces peanut butter chips
  • oreos
  • candy corns
  • candy googly eyes
  • candy covered sunflower seeds
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Break pretzel rods in half.
  2. Add peanut butter chips to a cup and microwave on 50% power for one minute. Stir, and continue to heat in 30 second increments until its melted. For best results, you want the peanut butter chips to easily spread, but not so hot that it doesn't set rather quickly.
  3. Dip one side of the oreo in the melted peanut butter chips and arrange candy corns around the outside to look like tail feathers.
  4. Dip one end of the pretzel rod in the melted peanut butter chips and set on top of the decorated oreo. Support base of pretzel rod with a candy corn, if needed.
  5. While peanut butter is still warm, press two eyes and two candy coated sunflower seeds into peanut butter to resemble eyes, beak, and waddle.
  6. Allow to fully set, then enjoy!

These Thanksgiving Turkey Pretzel Treats are super fun and easy to make. The kids will absolutely love them and they actually taste really good too!
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Butterfinger Overload Brownies

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Butterfinger Overload Brownies are the very best quick and easy chocolate peanut butter dessert that’s better than anything you’ve ever tasted.

Butterfinger Overload Brownies are the very best quick and easy chocolate peanut butter dessert that's better than anything you've ever tasted.

Who’s got some leftover Halloween candy? I know… to some people, the idea of leftover Halloween candy is a myth. Well, this year, it happened to be pouring on Halloween. Rain = fewer trick-or-treaters = double the candy that gets passed out. Score 1 for the kids who braved the wet weather!

Butterfinger Overload Brownies are the very best quick and easy chocolate peanut butter dessert that's better than anything you've ever tasted.

I just so happened to find these new Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups. Have you seen them? They’re even better than you think! As soon as I found them, I knew I wanted to make Butterfinger Overload Brownies.

Butterfinger Overload Brownies are the very best quick and easy chocolate peanut butter dessert that's better than anything you've ever tasted.

First of all, I have perfected my brownie recipe. I haven’t found any other recipe that can even compete. They are chewy on the inside and crisp on the top and edges. You make them in one pot and stir them by hand so the clean up is pretty darn easy too.

Butterfinger Overload Brownies are the very best quick and easy chocolate peanut butter dessert that's better than anything you've ever tasted.

I love using a parchment lined foil to bake with so that I can just lift my brownies out of the pan for easy cutting.

Butterfinger Overload Brownies are the very best quick and easy chocolate peanut butter dessert that's better than anything you've ever tasted.

The final product is an insanely delicious brownie that’s loaded with both the creamy and smooth flavors and texture of Butterfinger. SO GOOD!

Butterfinger Overload Brownies are the very best quick and easy chocolate peanut butter dessert that's better than anything you've ever tasted.

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.
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Butterfinger Overload Brownies are the very best quick and easy chocolate peanut butter dessert that's better than anything you've ever tasted.
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 16 servings
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 9 fun sized Butterfingers, cut into thirds
  • 1 cup Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line or grease an 8x8 inch baking pan. Stir the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.
  2. In a medium sauce pot over medium heat, melt butter. Continue to cook while it foams and stir constantly until it browns and you see some brown specks at the bottom and it starts to smell a bit toasted (i.e. heaven). Remove from heat. Once butter cools a bit, add sugar and vanilla extract. Next, beat in the eggs one at a time with a spoon. Gradually add the flour mixture, and stir the batter until it's evenly moistened.
  3. Add your Butterfinger pieces to the batter and stir to combine.
  4. Spread the batter into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (except for melted chocolate), 35-40 minutes. Cool in the pan, cut into squares, and serve.
Butterfinger Overload Brownies are the very best quick and easy chocolate peanut butter dessert that's better than anything you've ever tasted.
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Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

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Kids love these Peanut Butter Spider Cookies because are super fun and easy to make, taste great, and are the perfect Halloween treat.

Kids love these Peanut Butter Spider Cookies because they are super fun and easy to make, taste great, and are the perfect Halloween treat.
Kids love these Peanut Butter Spider Cookies because are super fun and easy to make, taste great, and are the perfect Halloween treat.

I love making cookies. I love eating cookies even more than I love making them. Every year around Christmas time I go on a Christmas cookie making extravaganza and make dozens and dozens of cookies of all varieties to ship off to my family, including my 98-year-old grandfather!  These peanut butter chocolate cookies are almost always in there because they’re easy to make and everyone’s favorite cookie of the bunch. I’ve been making them for so long, I can’t even remember where I originally found the recipe, but its definitely a keeper and they always turn out perfectly.

The dough just takes a few minutes to mix up. Then comes the fun part – rolling it into balls. Because I’m a little OCD about having all of my cookies be the same size, I used my small cookie scoop and made each ball a level scoop before rolling. Not only did this make the cookies all the same size for even cooking, but it made it so that I got an exact 4 dozen out of the batch (plus the bit of dough at the end that I couldn’t help tasting).

Kids love these Peanut Butter Spider Cookies because are super fun and easy to make, taste great, and are the perfect Halloween treat.

I always bake these cookies exactly 8 minutes. Your oven time may vary, but that’s the sweet spot for my oven.

Kids love these Peanut Butter Spider Cookies because are super fun and easy to make, taste great, and are the perfect Halloween treat.

Then, as soon as you take them out of the oven, you press the peanut butter cups into the top of the cookie. When I make these during the Christmas holiday, I put the peanut butter cups in the right way and press them all the way down to make the tops even with the cookie. But because I knew I wanted to add legs to make spiders, I turned those peanut butter cups upside down and didn’t press them in all the way.

Kids love these Peanut Butter Spider Cookies because are super fun and easy to make, taste great, and are the perfect Halloween treat.

Once the cookies have cooled, you’re going to pipe the chocolate peanut butter legs on. This took me a bit of practice, plus the temperature of the chocolate will determine whether you get skinny or fat legs. Don’t worry though – if any of them turn out ugly, you get a free pass to eat them right then and their. I can justify most things, as you might learn, from reading my blog!

Kids love these Peanut Butter Spider Cookies because are super fun and easy to make, taste great, and are the perfect Halloween treat.

These cookies are insanely tasty.

Kids love these Peanut Butter Spider Cookies because are super fun and easy to make, taste great, and are the perfect Halloween treat.

My kids were so excited when they came home and saw these. I pretty much won the “coolest mom” award for the day. They packaged them up and brought them in for their teachers the next day.

Kids love these Peanut Butter Spider Cookies because are super fun and easy to make, taste great, and are the perfect Halloween treat.

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.

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Kids love these Peanut Butter Spider Cookies because they are super fun and easy to make, taste great, and are the perfect Halloween treat.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 4 dozen cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 48 miniature chocolate covered peanut butter cups, unwrapped
Legs:
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda and set aside.
  2. Cream together the peanut butter and butter along with the white and brown sugars until light in color and very fluffy. Stir in the egg, vanilla and milk until well combined.
  3. Add the flour mixture and mix just until well combined.
  4. I used a small cookie scoop and rolled each level scoop into a ball. Place each dough ball into an ungreased well of a mini muffin pan. You should have just enough batter to make 48 cookies.
  5. Bake in preheated oven about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball. If you're making spiders, I think its cute to put the peanut butter cup in upside down and not press it in all the way. If you won't be adding legs, you can push it in right side up and press down to make the top even with the cookie. Cool and carefully remove from pan.
Legs:
  1. Microwave chocolate chips and peanut butter on 50% power for 2-3 minutes, then stir well. If chips are still not melted, continue to cook in microwave at 50% power in one minute increments until melted. Add to plastic bag and snip off corner to squeeze eight legs onto each cookie. Be sure to pipe legs onto cooled cookies and allow the chocolate to somewhat cool before piping to get your desired thickness. Allow chocolate legs to dry and harden.
  2. Store in an airtight container. Can be frozen.

 

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Snickers Peanut Butter Fudge

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This microwave Snickers Peanut Butter Fudge combines all the great flavors of your favorite candy into an easy-to-make dessert everyone will love.

This microwave Snickers Peanut Butter Fudge combines all the great flavors of your favorite candy into an easy-to-make dessert everyone will love.

Whoa. Talk about a naughty treat. This outrageous dessert doesn’t actually have any Snickers in it, although they would be easy to incorporate if that’s what floats your boat. No, this dessert is made up of all the best components we love about a Snickers: chocolate, peanuts, caramel.

This microwave Snickers Peanut Butter Fudge combines all the great flavors of your favorite candy into an easy-to-make dessert everyone will love.

This recipe came to be because I had some leftover salted caramel sauce. See how one naughty thing can lead to another?

This microwave Snickers Peanut Butter Fudge combines all the great flavors of your favorite candy into an easy-to-make dessert everyone will love.

When I was pondering what to do with said caramel sauce, I thought about one of my favorite candy bars. I have fond memories of Snickers. Whether is was pulling one out of my pocket while riding the chairlift at the ski resort or when my sisters and I used to ride down to the corner store and buy obscene amounts of candy and hide them in our pants so our mom wouldn’t find them, the killer combo of chocolate, caramel and peanut will always remain near and dear to my heart.

This microwave Snickers Peanut Butter Fudge combines all the great flavors of your favorite candy into an easy-to-make dessert everyone will love.

The recipe starts with a chocolate layer. Just melting pure chocolate is boring and it cools too hard. Your best bet is to soften it up with some fat. That’s what I did when I made my triple threat peppermint brownie bites last Christmas, only then I used butter. This time I went all out and mixed the chocolate with crunchy peanut butter. The best part is getting to lick the bowl after you transfer it to the pan.

This microwave Snickers Peanut Butter Fudge combines all the great flavors of your favorite candy into an easy-to-make dessert everyone will love.

In the middle you have your homemade salted caramel sauce and freshly toasted peanuts. Before you get too upset over me lying about how easy this recipe is to make, you can always buy a jar of caramel sauce and roasted peanuts. If you have the time and energy to make your own, however, this sinful dessert will taste even better.

This microwave Snickers Peanut Butter Fudge combines all the great flavors of your favorite candy into an easy-to-make dessert everyone will love.

And finally on top you have a creamy and super easy to make peanut butter fudge. You can always just make this on its own, but I highly recommend you go that extra mile and turn it into Snickers peanut butter fudge. If you’ve ever eaten peanut butter cookie dough, and I’m guessing you have, then you have an idea of what this fudge tastes like (without the egg and flour, of course). It is GOOD. So, whether it be for a special occasion, a holiday like Father’s Day, Easter, or Christmas, or you just have a killer craving, you have to make this stuff. Pure peanut butter heaven!

This microwave Snickers Peanut Butter Fudge combines all the great flavors of your favorite candy into an easy-to-make dessert everyone will love.

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Snickers Peanut Butter Fudge
 
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This microwave Snickers Peanut Butter Fudge combines all the great flavors of your favorite candy into an easy-to-make dessert everyone will love.
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 16 pieces
Ingredients
chocolate layer
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
caramel layer
  • 1/2 cup salted caramel sauce (you can use more but this is all I had left)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup raw peanuts, toasted with skins removed
fudge layer:
  • 1 cup (2 cubes) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 16 ounces powdered sugar (measures a little more than 4 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Prepare an 8x8 cake pan by lining with parchment or foil. I actually have this paper that is parchment on top and foil on the bottom - highly recommended.
chocolate layer:
  1. Combine chocolate and peanut butter in microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes at 50% power, stir, and repeat until just melted. My chocolate was frozen and in pretty good chunks and it took a total of 4min at 50% power to melt everything. Pour into prepared pan and use a rubber spatula to spread an even layer on the bottom. Transfer dish to freezer to harden.
caramel layer:
  1. Make some homemade salted caramel sauce and allow to cool. It is totally worth it. Alternatively, you can buy some if you're in a hurry.
  2. I used whole raw peanuts and slightly toasted them in a pan on the stove over low heat. While heating, I shook the pan to avoid burning and when the skins started to fall off, I transferred them to a clean towel. You can then use the towel to rub the peanuts and the skin comes off (this is how I toast hazelnuts too). Discard the skins. Alternatively, you can always buy roasted peanuts.
  3. Remove the pan from the freezer and pour the caramel over the chocolate. Spread to cover. Then sprinkle the peanuts on top. Return the pan to the freezer.
fudge:
  1. Combine the butter and peanut butter in a large microwave safe bowl (I used glass) and cover with a large plate. Microwave for 2 minutes on high. Stir and microwave on high for 2 more minutes. Be extremely careful as this mixture will be very hot.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and stir well until everything is fully combined and smooth. Add the vanilla and stir to combine.
  3. Transfer the warm fudge to the pan and use the spatula to make an even layer. If it gets hard to spread, use the spatula to pat it down - this will give you a nice smooth surface if you pat fast enough.
  4. Cut a square of parchment the size of the fudge and cover completely (you want the parchment touching the fudge). Refrigerate refrigerate until cool, about 1-2 hours.
  5. To cut, lift fudge out of pan and transfer to a cutting board. Pull away parchment. To get a nice clean cut, I boil water and add it to a tall glass. Then I let my largest sharpest knife sit in the hot water. Before every slice, wipe the knife and any excess fudge off for a clean cut, then repeat for each cut.
  6. Cut into 16 two inch pieces for full dessert sized portions or 64 one inch pieces if you prefer bite sized treats. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week or store in airtight freezer bag in the freezer for longer.
Notes
I used crunchy peanut butter with no added sugar. There's enough sugar in this fudge that I personally feel a sweetened peanut butter would be gross. I also really liked the little chunks throughout.

 

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Peanut Butter Dip

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Create an easy-to-make snack and pair apple slices, waffle sticks and celery with this kid-friendly Peanut Butter Dip treat.

Peanut Butter Dip | Self Proclaimed Foodie

 

Remember when you were a kid and the only thing better than peanut butter cookie dough was chocolate chip cookie dough?  Oh, who am I kidding. The same thing still stands as an adult. Peanut butter cookie dough is freaking good.  Well, you know what? This dip actually tastes like peanut butter cookie dough. Create an easy-to-make snack and pair apple slices, waffle sticks and celery with this kid-friendly Peanut Butter Dip treat.

I love me a nice crunchy tart yet sweet apple. Honeycrisps and pink ladies are my favorites. But what’s better than a really good apple?  An apple dipped in this stuff, that’s what.  I wanted to feel like a kid again so I toasted up a freezer waffle and used that for the dip too. Soooo flippin’ good!  That’s my son’s hand in the picture. Isn’t it cute?  He loves helping me with my food photos because that means he gets the first bite.  I make my kids earn their keep.

Create an easy-to-make snack and pair apple slices, waffle sticks and celery with this kid-friendly Peanut Butter Dip treat.

I like to make a special apple waffle peanut butter dip combo. Doesn’t this little bite sized treat look yum?  Its not the healthiest dip. I’m not claiming that it is. I’m just telling you that it tastes great. There are endless dippers you can use too – apples, waffles, crackers, pretzel sticks, celery, your fingers, etc.  Take my advice and make this with crunchy peanut butter.  You can thank me later.

Create an easy-to-make snack and pair apple slices, waffle sticks and celery with this kid-friendly Peanut Butter Dip treat.

 

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Peanut Butter Dip
 
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Create an easy-to-make snack and pair apple slices, waffle sticks and celery with this kid-friendly Peanut Butter Dip treat.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Yields: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened peanut butter (I prefer crunchy)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium high speed until well combined and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Serve with sliced apples, pretzel sticks, etc.

Create an easy-to-make snack and pair apple slices, waffle sticks and celery with this kid-friendly Peanut Butter Dip treat.
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31 Healthy Smoothies

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I’ve rounded up 31 Healthy Smoothies to keep you energized and feeling good all month long. From tropical to peanut butter, they’re all tasty & easy to make.

31 Healthy Smoothies | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I can’t wait to start the New Year off by eating healthy. When I start my morning with an awesome smoothie, I feel like I’ve done something good for my body with little to no effort. I have a ton of goals for 2015, professionally and personally, and eating right with regular exercise is at the top of my list. Click on the “next page” icon to check out a months worth of amazing smoothie recipes that I have found for you. They include dessert inspired (but healthy) smoothies, super food and detox smoothies, smoothies made with peanut butter (because they’re oh-so-good), and my favorite – tropical smoothies.

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