Peanut Butter Chocolate Bites

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My husband’s office is nuts and each person brings in a homemade batch of cookies to share each week before Christmas, and his co-worker Jordan was sweet enough to share the recipe with me!

James said they were delicious (high praise from him – he’s usually pretty picky), and I can’t wait to try them out. However, they may have to wait until next Christmas – I’m just about ready for some new year’s dieting to start but this is the last dessert I’ll share for at least a week or two. :) 


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Peanut Butter Chocolate Bites (Adapted from Taste of Home)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 oz each)
  • Optional – colored sprinkles

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Directions

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1.  In small bowl, combine 1/2 cup peanut butter, butter, confectioners’ sugar, and salt until smooth. Set aside.

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2.  Melt the chocolate chips, candy bars and remaining 1/2 cup peanut butter. Stir until smooth.

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3.  Set up paper-lined miniature muffin cups to prepare treats in, either in a muffin tin or on a plate.

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4.  Drop enough chocolate mixture into each muffin cup to cover the bottom (1/4 full).

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5.  Roll peanut butter interior picture into small balls (1/4 – 1/2”) and add 1 ball to the chocolate layer of each treat.

6.  Fill the remaining muffin cup with chocolate mixture and decorate with sprinkles if desired.

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Store in refrigerator until ready to eat! Makes roughly 30 treats.



 

 

 

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12 Christmas Treats You Need to Make This Year

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You all know I love (looooove) me some Christmas baking, so I pulled together a roundup of our family’s favorite Christmas treats! While we love just about everything Christmas around here, baking is probably the thing I most enjoy during the Christmas season.

 

(In fact, I snagged a ba-jillion bags of Nestle last week at Kroger. ‘Nuf said.) 

 

I’d love to hear what your family makes this time of year too ~ leave a comment to share! Here’s a peek at our favorites . . .

 

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1. Christmas Crack

This has been the number ONE recipe on PPP for several weeks now.  It’s so worth your time (and so simple) and EVERYONE you share this with will thank you (and hound you for the recipe)!

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2. Slow Cooker Christmas Candy

Such an easy way to make delicious treats for teachers, mail carriers, neighbors, and just about anyone on your list.

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3. Christmas Treat:  Buckeye Balls

We love these and just made a double batch this week to share. So good!

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4. Honey Bun Cake {aka Happy Birthday Jesus Cake}

This is by far our family’s favorite Christmas tradition. I only make it once a year, but it’s just perfect.

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5. Peppermint Glaze Chocolate Cake

This one is so simple but looks just perfect. Use a box mix to save time this year!

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6. Perfect Peanut Butter Fudge

The. best. peanut. butter. fudge. ever. I promise.

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7.  Easy Marshmallow Fudge

This one has just three ingredients, and if you have older kids at home they can make it without any help. Love that!

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8.  Almost Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

We usually make these during Christmas week as a special treat. My kids love my almost-homemade-cinnamon rolls anytime of year, but after seeing my friend Jen make hers in the shape of a Christmas tree, I had to tweak our recipe too for the Christmas season!

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9.  Muddy Buddy Chex Mix

All you need is a jar of peanut butter, some chocolate chips, a box of Chex mix and a bunch of powdered sugar. Honestly this is one of my kids favorites and they devoured ours when we made it over the weekend.

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10.  White Chocolate Gingerbread Bars

This is a Martha Stewart recipe, but they’ve got so much real butter in them that you’d swear they were Paula Deen’s. Super easy to make and I love that you can cook them in one big batch.

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11. Best Chocolate Chip Cookies {EVER}

I’m not kidding, these are the best chocolate chip cookies you will ever eat. For real. It’s the only recipe I have down by memory, and I’ve even tripled the batch before in my Kitchenaid. By far the best cookie recipe around!

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12.  {Simple} Pumpkin Quick Bread

This one’s perfect to put in the mailbox for our mail carrier, drop in the front office of our local school or just enjoy ourselves. It’s so easy and makes several loaves, so you’ll have plenty to keep and share. (Or, just keep.) :)

 

What recipe is the one your family just has to have at Christmas? I’d love to hear ~ always looking for a few more to add to our baking list each year!

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5 Ingredient Buckeyes

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If you haven’t made peanut butter buckeyes before, you have got to add them to your list this year! They’re a little time consuming, but soooooo worth the effort. Even before moving to Ohio we loved them, but now that we really are in Buckeye country we’ve decided they’re one of those things we’ve just got to make. :)

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Here’s my favorite recipe for these . . .

4 Ingredient Buckeyes

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 pound powdered sugar (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
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Directions
  1. Cream together peanut butter and butter in mixer.
  2. Add 2 cups powdered sugar, and mix until blended.  Then add additional powdered sugar as needed to make the peanut butter mixture stiff enough to mold into peanut butter balls and stay on a toothpick when dipped into chocolate.
  3. Roll into balls and refrigerate until firm (about 15 minutes.)buckeye2
  4. Meanwhile, using double boiler (or makeshift double boiler like mine shown above), heat water to simmering. Then melt chocolate chips and shortening in bowl sitting on top of the simmering water. Stir frequently until smooth   buckeye3
  5. Using toothpick, dip peanut butter balls into chocolate leaving some peanut butter showing at the top to resemble buckeyes, then set on wax paper.
  6. Shake off excess chocolate.

buckeye47. To hide your toothpick mark, smooth over holes before refrigerating,  then refrigerate until hardened.  Yummmm!

 

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Looking for more Christmas recipes to try out this Christmas?  Here are a few of our favorites . . .

 

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Muddy Buddy Chex Mix

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We love traditional Chex Mix at our house, but it’s always fun to also make these Chex Mix Mudy Buddies!  I mixed up a batch over the weekend, and my little family was oh-so-happy.

Literally within less than 12 hours the batch was devoured (everyone ate a handful while I made it, again for dessert, and had a wee bit more for breakfast.) If you’ve got company coming go ahead and make a double batch, and enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 9 cups Corn Chex®, Rice Chex®, Wheat Chex® or Chocolate Chex® cereal (or combination) we used Rice Chex
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

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Instructions

  1. Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter & butter on high for one minute, stir.
  2. Microwave another 30 seconds (or more) until mixture is smooth when stirred.
  3. Add vanilla.
  4. Place cereal in large bowl.
  5. Pour chocolate mixture over cereal, stirring until well coated (but be careful not to crush the cereal!)
  6. Add cereal & chocolate mixture to large plastic bag (2 gallon or larger is best)
  7. Then add powdered sugar and shake until cereal is completely covered.
  8. Enjoy!

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M&M Oatmeal Chocolate Bars

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Looking for a new treat to try this Christmas? This one is so good, and a great way to make an easy bar recipe instead of cookies in a hurry!


 
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Here’s how to get started . . . 

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M&M Oatmeal Chocolate Bars

Ingredients

 

  • 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 cups gold medal flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened (almost melted)
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cup M&Ms

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Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Mix together first four ingredients in large bowl.
  3. Remove 1 cup of the flour mixture and set aside.
  4. Grease 9×13 pan and press onto bottom of pan.
  5. On stovetop, mix sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips and two more tablespoons butter.
  6. Stir until chips have melted and mixture is smooth.
  7. Pour chocolate mixture over oat mixture, then sprinkle leftover cup of oat meal on top of chocolate.
  8. Top with M&Ms and bake 20-25 minutes.
  9. Let cool, slice and serve!

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Buckeye Brownies

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Looking for a simple dessert to treat your family with this Thanksgiving (or anytime during the Holidays season?)

 

These Buckeye Brownies are oh-so-simple to make, and any peanut butter fan will love them. Since moving to the Buckeye state we’ve noticed that peanut butter chocolate recipes seem to be just about everywhere ~ kind of a dangerous thing for this peanut-butter-chocolate-loving-girl!

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Here’s how to get started . . . 

Buckeye Brownies

Ingredients

  • 2 brownie cake mixes (I like the Ghirardelli box mixes best)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk (additional milk if necessary)
  • 2 1/4 cup powdered sugar

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Directions

  1. Bake brownie mixes in 9×13 pan (will need to bake a little longer according to package directions since you’ll be baking two mixes in one pan)
  2. Once brownies have cooled, mix together peanut butter and butter with electric mixer in large bowl.
  3. Slowly add in powdered sugar.
  4. Once mixture gets thick, add in one tablespoon milk at a time until frosting is the desired consistency.
  5. Beat for 3 minutes until light and fluffy, enjoy!

 

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*HOT* Nestle Toll House Morsels Coupon

 

Here is a HOT new Nestle Morsels coupon that came out this morning!  Here are a few deals I see:

Publix

Nestle Toll House Morsels $2.50

Kroger

Nestle Toll House Morsels $2.50

So, print these coupons now. . . while they are still available!

 

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Not sure what to do with those chocolate chips? Here you go . . .

See all the deals at Publix this week, and check out the complete Publix weekly ad to plan your trip before you go. 

 

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Deep Dish Caramel Brookie

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I found this recipe over on Facebook last week, and when my twelve year old saw it she was determined to try it out. 

I was busy however typing away on Saturday morning, so asked if she’d handle making it for me ~ and take a few pictures to share with you all along the way.

Folks, she did an incredible job. 

This was a.m.a.z.i.n.g. and so much better than I expected. If you’re looking for a restaurant-quality dessert to treat your family with, this one’s for you!

Here’s what you’ll need . . .

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Break your cookie dough up . . .

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press 1 package of cookie dough down into greased 10″ round cake pan or skillet

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Unwrap caramels . . . (don’t eat them all)carmels

 

Melt caramels for 30 seconds, then stir, then melt another 30 seconds until smooth. caramel

Pour on top of cookie dough, then sprinkle 1 cup chocolate chips and cover with another layer of cookie dough.

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Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.brookie

Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips.

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Top with ice cream and serve warm. Enjoy!

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Deep Dish Caramel Brookie

Ingredients

  • 1 bag square soft caramels (we used Kraft)
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 packages cookie dough
  • vanilla ice cream

Directions

  1. Press 1 package cookie dough into bottom of greased 10″ round pan.
  2. Unwrap caramels and melt in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir, melt for another 30 seconds and continue until melted (be careful not to burn them.)
  3. Spoon caramel onto first layer of cookie dough, sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  4. Add another layer of cookie dough on top.
  5. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with ice cream.
  7. Enjoy!
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Reese’s Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

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This cookie recipe is one of my favorite recipes!  If you want you can make half and freeze the rest of the dough for later (or double the recipe and freeze half of the mix!) These are the softest cookies I’ve made and taste oh so yummy.


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Reese's Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: Makes about 3 dozen cookie

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box of instant vanilla pudding
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup Reece's Pieces Candy
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips (optional - I did not add them)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and pudding, set aside.
  3. Beat butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar on medium speed until fluffy.
  4. Add eggs.
  5. Add vanilla.
  6. Add honey.
  7. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture. Beat to combine.
  8. Add peanut butter chips (and chocolate chips if you use them), and Reese's pieces. Mix together.
  9. Roll about 1 tbsp of dough into an inch ball between your palms then place on baking sheet.
  10. Flatten the dough balls.
  11. Bake 10 minutes.
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Recipe adapted from ForThe LoveOfFoodBlog!

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Heath Bar Apple Dip

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This Heath Bar Dip (aka Apple Brickle Dip), is by far one of the easiest recipes to make, and such a yummy treat when apples are in season!  I got it from a cousin at a family gathering, and goodness now it’s one of our family’s favorites. Here’s the recipe so you can try it out too!

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Ingredients

  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 bag of Heath Bar toffee bites
  • 4 apples (cut into slices)
  • 2 tbs lemon or lime juice

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Directions

  1. Mix first 5 ingredients using mixer.
  2. Chill for an hour.
  3. Toss sliced apples in the lemon juice.
  4. Enjoy!

 

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