Saturday, June 4, 2011

Strictly Saturday: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Strictly Saturday's Chocolate has gone Kid Friendly! 
At least for today. 

As of 2:30 today, Saturday, summer vacation has begun for me!  And not one minute too soon.

Could you hear that squeal?  It is excitement....and I'm not talking about the kids!  

Early this morning I was up getting prepared for my last day of work, one final time this school year. A faculty meeting, reports by various committees, appropriate papers signed, rooms cleared of evidence of school work and we pop!

Back home my house is loaded with children, grandchildren to be exact.   With this in mind my recipe today will be kid friendly.  Peanut butter and chocolate!  Last night Blakely (19 months) did not want any supper but after her bath she came in and "shopped" the pantry and came out wanting peanut butter!  A spoon full or two and she was satisfied!

Peanut butter....the kid pleaser! 

Of course, since one of Papa's major crops is growing peanuts I think supporting him is reasonable and desirable.  In my younger years I attempted to make my own peanut butter numerous times and burned up a few blenders and one peanut butter grinder.   Making peanut butter takes a lot of grinding.  And then once you finally grind the peanuts to a smooth consistency the kids liked Skippy or Peter Pan peanut butter better anyway so I learned to just keep it simple and if they like it from the store that is what I give them.

Today, I had my helpers in the kitchen with me!

I measured; they dumped.
I stirred; they tasted!
I cleaned up my work area; they licked the spoons clean.
I melted chocolate; they sneaked chocolate!

They did make the nice little tablespoon sized balls with my Pampered Chef small scoop. (A great tool even for the adults.  I would not do without mine.  I have them in various sizes.)
We popped them in the freezer to set up for awhile and then put melted chocolate over them.

So here it is.
A recipe you can make with the kids,
the kids will enjoy
and you know there is something in there that is good for them and you are supporting the peanut farmers!  Thanks, all! 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.

1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup honey
2 cups powdered milk (yes, milk, not sugar and dry, not mixed up)
1/2 tsp vanilla
Blend together. until smooth.
Scoop out onto waxed paper  or into mini candy wrappers with a small scoop (about a tablespoon size).
Place in freezer for a fifteen to thirty minutes.

1 1/2 -2 cups of chocolate chips.
Place in the microwave for a minute at a time.  Do not over cook in microwave.  Once chips start getting warm and soft take them out and start to stir.  The chips will continue to melt.  If additional heating is required watch closely and stir every 15-30 seconds. 

Spoon a little chocolate on the top of each ball and swirl to cover the top.
Refrigerate until the chocolate hardens.

If you have leftover melted chocolate throw in any kind of nut, pretzels, potato chips or whatever you like.  I used walnuts with my extra melted chocolate.  And someone has already eaten all of them!  And it wasn't me!

 So that is the recipe today!
A simple one but a good one for the young ones and the young at heart.
Fast and easy!  We were out of the kitchen before their attention span ended!

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  1. I can just envision Pearson becoming some amazing chef at his own restaurant after this experience!!

  2. I can't believe I didn't comment on this. I guess I was busy. I did see it. They look like they're having so much fun!!