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Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Recipe

CHOCOLATE-PEANUT-BUTTER-TRUFFLE

I love baking. In my mid 20’s I had aspirations to be Martha Stewart and spent my free time making cake from scratch and cooking home cooked meals in cast iron. I’ve been known to make my own whip cream. I absolutely love baking. It has always been a creative outlet and a source of inspiration for me. It’s a tradition I want to carry on to my kids. I want to making baking and cooking in a kitchen and home filled with lots of memories. Baking with kiddos is best when they can be hands on. That’s why my chocolate peanut butter truffles are the perfect family activity. Outside of using a double broiler, there is little actual preparation. Plus, the work is so unbelievably yummy.

Ingredients

6 cups of powdered sugar

2 tsp of vanilla

3 cups of chocolate chips semi sweet

4-5 baking squares unsweetened chocolate

2 cups of peanut butter

1 cup of butter

1 tsp of sea salt

First you will need to set up a double broiler for the chocolate. I use a medium to large sized sauce pan filled halfway with water and then place a metal mixing bowl inside the water. Add your chocolates, 1/2 tsp of sea salt and stir regularly on low to medium heat. The double broiler keeps the chocolate from burning and takes time to melt. Don’t be afraid of the double broiler. It is so easy, and you don’t have to invest in extra cooking supplies. I recommend using existing kitchen pans and bowls. They work just fine.

In a mixing bowl, add your butter and begin mixing. You will need to add the powdered sugar slowly over time and alternativen by mixing. Add no more than 1 cup of sugar otherwise you make a gigantic mess. Add in your vanilla, 1/2 tsp of sea salt and peanut butter into your mixer. Mix well.

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Set up a baking sheet with a sheet of wax paper. Then begin to prepare your truffles by rolling them into balls. This is where an extra set of hands comes into play. My daughter gets to be part of the product from start to finish with a short prep time to match my girl’s 6 year old attention span.

I like to roll 15-20 dough balls giving more time for my chocolate to melt. I then gently lay the truffle into the melted sauce and then drizzle the chocolate over the truffle until its fully covered. I then gently remove the covered truffle and lay on the wax paper so the chocolate dries.

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I’m always a little nervous when I put the truffle out of the chocolate as it looks messy, but once you give it time to dry, they look so beautiful (pictured at the top). I love these truffles because they not only require a small amount of ingredients but can be made way in advance because they freeze well. Each batch makes approximately 50-60 truffles depending on the size of the dough balls. I like to make two batches on Thanksgiving to get me through the entire holiday season. These are extremely popular and make great gifts for teachers, friends and family.

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We finished off the evening packaging our truffles in some cute vintage cookie and candy boxes I found at World Market. I have matching holiday paper bread pans to make banana nut bread to be delivered to friends and clients. Don’t worry we will be enjoying some too. Happy holidays!

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