I was so excited when I heard that the theme for this month’s post with Gay Lea Foods is “Dads/Dudes and Gay Lea”! I think they had things like football-watching snacks in mind, but for me it worked out perfectly because Chris’ birthday is in January and there’s a particular treat that I’ve been meaning to make him for quite awhile. Chris doesn’t usually have a big sweet tooth and honestly he just doesn’t get that excited over food the way that I do, so any of my baking endeavors are usually just enjoyed by the kids and I. The one type of treat that Chris does love though is anything with chocolate and peanut butter. If we get ice cream in the summer, he always chooses the chocolate and peanut butter one. If he steals the kids’ candy at Halloween, it’s always the chocolate peanut butter candies. And that’s fine with the kids because they hate them. 🙂
So basically all the stars have aligned to make it the perfect time for me to whip up a few chocolate peanut butter truffles! Yay!
Although Chris isn’t a huge football fan, these do make great snacks for watching to big game, incidentally, so definitely add these easy, fun-looking treats to your Super Bowl snack table! 🙂
Here’s what you’ll need!
-1 cup of smooth peanut butter
-2 ½ cups of sifted icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
-5 tablespoons of melted Gay Lea salted butter
-melted chocolate (milk, dark, white, colored, etc.) for dipping and drizzling
Combine the first three ingredients in a bowl until you have something sort of like peanut butter play dough. This takes a bit of work if you’re doing it by hand and I recommend actually using your hands to get everything combined a bit easier. If you have access to a stand mixer though, definitely use it for this recipe! Since this recipe is so simple, I thought I didn’t need to use my stand mixer, but it really would have made things even easier and these would become like a 5 minute treat instead of a 10 minute one. 🙂 I love to use the salted butter for this recipe instead of the unsalted because these treats can be pretty intensely sweet without that little bit of salt to balance things out.
Once you’ve got your dough, scoop out small amounts with a teaspoon and roll the dough into little 1 inch balls. Place them on cookie sheets lined with parchment or wax paper and get ready for the chocolate!
Melt your choice of chocolate or chocolatey candy coating in a medium bowl and dip your truffles into the chocolate, retrieving them with a fork and letting the excess chocolate drip before putting them back down on the parchment. If I’m being honest, this dipping process ends up being a little more difficult to pull off gracefully than you might think at first, but you’ll get the hang of it. And even if you don’t, the truffles are still insanely delicious.
Chris has actually taken to expecting these on-demand now because they’re so quick and easy to whip up. Once I made that first test batch when I was planning this post and he realized that they were a thing that I could make, they pretty much became his favorite thing ever. So now he’ll say “Hey, how many of those peanut butter things did you make me today?” and I’ll just go whip up a little mini batch of 10 or so for him, just to prove that even though he thinks he was joking and making a ridiculously huge request at 10 o’clock at night, I’m just that good. I can handle it. 🙂
Here are some little tricks for if you’re having a hard time getting your truffles to look half-decent:
First of all, those little mini cupcake liners always make any little treat look polished and well-executed, so definitely plunk your truffles into those if you think they’re looking a little off. Also, try drizzling a contrasting color of chocolate over top of the truffles as well. It distracts the eye and really looks like you went above and beyond with your fanciness. You could also use crushed peanuts or even just sprinkles on the tops before the chocolate is cooled and hardened for an extra fun look.
Definitely give these little treats a try if you have a chocolate peanut butter lover in your house!
I created this blog post as a paid ambassador with Gay Lea Foods and PTPA. All opinions and ideas are mine as always!