Remember when you were little and you would spin a globe around and put your finger on it and exclaim that wherever it landed is where you were going to live when you grew up? Well I have decided to incorporate that mentality into my “what to bake next” routine.  You see, everyday, I Pin recipes, I save recipes to my inbox recipe folder, I tear out recipes from magazines and I mark pages in cookbooks that have recipes that I must make.  However, I have all of these real and virtual piles of recipes, but rarely do I actually make any of them!  And it’s so silly because these recipes are where I find a lot of my inspiration for things I actually am baking in my kitchen each week, so why oh why have I not actually made more of these recipes that have inspired me in the first place?  We are changing that today with these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Truffles.

In this spirit of the “spin the globe” game, I am going to select a recipe from either my Pinterest boards or my inbox from other bloggers who have inspired me and put my own twist on the recipe and share it with you each month.  I may do this once or twice a month and I hope that it will inspire you the way that these recipes inspire me to try new things and to create adorable and scrumptious treats to share.

Last weekend I shared this Pretzel Toffee Fudge with you and suggested that it would be a great addition to a homemade chocolate box to give on Valentine’s Day.

Pretzel Toffee Fudge {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Well, we all like a little variety and so why not add these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Truffles to that thoughtful gift of yours?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Truffles {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

This recipe was adapted from Bakerella who is notorious as the cake pop lady but she also whips up some other sweets and treats that are worthy of recreating.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Truffles {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Truffles could not be easier to make and again, will fool your sweetie into thinking that you have slaved all day in the kitchen to make him/her something special.  I rolled my truffles in crushed salted peanuts, but you could roll them in cocoa powder or toss them in some sprinkles as well.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Truffles {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Truffles

Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: ~25-30 truffles

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Truffles: Simple, yet decadent and creamy chocolate truffles rolled in crunchy crushed peanuts

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk chocolate)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts

Instructions

  1. In a small, microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments until smooth.
  2. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add melted chocolate to cream cheese mixture and beat to combine.
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  5. Use a small spoon or melon baller to scoop firmed mixture into small balls. Roll balls with your hands to shape into spheres.
  6. Roll balls in chopped peanuts, pressing the balls into the peanuts gently so that they stick.
  7. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated.
  8. Recipe adapted from Bakerella

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Truffles {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

 

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With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, my mind is gravitating toward all things chocolate.  Who doesn’t love to indulge a little bit extra on Valentine’s Day by sneaking a few of your favorite chocolate treats?  I think that making your own homemade chocolates and presenting them in a heart-shaped box to someone you love or admire would be an adorable and memorable Valentine’s gift.  This Pretzel Toffee Fudge would be the perfect addition to your chocolate box.

Pretzel Toffee Fudge {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Homemade chocolate doesn’t have to be fussy and stressful.  You can skip the complicated tempering and expensive chocolate by using a few basic ingredients that still result in decadent and indulgent treats.  All you need to make this Pretzel Toffee Fudge is some chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and a few other basic ingredients.  I chose to let my fudge set up in a mini muffin pan with individual paper liners so that they could be placed into a chocolate box with other varieties.  You could also simply pour the warm Pretzel Toffee Fudge into a well-greased pan, allow it to set and then cut it into squares.

Pretzel Toffee Fudge {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

I had purchased a can of fat-free sweetened condensed milk around the holidays because I wanted to experiment and see if the fat-free version would change the consistency or flavor of recipes I used it in and I have to tell you, for this recipe, you would never guess that it used any “healthier” ingredients!   For this Pretzel Toffee Fudge, I chose to mix in crushed up pretzels and chopped Heath bar bits because I love the sweet and salty combination along with the crave-able crunch that these ingredients offer.  You could easily make this recipe into a S’mores version by mixing in crushed graham crackers and sprinkling marshmallows over the top or you could try Rocky Road by adding nuts and marshmallows.

Pretzel Toffee Fudge {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Pretzel Toffee Fudge Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 34 pieces

This Pretzel Toffee Fudge is the perfect sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy treat

Ingredients

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into pieces
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (I used fat-free)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pretzels
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits (or Heath bits)

Instructions

  1. Line a mini muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. In a medium, microwave safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips and butter in 30 second increments until melted and smooth.
  3. Stir in cocoa powder, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla until combined.
  4. Stir in chopped pretzels and toffee bits.
  5. Spoon mixture into prepared pan using a spoon or a small cookie scoop filling each cavity 3/4 full.
  6. Refrigerate to set for about one hour.
  7. Recipe adapted from Mini Treats and Hand-Held Sweets by Abigail Johnson Dodge

Pretzel Toffee Fudge {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

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I love Valentine’s Day and always have.  It’s not because I need some grand romantic gesture on that day, it’s just that I am a total girly girl and love all things pink, hearts and chocolate.  I think that these Individual Vanilla Cherry Cakelets would be an adorable and festive dessert to make as a treat for you and your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.  A simple, yet flavorful vanilla cake is topped with tart and juicy cherries for an individually-sized bite of bliss.

Individual Vanilla Cherry Cakelets {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Come on over to Best Friends For Frosting to get the recipe!

Individual Vanilla Cherry Cakelets {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

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When I was a little girl, I loved tea parties.  One of my most memorable birthday parties was when my mom hosted a tea party for me at an old historic mansion and each of my friends and I  wore old fashioned dresses and elegant hats.   We sipped on tea and ate cucumber sandwiches and petit fours.  It’s funny how when you are a child you always want to dress up and act like an adult and the you grow up and realize how simple and magical childhood was.

I think one of the reasons that I still love tea parties so much is because of the dainty, delicate foods.  So, when I received a copy of Mini Cakes & other Bite-size Treats (Author:  Hannah Miles) to review from the fine people at Ryland Peters & Small I was so excited to try some of the recipes.  This book is filled with petite cakes, tarts and pastries that are perfect for any occasion.  And you will have the chance to win a copy of the book tomorrow!

The first thing that I made out of this precious little book were the Baby Éclairs and Chocolate Profiteroles.  Both recipes use the same dough and they were so easy and fun to make.  Chocolate éclairs are one of my mom’s favorite desserts and I wish I could have shared them with her!

This would be a perfect quick and adorable dessert for your valentine ♥.

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for the pastry, heat the butter and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil

add flour, remove from heat and whisk until dough comes together

cool mixture for 5 minutes, beat eggs and whisk into cooled mixture to combine

spoon dough into pastry bag

pipe 2 cm lines (for baby éclairs) or 1 cm dots (for profiteroles) onto baking sheet

bake as directed

prepare chantilly cream and chocolate sauce and to serve, cut éclairs in half, fill with cream and top with sauce; for profiteroles, pile onto serving spoon and drizzle with chocolate sauce

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Valentine’s Day was always my favorite holiday growing up.  I know it sounds strange, but I have always been quite a girly-girl and I have always melted over anything pink, red and/or heart-shaped.  I was the girl who made my valentines out of paper doilies and would go so far as to string ribbon through the edges of the doilies!  Naturally there was also plenty of glitter and stickers involved.  There was nothing better to me than coming up with a clever idea for my valentine box for school and I just loved bringing it home, dumping it out and reading notes from friends, trying to decipher what the boys really meant with the messages on the conversation hearts they gave me and eating candy!  While my love for Christmas has probably surpassed my feelings about Valentine’s Day, the holiday is still a close 2nd.  And not for any of the materialistic reasons either.  I don’t want or expect anything from my husband.  A thoughtful card means more to me than any roses or jewelry.  I just love making treats for others and being able to whip out my pink and red food coloring!

So with Valentine’s Day only a few days away, my brain has gone to all things pink, hearts and chocolate.  I came home on Monday and my sweet valentine had some lovely red tulips waiting for me which was completely unexpected and therefore made my day.  So now I want to make my Valentine’s Day complete with some delicious and festive treats.

With how much of a chocoholic I am, it is surprising that I don’t make brownies more often.  I have had this recipe tucked away for a while and it combines  two of my favorite ingredients:  chocolate and coconut.  There is even a layer of caramel in these brownies, so they are pretty close to perfection.  Even without all of the toppings, the brownies themselves are rich and fudgey due to the combination of melted semi-sweet chocolate chips and unsweetened cocoa powder.  And the toasted coconut gives just enough crunch to keep you very interested.  If you need a sweet Valentine treat for a chocolate lover in your life, these will earn you serious brownie points (pun intended :)).

 

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A few tips:

  • After making this recipe, I think you could simply grease your pan and not line it with parchment paper.  Your choice, I just felt like all the parchment paper did was make the sides of my brownies and uneven shape.  And if you grease the pan well, you shouldn’t have any trouble removing the brownies.
  • Spray the bowl that you use to melt the caramels in with nonstick cooking spray and it will be much easier to clean when you are finished :).
  • Nuts would be another lovely addition to these brownies.

combine chocolate chips, butter and water and microwave until chocolate is melted

whisk in sugar, then eggs

whisk in flour, cocoa powder and salt

pour batter into prepared pan and bake

melt caramel candies and milk together and pour over cooled brownies

sprinkle toasted coconut over the top and press gently

allow caramel to cool completely, then cut and serve

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