Monday, January 24, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles: National Peanut Butter Day

January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day. Chocolate and Peanut Butter: What could be better? I'm also paying homage today to Mr. Peanut. I grew up with Planter's Peanuts. Mr. Peanut, shaking hands with everyone, would walk the boardwalk in Atlantic City! What a treat. Ilso loved those hot salty peanuts, roasted right onsite. The original company was called Planters Nut and Chocolate Company, so what's not to love? Planters did make peanut butter, but I'm not sure for how long.

I've put together a Round-up of Chocolate Peanut Butter Recipes in celebration of National Peanut Butter Day...and below I've added a new easy recipe for Peanut Butter Truffles.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Decadent Recipe supplied by Crime Writer Elizabeth Sims
Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies
Frozen Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Peanut Butter Fudge
Chocolate Peanut Butter in a Jar
Peanut Butter Brownie Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles
This is a simple recipe for a peanut butter ganache truffle rolled in chopped peanuts adapted from a recipe in  CountryLiving.

8 ounces 75-85% dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup smooth Organic peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon Madegascar vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup finely chopped peanuts

1. Place bittersweet chocolate, chopped, in a medium heat-safe bowl. Set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan over low heat, cook heavy cream until it just begins to boil; then immediately pour over chocolate. Let sit for 1 minute. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is thick and smooth. Stir in smooth peanut butter, vanilla extract, and salt. Pour into a shallow baking pan and refrigerate until set, 4 to 6 hours.
3. Spoon chocolate–peanut butter mixture, by the tablespoon, into your hand and roll into balls. Place on a parchment-lined baking pan and return to refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes.
4. Place finely chopped peanuts in shallow dish. Roll the truffles in peanuts,  shaping each ball as you work. Keep refrigerated until serving.

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