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November 30, 2011

Recipe | Peanut Butter Bark


A Sweet Treat from Your Kitchen!

Everyone loves peppermint bark, and it's a fun confection to share at Christmas cookie exchanges. This year, I posted a copycat recipe for
Williams-Sonoma's popular white and dark chocolate peppermint bark. Very festive!

This recipe is a variation on that theme, and a nice change of pace.
It's delicious and beautiful, as you can see above. However, you can also be creative in your presentation, and use cookie cutters or molds to create different shapes. Imagine the oohs and ahs of all your lucky recipients!

Since this is a beginner recipe, your kids can get involved in your holiday baking too. Preparation time is only 15 minutes!


Ingredients

• 2 packages (4 oz. each) Hershey's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bar, broken into pieces
• 1-2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) Reese's Peanut Butter Chips
• 1 tablespoon shortening
• 1/2 cup roasted peanuts or toasted almonds, coarsely chopped

Directions

1. Cover cookie sheet or tray with wax paper.

2. Place chocolate in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chocolate is melted and smooth when stirred.

3. Immediately place peanut butter chips and shortening in second microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred; stir in peanuts.

4. Alternately spoon above mixtures onto prepared tray; swirl with knife for marbled effect. Gently tap tray on countertop to even out thickness of mixture. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm. Break into pieces. Store in cool, dry place. About 1 pound candy.

* To toast almonds: Heat oven to 350°F. Spread almonds in thin layer in shallow baking pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until light golden brown; cool.


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10 comments:

Alea Milham said...

I am making this, probably today! :) Thank you for sharing this recipe with the Gallery. I am going to add a link to this from my candy round up.

If you have a chance, I would love for you to share it on A Week of Handmade Gifts: http://premeditatedleftovers.com/a-week-of-handmade-gifts/

Jennifer @ Just A Girl said...

This looks to die-for! I will be adding this to my recipe list of things to try! Found you via link party.

The 21st Century Housewife© said...

Oh my goodness, this looks beautiful and sounds absolutely mouthwatering! What a fantastic treat, and it would make a wonderful gift as well. Thank you for sharing this delicious Peanut Butter Bark with the Gallery of Favorites.

Aunt B said...

Thanks for this fun, simple idea. I'm pinning it to my "sweets" board and I'll be making it for my fella's Christmas stocking. :)

{Steph} said...

Yum, yum, yum! This sounds delish! Pinning, for sure!

~Steph @ Silver Boxes

Janet said...

Oh, yum! Chocolate and peanut butter is such a great combo.

Saundra said...

Where do you add in the nuts to this recipe? It definitely looks yummy!

e-Mom said...

Hi Saundra!

Under "Directions" point #3 says:

If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred; stir in peanuts.

I hope that helps!

~e-Mom

Lindsay Klein said...

Should the roasted peanuts or almonds be unsalted or salted?

e-Mom said...

Lindsay Klein: I would use salted nuts, but it's completely up to you. If you don't like the salty flavor, and you're concerned about health issues, try the unsalted.

Merry Christmas!

~e-Mom @ Susannah's Kitchen