By Kelly Bogard
Some things are just better together. Spaghetti and meatballs, chili and cornbread, and green beans and bacon just to name a few. But peanut butter pairs well with so many foods, and it’s tasty by itself!
I wanted to do something special for National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month. It was really hard to choose but I managed to land on chocolate as the perfect complementary ingredient to go with that amazing golden nutty butter.
Fun fact, peanuts are not actually nuts. They are legumes, or beans. And they can be paired with sweet foods like honey, jelly and, of course, chocolate.
Start by lining a baking sheet with 48 mini baking cups. Don’t get them too close together or the cups won’t stay round. Then mix together the peanut butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in a small bowl by hand.
Heat one bag of chocolate chips until melted. I prefer to use a double boiler method, so I can stir it the entire time. It’s very easy using the stove top and a pot of boiling water with a larger glass bowl that fits over the top with the chocolate in it. The heat from the water warms the bowl and melts the chocolate slowly. Be careful of the steam so as not to burn yourself, though.
Once all of the chips are melted and the chocolate is shiny, spoon about a teaspoon of chocolate into the bottom of each cup. I like to tap the baking sheet on the counter to smooth them all out once they have been filled.
Don’t like dark chocolate? No problem! Just switch it out for your favorite chocolate chips. And if you want to add a little flare, you can top some of them with sea salt to add to the flavor of the peanut butter. What’s your favorite way to eat peanut butter? I’d love to know your favorite recipes! From all of us at Texas Table Top, enjoy!