Monday, October 17, 2011

a halloween treat

When it comes to pairing foods, it doesn't get much better than peanut butter and chocolate.  The Reese's peanut butter cup is the ultimate pb&c combo!  I especially love the holiday themed peanut butter cups...Easter eggs (favorite!), Christmas trees, and Halloween pumpkins!  I found a recipe for making your own Reese's pumpkins over on Miss Make, and I just had to try it (check out her cute blog)! 

1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups unsifted powdered sugar
1 11.5 oz bag semisweet chocolate chips
1 tbsp shortening

1. In a large bowl mix together peanut butter, butter and powdered sugar. You'll probably have to use your hands.

2. Roll dough out on a parchment lined surface to a generous 1/4" thickness. Using a small cookie cutter, cut out your pumpkins. Reroll scraps and cut again.

3. Place cut pumpkins in the freezer. Meanwhile in a double boiler melt chocolate and shortening until smooth and liquidy.

4. Using a fork, dunk each frozen pumpkin in the chocolate, shaking off the excess. Place pumpkins on a parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet and refrigerate until set. 

 {I added some crushed Reese's Pieces on top of some of the treats}

I think I will be making these again when Easter rolls around! ;)

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