Peanut Butter Treats

Peanuts are a very versatile sweet treat that is naturally sugar free. Some spreads include Nature’s Promise, Skippy, and even Smuckers.

Then, you have the original, the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich(PB&J.) You even have peanut butter sauces to pour over your ice cream sundaes and it’s simply great with fruit like bananas and apples. There are even peanut butter cookies.

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE RECIPE

To make this recipe you need a peanut butter spread and it can be any type you want, whether smooth or crunchy.

Then you need eggs, vanilla extract, and a sweetener such as sugar, honey, or agave syrup (this is very low on the glycemic index.) Of course, this is your choice.

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Take one cup of peanut butter and mix in two eggs. Then, add in one tsp of vanilla extract and half a cup of sugar cane. Or if you prefer to use honey or agave, only use a quarter of a cup. Make sure that you mix every ingredient evenly. If necessary, you may add a splash of milk to moisten the mixture as you stir.

Then, you have to use your hands to shape the cookies. Take a scoop of the peanut butter dough approximately the size of two quarters. Roll it into a ball and slightly flatten it on a cookie sheet. Continue to repeat this process until, you have a total of eighteen cookies.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake for ten to twelve minutes. Then, you have sweet, crunchy cookies that are great for a “good old fashion dunkin.”

PEANUT BUTTER ALTERNATIVES

Of course, if you are allergic to peanuts you can revise this recipe. There are alternative spreads that can be used like cashew, almond, soy, and sunflower seed. ENJOY!

Fudge-it

Fudge it!

Fudge. That very word has struck fear in my heart. Usually spoken late on a cold night, when the kids had been off from school because of snow, one of them would invariably ask for a ‘pot of fudge’.

Fudge at our house was rather involved. 3 cups of sugar, half a cup of cocoa, a tablespoon of white corn syrup and a cup of milk, cooked to soft ball stage, then beaten until I thought my arm would fall off [for some reason known only to my maternal grandmother, this step was only to be completed by hand, never with a mixer]. Then the whole mess was spread out on buttered wax paper, scored and you prayed to the Fudge Goddess that it didn’t set up grainy.

Now, there are all sorts of kits on the market for ‘home made fudge’. They’re not anywhere near like the real thing. I know. I’ve tried them.

There is hope, ladies and gentlemen. Chocolates will out, there is a new day dawning in the annals of fudgedom. And it is

drumroll please

GENIUS FUDGE

This is sort of complicated. So I’ll type slow:

1. In a large microwave safe dish, put 12 ounces of chocolate chips

2. Heat on high for one minute. Stir. Continue until all the chips are melted.

3. Into the melted chocolate, stir one can of prepared creamy style [not whipped] frosting of whatever flavor. Stir well

4. At this point, you can make any additions: a cup of peanut butter, some chopped nuts, dried fruit. Most anything.

5. Spread it out onto a buttered surface [don’t try the non-stick aluminum foil. It works for cakes, not candy] and score the top lightly with a knife before it sets up.

There. That’s it. Five minutes and you have a perfect batch of fudge.

I usually make two batches. One I use milk chocolate chips and caramel/coconut/pecan frosting, and the other dark or bittersweet chips, dark chocolate frosting and add a cup of soy-nut butter because I’m allergic to peanuts. It’s also excellent using butterscotch chips and vanilla frosting, with chopped cashews or crushed pretzels.

This is a recipe to have fun with, something you send to your kid’s school, but only you know how easy it was to make.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

When you think about perfect dessert combinations, fewer things go together as perfectly as chocolate and peanut butter. The sweet, richness of the chocolate pairs perfectly with the smooth, savoriness of the creamy peanut butter. It is a dessert pair made in heaven and since its discovery as the perfect flavor combination, dessert recipes have never been the same.

This recipe is so wonderful because it is subtle enough to be mistaken for regular chocolate chip cookies, but has just a hint of peanut butter that makes you wonder how a chocolate chip cookie could be any more delicious. Use crunchy peanut butter to add more texture to this treat or use the creamy variety to make this cookie soft and chewy. This peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe is the perfect addition to your recipe collection as it perfectly embodies the perfect taste combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Make them and see for yourself! Serve warm from the oven with a glass of milk or bring them to your next gathering. These cookies are sure to please.

Ingredients
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 c peanut butter
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 c brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 c chocolate chips

Directions

1. Combine butter, peanut butter, and sugar.

2. Add the egg until well combined.

3. Blend the dry ingredients in separate bowl. Add to the creamed mixture. Add chocolate chips.

4. Drop cookie dough by spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375°F for 12 minutes.

Chocolate No-Bake Cookies

I love a dessert that does double duty as a sweet treat and an energy food. Creating a cookie that is both decadent and hearty is not difficult. All you need is rich chocolate, some hearty oats, energy laden peanut butter along with some other ingredients and you have a delicious treat that you won’t feel guilty about eating on a walk or before a bike ride. Very few desserts can satisfy both your sweet tooth and fuel your body at the same time. But don’t be deceived, these cookies are not light. They are rich, dense and delightfully nourishing. In other words, if you eat more than a few and attempt that bike ride, you may regret it!

The yummy chocolate and oats are not the best part about this dessert. The best part is that these are no-bake cookies. They are boiled and spooned onto wax paper and cooled into cookies instead of baked in the oven like their traditional counterparts. Substitute crunchy peanut butter for a heartier dessert or stick with the smooth variety. Either way, this cookie is sure to please everyone.

Ingredients
1/2 cup milk
1 stick butter
1 3/4 cup sugar
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cup quick oats

Directions

1. Combine milk, butter, sugar and cocoa in saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cook for a minute and a half.

2. Remove from heat and add vanilla, peanut butter and oats. Stir well.

3. Drop spoonfuls of mixture onto wax paper and cool.

4. Gently peel off of wax paper when cookies are completely cooled.

Jer’s Peanut Brittle Bites Giveaway – NOW CLOSED

I have previously featured Jer’s Handmade Chocolate in our Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics and in a separate post. Jer’s is one of my favorite chocolate manufacturers! I could eat those Peanut Brittle Bites all day long! That’s why I am honored to host a giveaway sponsored by Jer’s!

About Jer’s Handmade Chocolate: With unique, award winning flavor combinations, Jer’s uses all natural peanut butter and chocolate in combination with rice crisp, pretzel, toffee, or caramel. The award winning chocolate flavors now come in gourmet chocolate peanut butter bars and peanut butter brittles in decadent flavors. With more than 75% of all candy bars sold in the U.S. containing peanuts or peanut butter, Jer’s takes a classically loved combination of chocolate and peanut butter to a gourmet level.

Signature Collections:
• The Original Incrediball: Jer’s Original Crispy Peanut Butter Recipe, created in Milk, Dark, or White Chocolate
• Pretzo Change-O: Baked Pretzel Bits & Peanut Butter Center, offered in Milk, Dark or White Chocolate
• Toffee Break: Homemade savory toffee chips married with natural Peanut Butter in Milk, Dark or White Chocolate
• Cara Mella: Creamy Homemade Caramel & Peanut Butter center, double-enrobed in Milk or Dark Chocolate

Website: You can visit them online at www.jers.com.

Jer's Peanut Brittle Bites
image courtesy of Jer's

Jer’s Peanut Brittle Bites
Jer’s has reinvented a fun, classic favorite, Peanut Brittle, in new and exciting flavor bites! These heavenly brittle bites are blended into an all-natural, crunchy peanut brittle, immersed in premium Chocolate creating an experience like no other. Jer’s 1.6 oz. Chocolate Peanut Brittle Bites come in 4 exciting flavors.

Coco Nutty™ – Smooth coconut blended with decadent peanut brittle covered with dark chocolate.
Yippee Cayenne™ – Sweet peanut brittle with a spicy touch of cayenne pepper covered with milk chocolate.
Pretzo Change-O™ – Sweet and salty, with crushed pretzels and rich peanut brittle covered with premium milk chocolate.
Toffee Break™ – Rich, buttery handmade toffee mixed with crunchy peanut brittle covered in dark chocolate.

The Giveaway

This giveaway is open to US residents only.

Prizes: The two winners will each receive a pack of the Peanut Brittle Bites in the 4 delicious flavors.

How to enter (required): Visit www.jers.com and then come back and leave a comment telling us the name of your favorite product!

For additional entries (leave a new comment for each additional entry):
– one additional entry if you become our fan on FACEBOOK;
– one additional entry if you grab our button from the sidebar and post it on your blog, please post the link;
– one additional entry if you follow us on Twitter;
– one additional entry if you send a tweet about this giveaway (once a day only); make sure to include @1happyblogger. You may use the following to tweet: @1happyblogger For a chance to win Jer’s peanut brittle bites, go to http://www.100cafestreet.com/jers-peanut-brittle-bites-giveaway
– one additional entry if you fave us in Technorati;
– one additional entry if you blog about this Giveaway with a link back to 100CafeStreet.com and www.jers.com
– one additional entry if you follow 100CafeStreet.com via email.

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The giveaway ends on Sept. 30, 2009 at the end of day, Pacific Standard Time. Jer’s will ship the prizes.

*Please make sure you leave a comment for each additional entry so you get credited.
*Also, please make sure you typed in the correct email address.
*The winners will be announced via e-mail and have 2 days to get back to us or other names will be chosen.
*Incomplete entries will be disqualified & deleted.

Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics – Jer’s Handmade Chocolates

We featured Jer’s Handmade Chocolates in our Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics.

Jer's Handmade Chocolates
photo courtesy of Jer's Handmade Chocolate

About Jer’s Handmade Chocolates

Making peanut butter confections started as a hobby in college for Jerry Swain, and in 2001 he founded Jer’s Handmade Chocolates.

With unique, award winning flavor combinations, Jer’s uses all natural peanut butter and chocolate in combination with rice crisp, pretzel, toffee, or caramel. The award winning chocolate flavors now come in gourmet chocolate peanut butter bars and peanut butter brittles in decadent flavors. With more than 75% of all candy bars sold in the U.S. containing peanuts or peanut butter, Jer’s takes a classically loved combination of chocolate and peanut butter to a gourmet level.

Products and flavors:
Signature Collection:
• The Original Incrediball: Jer’s Original Crispy Peanut Butter Recipe, created in Milk, Dark, or White Chocolate
• Pretzo Change-O: Baked Pretzel Bits & Peanut Butter Center, offered in Milk, Dark or White Chocolate
• Toffee Break: Homemade savory toffee chips married with natural Peanut Butter in Milk, Dark or White Chocolate
• Cara Mella: Creamy Homemade Caramel & Peanut Butter center, double-enrobed in Milk or Dark Chocolate
Peanut Butter Bars:
• Original IncrediBar Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter
• Pretzo Change-o Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter
• Toffee Break Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
• Cara Mella Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Brittle Bites:
• Coco Nutty Dark
• Pretzo Change-o Milk
• Yippee Cayenne Milk
• Toffee Break Dark

Ingredients and Quality:
• Handmade – All Jer’s products are hand crafted, not machine processed.
• Certified OU-D Kosher
• Real Ingredients – No compromises. Everything from the sugar to the peanut butter is
real and of the highest quality.
• All-natural peanut butter (not homogenized). Jer’s uses the most premium Valencia peanuts and peanut butter and supports US Farmers by sourcing them domestically.
• No Trans Fat
• No Hydrogenated Oils

Jer's Handmade Chocolates
photo courtesy of Jer's Handmade Chocolates

Awards:
– Best First Time Piece, 2001, International Confectioner’s Conference
– Best New Piece, 2002, 2008, International Confectioner’s Conference
– Best of Show, 2002, 2003, 2008 International Confectioner’s Conference

Location
Jer’s products are available online at www.jers.com as well as several fine food stores such as Whole Foods, Henry’s, Bristol Farms, D’Agostinos, Fresh Market and more.  Also, make sure you check Jer’s Chocolates Facebook fan page.

Fairytale Brownies Easter Giveaway – CLOSED

I am delighted to announce that Fairytale Brownies (brownies.com) offered to sponsor an Easter Giveaway.

About Fairytale Brownies

Eileen Spitalny and David Kravetz are the Founders of Fairytale Brownies. Their story has inspired many people: Eileen and David met in kindergarten and have been friends ever since. At an early age they decided they wanted to be entrepreneurs and start a business together. So, in 1992 Fairytale Brownies was born in a friend’s kitchen using a 50 year old family recipe. Today, they have their own 26,000-square-foot facility and bake over 2.5 million brownies annually! During all these years they have received many awards and have been featured in magazines, TV shows and newspapers accross the country.

If you’d like to see their video collection, please visit their youtube channel. For pictures and stories behind the scenes, check out the Fairytale Brownies Blog.

 The Product

Easter Bunny Love gift
Easter Bunny Love. photo courtesy of brownies.com

Fairytale Brownies offer super-delicious brownies in 13 flavors: Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Espresso Nib, Mint Chocolate, Original, Peanut Butter, Pecan, Raspberry Swirl, Toffee Crunch, Walnut, White Chocolate, Chocolate Chunk Blondie and Cream Cheese which is their newest addition. They also offer sugar free brownies.

Brownies make the perfect yummy gift; theme packaging is available for different holidays or special days. You can choose and customize a greeting card that can be included with your gift.

If you prefer to let your loved one choose their own brownies, Fairytale Brownie Gift Cards are available. 

While you are there, check their Sale page: they offer FREE SHIPPING and discounted prices on selected items.

Fairytale Brownies offers customized packaging; a custom gift band is printed with your logo or your favorite picture to make this a truly unique gift.

FREE SHIPPING COUPON CODE for our readers: Free Shipping for Merchandise Orders of $50 or more. Use Priority Code 22YQ. Expires 5/31/09. Thank you, Fairytale Brownies!

GIVEAWAY

Fairytale Brownies has generously offered an Easter Bunny Love gift (pictured above) for this Giveaway. If you can’t wait or would like to purchase this gift for someone else, please visit brownies.com.

Open to US residents only.

How to enter (required): Visit brownies.com and then come back and leave a comment telling us the name of your favorite product.

For additional entries (leave a new comment for each additional entry):
– one additional entry if you grab our button from the sidebar and post it on your blog, please post the link;
– one additional entry if you follow us on Twitter;
– one additional entry if you send a tweet about this giveaway, please post the link (once a day only);
– one additional entry if you fave us in Technorati;
– one additional entry if you StumbleUpon our Founder;
– one additional entry if you blog about this Giveaway with a link back to 100CafeStreet.com and brownies.com
– one additional entry if you follow 100CafeStreet.com via email.

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The giveaway ends on April 11th, 2009 at 5pm, Pacific Standard Time. Fairytale Brownies will ship the prize within 1-2 weeks.

*Please make sure you leave a comment for each additional entry so you get credited.
*Also, please make sure you typed in the correct email address.
*The winner will be announced via e-mail and has 2 days to get back to us or other name will be chosen.

Thank you Fairytale Brownies!!:) Good luck, brownie lovers!:)

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Dream Bars

Cookie Base

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® double chocolate chunk cookie mix
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons cold strong brewed coffee or water
1 egg

Filling

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 container (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 bag (9 oz) miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cup candies, chopped

Topping

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar
3 oz bittersweet baking chocolate, melted
1 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars. photo courtesy of Betty Crocker Recipes

1. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir cookie base ingredients until soft dough forms. Spread dough in bottom of ungreased 13×9-inch pan. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or just until set. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

2. In large bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Fold in whipped topping and candies. Spread over cooled cookie base.

3. In small microwavable bowl, beat peanut butter, milk and 2 tablespoons sugar with wire whisk until smooth. Microwave uncovered on High 30 to 60 seconds, stirring after 30 seconds, to thin for drizzling. Drizzle mixture over filling. Drizzle with melted chocolate. Sprinkle with peanuts. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until set. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

Source: Find more recipes at www.bettycrocker.com.