Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Dip for the Win

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Dip
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Dip makes a sweet snack for enjoying with pretzels, vanilla wafers, fresh strawberries and ginger snaps.

Twas the day after the Super Bowl and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even an Atlanta Falcons fan. Super Bowl Sunday is always a fun day and even though the Atlanta Falcons didn’t bring home the trophy, the 2017 game was no exception. I was pulling for my Georgia boys, but you can’t win them all. What a great game! Congratulations, New England Patriots. Also, did y’all see those performances? Luke Bryan did a fantastic job on our great nation’s National Anthem and Lady GaGa slayed the halftime show.

Kyle, Kurt, Patrick and Chris celebrate Super Bowl 2017 in true Atlanta Falcons style. #DirtyBirds
Kyle, Kurt, Patrick and Chris celebrate Super Bowl 2017 in true Atlanta Falcons style. #DirtyBirds

My husband and I celebrated the biggest football game of the year with great friends at a Super Bowl party in Savannah. On a typical Super Bowl Sunday, I usually spend the day in the kitchen preparing food all day for the big event, so it was nice to be invited to someone else’s home this year to enjoy the festivities. On the Some Kinda Good Facebook page, pre-game, I shared a great recipe for Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Dip, or what Rachel Ray likes to call Peanut Mousse. I saw the recipe on her show last week and just had to make it. Thanks, Rachel, for the inspiration!

This dip makes a great presentation and is fun to serve with all kinds of interesting dippers. I used fresh strawberries, pretzels, vanilla wafers and ginger snap cookies. Honey Graham Crackers would complement it well, too! On a table full of wings, bread and slow cookers, Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Dip was a touchdown. Make it for a bridal shower, graduation party, girls or guys night in. Everyone will thank you.

*Note: I got a little excited during my Facebook Live video and actually creamed the peanut butter and cream cheese together first, when I should have mixed the cream cheese and powdered sugar instead, then added the peanut butter. Don’t be like me. Follow directions. Ha! It all worked out in the end. Also, the original recipe calls for 4 teaspoons of salt and I cut it back to 1-2 teaspoons.*

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Dip
Ingredients

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temp
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, whipped to stiff peaks
  • Strawberries, pretzels, vanilla wafers, ginger snap cookies

In a stand mixer, combine cream cheese and sugar. Add the peanut butter then fold in the chocolate chips, salt and whipped cream. Serve with berries, pretzels and cookies alongside for dipping.

For more great recipes, don’t miss my party food post, homemade Guacamole or Buffalo Chicken Dip.

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Brownie Mallow Bars That Make You Go MMMM

I was searching for a good brownie recipe when I came across this delightful one in my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. I knew I’d found a winner when the recipe called for peanut butter. The combination of creamy peanut butter, chocolate, rice crispy cereal and marshmallows atop cake-like brownies is out-of-control.

Start by combining a 12 oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 cup of creamy peanut butter.

Meanwhile, bake a batch of brownies using a brownie mix and follow package directions. Easy, right?

Top the brownies with a bag of miniature marshmallows and pop in the oven for a few minutes just to get them gooey.

By this time, the chocolate will be nice and melted. Stir it up good. Then…

Add in rice crispy cereal. The cereal provides some nice texture and gives the brownies that little something special that makes you go, mmmm.

Once the marshmallows finish baking, they’ll resemble a white cloud, a soft pillow. Don’t be scared of it. Just pour the chocolate/peanut butter/rice crispy mixture right down over the top of it and spread evenly. It will be messy, but just show it who’s boss.

Once you’ve spread the chocolate mixture over the marshmallows, your work is done! Put that puppy in the refrigerator and let it set for at least two hours.

Check out those pretty layers!! Decadent and divine. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Blossoms – How Bad Can That Be?

Right after you pull them out of the oven, the chocolate kisses are inserted in the center.

You can have all the best cookbooks in the world, but sometimes, the best recipes are found simply on the back of packages. Earlier this week I bought some candy for my office and there on the back of the Hershey’s Kisses Package was my all time favorite recipe for Peanut Butter Blossoms. It all starts with shortening and peanut butter, and in the words of Ina Garten, “How bad can that be?” You just can’t go wrong with the classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate rolled in sugar. Not to mention how cute they look. As soon as they come out of the oven, you put the chocolate kisses in the center. The heat from the cookie slightly melts the chocolate and when you bite into it, its pure bliss. As I baked these, I listened to my Miranda Lambert Pandora Radio station and all was well.

Pour yourself a cold glass of milk and enjoy these next to the Christmas tree. Happy Baking to all!

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Childhood Reward Becomes Favorite Pastime

It all started when I was kid. I would go to the grocery store with my mom and if I was well-behaved while she shopped, I would get to choose a 99 cent cupcake from the grocery store bakery. I would peer through the glass window and size up each one, carefully determining which little delicacy would be mine. Even then, that small treat brought me so much joy. I’ve never met a baked good I didn’t like and baking is one of my favorite things to do. If I’m not cooking or baking in my spare time, I’m either reading about it or watching a related show on the Food Network.

I’m a huge fan of Ina Garten or the Barefoot Contessa as some know her. These fabulous beauties are her Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing. I’ve baked them a few times, but most recently for my 10 Year High School Reunion tailgate party. Totally worth it.

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