No plain old peppermint bark here! This week I’m sharing all about my experiment making chocolate peanut butter bark!
Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. There’s a million reasons why but one of my favorite reasons is the baking. The girls and I go to town on making all kinds of cookies and treats. It’s something we look forward to every year and something the girls can really get involved in. They are professional mixers and stirrers. Haha.
This year we wanted to try a different kind of cookie. We’re all slightly obsessed with all things peanut butter and chocolate so, we decided to give chocolate and peanut butter bark a go!
It was relatively easy to make and required no baking at all. We did everything out of the microwave because the only thing you need to do is melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter.
The only part that was a little tough was the peanut butter. We use natural peanut butter for everything else in my house. So, it didn’t even occur to me to use anything different but, the natural peanut butter did create it’s challenges.
For starters, the majority of natural peanut butter is a little loser than the other versions of peanut butter. So, the natural peanut butter didn’t really harden up until it was left in the fridge over night. Even after that, if it was left out of the fridge it softened up pretty quickly. Not the end of the world but just remember to keep it in the fridge until you’re going to serve it so it can stay firm.
Also, because it is natural peanut butter it does have to be refrigerated and can’t be left out on the counter. This didn’t really bother me much but is something to think about depending on how you will be serving it. If it can’t be refrigerated until you are about to serve it you can substitute natural peanut butter for any other regular version you love and then it can sit on the counter far a week or so. And if you go this route you won’t need to add any honey because regular peanut butter is typically more sweet.
Remember you can add any toppings you want! We had pretzels on hand and I love sweet and salty so it was a no brainer to me. But you can add anything from nuts to toffee. Experiment and have fun.
Do you have a cookie or treat you always bake during the holidays? Share it in the comments below, I would love to hear about it!!