Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Remember these from earlier in the week? They turned out to be a cute tasty Valentine's treat that is easy to make. Although, I still need to figure out how to make them a little more heart-shaped. I found the tweaked recipe online and then tweaked it a little bit more. The blog author did not not know how many hearts the recipe yielded so I added that as well.
The picture below illustrates the various steps in making the hearts.

This is what the assembled naked hearts look like.
Voila. The finished product.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Hearts
Adapted from Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook
Yield : 60 hearts if you use small size pretzels
3/4 c Creamy Peanut Butter
1/4 c Margarine
1 t Vanilla extract
2 c powdered sugar
1/8 t salt
1 T plain milk alternative, any type
12 0z bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips for coating (I did not use these. Instead, I purchased the Wilton Chocolate Candy Melts. It was much easier and faster.)
1 bag small twisted pretzels
In large bowl, combine PB, margarine, and vanilla. Stir in powdered sugar and salt. Mix until well blended. Dough should be firm enough to handle. If not, add a little bit of the milk alternative until it reaches consistency that you like. If dough is too soft or sticky, chill for 30 minutes.
Roll a small bit of dough in between your palms (about 1 t depending on the size of your pretzels) and form into a ball. Line baking sheets with parchment, wax paper, or silpat mat and place a layer of pretzels on each . Put one ball of PB dough in center of each pretzel. Place another pretzel on top of this. Try an match up the pretzels. Press down so dough fills out shape and moves to the edges of the pretzels. Shape dough around the edge of the heart with your finger or a knife. Melt your chocolate chips or melting disc in a double boiler. Dip hearts one at a time in chocolate and turn to coat on all sides. Remove with a fork and tap on the edge of the bowl to remove excess. Place them back on the lined baking sheet. Place in fridge to chill and harden.
Stand back and let the applause begin.


ai said...

So clever and good-looking. John Mayer could use a few of those to stuff his big pie hole, don't ya think!?

Do you have a large kitchen to work in?

pupule said...

I usually do not think that I have a large kitchen to work in, but when I really think about it, I do. There are plenty of people who probably have a kitchen 1/4 of the size of mine. It suits me fine for all of the baking and cooking I do. I will shut up and just be thankful.