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How to Make Easy Valentine Peanut Butter Hearts Candies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts
Let's Get Started
Step-by-Step Instructions to Make Peanut Butter Valentine Hearts Candies
- In double boiler, melt 1/4 cup coconut oil on medium heat then add carob, chocolate, white chocolate, or peanut butter chips a little at a time and stir until melted. Continue to add chips and stir until you have the consistency of honey.
- With a tablespoon add some of your melted chips mixture to each candy mold, so it's just enough to cover the bottom of the mold.
- When all the candy molds have the melted chips in them, put the candy mold in the freezer while you prepare the peanut butter dough.
- Add 1/4 cup softened unsalted butter to your mixing bowl with 1 lb confectioner's sugar, 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter and 1 tbsp of vanilla extract. Mix dough with your fingers or a mixer with a bread dough attachment until the mixture becomes stiff.
- Place dough out on a smooth surface and roll out with a rolling pin until you obtain a uniform thickness of about 1/4".
- Cut out heart shapes from the dough with your cookie cutter.
- Take the candy mold out of the freezer now.
- Place your cut out hearts in each one of the heart molds.
- With a tablespoon, pour more of the melted chips mixture into each candy mold so it covers the tops and sides of each piece of your peanut butter mixture in the mold.
- Put back in the freezer for about 45 minutes.
- Take out of the freezer and pop candies out of the mold, and place them in a nice presentation box.
- Gift wrap your candies in beautiful wrapping paper and present them to your sweetie on Valentine's Day along with a dozen red roses and a diamond engagement ring.
- Get down on one knee and ask her to marry you, because you know how to make stuff in the kitchen, which makes you a good catch.
Kitchen Equipment and Ingredients You Will Need
Ingredients and Kitchen Tools Needed to Make Easy Peanut Butter Valentine Hearts Candies
- Heart shaped candy molds
- Heart shaped cookie cutter that is slightly smaller then candy mold
- 1 1/2 cups of smooth peanut butter (I recommend using the least expensive)
- 1 lb confectioner's sugar
- 1/4 lb butter
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- Coconut oil
- Sweetened carob chips, semi-sweet chocolate morsels, white chocolate morsels, or Reese's peanut butter chips.
- Large mixing bowl
- Rolling pin
- A good surface for rolling out dough
- A nice box to package candies in
- Beautiful Valentine's wrapping paper
- 1 Dozen Red Roses
- 1/2 carat or larger diamond engagement ring
DIY Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts Will Save You Money
Save Money on Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts Candies by Doing it Yourself
A 24 piece box of Belgian chocolate peanut butter hearts will set you back about $15.99 plus shipping if you buy them online (unless you are an Amazon Prime member). The cost to make this recipe breaks down as follows, based on the prices I actually paid for the ingredients, not including the candy molds.
Creamy Peanut Butter $1.49 at the farmer's market
Confectioner's Sugar $1.79 for 1 lb bag at WalMart.
1/4 lb unsalted butter $0.87 at WalMart
1 tbsp Vanilla Extract 0.45 at Giant Supermarket
Coconut Butter Processing
How to Make Homemade Coconut Butter Yourself
Try Substituting Coconut Butter for Regular Butter in This Recipe
For an Interesting Taste Variation Switch Out Coconut Butter for Regular Butter
If you buy coconut butter in the store or on the Internet, it can be quite expensive, but the good news is that it's really easy to make at home yourself. All you need is some dried, unsweetened coconut, a good food processor or blender, and a little bit of patience.
Just add 2 cups of dried, unswettened shreded coconut or coconut flakes to your blender or food processor. Pulse for a little bit, then push the coconut that gets on the sides of the container back down into the bottom of the container. Continue doing thus, and eventurally the oil will start getting released from the coconut and it will start to clump. When it starts doing this, you'll know you are getting close. Continue this process until your coconut turns into a nice creamy consistency. After you have the consistency that suits you, you can remove the coconut butter from your blender or food processor and put it into a air tight jar for storage. You can store this at room temperature if you are going to use it in a short time; however, I recommend refrigerating it. You will have may have to pop it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it before using it.
This is tasty just to spoon it out and eat it right out of the jar, but many people enjoy a bit of coconut butter on their toast. You can also mix it with a little bit of honey to enjoy it on toast also. If you go to your local health food store, they might try to tell you that coconut oil is the same thing as coconut butter. If they tell you this, they are WRONG!!! Coconut oil is a much more labor intensive process to make yourself. You can still do it, but it takes more time and patience.
Peanut Butter and Coconut Butter
Preparation Time to Make Coconut Butter
Ingredients to Make Test Batch of Peanut Butter and Carob Heart Candies
- 1/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1 Heaping Teaspoon Coconut Butter
- 1/8 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 8 or 9 Teaspoons Confectioner's Sugar
- To Mixing Bowl Add 1/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- Add 1 Heaping Teaspoon of Coconut Butter and Mix Thoroughly With the Peanut Butter
- Add 1/8 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract and Mix Into the Peanut Butter and Coconut Butter Mixture
- Add Confectioner's Sugar 1 Teaspoon at a Time and Mix Thoroghly Into the Dough. When Dough is Stiff and Can be Easily Rolled Into a Ball, Dough is Ready. Takes About 8 or 9 Teaspoons of Confectioner's Sugar to Get the Right Consistency.
Adding in the Confectioner's Sugar
Cutting Out the Peanut Butter Dough Hearts With a Cookie Cutter
Melting the Sweetened Carob
Adding Peanut Butter Hearts to the Carob Mixture
Molds are Completed Now to the Freezer
Make a Test Batch
Before You Go For Broke, Make a Small Test Batch
Anytime you are making a change to a recipe, make a small test batch before you go all out. That way you will know if your idea is successful before you foist your folly on your friends and family. This was the first time I used coconut butter in place of regular butter in this recipe, so here is how I prepared my test batch.
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter (I use the cheapest I can find.(
- 1 heaping tsp of coconut butter (if you keep yours refrigerated as I do, microwave in an open container in 15 second increments until it becomes soft).
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract.
- 8 or 9 teaspoons of confectioner's sugar.
- Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix until your have a firm dough that isn't sticky and can be easily rolled into a ball.
- Coat a thin layer of confectioner's sugar on a cutting board or other smooth surface.
- Roll out your dough by hand or with a rolling pin.(If you use a rolling pin, coat it with some confectioner's sugar so the dough won't stick to it).
- Cut out your heart shapes with your cookie cutter and set them aside on a thin layer of confectioner's sugar so they don't stick.
- Heat 1 Tbsp of coconut oil in a double boiler on medium heat until melted.
- Add your sweetened carob chip or semi-sweet chocolate chips slowly and mix until you have the consistency of honey.
- With a teaspoon transfer your melted carob or chocolate to your candy mold, so it just covers the surface of the bottom of each mold.
- Put your peanut butter hearts into each mold centered as best as you can.
- Teaspoon a layer of carob or chocolate mixture into the molds until they are filled to the top of the mold.
- Transfer your candy mold to the freezer for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- When candies have hardened, remove from the freezer, turn upside down to remove from the mold. You might have to smack the mold a few times to loosen them.
- Serve candies immediately or put in a container in your refridgerator until you are ready to serve them.
The use of coconut butter made for a different taste, which I think is very decadent and I hope your friends and family enjoy them as much as we did.
The Finished Product
Estimated Nutition Facts for Peanut Butter and Carob Hearts Candies
|Serving size: 1 Piece|
|Calories from Fat||63|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 7 g||11%|
|Saturated fat 5 g||25%|
|Unsaturated fat 2 g|
|Carbohydrates 6 g||2%|
|Sugar 4 g|
|Fiber 5 g||20%|
|Protein 2 g||4%|
|Cholesterol 1 mg|
|Sodium 7 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
Why Coconut Butter is a Better Butter
Coconut Butter is Better, Why?
Coconut Oil/Butter is Packed with Lauric Acid
"Coconut oil, like human breast milk, is rich in lauric acid, which boosts immunity and destroys harmful bacteria and viruses. In fact, coconut oil is one of the closest foods on the planet to breast milk.
Scientists in the Philippines researched the effects of coconut oil and lauric acid on patients with the HIV virus that causes Aids. The results were amazing. Most of the Aids patients showed a dramatic drop in the HIV virus count, in some cases to "undetectable" levels. While there needs to be a lot more research, there is certainly evidence to suggest that people with this virus would benefit from having a diet rich in coconut.
Lipid researcher Dr. Jon Kabara says "Never before in the history of man is it so important to emphasize the value of Lauric Oils."" Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/023563_coconut_oil.html
Take it to the Next Level
Every Successful Cook has to Experiment
Now that you've tried this recipe, think about making it an adventure in culinary delight. Go take a look at your spice rack and think about what flavors might also go well with coconut, peanut butter, and chocolate (or carob). How about some cinnamon, sage, or chili powder. Sounds weird, right? But, if you don't experiment, you'll never find what very interesting combinations you might be able to come up with. Remember Werner Von Braun's statement that "Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing." Nearly every great discovery comes about by accident, and trial and error is how you have a successful accident.
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