Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles from Life Readings & Cupcakes

I’ve been making these babies for years, ever since Adam’s first birthday when I first tried the recipe out. I have hardly done any alterations to the original recipe yet have been requested to make these for various occasions over and over. I even very good family friends of ours who would, without fail, have me make this every single time we had a potluck.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles from Life Readings & Cupcakes

What I like to play with though, is the crushed topping these beauties are rolled in. Every time I try something different; nuts, Reese’s pieces, candy canes, powdered sugar, cocoa, biscuits…. you get the idea.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles from Life Readings & Cupcakes

So when I was trying to come up with baked goodies to include in a gift basket for a friend, these were a no-brainer. They are yummy, look good, can be packed in an impressive display and are super easy.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles from Life Readings & Cupcakes

Without further ado, my Chocolate Peanut Butter truffles:

Ingredients:

250gm dark chocolate chopped

250gm milk chocolate chopped

500gm creamy peanut butter jar

340gm sweetened condensed milk

Toppings of choice; coconut, powdered sugar, cocoa, crushed nuts, crushed Reese’s pieces, miniature chocolate chips, crushed candy canes, crushed cookies….

Directions:

1. Bring a saucepan half filled with water to a simmer. Place a stainless steel bowl over the simmering water.

2. Add the chocolate and peanut butter to the stainless steel bowl and stir occasionally until  both are fully melted.

3. Add the condensed milk and whisk together. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly

4. Spread the fudge evenly on a tray. Place in the fridge for at least half an hour to chill and set.

5. Remove fudge from fridge. Take a spoonful and roll in your hands into a ball shape.

6. Roll the balls in the assorted toppings. Place in a candy foil cup.

7. Store in fridge or freezer covered until ready to serve

Enjoy!

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DIY Gifts: Baking Mixes in Jars

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I’m being a good girl and starting to upload all my back logged projects. Yesterday it was the Gingerbread Cookies in a Jar. So since I’m in the ‘jar’ing mood, I thought I’d carry it on by posting these DIY Foodie Gifts in a Jar.

As you all may or may not know, I was staying with a friend in Vancouver a few weeks ago. And since she was going to put up with me, my husband and my rowdy boys for a full week I had to find an exceptional hostess gift.

I could have gone and gotten her something for the house or a gift card, but I didn’t know what her house looked like (it was my first visit) and I wanted to show her in advance how much I appreciate the mess she would be dealing with by having us over.

So, I made two personalised food baskets full of random goodies and treats. I’ll share the full baskets with you later but for now I’ll start with four of the baking ‘mixes in jars’.

My friend is not a big baker but she has two girls and I know she likes the idea of doing baking activities with them. So I thought ready-packed baking mixes would be perfect for them. And subsequently I spent a week on the net and Pintrest trying to find the perfect recipes. I settled on the following:

Bakeralla’s Cowboy Cookies

Peppermint Stick Cocoa from My Recipes

Quick Bread in a Bottle from Sunset

– Gingerbread Cookies – my own recipe

I didn’t have time to create and print professional labels so I settled for the hand-written variety. But once I added ribbons and assorted decorations they turned out pretty great. They are also extremely easy to make, are quiet impressive and can be easily customised to a favourite recipe or ingredients.

Just keep in mind that a multi-ingredient recipe with a variety of colours and textures usually looks best.

And needless to say, my friend loved them.

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Gingerbread Cookie Mix Gifts

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This is super late. But we’ve already established that I’m a lazy, procrastinating, ADD, disoriented mom, right?

Anyway, here are the gifts Adam gave to his teachers for Christmas. It took me awhile to figure out what to get them because I’ve never done this before. Do I get just gift cards? Or a gift basket? Something personal? Something practical? Bake them something? It was a huge stressful dilemma, which annoyed my husband to no end because everything to me is a huge stressful dilemma.

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Anyway I decided to combine a little of everything. I wasn’t too comfortable with providing something %100 baked. What happens if they think it tastes awful? I also felt gift cards on their own were way too impersonal. So I did a little of both.

I made gingerbread cookie mix jars with really cool copper cookie cutters from Chapters. I also included a $15 gift card from Starbucks in case they hate cookies. Because which teacher doesn’t need gallons of coffee? I know I would, if I had to deal with 22 7-year old kids day in and day out.

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And yesterday we got these thank you cards back. I know they’re standard etiquette and all, but it still warmed my heart when adam proudly read them to me.

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