Happy Halloween 2016!!

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Well Happy Halloween everyone!!! 

Yes I know I have not blogged in FOREVER!! But this girl has been busy, but today
I have a quick easy recipe for Halloween or really anytime. 🙂

I do like a Butterfinger Candy Bar every once in awhile, so when I saw this online, I thought really does it taste like a Butterfinger????

This was one of those million some videos you see of recipes, and I was like 3 ingredients and you have a Butterfinger…well lets give this a try 😛  LOL!!

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Now I made a big batch, I wanted to bring them to the office today for everyone for Halloween. 

So I will give you the original recipe and then tell you what I did for large batch.

So you need – Chocolate discs for melting, Creamy Peanut Butter and a bag of Candy Corn…

Now you know tomorrow you will find a ton of bags of Candy Corn marked down to like 25 cents…LOL
So stock up and you can make this anytime 🙂

Melt Chocolate, spread on to a silpat or parchment paper

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In a microwave safe bowl add peanut butter and candy corn

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Heat in microwave until softened, then mix until smooth
and candy corn has been melted and mixed in

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Once Chocolate layer is firm, layer candy corn mixture over top

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Spread mixture over chocolate to the edge

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Melt more chocolate

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Spread it over top all the way over the edge

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Like this, now let it set up, I let mine set on the counter

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Now Cut and there you have your bars, 
you also can free form bar shapes and then dip
the whole bar into chocolate

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Homemade Butterfinger Bars

The original recipe is not mine, just google it and you will find a lot of them.

1 cup candy corn
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups chocolate discs

Melt half the chocolate and spread out onto a silpat or parchment paper, set aside to cool

In a microwave safe bowl add candy corn, heat for 30 seconds and keep repeating until smooth, then add peanut butter, mixture will become stiff.
Let cool a little, then spread over top of chocolate, then melt remaining chocolate and spread over top of candy corn mixture, let set then cut into bars.

What I did was a little different, and this is that recipe, this was a large batch

4 cups candy corn
1 jar 16.3 oz. peanut butter
1 lb. milk chocolate disc, divided 
1 lb. semi-sweet chocolate disc, divided

I used a silpat for this and made it over the entire thing

To a microwave safe bowl add half the milk chocolate and half the semi-sweet, I also like to add a tablespoon of Crisco shortening to my chocolate to make smoother.  Heat for 1 minute, stir, then heat again in 20 seconds intervals, stirring each time until smooth.

Pour out all over the silpat, let set to cool, once cool, then in a large microwave safe bowl add candy and peanut butter. I added some peanut butter first then some candy, then peanut butter again then candy then peanut butter again.

Heat for 1 minute, stir, then heat for 1 minute and 30 seconds, stir again, then heat in 20-30 second intervals until candy corn is completely combined into the mixture.  

TIP – take the candy corn and add it to your food processor to chop up, I think doing this will help in melting easier and then it will not take that long in the microwave.

Let candy corn mixture cool just a bit, then spread it over the cooled chocolate, spreading it to the chocolates edge.

Now melt the same way as the first, the remaining chocolate and pour over top the candy mixture.

Let set up at room temp for at least 6 hours, if you can’t wait you can put it in the fridge to firm, but let it get to room temp before cutting or chocolate could crack.

Cut into any size bar you want…and Enjoy!!!

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Merry Christmas 2014!!

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Well Christmas is upon us once more a year is ending and a new one will begin!!  The #1 thing that I am grateful for is my parents, I love them dearly and they always have been there for me through everything, I am truly blessed!!

An of course I am thankful that I have a job (s) 🙂 a house to live in a car to drive and I have many friends, friends that I have know forever it seems, co-worker friends and you, yes you blogger friends.  Many of you I feel like we’ve known each other for years, I love reading your blogs about food, recipes, family, gatherings, trips, parties I love reading it all.  And to ALL of you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Okay so below are some recipes from my Holiday Open House, just a few, if there is something your looking for let me know I will get you the recipe.  Of course while making some of the most recent treats, I have been rushing home from work and get started and then forget to take pictures so there are few 🙂
Oh and at the end there are couple a cute funny photos 🙂

Fudge, this recipe is so easy, its out there, and I use it for all of my flavors, just use 3 cups of chips, whatever combo or flavor, same with extract whatever flavor and you can fold in anything, I did the recipe below, also used white chips and peppermint with crushed candy canes, one I did dark chocolate and folded in chopped andes mints so you can be creative.

Rocky Road Christmas Fudge

1 pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips**
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup walnuts (optional)
Christmas décor sprinkles

Line an 8×8 square pan with plastic wrap and lightly spray with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a non stick medium sauce pan add all chips, condensed milk, extract, cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, once chips are almost all melted remove from heat, continue to stir until all is melted.  Stir in walnuts and marshmallows, then pour into spray pan, smooth out evenly.  Sprinkle with Christmas candy décor sprinkles, press down lightly.  Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours to set before cutting into squares.  Store in an airtight container.
**Can’t have nuts, use Butterscotch chips instead of PB, and use not walnuts.

Chocolate with marshmallows, peanut butter with chocolate swirl and dark chocolate mint.

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Bark is so easy, you put chocolate in a double boiler with crisco shortening, at least that is what I do, I also use the microwave too, you just have to watch it, and then once its melted and smooth pour on to parchment smooth out and top it with what ever you want 🙂

White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Bark

2 pkg. white chocolate chips
2 tsp. Crisco
1 cup each craisins and shelled pistachios

Add chips and Crisco to a double boiler, melt chocolate, pour onto a lined baking sheet and top with craisins and nuts. Let set then break into pieces.  Store into an airtight container.

I have white chocolate with craisins and pistachio’s and did dark with mixed nuts and marshmallows and milk with the same.

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Easy Holiday Muddy Buddy Mix, this way is too easy

Quick & Easy Muddy Buddy Mix

2 bags Chex Muddy Buddy Mix
4 cups Chocolate Chex Cereal
4 cups mini pretzels
1 bag Christmas M&M’s
Mix all together, store in an airtight container.

With out the M&M’s, when I put it into containers I pour some mix, then a few M&M’s then more mix, otherwise the M&M’s sink to the bottom.
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The easiest bar treats, with coconut and nuts 🙂

Holiday Bars

1 ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
1 ½ cup sweetened coconut
1 stick butter, melted
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 pkg. holiday colored chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9×13 baking pan.
Add melted butter and graham cracker crumbs to a bowl and mix well, pour into baking pan and press mixture over the bottom of pan.  Sprinkle coconut and nuts over top of crumbs evenly, then pour can of milk evenly over top of that, then sprinkle with holiday chips.  Bake for 25-30 minutes for until light golden brown.  Cool completely in pan before cutting.

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Peppermint Chocolate Crunch Popcorn

1 large bag of pre-popped popcorn (I used Angie’s yellow bag)
2 cups white chocolate chips
½ tsp. peppermint extract
2 tsp. plus 1 tsp. Crisco
1 cup chocolate chips
In a double boiler melt white choc. Chips with 2 tsp. Crisco and extract, stirring until melted, pour chocolate over top popcorn and toss to coat.  Pour out onto a lined baking sheet, then melt choc. Chips and 1 tsp. Crisco in double boiler, stirring until melted, once melted drizzle over top of coated popcorn.  Let set until chocolate has hardened, then store in an airtight container.

On this batch in the pictures, I used the andes peppermint crunch chips with criso in the micowave, tossed with popcorn, then pour out to cool, then I meltes about 1/2 cup of the andes mints and drizzled that over top.

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Last one Christmas Crack

The recipe is certainly out there, you use saltines in most recipes, I use those and I use graham crackers. I also this time use Special K cereal as the base…and people like it 🙂

Graham Cracker Christmas Crack

1 box cinnamon graham crackers
1 cup brown sugar
2 stick butter
2 cup semi-sweet chips
½ cup peanut butter
Christmas M&M’s or toffee bits

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper or foil and spray with cooking spray.  Place crackers to line the pan, cinnamon side up, there can be just a little space between crackers.

Bring sugar and butter to a boil in a saucepan over med-high heat, once it come to a full boil, boil for 3 minutes and do not stir during the 3 minutes.  Pour mixture over crackers, place in oven for 5 minutes, put peanut butter in microwave for about 30 seconds to get soupy.

Remove pan from oven drizzle peanut butter over top and then sprinkle chocolate chips over top. Let set for 5 minutes to melt, spread melted chips and top with M&M’s or toffee bits, let cool over night.  Once firm, break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

 Chocolate Mint or Peppermint Christmas Crack

45 saltine crackers
2 sticks butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 pkg. Mint and Chocolate chips
Or
1 pkg. white chocolate chips
½ cup finely crush peppermints

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper or foil and spray with cooking spray.  Place crackers to line the pan, salt side up, there can be just a little space between crackers.

Bring sugar and butter to a boil in a saucepan, once it come to a full boil, boil for 3 minutes and do not stir during the 3 minutes.  Pour mixture over crackers, place in oven for 5 minutes, remove from oven and sprinkle with either Mint/chocolate chips or white chips, . Let set for 5 minutes to melt, spread melted chips and then top with peppermints or nothing, let cool over night.  Once firm, break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

Crackers and graham crackers

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Special K Cereal

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Butter and brown sugar in pan

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bring to a boil

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pour over top

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bake for 5 minutes

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I topped the Special K batch with a mix of Peanut butter, milk and dark chocolate chips

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this batch with the crackers I used Dark Chocolate and Mint Chips

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Oh here’s one once more

Holiday Nut Brittle

1 cup sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
¼ tsp. salt
2 cups nuts – peanuts, cashews or pecans
1 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
use at wooden spoon for this
Spray with cooking spray a large glass mico safe bowl, add sugar, syrup and salt, stir to mix.  Set microwave for 3 minutes, watch closely once the mixture starts to boil continue to cook for 4 more minutes (you will need to add more minutes)

Remove from microwave immediately add nuts, butter, vanilla and cinnamon, stir quickly to combine and cook for 2 more minutes.  Immediately remove add baking soda and stir to combine, mixture will foam up, once mixed pour out onto lined baking sheet and spread out with spoon.  Let cool at room temp, once cooled break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

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I bought some pre cut cookies and they did not have crisp edges as it you would use cookie cutters, and I only had some bright colors so here are some of my fun Christmas cookies 🙂

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Love my tie dye ginger 🙂

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I also go the best gift ever, if you have not heard of this stuff, its funny and it works 🙂
Poo-pourri…yes it is what you think 😛
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Check out the Holiday Commercial and please watch the whole thing…it will give you a chuckle!!

And lastly meet my new friend “Pixie Puddin'” my friends named her on facebook it was a fun time picking a name 🙂

So Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Pixie and I 🙂

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Peanut Butter Cookies with What??

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So I saw an add for one of those stores that carry the “odd” items and it had “Peanut Butter” but not just creamy or crunchy…but with “white chocolate”, “dark chocolate”, and “maple” and I was like what, I had never seen this or even hurt of this company.

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But I immediately thought I need to make something with these for sure 🙂

Peanut Butter & Co – is based out of New York City, they have a shop that makes all kinds of sandwiches

This is from the website  https://ilovepeanutbutter.com/

Lee Zalben is the founder and president of New York City’s world famous Peanut Butter & Co., and the man behind “gourmet peanut butter.” Lee grew up in Philadelphia eating a lot of peanut butter. And while an under-graduate student at Vassar College, he always won the fierce competitions he and his friends held for the wackiest but best-tasting peanut butter sandwich during late night study breaks. It was then where the idea of opening a peanut butter sandwich shop sprouted.

After college, Lee worked in advertising and publishing but he never forgot his dream of opening a peanut butter sandwich shop. While walking in Greenwich Village one day, he spotted a vacant storefront near NY University. Quitting his job the next day, the 26-year old entrepreneur-to-be started developing a business plan for his dream shop. On December 21, 1998, the vacant storefront became the Peanut Butter & Co. Sandwich Shop, offering not just various kinds of peanut butter sandwiches like The Elvis and Pregnant Lady but also peanut butter in newfangled flavors like Dark Chocolate Dreams and Cinnamon Raisin Swirl.

It was only a matter of time when people started clamoring to take the peanut butter home. Today, Peanut Butter & Co. is sold in ten delicious flavors in over 10,000 stores around the country and in Canada, the U.K., Japan, and Hong Kong. And the sandwich shop has turned into a pilgrimage site for many peanut butter lovers all over the world. Lee’s dream to open a peanut butter sandwich shop did not just become a reality, but he also created the market for specialty peanut butter.

I had never heard of this brand and they have 10 different kinds of peanut butter, not only the ones I mentioned above, but with honey, cinnamon and raisin, smooth, crunchy, old fashioned smooth, and crunchy and spicy called “the heat is on”.

The store that I found these in only had the smooth, crunchy, the 3 that I bought and the spicy one, which as I walked out the door and thought to myself, I should have bought that one…I think I’ll go back today and get “the heat is on” 🙂

Any way I love peanut butter so I was thrilled to find these 🙂

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The White Chocolate was sweet tasting, with tiny bits of white chocolate very interesting!!
Dark Chocolate was the same although dark in color like chocolate, it has tiny bits of dark chocolate!!

I have not tasted the maple yet but I can’t wait too and make something out it as well as the spicy one 🙂  I will use the Maple and the Spicy in future blogs 🙂

I wanted to do something quick so I just made cookies out of both of them, then I made a batch of swirl 🙂

I gave some to my parents as part of their Anniversary gift, they are married 54 years today!!!  So Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!!!  I love you both very very much!!!

My Mom and Dad 54 years ago!

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Also with Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I put some in my Manager’s Valentine’s Day gift bag 🙂  I don’t think she is going to share with the rest of her family.  As she asked me, do I have to share and I replied with a big smile…NO!! 😛

Ingredients – I forgot to put the Baking Soda in the picture

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mix together

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stir until smooth – see the little bits of chocolate

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add flour mixture

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stir in flour mixture until combined

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Roll into balls then roll into the sugar

 

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place on baking sheet and bake

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done

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on the swirled ones I used a 1 oz. scoop

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put one of each together, roll, then pinch and twist, then roll again

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Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

1 cup Peanut Butter (you can use any flavor you want)
1 cup plus 1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup flour

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking soda & salt, set aside
In a large bowl add eggs, peanut butter, sugar and vanilla, mix until smooth with a wooden spoon, then add flour mixture until fully combined.
Scoop and roll into a ball, take the remaining 1/4 cup sugar add to a bowl and roll dough balls in sugar, place on balls on baking sheet and bake. (you do not have to flatten) 

I use a  2 oz. scoop and baked them for about 12-13 minutes, if you make your balls small do not bake as long, check them around the 10 minute mark.

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These are chewy and moist in the middle 🙂

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I hope you enjoy the recipe and if you find these Peanut Butters you must try!!

Sesame Crusted Shrimp with a Spicy Peanut Sauce

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sesfinal1This recipe really is quick and easy, and most definitely great for a party.

As I was coming up with this recipe I had recently purchased this new IMG_20130224_105604peanut butter powder, this company   http://www.bellplantation.com/nutrition  was at one of our stores sampling and it really made my brain start to reel with ideas.  (I had no idea they had a website and recipes, so please go there for lots of great ideas and for the nearest store near you that carries this product)  If you love peanut butter you really need to try this for sure!!!

First thought was a peanut sauce, I love Thai peanut chicken so I thought well I’ll start with a sauce and then go from there.  I was having some friends over and I wanted to serve shrimp, with this peanut dipping sauce.  So this is what I did.

Now you can use regular peanut butter but if you are trying to cut out a lot of calories give this a try.

Ingredients

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Devein shrimp and pat dry with paper towels

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mix shrimp with oil, salt and pepper

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mix both sesame seeds together

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take shrimp and press one side into seeds and place seed side up on baking sheet

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Bake and serve with sauce

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Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup chicken broth or water, (plus another 1/4 cup to thin sauce out, set aside it needed)
3/4 cup PB2
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp. lime juice
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. sriracha hot sauce or red pepper flakes
1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated

Add all ingredients to a medium sauce pan over medium heat, whisking until smooth and well combined, cook until brown sugar has dissolved let cool, if sauce is to thin just add broth a little at a time and serve with shrimp.

If you want to use regular peanut butter, do use 3/4 cup and you will need that extra broth to thin it out.

Shrimp
1 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails left on
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
Black and White Sesame seeds

Toss shrimp in a bowl with the oil, salt and pepper, on a plate add about 2 tbsp. of each black and white sesame seeds, mix around with your fingers.

Then take shrimp and dip one side into the sesame seeds, place on line baking sheet, sesame seed side up.

Bake at 400 degrees until shrimp are opaque, this happens quickly so keep an eye on your shrimp.

Place on a platter and serve with the spicy peanut sauce.  Note – if you don’t like spicy just omit the sriracha hot sauce/red pepper flakes or don’t add as much.

This was a huge hit and you can serve at room temperature. 

Enjoy!!!

Heart Shape Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cheese ball

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
Yes once again it’s the time of year that love is all in the air!!!  I hope everyone has a moment today to make someone’s day, even if it with a smile or just a Hello!!!

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As as a sweet treat for the occasion I decided to make this Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cheese ball and shape it into a Heart.  Now of course you could just form it into a ball or make any shape you want, you can also roll it in extra chips or nuts on the outside instead of the sprinkles like I used.  I’m serving this today with pretzels, but you could use vanilla wafers, Teddy Grahams or regular graham crackers.

So here we go, I used these ingredients

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Mixed dough folding in the Chocolate chips

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Form into the shape and add colored chocolate sprinkles

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Recipe:  Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cheese ball

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 cup mini chocolate chips, divided 3/4 cup added to mixture, 1/4 cup for rolling, unless  you are using sprinkles

In a large bowl add peanut butter, cream cheese and butter, beat together until smooth, add vanilla and salt, mix, then on low speed add 1 cup of sugar at a time, until well combined.  Then fold in Chocolate chips.  Shape as you wish.

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In these pictures I doubled this recipe since I was taking to our offices today…I hope you try it and enjoy!!