Peanut Butter Dip

Peanut Butter Dip

I made this peanutty dessert for a party a few weeks ago, and it was a hit!  I found the recipe here,  and I made very few changes.  If you love peanut butter, this is for you!

This is reminiscent of a cheese ball, so it feels like an appetizer, but because it’s so sweet and rich, I’d classify it as a dessert.  This is so simple it has only 4 main ingredients.  Here’s what you do:

Mix the following well:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 3/4 c. peanut butter
  • 3 T. brown sugar
Option 1:  Scoop the mixture together and place onto a piece of plastic wrap.  Fold the edges together to make a ball and freeze for about 90 minutes or until firm.  Unwrap and press a mixture of chocolate chips and mini peanut butter cups into the surface.  Re-wrap and freeze until firm, about 2 hours.
 
Serve with a variety of dippers, like sliced tart apples, graham crackers, pretzel sticks, or vanilla wafers. 
 
This makes a great option, and this is what we did.  It’s pretty, easy to serve, and it’s very traditional.  It does have one problem, though:  this makes a very large ball, so only a few people will get both the peanut buttery goodness from the inside AND the chocolate on the outside.  That’s why Option 2 is important …..
 
Option 2:  Scoop the mixture together and place onto a piece of plastic wrap.  Fold the edges together to shape into a log and freeze for about 90 minutes or until firm.  Unwrap and press a mixture of chocolate chips and mini peanut butter cups into the surface.  Re-wrap and freeze until firm, about 2 hours.
 
Serve with a variety of dippers, like sliced tart apples, graham crackers, pretzel sticks, or vanilla wafers. 
 
This option is great.  There’s a higher chocolate-to-peanut butter ratio, and it’s easier to slice it for use with dippers, too.  BUT, if this still isn’t enough chocolate-y yumminess for you, go for Option 3….
 
Option 3:  Scoop the mixture together and place onto a piece of plastic wrap.  Fold the edges together to make a ball and freeze for about 30 minutes or until semi-firm.  Unwrap and roll into acorn-sized balls.   Place onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet and freeze again until firm, then dip into melted chocolate.  Place into mini cupcake papers and top with sprinkles, chopped nuts, or mini chocolate chips.  
 
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
 
 
Of course, all of that is assuming that you’re patient enough to wait until this confection is completely ready to go.  We weren’t all quite that patient.  🙂
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