Cool off this summer with peanut butter ice pops. Caroline’s four easy recipes can be made in 5 minutes or less. This one blends together chocolate peanut butter with milk!
Forget 50 shades of grey. Four shades of peanut butter are far more tantalizing. Especially when they make up the layers on a delicious peanut butter ombré cake. Not only is it delicious, but you’re not going to get embarrassed if your boss or your grandma see you carrying this baby around.
To the uninitiated: ombré refers to a shaded or graduated tone of color. It’s a trend that has taken fashion by storm as clothing prints and even a hair dye method. But bakers have caught on to the trend bigtime, bringing ombré to the world of cakes and pastry.
This cake is a tasty nod to the trend, using peanut butter in various amounts and flavors to create an ombré effect. Surprisingly easy to make, this cake is rich in peanut butter flavor, and big on the “wow” factor when sliced into.
Everyone knows that chocolate and peanut butter are the very best of friends, which is what makes Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter so irresistibly delicious.
Here, I’ve used it as the base for a super-rich, super-chocolatey, super-smooth ice cream. It’s a great summertime treat all on its own, and it’s doubly good when sandwiched between two thin layers of gooey-soft brownie.
Banoffee Pie is a favourite traditional dessert in the UK. Already quite an evilly delicious dessert as it is, here is an updated version of it with a whole new twist – chocolate peanut butter! One bite and you’ll never look back.
Fruity and sweet, this smoothie is reminiscent of the flavors of chocolate fondue. A thick, refreshing drink with decadent flavors of chocolate and peanut butter and a healthy boost from the banana and apple. And, bonus, there is added protein via the Greek yogurt and peanut butter! It’s the perfect way to start your day or your work-out!
Drinking this smoothie is like treating yourself to your favorite dessert without the heavy calories. Each sip tastes like a piece of chocolate dipped fruit. The combination of berries and peanut butter make this the perfect sip for morning to get you started on the right foot. The bananas provide texture while the berries and chocolate peanut butter pack a flavorful punch that can’t be beat.
I really can’t express to you in words how much I love this Dark Chocolate Dreams smoothie. It really is a chocolate lovers dream in liquid form! Whenever I need something to treat my sweet tooth I make this smoothie and then suddenly everything is right in this world. This is my absolute favorite smoothie recipe!
The best version of a green monster smoothie! It tastes like a creamy and smooth chocolate peanut butter and banana smoothie with an extra special, extra nutritious surprise — a full cup of spinach! It’s the perfect way to trick yourself, or your loved ones, into getting a healthy and delicious treat. It tastes like it should be bad for you, but it is oh so good!
Learn how to make peanut brittle from this easy-to-follow recipe! This brittle’s been infused with Dark Chocolate Dreams which adds chocolate and peanut butter flavor to the crispy candy. You’ll never go back to plain old brittle after trying this salty, sweet, crunchy totally satisfying version.
From our new cookbook 31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams comes the perfect Valentine’s Day recipe, chocolate peanut butter truffles!
Learn how to prepare the simple centers then coat the chocolate shell in anything you want. From peanuts and cocoa powder to red and white sprinkles, the tasty possibilities are endless.
Chocolate, peanut butter and sweet, ripe cherries. Could it get better than this?! I don’t think so! This smoothie is sweet enough to feel indulgent but healthful enough to qualify as a complete breakfast or afternoon snack. In the summertime, substitute fresh cherries for frozen if you like.
Alejandra Ramos turns mixologist in our latest recipe videos and shows Caroline Wright how to concoct the most festive drinks for a nutty New Year’s celebration.
This recipe is for a winter dessert cocktail of peanut butter hot chocolate (made with Dark Chocolate Dreams) and spiked with bourbon. Garnished with marshmallows.
These sparkly sugar-dusted cookies pair three classic cookies in one delicious bite – they’re part chewy gingersnap, part soft peanut butter, and part chocolate crinkle.
The vegetable shortening is an unusual choice in this case, but it’s necessary to create the crisp edges and soft centers that make these cookies so incredibly addictive. Try to bake them a day or two in advance – they’ll get softer and chewier the longer they stand, and as good as they are right out of the oven, they’re even better after they’ve had a day to mellow.
I love peanut butter and chocolate – they are 2 of my favorite worlds – so why not combine them to make Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies? Yum yum! These are some of my favorite cookies, especially during the holiday season. My husband’s mother has been sending us a gift box every single year full of cookies for the past 10 years. We anxiously await these cookies because inside we know they always include Peanut Butter Blossoms. As soon as the package comes we rip it open, sit at the table and enter Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie bliss. These truly are magical!
Liven up a classic pumpkin cheesecake with a Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter swirl!
This recipe is made with a chocolate crumb base, smooth, velvety pumpkin cheesecake, and dollops of chocolate peanut butter batter swirled throughout the cake before baking. The peanut butter keeps the cake creamy and its peanutty chocolate flavor complements the earthy notes of the pumpkin.
This may be the only dessert you’ll need for Thanksgiving!
This elegant dessert is a great dish for entertaining. The shortbread crust is like a big, giant cookie topped with a chocolate ganache made with chocolate, cream, and Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter and a layer of pomegranate arils. It’s the perfect dessert — a looker, and tastes amazing too!
In warm months, there is nothing better than a cooling treat. If ice cream is your go-to to cool off, I think you will love these popsicles. They’re healthier than ice cream and they couldn’t be easier to whip up. With two kinds of peanut butter (White Chocolate Wonderful and Dark Chocolate Dreams), they are full of peanut-y flavor, and chocolate chips are the perfect addition!
My typical morning routine involves oatmeal and Smooth Operator peanut butter, however some days I need an extra kick of caffeine and chocolate — lots of chocolate.
Enter the Dark Chocolate Dreams Mocha Muffins! Combining chocolate, peanut butter, and coffee, I’ve created the perfect morning treat that will have you rushing to the kitchen. These are perfect for weekend visitors as you can make the entire batch in advance and then drizzle them with peanut butter the morning of.
This is the treat for those days when you just need a little extra kick of caffeine (or chocolate for that matter).
Easter Candy has come a long way. When I was young, it seemed as if it was a matter of chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, and your choice of creme eggs or mini eggs in terms of treats. Then…along came the peanut butter egg. A delectable nugget of sweetened peanut butter coated in rich chocolate, it rocked my Easter basket and my world. Here’s a homemade version of a store-bought treat, made yet awesomer by incorporating peanut butter in the filling and the topping. A word of advice? If you’re creating these confections for a crowd, please make a double batch. They’re seriously that simple, that addictive, and that good.
Everyone knows that Elvis loved his Peanut Butter and Banana sandwiches. We’ve taken that classic and turned it into a decadent French toast sandwich! A peanut butter sandwich is dipped in batter and then cooked until crisp. The peanut butter and jelly become a wonderful and gooey mixture that will make anyone swoon.
The first time I had heard of “buckeyes” my coworker, originally from Ohio, offered me one during that mid-afternoon lull. I was drearily working away at my computer when she asked if I wanted an Ohio treat. I was immediately taken with cute little confectionary, named after the buckeye nuts that drop from Ohio buckeye tree. Like a peanut butter cup on steroids (more peanut butter to chocolate ratio!) I immediately knew that I wanted to take them up a notch by making them with The Heat is On and Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. Sure they don’t look like the traditional buckeye, but theses sassy treats are a delight both to the eye and to the mouth.
These buckeyes aren’t the traditional buckeye candies, as they use a combination of The Heat is On and Dark Chocolate Dream peanut butter. The addition of cream cheese helps mellow out the sweetness of the candy (a trick I learned from the guys over at the Baked bakery in Brooklyn) and bind the peanut butters together. I used a little coconut oil to give the dark chocolate a nice snap as well as subtle hint of vanilla for the chocolate coating, but feel free to use butter in its place if you don’t have any coconut oil.
These are a variation on our favorite breakfast treat pain au chocolat, a French-inspired treat served in the boulangeries of France. In French Canada they are referred to as chocolatines and are a special treat not to be missed. This variation of mine is filled with a cream cheese and peanut butter blend that bakes up beautifully for a special way to start your day. The combination of a buttery flaky dough, peanut butter and dark chocolate, baked together and giving off a deliciously seductive aroma is completely irresistible. You can roll them in the traditional pain au chocolat shape or create a pin wheel shape as I have done here.
Nothing says “good morning” like a pan of still-warm buns right out of the oven, especially when they’re made with a rich, cocoa-spiked yeast dough and filled with a gooey swirl of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. Best of all, with a little advance preparation the night before, these buns can be baked and on the table in under an hour for a lazy weekend brunch.
Eat them warm and gooey right out of the oven, or let them cool off and drizzle with sweet Peanut Butter Frosting for an extra boost of peanutty goodness.
Growing up in New Jersey, zeppole (Italian fried dough balls) from the local pizza parlor were a favorite afternoon treat. My friends and I would often stop in on our way home from school and split a greasy brown paper bag full of the freshly fried dumplings dipped in powdery white sugar (the latter would inevitably get all over our school uniforms, much to our mothers’ dismay!).
This recipe puts a chocolaty twist on the old favorite by replacing butter with Dark Chocolate Dreams. A dusting of cocoa sugar at the end will make them just as appealing to adults as they are to kids.
Mother’s Day is coming and I can’t think of a better way to show my mom love than with chocolate. Smooth, creamy, and chocolaty pots de crème with an added boost of dark chocolate peanut butter! I’m pretty sure this will make up for those disastrous moments in the kitchen when I was little.
This dense loaf cake is the stuff of dreams! Chocolate peanut butter is swirled into the peanut butter cake base and topped with a sweet pistachio streusel. Serve slices for teatime or dessert, or even, if you’re feeling indulgent, for breakfast.
In Spanish, “Ropa Vieja” means “old clothes,” a reference to the tattered look of this shredded beef stew. The addition of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter to this classic recipe adds depth and a little bit of sweetness that works perfectly with the acidic tomatoes. This dish reheats beautifully and can be prepared several days in advance. Make a big pot of it during the weekend to enjoy all week.
The perfect summertime treat, these popsicles are creamy and delicious without being overly sweet. They’re great for kids (and adults!) of all ages. If you don’t have popsicle molds, you can easily turn this mixture into a smoothie by adding a few handfuls of ice cubes. Whether you decide to lick or drink it, this recipe will quickly become a household favorite.The perfect summertime treat, these popsicles are creamy and delicious without being overly sweet. They’re great for kids (and adults!) of all ages. If you don’t have popsicle molds, you can easily turn this mixture into a smoothie by adding a few handfuls of ice cubes. Whether you decide to lick or drink it, this recipe will quickly become a household favorite.
There’s no better combination than chocolate and peanut butter, except maybe peanut butter and banana… this pie combines the best of both worlds. An easy pat-in crumb crust is topped with a layer of chocolate and peanut butter, which as an added bonus keeps the creamy, pudding-like filling from making the bottom of the pie soggy. Topped with whipped cream and chopped peanuts or chocolate shavings, this pie will make a good number of people very happy.
I am always game for an amazing ice-cream sundae. This is my newest favorite because it combines two of my favorite flavors – peanut butter and chocolate. To give the ice-cream extra texture I take it over the top by adding chocolate peanut butter dipped pretzels. The saltiness of the pretzel lends just the right amount of extra flavor and subtle crunch.
These chocolate peanut butter and strawberry crepes are the perfect way to start off a weekend. And it’ll make a delicious and romantic breakfast for someone special this coming Valentine’s Day. They’re sweet without being cloying while filling enough to keep you fueled for an adventure-packed day. I used strawberries for this batch, but these would also be delicious with kiwi, banana, or if you’re really feeling crazy, all three!
Don’t worry if your first couple of crepes don’t turn out quite right, as there should be enough batter for about 14 crepes. One of the keys to good crepes is temperature; you want the pan hot enough so that you get a nice brown color, but you don’t want it so hot that it doesn’t cook all the way though. It’s also important to get just enough batter in the pan to produce a round crepe without adding so much that you end up with a pancake.
Use a thick bottomed pan to ensure your crepe browns evenly and go a little crazy with the butter for your first crepe, which will prevent all the subsequent ones from sticking to the pan.
Pop tarts were one of my favorite treats as a child, and are now one of my favorite things to make at home. They are so simple to throw together and make a tasty breakfast or snack! Here I use my favorite pie crust recipe, from Martha Stewart, but you could definitely substitute store bought in its place.
The inspiration for this sandwich comes from my favorite flavor pairing of chocolate and fruit. In this recipe the rich chocolate peanut butter is combined with the naturally sweet pear to make a delicious toasted treat. When making this I purposely don’t go overboard with the peanut butter, only adding a thin layer to the rustic bread so that it doesn’t overwhelm the flavor of the fruit. It is a great sandwich for adults and children alike.
There’s nothing like a delicious Baby for breakfast.
I’m talking, of course, about the Dutch Baby, a dramatically puffy oven pancake with a light, souffle-like texture and delicate, sophisticated flavor. For all its fancy appearance, it couldn’t be easier to make, and is rendered even more delightful when you add a healthy dollop of rich, creamy peanut butter. While any type of creamy peanut butter will work, I say go all the way and use Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter–it adds a decidedly decadent edge to this breakfast beauty.
Ever since I received my first blender as a birthday gift several years ago, I’ve been experimenting with smoothies on a nearly daily basis—indeed, you might call me a “smoothie enthusiast.” A key aspect of all my smoothies is that they must be nutritious. Accordingly, peanut butter makes a perfect smoothie component, with its high protein content and generous amounts of fiber and heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Below, you’ll find a hemp-based smoothie with banana and coconut; this smoothie provides a dose of omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient often [...]
When I was growing up, my mother had a stand-by baked good recipe that took less than an hour to prepare but always received rave reviews—graham cracker brownies. While her recipe is delicious, it features processed graham crackers, sugar-laden condensed milk, and chocolate chips. I set out to re-create this dessert with slightly healthier ingredients, substituting whole grain graham crackers, evaporated skim milk with a moderate amount of sugar, and nutrient-packed peanut butter. The result is a dessert with a cookie-like texture, sure to please anyone with a [...]