Jan 25, 2011

Peanut Butter Crunch Truffles

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Born of the Midwest, I have a penchant for kitschy recipes. Give me a casserole made with cream of mushroom soup and topped with potato chips, and I could pass out from the hilarious joy of it all. There’s just something so great about recipes that are simple and sinfully delicious and contain ingredients that can never be found in nature. Take Haystacks, for example. Melted butterscotch chips, peanut butter and chow mein noodles, for Pete’s sake. Wad the mixture up in little mounds, put it in your face, AMAZING.

Now say you take something already perfect like Haystacks, up the fabulous by adding butter and a nice hit of salt, and then dip it in bittersweet chocolate. Hubba, hubba. Not that you need any help (did I tell you that you look terrific today?), but I’d say we’re gonna get you a whole bunch of pining Valentines with this one.

When it comes to the ultimate in flavor and textural dreams, these little babies will just about blow your mind. I mean, you’ve got a chocolate shell, so, awesome already, obviously. But inside that chocolate casing, you’ve got a creamy, buttery, peanutty filling, studded with two kinds of crunch–a sturdy one from peanuts, and a more delicate, crispy crunch from those crazy chow mein noodles. I-yi-yi.


And the best part? These are so insanely easy, guys. You’ll have instant Valentine’s Day gifts that will make you an absolute hero. And plenty of leftovers so you can be your own Valentine and savor them slowly while watching trashy reality programming. Perfection!

Peanut Butter Crunch Truffles
Normally, you want commercial peanut butters for baking, but here, the texture and huge peanutty flavor of unsweetened natural peanut butter is the best choice.

Melt the butterscotch chips slowly and gently–they can have a tendency to burn and seize up. 50% power for 30 second increments, stirring well after each interval works well. You can also use a double boiler.

Chow mein noodles can be found in cans or cellophane bags in the Asian foods aisle of your supermarket.
Makes about 30
1 cup well-stirred crunchy natural peanut butter
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 ounces butterscotch chips, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt (or about 1/2 teaspoon table salt)
1 1/2 cups chow mein noodles (see note)
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the peanut butter and butter. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Beat in the melted butterscotch chips, sugar and salt. Reduce the speed to low and stir in the chow mein noodles, until the mixture is well-blended and the noodles have broken up a bit, about 30 seconds or so.
Line a sheet pan with parchment paper, waxed paper or a silicone baking mat. Using a small ice cream scoop or two spoons, scoop out portions of the mixture, about 2 teaspoonsful for each truffle. Roll each portion into a rough ball using your hands. Work quickly when you roll the balls–the mixture will melt a bit with the warmth of your hands and get a bit messy, but no worries, perfection isn’t the goal here. Place the truffle centers back on the baking sheet and freeze until very firm–at least 30 minutes.
When you’re ready to dip the truffles, place half the chopped chocolate in a double boiler (a glass or heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water). Melt the chocolate until it is smooth and fluid. Remove the bowl from the pan and add the second half of the chocolate, stirring again until smooth (this is a quick tempering method that helps to ensure you’ll get a nice, shiny chocolate coating). Place the bowl back on the pot of hot water to help keep it warm while you coat the truffles.
Dip each truffle quickly in the chocolate using a fork or a candy dipping tool. Place the dipped truffles back on the lined baking sheet. When all the truffles are dipped, chill in the refrigerator to set the chocolate. Finished truffles can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.

  • These are so cute! I love the three hearts on top!

  • Not only do those look DELISH, but they inspired another idea in my mind…truffles with a filling made of Peanut Butter Crunch cereal :) I don't write a food blog, please feel free to take this idea ;)

  • You really have me here…these are right up my husband's alley! He loves haystacks. He loves chocolate + peanut butter. He is going to love me for making these for his Valentine's gift!

  • I am happy to see you embracing your inner Midwesterner. I always try and keep my Midwestern past a secret. But seeing you being so free with it makes me want to go and post jello salad on my blog. I just might! ;)

  • OH-ME-GOSH!!! Becca wantie! Ha ha, ok I know I'm psycho, but these look fantastic!!!! :O

  • These look so far beyond fantastic. I would love a big fat box of these on Valentines day!

  • Wow. Just wow.

  • I love those haystacks, but these look so much more elegant! I'd love a box of these from my sweetie. I guess if I want them I'll have to make them for him and let him share. :)

  • Wow, these look wonderful! Great post…these are perfect for VD coming up! Can't wait to make these!

  • I too am from the midwest, and we do love our cream of chicken casseroles and chow mein noodles with butterscotch :)

  • These look way better than Reese's. And believe you me, I LOVE Reese's. ;)

  • My goal this year is to make more candy and this might have to be added to my list. Sounds easy and perfect! (FYI – I love a tuna noodle casserole with chips on top too!)

  • Sounds interesting. I love the decoration used for Valentines day. Very sweet!

  • yum. i love haystacks so i must make these!! perfect for valentine's day!

  • Pretty site and right here are my fav sprinkles :-)
    Sooo cute…
    Love that heart box too , i have one is red :-))
    Happy day and cheers.

  • Those look so delicious AND cute. I love the little hearts on top.

  • I bet they would be tasty with rice krispies instead of chow main noodles too.

  • So cute..and so tasty! Great valentine's gift idea.

  • Love that you used chow mein noodles!
    And I am all about recipes with ingredients you can't find in nature ;)

  • I just made pb truffles, but this is a completely different filling that I really want to try now. Sounds amazing.

  • Nutty and crunchy truffles. I'm in love…

  • Those look like the perfect little treat. What a sweet way to celebrate Valentine's Day. I have a linky party on my blog every week called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link this up.

  • Pining valentines…yes that is exactly what I am in need of! How did you know?

    I adore haystacks…like…they kind of make my head spin. And then you went and dipped them in chocolate. I'm sending you a pining valentine. For the record.

  • The Midwest hides some culinary treasures! These look delicious :)

  • All I can say wow! that really looks so tasty and delicious, I couldn't help myself to this kind of food.

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  • What a perfect dessert that is both kid and adult friendly! The peanut butter-chocolate combo is deadly!

  • Wow, wow, wow!!!

  • Wow! That looks so delicious!

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