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Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Cups Recipe

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Chocolate Cups Recipe

Peanut Butter & Jelly Chocolate Cups Recipe

Cook Time:  About 20 minutes
Prep Time:  10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Chocolate and peanut butter lovers, gather around! Today we have “turned up the heat” and created these deliciously decadent, Peanut Butter & Jelly Chocolate Cups, featuring Cherchies® Preserves and Cherchies® Fruit Butter Spreads. Chocolate covered everything I say, and if you are a chocolate lover like I am, I know you will surely understand.

What makes everything better, other than chocolate? (Maybe bacon but I will save that for another day). These sweet and salty chocolate treats will melt your heart, but grab some for yourself, because these tasty morsels will disappear right before your eyes. They did at our home!

Who wants some?

Comment below and let us know what Preserve or Butter Spread you liked most in this recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups chocolate chips/ dark chocolate chips 

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) coconut oil

  • 12 muffin cup liners

  • 1 cup peanut butter

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1/2 cup Cherchies® Preserves of choice or Cherchies® Butter Spreads

  • Coarse sea salt for garnish (optional)

Preparation
Line a 12 cup muffin tin with disposable cupcake liners.

Combine Peanut Butter and powdered sugar in a medium bowl.  Mix ingredients with hand mixer until combined. Scoop mixture with melon ball scooper (1 inch) and place the mixture on a parchment paper lined tray. Place tray in freezer for about 10 minutes.  Remove Peanut Butter balls from the freezer and flatten with a spatula. Return to freezer while you prepare the chocolate.

While peanut butter patties are chilling, prepare the chocolate. Melt the chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon (tsp.) coconut oil in a bowl over a pan filled with about 1 1/2" water.  Turn the burner on high and stir chips as they begin to melt. (You could melt chips in microwave if your prefer, heating on 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring each time until completely melted).  When all the chocolate chips are melted, remove the pan and bowl from heat and turn off the stove.

Add about 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp.) (dollop) of melted chocolate to each muffin cup.  Use a clean art brush to spread the chocolate up the sides.  Afterwards, tap the pan on the counter to even the chocolate in the cups.

When peanut butter patties are not tacky, remove them from the freezer and place patties in the middle of the chocolate cup. Add 1 teaspoon (tsp) Cherchies® Preserves or Cherchies® Fruit Butter Spreads and carefully spread over peanut butter patty, making sure not to go to the edge.  The chocolate needs to go on the sides and top. 

Add the remaining chocolate (1 Tablespoon (Tbsp)) to each of the cups.  Use a spoon or small spatula and spread chocolate over peanut butter and jelly to the edge of the cupcake liner to seal in the yumminess. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until set.

Remove from refrigerator, sprinkle with coarse sea salt and enjoy!

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Recipe Roundup- How to Host a Fiesta Party

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Recipe Roundup- How to Host a Fiesta Party

Recipe Roundup- How to Host a Fiesta Party

"Let's Taco 'Bout a Fiesta!"  (I know, overused, but still fun:)  Whether it is Taco Tuesday, Cinco De Mayo, or whenever you're in the mood you're for a fiesta, now is the perfect excuse to invite your friends and family over and celebrate your favorite Mexican dishes!   

Themes always make planning easier, but not everyone has the time to plan. We have taken the guess work out of planning the perfect Fiesta and shared our favorite Mexican Foods as well as some fun and festive decorating ideas to make your celebrations easy peasy.  

So, what are you waiting for?? There is no time to siesta, it’s time to fiesta!

Comment below and let us know how your celebration turned out.

Setting the Mood

Decorations- Creativity can go a long way on a budget. Your decorations do not need to be fancy or expensive. Check out these clever and fun ideas on the cheap.

  • Make your celebration colorful and festive without breaking the bank- Use colorful napkins, glasses, and plates. Margarita glasses are a must!

  • Decorate with flowers and fruit or vegetables- decorate today, cook with tomorrow.

  • Make tissue paper flowers- easy and economical- gigglesgalore.net

  • Add mini cacti or succulents to Mexican food cans with rocks for an adorable arrangement.

  • Pinata- A must for every fiesta. Kids and adults will all enjoy. Purchase one at your local party store or get creative and make your own! There are plenty of DIY tutorials on Pinterest to guide you.

Ambiance- Light up the place with these bright solutions.

  • Veggie votives- Hollow out some peppers, add a votive candle for a festive flair.

  • Add mini LED fairy lights to beer bottles.

  • Paper lanterns, found at your local party supply or craft store add an instant ambiance.

  • Make a playlist of Mexican music to entertain your guests during your celebration.

Fiesta Food- Now that you've set the mood, it's time to enjoy food! Here are some of our favorite recipes!

Starters and Dips

Salsas - When life hands you tomatoes, make salsa! Grab your favorite tortilla chips and serve with a variety of salsas.  Here we have three of our favorites.

Taco Bar!  Gather up all your favorite fixings for a festive taco bar and invite your family and friends over for Taco night!  Serve in an array of fun containers. (After all, not only is it about the food, but also the presentation!)

  • Mason jars- Another fabulous use for Mason Jars.

  • Veggie Tray Holder- perfect for taco 'fixins. - source anonymous

  • Flower power- Use inexpensive flower pots for your fixings- hgtv.com

Tacos- Now that you have the perfect presentation, serve your fixings with your favorite tacos.  Here are a few of our favorites!

Sides- The perfect accompaniment to your fiesta celebration.

 Decadent Desserts- Sweet endings

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Champagne Asparagus Roll-Ups Recipe

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Champagne Asparagus Roll-Ups Recipe

Champagne Asparagus Roll-Ups Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

We love it when friends from across the country send us recipes using our gourmet products.  This quick and easy asparagus recipe comes to us from Sharon Brookover, in Chester Springs, PA, and it features our award-winning Champagne Mustard.  This appetizer comes together in minutes and can be made early in the day and baked at the last minute. 

Grace your Spring brunches or gatherings with these tasty, buttery, asparagus, ham and cheese roll-ups. Make sure to grab a plate for yourself, because these delicious morsels will disappear in minutes!

Try this recipe with all three of our mustards and comment below on your favorite combination!

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Ingredients

  • 6 asparagus spears, blanched in boiling water for 3 minutes

  • 6 slices soft white bread

  • 6 Teaspoons (tsp) softened butter ( 1 tsp. per slice of bread)

  • 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) softened butter

  • 6 slices ham, thinly sliced, cut in half

  • 6 slices Swiss cheese, cut in half

  • 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) Cherchies® Champagne Mustard (using 1 teaspoon (tsp) per slice of bread).  (or, try this recipe with our Hot Banana Pepper Mustard or Cranberry Mustard)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  

In a medium skillet, add enough water to cover the asparagus.  Blanch asparagus for 2-3 minutes in boiling water, drain, cool, and set aside.

Remove crust from bread with a sharp serrated knife and roll out until very flat and thin.

Spread each slice of bread with 1 teaspoon (tsp) butter and 1 teaspoon (tsp) of Cherchies® Champagne Mustard. 

Cut each slice in half. Place a thin slice of ham on six slices of bread and six slices of Swiss cheese for the other six slices of bread.

**Note, the original recipe called for this method. I personally prefer to add both the ham and cheese. (Unless, your guests are vegetarians or have a dairy intolerance, then consider doing it this way).

Cut the cooled asparagus in half.  Top the ham or cheese slices with one half of each asparagus.

Roll up and brush with melted butter.  Place seam side down on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.  

Bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Can either serve whole or cut roll-ups in half to serve a crowd.  

Enjoy!

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Recipe Roundup- 30 Delicious Spring Brunch Recipes (You Need To Try)

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Recipe Roundup- 30 Delicious Spring Brunch Recipes (You Need To Try)

Recipe Roundup- 30 Delicious Spring Brunch Recipes (You Need To Try)

Happy Spring everyone! Will you join us for Brunch?

Why is it Spring and the holidays scream brunch?

Are you hosting a brunch this year? Have you planned your menu yet?

Whether you are planning a small gathering for Easter, Mother’s Day, Graduation, a Wedding, or to wow your guests with a Spring brunch, we have taken the guess-work out and collected 30 of our favorite brunch recipes to make your planning a breeze. Whether you are looking for appetizers, hearty egg casseroles, savory side dishes, salads, or sweet rolls, we have got you covered. Consider us your Spring brunch planners.

Comment below and let us know how you liked these recipes.

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Appetizers

Breakfast/ Brunch Dishes

  • Ham and Biscuits- Smoky ham, buttery biscuits, and a sweet-hot Champagne Mustard.

Side Dishes

Sweet Treats

Enjoy!

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