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Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Cups Recipe

desserts, snacksSheri SpalloneComment
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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Cherry Glazed Ham Recipe

entrees, glaze marinade & sauceSheri SpalloneComment
Cherry Glazed Ham Recipe

Cherry Glazed Ham Recipe

Are you traveling this holiday or will you be sharing a lovely Easter meal at home with family or friends? What do you serve at Easter?  In our family, a traditional Easter dinner or brunch wouldn't be the same without some sort of a succulent glazed ham, and being that Easter is almost here, I thought you would enjoy our family's favorite glazed ham recipe, Cherry Glazed Ham.  

Let's face it, ham is the perfect entree for most holidays and occasions, as it easily pleases a crowd.  And what ham wouldn't be complete without a homemade glaze, not the little packets that come with the hams, a real homemade glaze. It only takes a few minutes to prepare a glaze and the possibilities are endless.  Over the years I have experimented with our various preserves and hot pepper jams in this basic recipe, and all the results have been just as fabulous.  This time, I was craving a glaze bursting with cherries and this easy to make sweet-salty ham recipe, featuring our Cherchies® Cherry Butter Spread, Cherchies® Champagne Mustard, and just the slightest hint of Bourbon,  is the perfect addition to your holiday menu.  

So gather up your guests, grab a jar of Cherchies® Cherry Butter SpreadCherchies® Champagne Mustard, slather on the glaze, and serve this delicious ham with your favorite side dishes for an exceptional holiday meal, and wait for the ooohs and ahhhs!  This will definitely be one of your favorite ham recipes.

Happy Easter friends!

Preparation

* Note- Substitute Cherchies® Cranberry Preserves with Champagne for the butter spread for a festive flair!

Preparation

Prepare the glaze by combining Cherchies® Champagne Mustard, Cherchies® Cherry Butter,  brown sugar and Bourbon in a small sauce pan.  Cook on low until smooth.  Pour half of the glaze over the ham and cook the ham according to the package directions, normally 15 minutes per pound until warm. Chill the other half of the glaze until later.   When the ham is about a half hour from being done, remove the ham from the oven and pour the rest of the glaze over the ham.  Cook the ham for the remaining time. When the ham is warmed, cool for 15 minutes before serving.

*Note- This basic recipe would work nicely with any of our Cherchies® Preserves or Hot Pepper Jams, depending on your palate. Try them all and let us know what you come up with:)

Enjoy!

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Homemade Pop Tarts Recipe

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Homemade Pop Tarts Recipe

Happy Valentine's Day friends!  Last year, I posted a recipe for Homemade Toaster Strudels, but this morning, before the kiddos went to school, I surprised my favorite valentine's with sweet, tasty, fruity, homemade Valentine Pop Tarts.  Sweets for my sweeties:) Needless to say, Mom prevailed a hero...not a bad way to start the day.

I used the same idea as the Toaster Strudels, except this time I used refrigerated pie dough to emulate Pop Tarts sold in the store (our kiddos love...personally I am not a fan of). Yes, I certainly could have made the pie dough from scratch, but school days are crazy enough, and quick is key in the morning, so I purchased the pie dough the day before from the grocery store.  

Since February is Cherry month (didn't know that did you?), I decided to go with our Cherry Butter, but any of our Butter Spreads (Strawberry or Apple) or **Preserves (see below) could be used in this recipe).  And, because it is Valentine's Day, I went the extra step and used large heart-shaped cookie cutters to seal the deal.   These "Pop Tarts" were delicious by themselves, and adding the gooey icing and of course sprinkles, made these semi-homemade "Pop Tarts" irresistible! Our children have found a new favorite "Pop Tart" and so will yours!  Happy Valentine's Day!

Ingredients

  • 2 rolls of room temperature refrigerated pie dough

  • Cherchies® Cherry Butter (or could substitute Cherchies® Strawberry Butter, or Cherchies® Apple Butter, or any of our **delicious preserves, mixed with 1 Tablespoon of corn starch).

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 Tablespoon (or more depending on consistency) heavy cream

  • 1 or two drops of food coloring (I actually used 1 Tablespoon of additional Cherry Butter in the icing in lieu of food coloring)

  • 1 large heart-shaped cookie cutter- Approx. 4 1/2 inches in diameter (optional)

  • Sprinkles (optional)

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly flour your prep surface.  Roll out the dough over the counter or prep surface. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes.  If making simple Pop Tarts (not using cookie cutters, cut off rounded ends of pie dough, and cut pie dough into rectangles).

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Add about 1-2 Tablespoons (depending on size of cookie cutter) with Cherchies® Cherry Butter Spread to the center of the dough, making sure to leave at least 1/2 inch around the perimeter of the dough for sealing.

Place another piece of dough gently over the filling and crimp the edges with a fork to seal the tart.  Seal well to keep the tasty fruit inside from seeping out. 

Brush the egg over the entire tart, and bake in the oven until the tarts are golden brown.  Allow to cool slightly before icing the tarts.  

While tarts are baking, mix the icing.  In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, heavy cream, and food coloring (in my case, I used the Cherry Butter to color the icing).  If icing is too thick, add a couple drops of heavy cream at a time to thin the icing.  Icing should slightly ooze off the spoon.  While tarts are still warm, scoop a large spoonful of icing and drizzle it over the pop tarts.  If desired, add sprinkles and watch them disappear!  

Enjoy!

 

 

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15 Epic Ways to Embrace Fig Preserves

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15 Epic Ways To Embrace Fig Preserves

Happy New Year friends!  I hope your holiday season was joyous and filled with wonderful memories.  Before Christmas, you may recall my excitement over our new Fig Preserves with Cinnamon!  Do you know what was even more exciting? Your amazing feedback!  Thank you so much!

As a result of your feedback, you inspired me to research more recipes using Fig Preserves, so I carved out some time between Christmas and New Year's and got cracking, looking at old cookbooks (remember those) and the internet. You would not believe the versatility of this tasty condiment!  I was shocked.

So friends...here is a list of figalicious ideas inspired by you to to inspire you!  I have already made a few of these and can't wait to make more to share with you in the near future.  What are your favorite uses for Fig Preserves?  Do you have a favorite recipe?  We'd love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by!

15 Ways to Enjoy Fig Preserves

  1. Prepare into Fig Bars.

  2. Bake with brie and Garlic & Herb Seasoning in phyllo cups for an easy tasty appetizer.

  3. Spread on crostini with goat cheese, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar for a tasty appetizer or lunch.

  4. Combine with rosemary and balsamic vinegar and use as a glaze for chicken, pork, or kebabs.

  5. Swirl into a cheesecake batter for a fig cheesecake.

  6. Spread it on toast, English muffins, or biscuits instead of jelly.

  7. Mix with softened cream cheese as a crepe filling.

  8. Mix with various spirits for a refreshing Fig Cocktail

  9. Mix with oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to make a vinaigrette.

  10. Use it in your favorite cake mix to create a delightful fig cake.

  11. Spread on melted baked brie fresh from the oven.

  12. Use it in grilled ham & cheese sandwiches.

  13. Swirl it into ice cream.

  14. Use in lieu of syrup for a topping for pancakes.

  15. Homemade "Fig Newtons".

Figtastic!

 

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