Peanut butter squares

Happy Friday!

If you’re a peanut butter fan you are going to love today’s Fast Friday recipe – delicious, quick and easy peanut butter squares. Remember the peanut butter bites I shared last year? Well this recipe is almost identical, except you don’t have to bother rolling anything! I was given this recipe by a good friend and am so excited to share it with you – I’m sure it will become a quick favourite with you too.
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Chocolate & caramel Easter egg cheesecake

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I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t really feel like autumn at the moment – we still have a fan going all night long, the days are still boiling and our house still gets so hot that it feels like we’re in the tropics (less the sandy beaches and cocktails). Some days it feels like autumn might be making an appearance, but then it vanishes as quickly as it came.

In this kind of weather, cheesecakes are the perfect sweet treat. Not only do you not have to touch the oven (assuming you make a bake-less variety), but the finished dessert is cool and refreshing – exactly what you want on a warm evening. Perfection.

With Easter on the horizon I decided to make an Easter-y version of a chocolate cheesecake, packing it with some of Kevin’s favourite eggs – mini caramel ones! Imagine a chocolate base (good enough to eat by itself) topped with a rich and fluffy cheesecake stuffed with caramel egg pieces, finished with a layer of dark chocolate ganache and garnished with a halo of caramel eggs. Sounds good, right?

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Cheesecake chocolate eggs

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I think I’m a little obsessed with Easter eggs. It seems as though a good portion of my life at the moment is spent trawling the Easter aisles in shops, feasting my eyes on the multitude of eggs to choose from.

I realised I had a problem yesterday when I spent the majority of my lunch break wandering around the Warehouse thinking about what I might possibly buy for Easter gifts this year. And I loved it – though I left empty handed, it was a very satisfying lunch break!

As you might guess, much of this time ogling at eggs is spent pondering how I might be able to use them in my baking. I’m pleased to report that this pondering has paid off and I have a host of egg-related treats to share with you over the next week and a bit! I’m especially fond of today’s creation – cheesecake filled chocolate eggs!

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Double chocolate chunk biscuits

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 225g butter, softened and cubed
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ¾ cups chocolate, roughly chopped (I used Marvellous Creations Jelly Popping Candy Beanies by Cadbury)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Line two baking trays.
  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa and baking soda in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugars and vanilla until pale and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition.
  4. Add flour mixture to wet mixture in three additions, mixing well between each. Add chocolate and stir until evenly dispersed through mixture.
  5. Scoop out tablespoon-sized heaps of mixture and roll into balls. Place on baking tray and lightly flatten with fingers.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes or until biscuits centres are set but still soft – this can be tested by inserting a skewer into one biscuit. Allow to cool on baking tray for approx. five minutes before carefully transferring to cooling rack.

Peanut butter bites

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups icing sugar
  • 50g butter, melted
  • ½ cup peanut butter, smooth or crunchy
  • ½ bag milk chocolate melts

Method

  • Place icing sugar, butter and peanut butter in a bowl.  Mix until well combined.
  • Roll into teaspoon sized balls – place in fridge and chill until firm
  • Melt chocolate in microwave or double boiler. Skewer each ball and dip in chocolate. Drizzle remaining chocolate over bites to finish.