Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Hearts are PERFECT for Valentine’s Day! They taste just like a Reeses… but a million times better because they’re homemade! And their adorable heart shape is sure to make anyone swoon!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts
I feel like the first thing we should address today is the shaping of these sweet little treats.
Can I let you in on a little secret? You’re going to shape these chocolate covered peanut butter hearts entirely by hand. No cookie cutters here! I know that may sound like a lot of work… but I promise, this is a fun and easy and rewarding process.
The peanut butter mixture consists of peanut butter, butter, vanilla, confectioners’ sugar, a little milk, and a pinch of salt – that’s it! The important part here is making sure you’ve reached the proper consistency before shaping the hearts. You want your dough to be soft and easily pinched together, without being wet or sticky. I like to think of it as playdoh; it should be just a little crumbly but effortlessly obey your hands when molded into shape. If the dough feels too sticky, simply add a little more confectioners’ sugar; if the dough is too dry, a splash of milk is your friend.
Ok. So now that we’ve covered making the peanut butter filling, let’s really focus on the shaping part. Here’s what you’re going to do: scoop out balls of the filling (I like to make mine in heaping 2 tablespoon sized balls), press it flat with the palm of your hand (not too thin!), and use the edges of your pretty little fingers to form the bottom of the oval into a point (this will be the bottom of the heart) and the top into a double rounder heart shape (this will be the top of your heart). If nothing of what I just typed made sense, then simply go with your gut, have fun, and shape the peanut butter filling into the best little hearts you can come up with. I know they’ll be great! The most important part is just remember not to make them too thin. They should be at least 1/4 of an inch in thickness. This helps them keep their shape during the chocolate dipping process.
Speaking of chocolate… let’s dive into that, eh? The chocolate dipping happens once the peanut butter hearts have been shaped and frozen. Yes… FROZEN. But just for an hour and a half 🙂 Freezing the peanut butter hearts is important because the dough is quite soft (remember, like playdoh) and will easily loose it’s shape if you dunk it before it’s had time to firm up.
I personally prefer and highly recommend using semi-sweet or dark chocolate for this recipe. The peanut butter filling is already very sweet, so using a darker chocolate with a lower sugar content helps keep this recipe from becoming cloyingly sweet.
Decorate your glossy chocolate hearts with a pinch of flaky sea salt (my favorite) or crunchy chocolate sprinkles (classic) – or make a few of both. Allow the chocolate to set completely before digging in or serving to friends and loved ones. You can quicken this process up by popping the pan of chocolate covered peanut butter hearts in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Can’t you just imagine biting into one of these pretties? Cracking that snappy chocolate shell and sinking your teeth into that creamy peanut butter filling?
On that note… I’ve got to go. There’s one chocolate covered peanut butter heart left (taste testing was intense), and well, I think you know how it’s going down.
I adapted this recipe from my Salted Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Eggs! To make this recipe simply follow that link, make the recipe as directed BUT shape the peanut butter into hearts instead of eggs 🙂 If you have any questions please feel free to ask away! xoxo
Jeana Wellman says
Made these yesterday. Big hit around here! After a couple failed attempts at shaping the hearts, I took a scoop, divided that in two, rolled each piece into a a long shape then squished and end of each together to make the point keeping the upper ends separate and rounding them each to the heart shape. Hope that makes sense!
Yay! Thanks for the tips, Jeana 🙂 And Happy (belated) Valentine’s Day 🙂
Where’s the recipe??
Would love to make those cuties!
Just wanted to add to the already stated issue of the link not working for the hearts recipe 🙁 I have tried it on every device I have and it simply doesn’t work. It takes you to an “oops” page. The link for the peanut butter eggs works perfectly, but the one for the hearts does not. I assume the recipes are the same, however, minus the shape. 🙂
Hi Lena. As stated in the post, the recipe is exactly the same, except you shape them like hearts, which is why I link directly to the egg post. The egg post is what you want to be clicking on. Are you able to get to the egg post? If not I can send you the link ;)http://bakerbynature.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#comments-form
Alison L says
The link no longer works and I really want to make this recipe. 🙁
Can anyone help me out?
These look scrumptious! I need measurements though. How much of what to use?
I made a half recipe of these for my kids for Valentine’s Day yesterday. What a huge hit! Even my peanut butter-averse daughter loved them. I’m guessing these will become a new family tradition!
Hi Andrea! I am so thrilled to hear this 🙂 I made some yesterday with my peanut butter hating niece and she too fell for them 😉
Oh my goodness these look incredible!
Love the idea shaping the hearts! Yummy!
June Burns says
Great idea! Those look incredible, perfect for any valentine 🙂