2.15.2012

Homemade Reese's Hearts

As mentioned I will be sharing what I made Sean for Valentine's Day and here is that promise!
The first Valentine's Day that Sean and I celebrated when we were dating, I made him these peanut butter hearts, you know a Reese's peanut butter cup in the shape of a heart. I continue to make these hearts each year to keep up with the tradition. It is a very simple recipe and I would recommend using a stand mixer if you have it, I have mixed the peanut butter with the powdered sugar by hand and my arm got quite the work-out. 
For these peanut butter hearts, first, gather together your ingredients. 1 cup peanut butter (creamy is preferred but I used chunky because it is what I had on hand), 1/4 cup butter, softened, 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 bag 11.5 oz chocolate chips, 1 tablespoon shortening.


Cream the softened butter in your mixer, then add in the peanut butter. 
Mix the peanut butter and butter together very well. 




Once the two ingredients are mixed together, slowly add in the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time and mix in between additions of powdered sugar. 


When the powdered sugar is fully incorporated into the peanut butter, take out the peanut butter mixture and pat it out until it 1/4 thick.

  Then using a heart cookie cutter, cut the dough and place the hearts onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. I put my cookie cutter into powdered sugar first to help prevent sticking. The dough will be sticky so watch out. 



Freeze the hearts for at least 20 minutes. 

In a double boiler, add the chocolate chips and the shortening. 

When the chips are completely melted, dip in the frozen hearts, completely covering the peanut butter heart in chocolate.





 Place the hearts back into the freezer and then before you serve them to your loved one(s), allow the hearts to come to room temperature. Then eat and enjoy!

For yesterday morning, I wanted Sean to come back to some Valentine's Day treats and this is what he saw on our kitchen counter. Unfortunately, my plan of setting these out the night before didn't turn out so well because he went to bed an hour after me. He usually gets up 30 minutes before me so I wouldn't have time in the morning. To solve this dilemma, I woke up at 4am to set out his Valentine's Day breakfast treats.

I bought the mug at Michaels which came with permanent markers and wrote Good morning, Handsome and there was a box of donut holes behind that sign.
Hope you all had a great Valentine's Day and felt loved by those closest to you.

77 comments:

Amanda said...

1. Yum!
2. You're a sweetheart for doing that for Sean, I know he must have appreciated it!
3. I heart you :)

Katie said...

that recipe looks delicious - i want to try it but only have a hand mixer - but at least I'll get a workout right? And that was a cute present you left Sean!

Chrissy said...

Oh my gosh, they look delicious! yummy xxx

Britt @ The Magnolia Pair said...

Oh my gosh! I debated reading this because I knew it would make me so hungry. Well I caved, and now i have to make these. Glad I have a stand mixer too, bc I know hand stirring would not be fun to stir. These look mouthwatering. I may have to make them this weekend!!

marie said...

Those peanut butter hearts look delicious, and the mug is so cute, very clever.

Brooke Shemwell said...

Super cute! My husband loves the combo of peanut butter and chocolate so I'm definitely trying this recipe out.
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Michelle P said...

Stop making such good looking treats!

Carlie said...

The peanut butter hearts sound like a delicious tradition!
And you are such a sweet wife for setting an alarm to set out his breakfast goodies!

Leah said...

Such a cute and sweet idea!! I want to make my own peanut butter cutouts now! Maybe for St. Patrick's Day!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Yummmmmy Meg!! Such a sweet wifey you are :) I bet he loved them! Hope you guys had a romantic and wonderful evening

Ashley said...

Oh I make these at Christmas, but just roll them into Chocolate covered PB balls...I think I'll have to make hearts to take down when I visit my guy :-)

Cute breakfast!

Jenna said...

Bookmarking this recipe NOW. Looks delicious. I love Reese Cups soo much, and I think I will love them even more in the shape of hearts :) Your morning Valentine for Sean is SO cute and thoughtful. The mug looks awesome! May steal that idea one day ;)

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

awww Meg this is so sweet! and those hearts look delicious!

Susan said...

You're so creative missy!! Those hearts look delicious, I'd definitely make those! Doesn't look to terribly difficult either! Have a great one!

Samantha said...

I feel like I leave the same comment on each of your posts... You are such a good wifey! Reeses ANYTHING is Ryan's favorite, so these homemade ones juuuuuuust made it into my recipe book! Thanks a bunch!

Nat said...

Those hearts look delicious!! I'm totally stealing that recipe and making some! YUMMY

sherri lynn said...

Making your own peanut butter cups sounds so fun! I love that you continue to do it each year to keep with the tradition. And what a cute Valentine surprise he had! You're a sweet wife to get up early to set that all up!

Alyx said...

Those peanut butter hearts look delicious!!

Mateya said...

Genius!

Valerie Griffin said...

YUMMMMMM!

Krysta said...

So cute. Glad you had a great Valentines.

Teresaurus said...

Oh my! <3 <3

Katie {katie lately} said...

I vote you make these for me on my birthday. K thanks :)

sarah@totalbassetcase.com said...

So cute! My mister would die if I made him those! He loves reeses almost as much as he loves me!

Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

Wow, I bet those taste really good and really rich. I would smother it in ice cream. :)

Laura said...

Yum! How stinking cute and delicious are those?!!

Elizabeth Ann @ Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box said...

super cute as always! :-)

Kristin said...

What a nice wifey!! those peanut butter chocholates look awesome and seem easy to make!

Daisy said...

This is simply too sweet for words! I like the writing on the mug idea. I can't wait to be married :)

CALLIE said...

Aren't you just the cutest little housewife that there ever was??

Alexa said...

Meg...you are the cutest wife ever. I'd love one of those sweet hearts. :)

Amanda said...

What a cute idea! Reese's Hearts and Eggs are my all time FAVORITE! I might just have to make these sometime!

Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

You are so creative, and so sweet! Love your valentines gifts for sean! And those reese's hearts, oh my oh my! Love me some reese's!

Drew {Coral Cafe} said...

Oh my goodness! How incredibly yummy!!
Glad you had such a great Valentine's Day ;)

Life With Lauren said...

They looks so good!

Natalie said...

Reese's are my favorite! You need to mail me some of these YUM YUM!

amy b.s. said...

what a super cute idea!

Regina of Live Delightfully said...

Just the fact that you got up at 4am to set out his surprise says how much you love him. At least it would for me... haha!

I love buckeyes aka peanut butter balls and would love those hearts too! :) YUMMY! Such a cute and *sweet* (oh I'm so punny) tradition you've started! :)

lori said...

these look DELICIOUS!!!

i love the donut breakfast- sooo cute! and such a cute mug.

April said...

What a great idea! My fiance loves Reece's cups so I bet he'd love these. I'll have to try them when I get a mixer :)

Shannon said...

My husband's favorite candy is Reese's. I bet homemade one's are even better! YUM!

http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

Jennifer Delle Fave said...

Oh I have never seen these hearts done this way!! YUM! Must try. You are adorable; love the mug! Hope you had a wonderful day!

Carrie {Living It Up in U.P.} said...

I love the mug you made! And that's such a sweet idea to have the mug and donut holes waiting for him when he wakes up. What a lucky guy!

Jaclyn said...

yum. yum. yum.

erica marie said...

These look delicious and so easy to make. I can't wait to give it a try. Reeses peanut butter cups are my favorite!

xo erica

andrea brionne said...

I love Reese's peanut cups! I've never thought about making them myself. These look delicious

andrea

Nikki said...

Oh YUM! I wish I would've known about these before Vday. What's the next holiday? Maybe I can make President's day ones ;)

birdie to be said...

YUM! This sound amazing!

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

Those look absolutely delicious! I'm drooling.

Kira said...

Those sound so good! And your little sign for breakfast is so cute.

navy and orange said...

the hubby will love me if I made those! thanks for the tip!

xoxo navy & orange

Callie Lynch said...

Those look so good that I'm tempted to go to the store this second and get the ingredients! Thanks for the recipe! Love this tradition!

Bennett Love

Allison said...

Oh Meg these look yummy. What a sweet tradition! :)

Jillian @ Newlywed in Nashville said...

Oh, I'll have to try those homemade reese's hearts, they are the hubby's favorite candy! Love the donut sign, so so cute! Also, that mug is adorable, such a clever idea! :)

Ashley said...

oh my gosh I bet these are amazing!! I swear the heart ones taste better than the original ones...

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Julie said...

YUM!!! I'm definitely putting these on my list of things to make!

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

Wanna come to Florida and make these for me?!
:)

xo

BeckyJo606 said...

You are so sweet to make these for your husband! I love traditions like this--I think they are so so sweet! You need to give the rest of us lessons on sweet gestures for our spouses!! :)

alissa {33shadesofgreen} said...

Very cute Meg! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Faith said...

that looks amazing. i love that you made these yourself! what a sweet tradition :)

REBrown said...

These look so good! KB would love this.

jessica {creative index} said...

those look so good! i love reese's, and i've always wanted to make my own! will have to try these soon!

Alena: Oh, Its Just Perfect! said...

What a sweet way to celebrate Valentine's Day! Although, I'd be 20 pounds heavier because I'd eat ALL of them in one sitting.

Emma said...

Those look AMAZING!! Hope you had a great Valentine's Day! Xo

Lay said...

Oh my gosh I have to try those, they look delish!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

YUM! You are so great and making delish creations!

And how sweet was that morning surprise :)

Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! said...

Delicious! Every time I come to your blog, I leave craving something!

Kristin said...

What a sweet Valentine...and those choco peanut butter hearts...YUM!

Renee said...

You are the sweetest waking up early!! And those hearts look delish!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I love that you did this!! I totally want to try this!

Claudia at Lashes and Beard said...

Love, love, LOOOOOOVE the coffee mug! Must do this for my own Mr. Handsome. :-) I wonder if they make that same feature but in a travel-mug style.

Lauren said...

Mmm...definitely pinning this! I'm thinking these would be a great anniversary present!

natasha {schue love} said...

Oh yummmmmy!! I want one now! :)

Hayley said...

mmmmm these look delish! reese's are my FAVORITE!

Shia said...

I love your little v day treat for your guy...super cute idea!!

♥ Shia

{amy k.} said...

mmm i want to try those reese's hearts, look super yummy!