Hello! Happy Friday! :)
What are your plans for the weekend? Kyle and I (and Mitchell!) are headed to Iowa this afternoon to celebrate Christmas with my mom on Saturday and with my dad on Sunday! I am looking forward to enjoying a nice, relaxing weekend in our old stomping grounds.
Both of my parents live in the same city as Iowa State University, where Kyle and I met and attended graduate school together :) It is always fun to reminisce about the good ol’ days during a walk around campus and enjoy one or two lots of (ahem!) beverages with friends at our favorite college-town establishments.
Below are a few college and graduation photos in memory of our college days. *Sigh*
Kyle and I pre-graduation.
Me, Kyle, Kolby and Jana on our MBA Bar Crawl.
Showing off our flair (Kolby, Kyle, Me and Jana).
YAY! Diplomas! (Kolby, Kyle, Me and Jana)
Okay you guys, now I am thoroughly depressed about being done with college… Guess it is time for some chocolate! ;)
To celebrate the month of December and to keep our holiday spirits bright at work, my team held a “12 DESSERT Bars of Christmas” event earlier this week. (Remember our 12 Bars of Christmas bonding event last Friday?) Many of us brought in a favorite treat to share with the team – YUM! We had everything from a Pumpkin Rolled Cake to Rolo Brownies to Bacon-Chocolate Chip Bars! Thankfully, our event was in the afternoon because I can guarantee our productivity fell off a cliff as soon as the sugar hit our brains :)
Between the Salted Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies I made a few weeks ago and my SWAT Bars earlier this week, I knew I had to bring something with chocolate and peanut butter. My treat just wouldn’t be “me” without it! Thankfully Sally, from Sally’s Baking Addiction, came to my rescue.
Sally is pretty much my baking and blogging idol. She creates the most delicious recipes full of chocolate and peanut butter AND sprinkles. (Side note, I have a serious obsession with sprinkles. They make everything taste better, even broccoli. Seriously.) Plus she is an amazing food photographer and her photos make me want to lick my computer screen. If I saw her in Minneapolis, I would probably hug her. Creepy? Maybe. But I just can’t help it. SHE IS AWESOME!
Anyways, you should definitely go check out her blog. You’ll immediately understand my rave review and want to hug her too.
This dessert is probably more Halloween appropriate than Christmas appropriate. However, once you get a mouthful, you won’t care about the orange or the yellow or the black hues or how your coworkers might be thinking you’re *crazy* for celebrating the wrong holiday because you will be in Peanut Butter Heaven and nothing else will matter.
A crisp, white-chocolaty bark. A creamy, peanut-buttery center. Bits of Reese’s Pieces on top. Yep, definitely Peanut Butter Heaven.
Reese’s Peanut Butter White Chocolate Bark (Barely adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction)
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 20 oz white almond bark
- 4 oz (movie box size) Reese’s Pieces
- 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
Line a 9×9 pan with waxed or parchment paper. In a mixing bowl, blend peanut butter, sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt until creamy. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt half of the almond bark according to package instructions. Pour melted bark into prepared pan. Spread out evenly with a spoon or spatula. Spread peanut butter mixture over the almond bark layer. The layers can mix slightly, if needed. Melt remaining almond bark and pour over the peanut butter layer. Top with Reese’s Pieces and peanut butter chips. Cover and place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes, or until firm. Remove from pan and cut into pieces. Enjoy!
FYI – The bark will not break into even, pretty little pieces. Once you taste it, you will realize this is okay. Trust me on this. Also, you could probably reduce the amount of Reese’s Pieces and peanut butter chips you need for this recipe. Unless you are like me, that is, and eat AT LEAST one handful of each before topping the bark. Where’s the fun in baking if you can’t taste a little along the way? ;)
How do you celebrate the holidays at your office? Do you like to share treats with your coworkers?