Polar Bear Paws

My friend Karen gifted me some of this delicious candy as a Christmas gift this year and she was kind enough to share the recipe with me. I highly recommend making these for your Holiday gifting!

Polar Bear Paws

11 oz caramel bits or unwrapped squares
3 tablespoons whole milk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups dry roasted peanuts
24 oz white chocolate almond bark

Start by placing the caramel bits or unwrapped caramel squares in a medium sized microwave safe bowl and add in the whole milk and unsalted butter.

Microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until the mixture is smooth and glossy. Stir in the pure vanilla extract. Add in the dry roasted peanuts and allow the mixture to sit and thicken for about 10 minutes.

Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Dollop out tablespoon size amounts of the caramel and peanut mixture onto the prepared baking sheets.

Place into the freezer for 10 minutes.

In the meantime, melt the white chocolate almond bark in a large microwave safe bowl for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until the mixture is smooth and glossy. Stir in one tablespoon solid vegetable shortening if the mixture needs to be slightly thinned out – which makes the dipping process easier.

Remove the mounds from the freezer and carefully pull off from the parchment paper. Using two forks, dip each piece into the melted white chocolate almond bark and coat evenly. Place back onto parchment lined baking sheets.

Allow the white chocolate almond bark to harden slightly before enjoying. If refrigerating or freezing these to speed up the hardening process, be sure to eat and serve at room temperature only.

Enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Frosting

I have a new “favorite thing” – peanut butter frosting! I love peanut butter and just recently started experimenting with peanut butter frosting…only when I was out of cream cheese. Delicious topped on chocolate cupcakes – and even better eaten out of the bowl with a spoon…which may have been what happened the first time I made this.

Try it – and let me know what you think!

Peanut Butter Frosting Blaise the Baker

Peanut Butter Frosting

1 stick (4 oz.) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter (creamy)
2 – 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

Start by creaming together the softened butter and peanut butter in a large bowl.

Next, add the 1/4 cup whole milk, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir to combine.

Add the 2 cups powdered sugar, and stir gently.

Depending on the desired consistency, gently add the 1/2 cup remaining powdered sugar, and the 2 tablespoons whole milk and beat until smooth and creamy.

Use as desired.

Frosting makes enough to frost 24 cupcakes – or a 13×9-inch cake generously.

Enjoy!

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