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Peanut Butter Crispy Hearts

by elyn_ryn

These heart-shaped peanut butter crispy hearts are first dipped in pink-tinted white chocolate and then dark chocolate. They are finished with a chocolate-peanut butter drizzle and a lollipop stick.

Make it Your Way

These heart-shaped peanut butter lollipop treats are fun to make for Valentine’s Day or any time. They are made with crispy rice cereal, cut with a cookie cutter, and then dipped in pink-tinted white and dark chocolate. You can use other colors or none for a black-and-white look. You can also cut these crispy treats into star shapes for a patriotic theme or animal shapes such as bunnies or chicks for Easter. The list goes on and on because these treats are so versatile and fun.

I used peanut butter in these crispy rice treats. If you can’t eat peanut butter, just leave it out of the recipe. I also have a recipe for Oreo Crispy Rice Bars and Nutella Crispies Bars which can be made into these heart lollipops if you choose.

Peanut Butter Crispy Hearts

Melting the Marshmallows for Peanut Butter Crispy Hearts

Sometimes the finished crispy rice bars will turn out hard instead of chewy. Usually, this happens because the cooking temperature gets too hot when the marshmallows are melted.

Peanut Butter Crispy Hearts

When the marshmallows start melting, turn off the heat to prevent overheating.

Peanut Butter Crispy Hearts

The mixture will continue melting with the stove heat off. Stir until it has a smooth appearance. Then add a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness of these bars. Add the vanilla and stir until well mixed.

Use Waxed Paper to Flatten Peanut Butter Crispy Hearts

After placing the mixed peanut butter mixture into a prepared dish, place a sheet of waxed or parchment paper onto the sticky mixture. Use a spoon or your hand to flatten the mixture. The waxed paper will prevent the marshmallow mixture from sticking to the spoon or your hand, making it easy to spread and flatten.

Peanut Butter Crispy Hearts

Use a Heart Cookie Cutter

Use a three-inch heart cookie cutter to cut out hearts, starting at about 1/2 inch from the side of the pan. Usually, the side (or edge) has an uneven surface because it is hard to level there. Cut the hearts close as possible to get the most out of the pan. If you work with the cereal mixture while it is still warm, you can re-form it to cut out more hearts. Or you can eat any leftover pieces!

Coating the Peanut Butter Crispy Hearts in Chocolate

The thinner the chocolate, the easier it is to coat the hearts. You can thin chocolate with vegetable oil after it is melted. Start with a teaspoon of oil, stir, and then add any additional oil if needed to make it thin enough to work with. The recipe amounts for the chocolate might vary depending on how much you use when coating the hearts.

Peanut Butter Crispy Hearts

Storage

These crispy rice bars will stay fresh for about 3 days. Place them into an airtight container or into a plastic zipper bag. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Crispy Hearts

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Peanut Butter Crispy Hearts
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Peanut Butter Crispy Hearts
Peanut butter crispy rice hearts dipped in chocolate and finished with chocolate-peanut butter stripes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Use the extra butter to coat the bottom and sides of the 9 x 13-inch pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large pot, melt the butter on low. Before the butter is completely melted, add the marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are melting. Turn off the heat. Continue to stir until the marshmallows are completely melted. Add the vanilla and salt and stir.
  3. Add the peanut butter and stir until thoroughly mixed. Add the cereal and stir until it is coated with the peanut butter mixture.
  4. Place the mixture into the buttered pan. Place a sheet of waxed or parchment paper over the cereal mixture and press until it is evenly spread out in the pan. Use the cookie cutter to cut hearts. Press together any leftover mixture and repeat cutting hearts until all of it is used.
  5. Place the white chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl. Add 1 or 2 drops of pink food coloring. Melt the chocolate for 30 seconds on high. Stir. Heat for 15-more seconds. Stir. Continue heating in 15-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the chocolate melts. It is best to stop heating before the chocolate is completely melted and stir until it melts.
  6. Dip the hearts into the melted chocolate, coating only one side. Place the hearts on wax paper and refrigerate them for 5-10 minutes to let them set.
  7. Place the semi-sweet chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl. Melt the chocolate for 30 seconds on high. Stir. Heat for 15 more seconds. Stir. Continue heating in 15-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until the chocolate melts.
  8. Dip the hearts into the melted chocolate, coating the other side. Place the dipped hearts into the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to set.
  9. Place the semi-sweet chocolate chips and peanut butter chips into a microwave-safe bowl. Melt for 30 seconds on high. Stir. Heat for 15-more seconds. Stir. Continue heating in 15-second intervals, stirring after each interval until the mixture is melted.
  10. Place the chocolate-peanut butter mixture into a plastic zipper bag. Snip off a small corner of the bag to make a piping hole. Squeeze the bag and move your hand back and forth over a heart to make stripes. Chill for 5 minutes to set.
  11. Place lollipop sticks into the bottom of the hearts.
Recipe Notes

Troubleshooting

If your finished bars are too hard, the heat was too high when melting the butter and marshmallows. Be sure to use low heat and remove the butter-marshmallow mixture from the heat before all the marshmallows are melted.

Substitutions

You may substitute large marshmallows for miniature marshmallows. Use the same amount of ounces listed in the recipe.

Thin the Chocolate for Easy Dipping

When melting chocolate for dipping the hearts, add vegetable oil to thin the chocolate if it is too thick. Start with 1 teaspoon and add more as necessary. It is easier to coat them when the chocolate is thinner.

Sources

Nesting Heart Cutters

6-inch Lollipop Sticks

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