Who says desserts have to be complicated? If you’re looking for a fun, hassle-free way to satisfy your sweet tooth and dazzle your friends, consider putting together a dessert board that’s as easy as it is eye-catching. This culinary adventure features classic peanut butter cookies, chocolate-dipped bacon and pretzels, and candy-coated crispy rice treats sprinkled with bacon. What’s more, it’s a canvas that can be transformed to match the season, making it a dessert board for all occasions!
First up are classic peanut butter cookies. These chewy, nutty delights are a breeze to whip up and can be made well ahead of time. The moment they start baking, the irresistible aroma will beckon your guests to the board.
Classic Peanut Butter CookiesEntertaining
|2½||cups all-purpose flour|
|1||teaspoon baking powder|
|1||teaspoon baking soda|
|1||cup SKIPPY® Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread|
|¾||cup granulated sugar|
|¾||cup firmly packed brown sugar|
|1||teaspoon vanilla extract|
Heat oven to 350°F.
In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix well.
In large bowl, beat together peanut butter spread and butter with electric mixer until smooth. Beat in granulated and brown sugars, eggs and vanilla until blended. Beat in flour mixture just until blended. (Refrigerate dough until easy to handle, if needed.)
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Arrange cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Gently flatten each cookie; press crisscross pattern into tops with fork dipped in sugar.
Bake cookies 12 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool completely on wire rack. Store in tightly covered container.
Let’s talk about the real showstoppers: bacon and pretzels dipped in chocolate. Picture it: crispy, salty bacon meets the sweet, seductive embrace of chocolate. It’s a flavor party in your mouth! But here’s where the fun really begins – those sprinkles! Think of them as the accessories for your dessert board. For spring, go pastel. The holidays? Red and green. Halloween? Black and orange. It’s a feast for the eyes and taste buds.
Dipped Pretzels and BaconEntertaining
|1||cup semisweet chocolate chips|
|1||cup white vanilla flavored melting wafers|
|1||(10-ounce) bag pretzel rods (about 28 pretzels)|
|1||(16-ounce) package HORMEL® BLACK LABEL® Original bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled|
|Chocolate or colored sprinkles and chopped PLANTERS® peanuts, if desired|
In medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate chips HIGH (100%), stirring occasionally, 1 1/2 minutes or until melted and smooth.
In medium microwave-safe bowl, microwave melting wafers HIGH (100%), stirring occasionally, 1 1/2 minutes or until melted and smooth.
Dip one end of each pretzel in melted chocolate or vanilla; arrange on wax-paper-lined baking sheets.
Decorate with colored sprinkles or peanuts, if desired. Sprinkle each with crumbled bacon.
Refrigerate 15 minutes or let stand at room temperature 30 minutes or until set. Store in refrigerator.
Crispy rice treats take this flavor rollercoaster to the next level. They’re crunchy, chewy, and completely crave-worthy. When they’re dipped in candy coating and sprinkled with bacon, it’s a textural and taste sensation. And yes, you guessed it, the candy coating and sprinkles can change with the season too. A colorful twist that keeps things fresh and exciting.
Crispy Rice TreatsEntertaining
|5||cups mini marshmallows|
|½||cup SKIPPY® Creamy Peanut Butter|
|5¾||cups rice cereal|
|Candy melts in a variety of colors|
|HORMEL® BLACK LABEL® Fully Cooked Bacon|
In large saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in marshmallows and cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in peanut butter and stir until smooth.
Add cereal and stir quickly to coat. Immediately transfer mixture to greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Press with lightly greased rubber spatula. Let stand 1 hour. Cut into squares or rectangles.
Melt candy melts according to package directions. Dip squares half way in melted coating and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Top with candy eyes, if desired.
The piece de resistance, a Peanut Butter Caramel Bar, created with almond flour, to offer a nutty twist that’s perfect for those looking for a gluten-free option. The peanut butter caramel inside adds a rich and gooey sweetness that complements the other treats on the board beautifully. The dark chocolate coating provides a sophisticated touch, balancing the sweetness with a touch of bitterness, making it an excellent choice for those who appreciate a more intense chocolate flavor. Placing this delightful bar on the dessert board, becomes a centerpiece of pure indulgence. Its rectangular shape, combined with the other treats’ variety of shapes and sizes, adds visual appeal to the board, making it a focal point that beckons guests to dive in.
Peanut Butter Caramel BarsEntertaining
|1½||cup fine almond flour|
|3||tablespoons coconut oil, melted|
|2||tablespoons pure maple syrup|
|Peanut Butter Caramel|
|¾||cup SKIPPY® Creamy Peanut Butter|
|¼||cup pure maple syrup|
|¼||cup coconut oil|
|2||cups dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips|
|1||tablespoon coconut oil
|Flaky sea salt|
For the Crust
Heat oven to 350°F. Line an 8 x 8-inch square baking pan with foil.
In medium bowl, mix together Crust ingredients. Press evenly into prepared pan. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Cool.
For the Peanut Butter Caramel
In medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine Peanut Butter Caramel ingredients. Cook, stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until mixture begins to bubble lightly. Pour mixture over cooled crust. Refrigerate 30 minutes to 1 hour. Cut into 16 bars.
For the Chocolate Coating
In medium microwavable bowl place chocolate chips and coconut oil. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds, until chocolate is completely melted. Let cool 10 minutes.
Line a tray with waxed paper. Dip each bar into chocolate coating. Place on lined tray. Sprinkle with flaked salt. Refrigerate dipped bars 20 minutes, or until chocolate is set.
Store bars in refrigerator.
The key to this board is the presentation. The canvas? A rustic wooden board or a sleek marble platter. The peanut butter cookies, chocolate-dipped bacon and pretzels, and candy-coated crispy rice treats all come together like a work of art. Mix and match shapes, colors, and textures, and let your creativity run wild.
Whether you’re throwing a holiday shindig, celebrating a birthday, or simply indulging yourself, this dessert board is the real crowd-pleaser. So, let loose, get creative, and serve up a burst of color and flavor that’s sure to have everyone asking for seconds!