No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pinwheels: A Twist to Deliciousness!

Get ready to indulge in the delightful combination of chocolate and peanut butter with our No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pinwheels! These sweet treats are perfect for any occasion and require no baking. With a creamy, rich filling and a smooth chocolate coating, these pinwheels are sure to be a hit.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Peanut Butter Mixture:
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the creamy peanut butter, softened unsalted butter, and vanilla extract. Stir until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  1. Form the Dough:
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar to the peanut butter mixture, mixing until a dough forms. It should be thick and pliable.
  1. Roll Out the Dough:
  • Place the peanut butter dough between two sheets of parchment paper. Roll it out into a rectangle about 1/4-inch thick.
  1. Melt the Chocolate:
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the semi-sweet chocolate chips and vegetable shortening. Melt in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until the mixture is smooth.
  1. Assemble the Pinwheels:
  • Spread the melted chocolate mixture evenly over the rolled-out peanut butter dough.
  1. Roll and Chill:
  • Starting from one edge, carefully roll up the peanut butter dough into a log, using the parchment paper to assist you. Place the log in the refrigerator and chill for about 30 minutes, or until firm.
  1. Slice and Serve:
  • Once the log is firm, remove it from the refrigerator and slice into pinwheels. Serve and enjoy your creamy chocolate peanut butter swirls!

Tips and Variations

  • Alternative Spreads: You can substitute almond butter or cashew butter for a different flavor.
  • Add a Crunch: Sprinkle chopped nuts or crushed pretzels over the chocolate layer before rolling.
  • Dark Chocolate: For a richer taste, use dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet.
  • Dairy-Free Option: Use dairy-free chocolate chips and vegan butter if you have dietary restrictions.

How to Store

  • Refrigeration: Store the pinwheels in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Freezing: For longer storage, place the pinwheels in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

FAQs

Q: Can I use natural peanut butter in this recipe?
A: Yes, you can use natural peanut butter, but make sure it is well-stirred to combine the oil and solids for a smoother dough.

Q: How can I prevent the pinwheels from sticking to the parchment paper?
A: Chilling the dough before rolling it out can help make it less sticky. You can also lightly dust the parchment paper with powdered sugar.

Q: What if my chocolate mixture is too thick to spread?
A: If the melted chocolate is too thick, add a little more vegetable shortening to thin it out, making it easier to spread evenly.

Q: Can I make these pinwheels ahead of time?
A: Absolutely! These pinwheels are perfect for making ahead and storing in the refrigerator or freezer until you’re ready to serve.

Enjoy making and sharing these delectable No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pinwheels with your friends and family!

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