Peanut Butter-Dipped Strawberries

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I can name a handful of foods that people that people think I’m nuts for disliking. And, in a sense, even I know it’s odd because everyone else loves them. But we can’t help what our taste buds do or don’t enjoy.

Do you have any foods like that? One of my strangest is chocolate-covered strawberries. Everybody gasps when I say I don’t like them, but it’s not like it was a choice. In fact, when I see pretty little strawberries perfectly dipped in smooth, shiny chocolate and with just a bit of their vibrant red left uncovered, I actually wish I liked them more. They’re practically a staple at formal events and parties, and everyone goes, “Oh chocolate strawberries, I LOVE those!” It’s like being left out of an inside joke.

Luckily, I created a recipe to welcome me back into the world of sweet strawberry confections: Peanut Butter-Dipped Strawberries. Why do I love these so much? Because they’re like sophisticated PB&J. We all secretly love an excuse to enjoy grown-up, classier versions of the foods we devoured as kids. PB&J happens to be one of my favorites to revisit, so these strawberries are are a delightful way for me to let out my inner kid.

Plus, I don’t have to look like a strawberry-hating freak.

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I almost feel guilty calling this a recipe though, because it’s the simplest thing on the planet. Newsflash: those fancy chocolate-covered strawberries are not complicated to make at all, and neither are my peanut-butterfied ones. Sorry to burst your bubble; I know they seem like intricate delicacies, but they’re just berries dunked in some melted stuff.

But the good news is, that means anyone can make them. So you can whip up my sweet and salty Peanut Butter Dipped Strawberries with all their juicy, fresh, peanut buttery goodness and look like a sophisticated dessert master. But in reality, we’re just kids who want a quick but acceptable fix for PB&J.

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A Few Tips Before You Get Cooking:

  1. You could also add a drizzle of chocolate or white chocolate to make this extra pretty. I chose the purple frosting to look like jelly.
  2. These guys are best enjoyed fresh.
  3. If you want another quick and easy PB&J fix, try my PB&J Dip.
  4. You can find your own method for dipping. Use a fork, a skewer, or your hands; it’s whatever works for you.
  5. These don’t have to look perfect. A dipped strawberry is pretty enough for being just that, and the drizzle of purple frosting immediately upgrades the appearance.
  6. Sprinkles are optional, but always encouraged.
  7. Microwaving in intervals ensures the peanut butter chips won’t burn.

Peanut Butter-Dipped Strawberries
By The Smart Cookie Cook

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups peanut butter melting chips
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries
  • Purple frosting/gel
  • Purple sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Set aside.
  2. Place peanut butter chips in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 25-second intervals, stirring well in between, until melted and smooth.
  3. Dip each strawberry into the melted peanut butter, leaving just a small bit of berry and the leaves exposed. I just held the berries by their leaves to dip, but you can use a fork or skewer if you like. Place berries on the wax paper then transfer to the fridge to set.
  4. Drizzle frosting over berries then immediately add sprinkles. Serve immediately or store in fridge in an air-tight container.

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