You’ve had your Valentine’s Day meal and now you’re wondering what’s for dessert . Well, as I continue this short series, dessert is now covered with these Chocolate Peanut Butter Berry Shortcakes! All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. 😉
These Chocolate Peanut Butter Berry Shortcakes layer homemade whipped cream, blackberries and strawberries between a rich chocolate peanut butter shortcake drizzled with chocolate syrup.
Yes, you read that description correctly – chocolate, peanut butter, berries and homemade whipped cream and it’s all pictured below. What more could anyone ever want in a dessert?
You ever have a blast from the past when you’re in the store shopping? While taking a stroll down the Valentine’s Day aisle, a classic candy jumped out at me – conversation hearts. Conversation hearts have a special place in my memories of when I was younger. We always decorated “mailboxes” for Valentine’s Day cards from classmates. It never failed that I received at least one box of Sweethearts Conversation Hearts. Banana was always my favorite flavor. Well now, in addition to the classic flavors, they make sour flavors and a couple of other different styles. Do you have any fond memories of conversation hearts? If so, share them in the comments!! We love to hear from you!
In addition to the conversation hearts, these Chocolate Peanut Butter Berry Shortcakes are a classic dessert with a couple of enriching twists. A mix of fresh berries are delicious by themselves, but they compliment the chocolate well in this recipe. It’s always exciting to me when I find fresh blackberries in the dead middle of winter. It allows me to look forward to refreshing warmer weather and knowing that I will be able to regularly find fresh blackberries at the farmer’s market or even have the opportunity to pick my own soon. Other berries, such as, blueberries or raspberries would work well with this recipe too.
Please know, not all whipped cream is created equal. I have been using this whipped cream recipe since I started convincing everyone around me that homemade whipped cream is 1,000 times better than store bought. With just three ingredients and only taking about 5 minutes, there’s no reason not to make it from scratch. But alas, I do recognize, but don’t accept, that picking up a tub of cool whip is a convenient available option. Just give this homemade version a try, and you too will no longer accept that a tub of cool whip is an available option, because it will quickly become nonexistent.
Just out the oven, these Chocolate Peanut Butter Berry Shortcakes will make you think you need to open a bake shop. Peanut butter chips add a nutty flavor and a crunchy texture to these Chocolate Peanut Butter Berry Shortcakes. If you do not like peanut butter or if you are allergic, another good option is to use semi-sweet chocolate chips. If you’re feeling extra creative, you could even use 1/3 Cup of each chip in the mix.
Assembling the Chocolate Peanut Butter Berry Shortcakes is simple. However, it can become challenging when the chocolate peanut butter shortcakes begin to disappear before you can even start the assembling process. Boy, I tell you, with the Food Monster, nothing lasts for long in my house.
To that end, here’s an original poem:
Roses are red, violets are blue, make these Chocolate Peanut Butter Berry Shortcakes this Valentine’s Day and they will love you.
Happy Valentine’s Day!!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Berry Shortcakes
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Shortcakes
- 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Baking Cocoa
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, cold
- 2/3 Cups Peanut Butter Chips or Semi-Sweet Chocolate
- 1 Cup Heavy Cream
- 1 Egg White, beat
- Chocolate Syrup, optional
- 8 oz Strawberries, sliced
- 6 oz Blackberries
- 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
- Zest from 1/2 Orange
Homemade Whipped Cream
- 1 Cup Heavy Cream
- 3 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Chilled Mixing Bowl & Whisk
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by covering it with a piece of parchment paper, set aside.
- In a medium bowl, prepare the berries by gently mixing all ingredients, cover and chill until ready to use.
- In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Add the butter and peanut butter or chocolate chips and cut them in until the mixture is crumbly. You can use a fork or your hands for this step.
- Add heavy cream and stir just until moistened. Divide the mixture into 7- 8 patties and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
- Brush with egg white, sprinkle sugar and peanut butter or chocolate chips on top. Place in oven and bake for 12-15 minutes.
- While the shortcakes are baking, make the whipped cream by pouring all ingredients into a chilled mixing bowl fit for an electric mixer and whisk on high for 5-7 minutes, or until the mixture is a whipped velvety texture. Place whipped cream in fridge until ready to use. Note: you can use store bought whipped cream in lieu of making your own batch.
- Remove from oven and let cool before assembling.
- To assemble: Cut the shortcake in half horizontally. Place the bottom of the shortcake on a plate. Layer in the following order – whipped cream, berries, more whipped cream. Then, put on the top. Finish it off by putting more whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Garnish with orange zest and additional fresh fruit, it desired.
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