Kris Schoels
Young Married Chic
Hometown:
small town in Southeastern Virginia
Location:
New York City

About Me: Kris Schoels grew up in a small town in Southeastern Virginia, on a peanut farm, and says it was the years spent as a child running around in the fields with the peanut plants that really cemented her love for peanut butter- PB&J sandwiches were her favorite “dessert” as a child.

Kris currently lives in the NYC area, not too far from PB&Co’s sandwich shop, with her husband and two dogs. She is a TV lifestyle segment host, cookbook author, and runs the website Young Married Chic as a way to share her love for baking and peanut products with the world.

Recipes Posted by Kris Schoels:

When I was a little girl every lunch ended with dessert — and that dessert was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white bread. These days lunch is typically Crunch Time peanut butter on whole wheat bread, but sometimes you just need something a bit on the sweeter side.

I’m not quite sure if this qualifies as a sandwich or dessert, but let’s just call it “lunch.” The filling for these quesadillas is so delicious that you will welcome the extra that it makes and use it as a dip for everything- fruit, cookies, crackers, or just straight from the bowl with a spoon.

Smooth cream cheese, bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate chips mix together for a melty creamy sweet concoction that is out of this world.

One of the sandwiches I order the most at Peanut Butter and Co.’s Sandwich Shop in NY City uses The Bee’s Knees peanut butter and so in homage to my favorite peanut butter, I came up with a sweet treat that combined all of my favorite things- peanut butter, popcorn, marshmallows, and honey roasted peanuts.

These peanut butter popcorn bars are chewy, sticky, and chock full of peanuts. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did, but beware- they won’t last long in your kitchen.

My typical morning routine involves oatmeal and Smooth Operator peanut butter, however some days I need an extra kick of caffeine and chocolate — lots of chocolate.

Enter the Dark Chocolate Dreams Mocha Muffins! Combining chocolate, peanut butter, and coffee, I’ve created the perfect morning treat that will have you rushing to the kitchen. These are perfect for weekend visitors as you can make the entire batch in advance and then drizzle them with peanut butter the morning of.

This is the treat for those days when you just need a little extra kick of caffeine (or chocolate for that matter).

As a frequent entertainer I am always hunting around for great appetizers that I can serve for company. I also love something that can be enjoyed without utensils and easily passed around. Enter these empanadas, easy to make and delicious to boot.

I’ve always wanted to play around with putting peanut butter into dough and have created a great one that really could be enjoyed with a sweet or savory filling. Although the filling for these is on the savory side- using chicken, goat cheese, and jam. Sweet, spicy, and creamy, the spice from the peanut butter is tamed from the goat cheese and apricot jam. Even your pickiest guests will be pleased with this combo, as they were declared a hit at my last dinner party.

My love for peanut butter and sweet potatoes began, well, before I can remember really. As a sweet treat at lunch I’ve always topped a baked sweet potato with peanut butter, cinnamon, and a shake of salt- it’s heavenly.

By taking a typical twice baked potato and adding Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter, brown sugar, and a touch of vanilla extract I’ve created an out of this world concoction.

In fact, I am pretty sure I will be adding this to my breakfast rotation with it’s combo of carbs, protein, and healthy fats- not to mention its sweetness. It’s definitely enough to hold me over until lunchtime.

Twice Baked Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Sweet Potatoes