Valerie Harrison

Peanut Butter Pinwheels with Peanut Butter Drizzle

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These are a variation on our favorite breakfast treat pain au chocolat, a French-inspired treat served in the boulangeries of France. In French Canada they are referred to as chocolatines and are a special treat not to be missed. This variation of mine is filled with a cream cheese and peanut butter blend that bakes up beautifully for a special way to start your day. The combination of a buttery flaky dough, peanut butter and dark chocolate, baked together and giving off a deliciously seductive aroma is completely irresistible. You can roll them in the traditional pain au chocolat shape or create a pinwheel shape as I have done here.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15-20 minutes + 30 minutes for drizzle to harden
Total time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Yield: 18 pinwheels

Peanut Butter Pinwheels with Peanut Butter Drizzle

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Pinwheels with Peanut Butter Drizzle Ingredients - Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter

For the pastry
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 extra-large egg white, at room temperature
1/4 cup Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter
2 sheets (1 box) frozen puff pastry or croissant dough or 1 batch homemade, defrosted
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
Peanut Butter Drizzle (recipe below)

For the peanut butter drizzle
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter

Procedure

For the pastry
1. Place the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and cream them together on low speed until smooth. With the mixer still on low, add the egg white and peanut butter. Don’t whip.

Peanut Butter Pinwheels with Peanut Butter Drizzle - Place the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and cream them together on low

Peanut Butter Pinwheels with Peanut Butter Drizzle - With the mixer still on low, add the egg white and peanut butter

2. Preheat oven to 350°F; butter two large baking sheets; set wire racks over waxed paper.

3. Remove dough from refrigerator, divide dough in two (return one half of dough to the fridge), and use a rolling pin to roll out one half of the dough into a 12-inch square on a lightly floured board; cut into nine 4-inch squares.

4. Dollop 1 tablespoon filling into the center of each square of rolled dough.

Peanut Butter Pinwheels with Peanut Butter Drizzle - Dollop 1 tablespoon filling into the center of each square of rolled dough

5. On each square, slice a 2-inch cut from each corner in toward the center; fold every other tip in toward the center (pressing firmly), forming the pinwheel shape (easy peasy!) Transfer pinwheels to baking sheets using a spatula.

Peanut Butter Pinwheels with Peanut Butter Drizzle - On each square, slice a 2-inch cut from each corner in toward the center; fold every other tip in toward the center (pressing firmly), forming the pinwheel shape

6. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.

7. Beat 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of water in a small cup; brush lightly over pastries using a pastry brush.

8. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes — switching baking sheets on oven racks halfway through baking time — until beautifully golden.

9. Transfer pastries to prepared wire racks to cool completely. Drizzle with Peanut Butter Drizzle.

For the peanut butter drizzle
In a bowl, stir together the confectioners’ sugar and milk. Add the peanut butter and stir until smooth. Adjust if necessary to get the proper drizzling effect. Drizzle lightly over the croissants and let stand until the mixture sets up, about 30 minutes.

Peanut Butter Pinwheels with Peanut Butter Drizzle - Drizzle lightly over the croissants

PEANUT BUTTER GIVEAWAY

Valerie gives the French-inspired dessert pain au chocolat her own peanut buttery twist. What other French-inspired treats would you add peanut butter to?

Leave a comment below with your answer to enter for a chance at winning a jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams, the peanut butter used in this recipe!

DETAILS:

– The giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Monday, November 5, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST.
– One entry per person.
– Winner(s) will be generated via a random number generator and notified via the contact email provided on the comment form.
– Winner(s) will have until 11/08/12 to claim their prize or we will choose another winner.
– Winner will win one 16oz jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter ($6 value). Product will be shipped by Peanut Butter & Co.
– No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Must be 18 years of age to enter. See Official Giveaway Rules.

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24 Responses to Peanut Butter Pinwheels with Peanut Butter Drizzle

  1. laura says:

    chocolate fondu

  2. Rebecca says:

    I think A Dark Chocolate Dreams filling would be pretty good in a warm Beignet!

  3. Francisco says:

    When I dined in Paris, after dinner I was served a cheese plate consisting of Brie, candied walnuts and poached pears. I would swap honey roasted peanuts for the walnuts, fresh apples or pears instead of poached pears, and add either a dark chocolate dreams peanut butter dipping sauce or a crunchy peanut butter and raspberry dipping sauce.

  4. Lori C. says:

    When we were in France, I found these little cakes called financiers (I think, not sure about the spelling). Some of them had chocolate so I think these would be great with Dark Chocolate Dreams!

  5. Terri says:

    Croissants …………..YUM !

  6. Megan S. says:

    Mousse Au Chocolat, for sure! I would love a peanut butter-chocolate mousse (:

  7. Melanie says:

    Peanut butter in chocolate truffles, yum!

  8. Crystal says:

    Definitely some Croissants or french bread. yum!

  9. karen says:

    I love peanut butter choclate frosting

  10. Cathy says:

    I would use it in a filling for crapes. Yum!

  11. conni says:

    chocolate mousse with peanut butter

  12. Billie Jean says:

    Dark Chocolate Dreams in Creme Brulee would be amazing!

  13. Amanda Leffel says:

    Dark chocolate filled croissants

  14. Jenn says:

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. I also love peanut butter in my french macaroons

  15. Audrey says:

    sign me up!

  16. Cathy Otto says:

    We love anything with peanut butter and I love the pastry puffs so this would be sooo yummy, going to try these, thanks for the recipe

  17. Cathy Otto says:

    I would try the peanut butter in Crossants, and eclairs

  18. Tracy Schirm says:

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache~ for a cake!! yum!

  19. Troy C. says:

    croissants & raspberries

  20. megan kupres says:

    A french treat that can be transformed with peanut butter would defiantly have to be the crepe. Injected with any of the peanut butter and company filings mixed with cool whip or cream cheese and you are good to go.

  21. sowon park says:

    Peanut butter is great on croissants!! Especially the chocolate peanut butter ,mmmm~

  22. Megan says:

    omg. this looks so delicious!!

    Gonna make it for Thanksgiving!

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Peanut Butter Pinwheels with Peanut Butter Drizzle