The Freshman Cook: Touchdown Shooters

I know there are a gazillion different types of sandwiches, dips, desserts, and treats for the Super Bowl~and I love all of them! But, I was looking to make something a little different, a “guy treat” if there is such a thing. So, I created these Touchdown Shooters, and I tested them on the 2 guys I live with, my son and my husband.  And they liked them a lot. These shooters are full of peanut butter, chocolate, and salty pretzels! That’s guy food, right? Let me know what you think!

Touchdown Shooters

2 cups Creamy Jif Peanut Butter

2 tablespoons Butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

1/2 to 1 cup Confectioners Sugar 1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream 1/2 cup Milk Chocolate Chips 3-4 tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream Snyders Old Fashioned Dipping Sticks

Whipped Cream

1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream 1/4 cup Confectioners Sugar Mix your peanut butter, butter, and vanilla together. Add Your confectioners sugar, and mix well. The mix may be a bit stiff at this point, so add a little bit of the heavy whipping cream at a time until it has a smooth consistency. You need it smooth, but not runny. Start melting your chocolate chips in a double boiler.
When your chips are almost melted, turn the heat off of your chocolate. Take your 4 tablespoons of cream and heat them up. The microwave is perfect for this. You don’t want it hot, just lukewarm. If you add the cream when it is cold the chocolate may seize up, or become very thick. Add your warmed heavy whipping cream to your chocolate, a tablespoon at a time. You want it to look smooth and…….
drizzle off of a spoon.
Put a handful of pretzel sticks in a plastic bag, and roll over them with a rolling pin to crush them. Take your crushed pretzels and place some in each  of your shooter glasses. Use just enough to cover the bottom of the glass. Take a couple tablespoons and set them aside. You will use them to top the whipped cream. Take the rest of your crushed pretzels, and mix them into the peanut butter mixture. I found the best way to really mix it together is with your hands. Take a small scoop, or use a spoon, and form the peanut butter mix into a ball. Place it in the bottom of the shooter glass. Drizzle the chocolate over the peanut butter to cover. Do it again with another ball of peanut butter and….
top with chocolate again. Place your whipping cream in the mixer. Whip about 3-4 minutes, then add the sugar, and whip on high until the cream becomes whipped cream. Pipe the whipped cream onto the top of the chocolate. I used a Wilton M1 tip. Sprinkle a few pieces of pretzels pieces on the top of the whipped cream. Add your dipping stick pretzel to  the side of the whipped cream. Enjoy! The dipping stick does work to eat the shooters. Of course, so does a spoon! I tried several ways of refrigerating these, and I found that it is best not to. You can, but then you have to wait until they softened to enjoy them. Make sure to add the whipped cream right before serving, and have fun with these Touchdown Shooters!

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