Here’s a fun little treat for Halloween or Day of the Dead. These chocolate, strawberry, and peanut butter filled skulls will make any goblin or ghoul drool. They’re also one of my favorite Día de los Muertos recipes.
They look very fancy, but they are pretty simple to make. The most difficult part is finding a miniature sugar skull mold. I got mine from Sueños Imports. It is a 6-skull mold, each mold is about 2-inches long. You may need to adjust this recipe slightly if you are making larger or smaller molds, or if you don’t want to hunt a skull mold down you can make this recipe in mini muffin cups, check out this peanut butter cup recipe for details.
To add a touch of color and something a bit special I ground freeze-dried strawberries into a hot pink powder. I used these from Trader Joe’s but you can find similar dried strawberries at Whole Food’s or Natural Grocers. I made several versions using varying amounts of strawberries but you can sprinkle as much or as little as you like in the bottom of each mold (a little pinch of salt never hurt anyone either).
The strawberries (and salt, if you fancy) get covered with melted bittersweet chocolate. If dark chocolate is not your thing you can use high-quality semisweet or milk chocolate. Scharffen Berger is pretty much milk chocolate heaven.
Gently, so as to not disturb the strawberry powder, push the melted chocolate with a small pastry brush or clean paint brush to cover the bottom and sides of the mold. I used an un-open package of my kid’s Crayola paint brushes with great success.
Then put the mold in the freezer for a few minutes to harden the chocolate.
Fill the skulls with a mixture of crunchy peanut butter, powdered sugar, crushed graham crackers, and more dried strawberries.
Cover the filling with more melted chocolate and return to the freezer for 20 minutes to harden. Turn the molds upside down and tap out the chocolates. Let sit at room temperature for a bit before serving.
I hope everyone has a fun and spooky Halloween!
Did you love this recipe? I want to know! Leave me a comment and snap a photo for Instagram! Tag @holajalapeno so I can see your beautiful creation! Your feedback is super important to me.
Also, don’t forget to sign up for my weekly newsletter, lots of good stuff there too!