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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

World's Best Peanut Butter Balls


It's Too Yummy Tuesday!

Stay tuned below for TWO giveaways and more awesome recipes!

On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious!

Yeah, it's dessert time again, and this week's treat was shared with me by a co-worker when she dazzled everyone by bringing in these yummy treats. These are just SO. GOOD. and easy! A great one to make for guests or as gifts.
WORLD'S BEST PEANUT BUTTER BALLS 

Okay, there's no pretending this is going to be one of those "make it healthy", sugar-free recipes I've been trying to include. But there are times when you want to splurge on a treat, and these are good for two reasons. 1. They are filling, so a little bit will satisfy that sweet tooth. 2. Peanut butter and cereal have SOME nutritional value, yes?

Now, you COULD make some substitutions by using a whole-grain cereal, low-fat peanut butter (or a big batch of that PB2 85% fat-free peanut butter I wrote up a while back, not a cheap option), and Smart Balance or your favorite healthier-style margarine instead of butter.  But yeah, let's call it what it is--a cheat treat. ;)

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter
4 cups powdered (confectioner's) sugar 
4 cups crisped rice cereal
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 

Directions

Melt peanut butter and butter in saucepan over low heat. In large bowl, mix cereal and sugar well. Pour melted peanut butter/butter over cereal mixture and blend together thoroughly. Form into 1-inch or smaller balls. Place on cookie sheet and chill in refrigerator until firm or overnight.


Melt chocolate chips in double broiler or over very low heat, stirring constantly. Keep warm/melty while working.* Dip balls in chocolate, using teaspoons to coat. Place back on cookie sheet (line with wax paper to keep the mess down) and chill again until firm.

Keeping these covered in the fridge isn't a bad idea, since it will help keep the chocolate from melting in a warm kitchen. 

Depending on the size of the "balls" you make, you can expect around 2-5 dozen. And yes, this recipe halves well in case you don't want (or like me, dare make) that many. :)

*If you are having a lot of trouble getting the chocolate thin enough to coat easily, try adding 1 tsp-1 tbsp or so of shortening to it and stir well until you get the consistency you want.

YUM!


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