Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Scrumptious Peanut Butter Balls

Today, we get to have a guest post!  My dear friend Stephanie brought these little guys over to me last night.  They were the perfect bedtime treat.  I was feeling a little defeated yesterday, with sickness, house cleaning etc going on.  She was so inspired to bring them over. They totally hit my craving spot and made my day! Thanks Steph.  I asked her this morning if we could post it on my blog.  I'm so glad she said yes!  Here is our Guest Post-er Stephanie....(In her words)

This recipe tastes SO yummy!  However, it may drive some of you crazy!  You see, I just made it up and added this and that as needed, so the measurements are simply my best guess.  So, I apologize for that.  Had I known that my 'recipe' was going to be posted somewhere I would've been very meticulous in keeping track of the measurements.  But, here ya go:

Scrumptious Peanut Butter Balls

1 Box -- Graham Crackers (the box I used is 14.4oz)
3 Cups -- Creamy Peanut Butter (really anywhere between 2 1/2 cups to 3 1/2 cups)
1 Cup -- Powdered Sugar (this amount would be the minimum)
Chocolate (I used chocolate candy bars because I had them on hand, but chocolate chips would work great too)
Sprinkles (Obviously these are optional, but we like sprinkles at our house)
Wax Paper

First you crush the graham crackers.  I put mine in a large Ziploc bag and beat the crackers with a rolling pin!  Noisy, right!?  That was my plan.  My 3 year-old was taking a late nap on the couch (which makes bedtime a nightmare at this house) and he is very hard to wake up.  It took a while, but the rolling pin noise eventually did the trick : )  Then I poured the graham cracker crumbs into my fancy blender and within seconds there were 0 little lumps.  So, if you have some aggression to get out, need a work-out or need to wake someone up.....use a rolling pin.  Otherwise, your blender would probably do a lovely job.

Pour the graham crackers into a mixing bowl and add in the powdered sugar.  Stir this mixture until it is well blended. 

Then add the peanut butter.  Add about a 1/2 cup at a time and then stir it well to really work the graham cracker mixture into the peanut butter.  This is the hard part....you are going to need to taste it along the way.  I know, this is like torture, but you've got to do it.  If it is tasting like straight peanut butter, you need to add more powdered sugar to sweeten it up a bit.  The 'dough' is ready when you can form a ball without it crumbling to pieces.  You don't want it to be too sticky though.  If it feels a little too sticky, you can add some more powdered sugar.  It is important to make sure that it is very well blended.

Place a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet (or whatever type of plate or platter you'd like to use) and start forming your peanut butter balls.  I did mostly small nickel-sized ones this time.  But you can do golf ball or even softball-sized ones if you want....whatever makes you happy, hahaha!  You can easily get 140 small bite-sized peanut butter balls out of this batch. 

Next melt down the chocolate.  I used a large Symphony bar and one other medium sized chocolate bar and I didn't use it all.  I basically splatter-painted the peanut butter balls with chocolate.  That was fun for me.  You could also dip the peanut butter ball in the chocolate to cover it completely. 

If you want to use sprinkles, make sure you get them on there while the chocolate is still soft so that the sprinkles will stick.

I prefer to put them in the refrigerator before eating so that the chocolate can harden.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I have!  Let me know what you think : )

Here are two of her cute boys helping out.

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