Thursday, May 5, 2011

Marathon of parties

It's that time of the year again where the marathon of parties mark the end of the school year. Today my daughter has a party in her Ignite class so she asked me to make cake pops (at the last minute of course). I had a paper due today so I simply couldn't take the time for cake pops, but I thought of something better, peanut butter balls. Simple and very yummy.

I got the recipe from my friend, Sundi. I hope she doesn't mind me sharing it. I have seen other variations of this recipe, but the graham cracker is what makes it. Initially I was going to place each ball on a stick and dip them in chocolate candy coating, but it turns out I didn't have any on hand nor did I have any almond bark. What I did have are Hershey's chocolate bars, so I melted the chocolate and drizzled a little on top.   My kids prefer it with less chocolate than the recipe calls for, and I prefer the balls without the chocolate.

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls
(Similar to Reese's Peanut Butter Cups)

1/2 Cup of creamy peanut butter
2 Cups of confectioners sugar
1/2 Cup of butter (melted)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
3/4 Cup of coarse graham cracker crumbs 
(I make my own and I use about a cup)
Almond Bark

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly.  Roll teaspoonful sizes and place on a cookie sheet in mini cupcake liners. Melt almond bark and drizzle or put a daub on each ball. Let the chocolate set and enjoy!

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