Peanut Butter Balls

Have you ever had one of those PMS days when you just NEED chocolate? I try to explain this to my husband, it’s not a want, I really do need it to function some days. That and Diet Dr. Pepper.

Anyway, so I was having that kind of day and needed to make something really rich. Really satisfying and scrumptious. And then I needed to eat that something while curling up with a blanket and my laptop to scrap. It was all I could think of to make my day better.

Here is what I came up with. And they are good. Really good. So good that when I accidently dropped half of one, I picked it up, inspected it for carpet hairs, and then ate the rest. Yes, they are that good.

Make these. And then eat them. And when your husband asks you what you did all day, smile sweetly and say, “oh, you know, watched TV (or scrapbooked!) and ate bon bons .” ;)

Peanut Butter Cake Balls

Prepare and bake a box of yellow cake mix according to package directions. When cooled, crumble cake in a large bowl until cake is fine crumbs.

While cake is cooking/cooling, prepare the following:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • drizzle of milk, as needed

Beat ingredients until frosting consistency. Mix about 2 cups frosting into the cake crumbs. Mixture will be gooey, like a cookie dough consistency. Chill in refrigerator or freezer for a bit until “dough” is stiffer and workable. Roll into small bite-size balls or use a small cookie dough scoop. Place in freezer for about an hour (optional, but makes the next step easier).

Melt 1/2 package milk or dark chocolate chips with a TBSP canola or vegetable oil. (I put in microwave for 30 seconds, stir, 30 seconds, stir.) When chocolate is melted, dip the frozen balls in chocolate and place on waxed or parchment paper. Melt the other half of the chocolate when you need it. (I only melt a bit at a time because it starts to thicken when it cools.)

Place in fridge or freezer for a bit until chocolate has hardened. I like to store these in the freezer and then eat them cold. YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUM

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Comments

  1. Pam, I so totally understand those days when you just NEED chocolate! My DH jokes that he should have a stash for me along with him at all times just in case of emergency. :) And he’s not really kidding.

    I will definitely have to try this recipe. It’s different from my version of peanut butter balls. Love mine, but yours sound wonderful, too! Might have to make some one afternoon when the kids are all at school. (That way I could make them without anyone knowing and hide them in the deep freeze. Muwahaha!)

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    pameladonnis Reply:

    My husband should take up that philosophy too :)

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  2. Pam! Those look so sinful! I’m totally going to have to try them now! We bought some orange chocolate at Michaels, so maybe we’ll make some pumpkins! YUM!

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    pameladonnis Reply:

    Pumpkins would be super cute! You can use any cake mix and any frosting to make the cake balls too, I just was in the mood for peanut butter and chocolate.

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  3. I am soooooo very happy you were inspired to make these!! I still dream of them often…

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  4. Who doesn’t need chocolate!! My mom used to make a similiar recipie, I miss eating them, but try not to use too much peanut butter in our house as our middle son is allergic — we keep a jar on a high shelf for my DH to make sandwhiches for lunch and to use w/apples or carrots as a late night snack — just wacth the knife immediately afterwards, but try not to make anything that would use multiple utensils or that I would feel was not fair to see us eating and he could not have and can’t think of something along the same concept to make for him, plus would not want the chance of containers getting mixed up.

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    Michelle S Reply:

    Kelly H, you should try using Sunbutter….it tastes just like peanut butter to me, but it’s made from sunflower seeds. You kind of get a little bit of a sunflower seed after taste, but with chocolate I’m sure it will still be fine. Just a suggestion.

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    pameladonnis Reply:

    I’ve never heard of sunbutter!
    I love almond butter…much better than peanut butter actually. It can be a bit pricey though.

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    pameladonnis Reply:

    My son is allergic to peanut butter also, so we rarely do anything with it, but for some reason I REALLY wanted peanut butter and chocolate.
    Try making the cake balls with any flavor cake mix and any flavor frosting (from a can is fine). Same concept and they are soooo good. I made chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, dipped in chocolate for my kiddies b-day party last week and they were a big hit.

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  5. We have tried Sunbutter in the past, and at first they seemed to like it but after awhile they stopped eating it, maybe we should try it again.
    There also was another brand we have tried but can’t think of the name off of the top of my head.

    Oh, the cake idea sounds good too.

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  6. Forgot to ask how do you make the cake balls themselves?

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    pameladonnis Reply:

    Follow the basic directions in the peanut butter ball post, except sub any flavor cake mix and any flavor frosting for the peanut butter frosting I posted. Then dip in chocolate.

    I’ll do a post soon with more detailed directions.

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  7. I have those kinds of days a lot! This recipe is very similar to one from my childhood that I use every Holiday time called Peanut Butter Buckeyes. (Anyone in the Ohio region will know what I’m talking about) The only difference is that you don’t completely cover them with the chocolate but leave an exposed area of peanut butter so they look like, you got it, a Buckeye! These are highly addictive and I’ve learned to triple the recipe when I make them because the just won’t last otherwise!

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  8. Oh. so yes!

    I actually HAVE a recipe on my site called “pms snack” or “pms treat” ;-) chocolate and salt and crunch and butterscotch and sweet… awesomeness..
    these, sound NOMMMY

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