Holiday Baking: No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Long before the snow starts falling, when my toes are brightly manicured and my legs are still tanned, I start clipping recipes for holiday cookie inspiration. They sit neatly organized in red and green files on my desk, and that’s where they usually remain, untouched and unloved. Once the holiday madness hits, who’s got time to play with new recipes? Time and time again, regardless of my good intentions, I return to my favorite no-bake chocolate peanut butter truffle balls, a recipe I can whip up easily, without even turning on the oven.

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate TrufflesIf you’re looking to dazzle your friends and family with a new holiday cookie this year, but don’t want to make your life any more complicated, give this no bake peanut butter chocolate truffle recipe a try. These truffle balls are rich and addictive, but they only taste like you slaved over them for days. No one needs to know that you threw them together without breaking a sweat.

Just make sure you keep a few on hand in your fridge to get you through the holidays. Just one of these little balls of chocolate bliss is all I need to keep me zen during the holiday mayhem.

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Holiday Baking: No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
 
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These addictive chocolate peanut butter truffles will dazzle your friends and family but keep you zen during the holiday baking frenzy.
Serves: 36 balls
Ingredients
  • 1 package Oreo Cookies (16.6 ounces) (Do not use double stuffed! Save those for eating)
  • 6 ounces of whipped cream cheese
  • ⅓ cups of smooth Planters Peanut Butter (or your favorite brand)
  • 12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate (340 grams) (have a little extra on hand in case you run out)
  • Any sprinkles or decorations you want to add
Instructions
  1. Pour the Oreos in a bowl and crush with a meat cleaver. This is my type of holiday therapy! Alternatively, you could put them in two ziplock bags (one inside the other) and tell your kids to go nuts on them. Once the Oreos are in coarse chunks, place them in the food processor and pulse them a few times.
  2. Add the cream cheese and the peanut butter to food processor and pulse until well blended. This is tough work for your mixer, and should make you pause and appreciate the conveniences of modern life! You will have to open the lid and move the contents around many times until you get the right consistency. You’ll know when you’re done. The mixture will be glistening, dark, and smooth.
  3. Roll mixture into small balls and place on wax paper on a cookie sheet.
  4. Chill in fridge for 30 minutes to an hour hour.
  5. Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring with a dry spoon until smooth and beautiful.
  6. Dip oreo balls in chocolate. This can be messy if you don’t use a spoon. Resist the temptation to use your fingers or you will have unappetizing fingerprints on your Oreo balls. I prefer to dump the balls one by one in the melted chocolate, move them around with a spoon and scoop them out with the same spoon once they're thoroughly covered onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet.
  7. Decorate the balls with sprinkles if desired. I prefer a smoother coating. My kids like them covered with sprinkles. To each his own.
  8. Chill again in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  9. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve. Dust with cocoa or powdered sugar before serving.

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