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Monday, March 19, 2012

Peanut Butter Cracker Balls


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I just love peanut butter candy! Last year around Easter I shared a recipe for Homemade Peanut Butter Cups.  And this Easter I've got another peanut butter treat!

This is one that I just threw together as an experiment one night.  It's based on this traditional peanut butter cookie/candy recipe that I shared back in January. And I think you'll find it's the perfect sweet and salty combo candy!

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Recipe for Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls:
Ingredients:
1 cup Ritz or Townhouse crackers, crushed
2/3 cup peanut butter
3-4 blocks almond bark
a few drops food coloring (optional)
sprinkles (optional)

Directions:  Place crackers inside a zipper bag and crush using a rolling pin, meat tenderizer, your hands, or anything else you want to use. (Sorry I can't remember how many crackers I used. I just counted out a few and poured the crumbs into a measuring cup.)

Next place 2/3 cup peanut butter inside a bowl.  Add cracker crumbs and mix until well combined.  Chill in the refrigerator or freezer for 15 minutes.  This will help to keep the peanut butter from sticking to your hands as much, though you may want to put some flour powdered sugar on your hands before rolling.

After rolling back into balls, place back into freezer. For another 15-20 minutes.

Next prepare your almond bark according to package directions. I use the microwave, stopping in 15-30 seconds increments to stir.  Once the chocolate is melted, add food coloring 2-3 drops at a time, stirring, and then adding drops again until you get your desired color.

Finally dip your balls in the almond bark using a spoon or candy dipper and immediately add sprinkles after dipping.

Place balls on parchment paper and let dry.  Makes 24 balls.

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