I was, once, supposed to bring a homemade dessert to a birthday party on a very short notice. Searching high and low for a quick and easy cookie recipe, I finally came across two recipes for no bake peanut butter balls, but didn’t quite like either one of them. Naturally, I decided to put together my own recipe by selectively combining the best ingredients from both. Here they are:
|Corn flakes, unfrosted||2 cups|
|Confectioners’ sugar||2/3 cup|
|Unsalted butter, softened||¼ cup or ½ stick|
|Smooth or chunky peanut butter||2/3 cup|
|Semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped||5 oz|
|Vegetable oil||1 tsp|
|Unsalted, roasted peanuts, finely chopped||1 cup|
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Crumble corn flakes into smaller pieces.
- Thoroughly combine crumbled corn flakes, confectioners’ sugar, softened butter, and peanut butter using a wooden spoon or your clean fingers.
- Shape peanut butter mix into approximately 1-inch balls and place them on prepared cookie sheet.
- Place about ¼ cup of chopped peanuts in a flat dish.
- Bring some water to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Combine semisweet chocolate and vegetable oil in a heat proof bowl, and position it over this saucepan. Make sure that bottom of bowl does not touch the water.
- Stir constantly to slowly melt the chocolate.
- Remove chocolate from heat, but keep bowl over pot of water.
- Using two forks, dip one ball at a time in the melted chocolate. Remove excess chocolate.
- Transfer chocolate coated peanut butter balls to the dish containing chopped peanuts, and coat it evenly.
- Return it to cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining cookies, adding peanuts as needed.
If chocolate begins to thicken, repeat the heating procedure.
This recipe makes about 15 no bake treats. You can easily create another variety by not coating them with chopped peanuts.
Either air dry or refrigerate them. If refrigerated, they are good for up to 3 weeks. You can also freeze them for longer keeping. These irresistible no bake peanut butter balls are good contenders for mailing.