Friday, December 22, 2006

Peanut Butter Balls

When I was trying to decide what to put in my Christmas treat tins, I wanted to do lots of different things. I also wanted to limit the chocolate. I think I succeeded. Only one thing had chocolate in it, the peanut butter balls. I've never made these but think I might do it more often. They are really easy and are so good.

I did several searches for recipes and couldn't find one that I liked. I think that I would have liked the ones with graham crackers in it, but I didn't have any graham crackers and didn't want to go to the store. So, I made some modifications and made my own recipe. I think I might add more peanut butter next time, but overall it was good. I think Sata liked them!

Peanut Butter Balls
1 cup peanut butter, crunchy or creamy (I used creamy), probably use more next time
2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup wheat germ
chocolate chips

Put peanut butter and margarine in a microwaveable bowl. Heat for 10 seconds to soften. Stir together until well blended. Add sugar and stir until combined. Add vanilla a wheat germ.* Dough will be stiff. Roll into balls and place on a plate. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Melt chocolate chips until smooth. Dip balls in chocolate to cover. Place on wax paper and allow to set; if you want to set quicker, put in refrigerator.

*I did this by hand but it could easily be done with an electric mixer.


Anonymous said...

It's so fun to experiment and see what you come up with and it looks like it was a success! I love peanut butter!

Have a great Christmas!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Ooh, those look good! I've seen these posted for years online, at message boards and blogs. I've often seen them called "buckeyes", must be a regional thing. But --- I have never made them! And I don't think I've ever seen one with wheat germ, makes them healthier, huh?!

Merry Christmas!

Erika W. said...

What a great idea to add wheat germ- peanut butter and wheat germ make it a healthy cookie! Wrapped in those chocolatey-good antioxidants, what could be better!

Anonymous said...

yum! I love peanut butter balls! The idea of using wheat germ instead of the graham crackers is fantabulous: somewhat healthier (def. less sugar), and it's always in my pantry!

Unknown said...

Kate - I think it was a success but I want a little more peanut butter taste.

Stacy - They really are pretty easy. I guess the wheat germ makes them better but with all that sugar...I don't know!

Erika - I do what I can! :-) These were fun to do...thanks for the idea.

VC - Me too! I really love the taste of wheat germ and thought that it would work well in these lovely little treats!

Anonymous said...

We always have called these Reindeer Droppings... lovely name, right?
Delicious though. I love your adaptations.