Well, guess what? Here we are, only one week before Christmas Eve. It's hard to believe it's here already!
This Sunday, I just wanted to share some recipes I've found while browsing for some good stuff to try for Christmas baking and candy-making.
I found this great recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls - one of my favorites! There's just something about the combination of hardened, sweet chocolate, then that burst of creamy peanut butter inside... Absolutely heavenly.
Recipe and photo credits: https://momfabulous.com/2014/10/easy-chocolate-peanut-butter-balls-recipe/
2 cups creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup salted butter (softened)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 packages (1 lb each) chocolate almond bark
Mix the peanut butter, salted butter and vanilla together in a large bowl.
After they are well mixed together, add in the powdered sugar, a little at a time. You may need to add a bit more or a bit less powered sugar. You have enough powered sugar when the mixture holds together well in one giant ball in your mixing bowl.
Cover and let sit in the refrigerator for 15 - 25 minutes until they firm up. (You can also cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 2 days.)
Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Cover and refrigerate again, for about 15 - 20 minutes. Skipping this step makes the dough very hard to dip into the chocolate.
Melt the chocolate according to the package directions.
Dip the peanut butter balls one at a time into the melted chocolate. Let the excess chocolate drip off, as the chocolate will pool a little when you set it down. Place the dipped peanut butter chocolate ball onto wax paper and let it harden.
Chill until ready to serve. Also chill them a little before packaging them up for gifts.
The peanut butter ball dough can be stored, tightly sealed, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before dipping in chocolate.
If the dough becomes too soft at any time while working with it, put it back into the refrigerator.
I also found this neat graphic for sugar cookies - isn't it neat? :) I may have to print it off and hang it on my fridge! (You can actually buy this as a towel by clicking here.)
Finally, I'll share a simple cream cheese icing recipe that I use. Let me tell you, this recipe is always a HIT on just about anything... including a spoon, all by itself. 😊 Plus, it takes like 5 minutes to make. How can you beat a deal like that?
Loveliest Cream Cheese Icing
- 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
- 1/4 cup butter (softened)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- pinch of salt
- Beat cream cheese, butter, vanilla and salt together until smooth.
- Beat in powdered sugar, adding a little at a time - unless of course you wish for your counter and yourself to be dusted with powdered sugar as well, at which point you should go ahead and add all the powdered sugar at one time. This is normally what I do. Hahaha!
What do you all bake for the holiday? Anything favorite candies or sweets coming out of your kitchens over the next few days? Comment and let me know!
Oh, and if you haven't checked out our website lately, be sure to do so! You are sure to find some steals for last minute Christmas presents!
Have a wonderful week everyone!