Some foods are worth the extra effort, like these chocolate peanut butter balls. This dessert is a great opportunity for your kids to get their hands dirty and play with their food. Plus the simplicity of this recipe is a great first experiment for little hands in the kitchen.
Dump peanut butter (or any nut butter), softened butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar into a mixer.
Invite your kids to use their hands to form small balls. They don’t have to be perfectly shaped, but you do want them compressed enough to hold together.
Place in the freezer to harden while you melt the chocolate.
Gently coat each ball with chocolate, until fully covered. Then chill again before serving.
After making (and devouring) these treats, here are a few tips:
- Only take a few balls out of the freezer at a time, otherwise they will begin to soften too quickly and fall apart before you even coat them in chocolate.
- I used a cake tester wand instead of a toothpick to hold each ball because it was sturdier.
- Work in batches with two cookie sheets—one stays in the freezer, one holds the freshly coated balls.
- Dust some powdered sugar on top before serving.
These rich treats are worth the time and effort. Your kids will be begging you to make more!
- ¾ cup peanut butter (or any nut butter)
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- Optional: sprinkles
- Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Combine the peanut butter, softened butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar in a bowl. The dough will be thick and more dry.
- Roll the dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place on one of the cookie sheets.
- Freeze for 30 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate chips in a double broiler, stirring until smooth.
- Remove a few balls from the freezer onto the second cookie sheet. Pick up a ball using a toothpick or thin skewer. Then use a spoon to ladle the chocolate over the ball, covering it complete. Place on the fresh cookie sheet.
- Optional: Top with sprinkles or chopped nuts before the chocolate hardens.
- Repeat until all balls have been completely covered in chocolate.
- Place the tray in the fridge to harden for at least 30 minutes before eating. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.
This recipe makes approximately 15-20 balls.
Flour your hands before rolling the balls to prevent them from sticking to your hands.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 617Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 212mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 4gSugar: 66gProtein: 7g