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Every year as prep time comes for Thanksgiving, or the many other holiday going ons that happen this time of year, it is fun to have a little busy craft to keep all the kiddos in your life occupied. We have had a lot of fun creating these Turkey Peanut Butter Balls and the best part, is they tasted great when we were done. The recipe is really simple, takes less than 15 minutes to put together and you only need to prep the peanut butter balls 30 min – 1 hour in advance or “creation time” (aka mom needs them occupied doing something else). These are easy enough that my 8 and 9 year old can make them on their own, if I wanted. 😉 Watch out, these are addicting!
What You Need:
- 3/4 cup NEW Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- candy corn
- round cookies – blonde or chocolate will both work
- frosting – try to refrigerate it ahead of time so it is a little thicker to work with
- wax paper
- 2 mixing bowls
**This made about 25 peanut butter balls
For this recipe we used the NEW Peter Pan Simply Ground Honey Roast Peanut Butter. It is creamy with a little bit of a crunch and has no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives AND unlike some other peanut butters, there was no need to stir it up before each use. It added a great texture to the peanut butter balls! We picked ours up at Walmart. Make sure you use this digital coupon for extra savings.
Step 1: Add powdered sugar, butter, peanut butter and vanilla to a large bowl.
Step 2: Mix well until all the powdered sugar is absorbed into the peanut butter/butter mix. We mixed by hand so we still got that fresh ground peanut butter texture. This below is only half mixed. =-)
Step 3: Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a wax paper on a pan. I discovered my pan was too big for my kitchen freezer, so you may want to choose a smaller container if you have the same issue. I luckily have a large freezer in the garage, so our pan fit in there just fine.
Step 4: Insert a toothpick into each ball and freeze for at least 30 minutes. The toothpick will help make dipping the peanut butter balls in chocolate a little easier and less messy when the time comes.
Step 5: When you are ready melt your chocolate chips in . I melted mine in a glass bowl over a pan of medium hot water on the stove, but I have used the microwave before too. Make sure to stir frequently so the chocolate does not burn.
Step 6: Dip one frozen peanut butter ball at a time in the chocolate. Use a spoon to cover the top all the way, if desired. Use the toothpick to lightly spin or shake the ball back and forth to get off any excess chocolate. Since the peanut butter balls are frozen, I discovered the chocolate started to harden quickly once it was on it.
Step 7: Set the now chocolate dipped balls aside to harden on a piece of wax paper. Store in the refrigerator in a container until you are ready to create your turkeys with them.
Step 8: Turkey Creation Time!!! Separate your cookie in half using a butter knife. No need to remove the frosting already there, it actually helps keep the candy corn in place.Lightly press 4-5 pieces of candy corn into the frosting, you can add your own if you think it needs it. Then top with a little cake frosting and attach the top cookie. I accidentally bought cookie frosting first and it was a little to thin to work very well for this.
Step 9: Add a blob of frosting to the back of the peanut butter ball (where you want to attach the cookie/feathers) and a small blob of frosting on the front where you would like the turkey “gobler” to go. Gently press the cookie and candy corn into place.
Step 10: Refrigerate for at least a few minutes or until ready to eat/display them. Chilling will help keep everything in place.
Remove the toothpick when ready and enjoy! When eating her “Turkey” my daughter made sure to tell me that these tasted REALLY good. In my opinion, you cannot go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate!
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