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Almond Balls

chocolate cream pie ballsJust so everyone is clear, let me begin today’s post with an explanation.

When my sister-in-law first introduced me to these Almond Balls, they weren’t what I expected.  I mean, there’s not a lot of almond in those balls.  Maybe I should have titled them “Chocolate Almond Balls” or “Chocolate Cream Pie Balls” or something like that.  They are mostly chocolate, rolled in… not almonds… cookie crumbs.

Robb is taking some time off for the holidays, and he is super concerned that I’m going to spend that time blogging.  (Who? Me?!)  “Why don’t you just do a bunch of baking, and get all your posts ready ahead of time?” he says.

Sure.  No Problem.  Like I don’t already have gifts to buy and wrap, cards to create and send, friends to meet with, parties to attend, afghans to knit, holiday music to practice and perform, to say nothing of the dishes, laundry, house cleaning, dinner making, parenting and other responsibilities I am already behind on.

No problem.  I’ll just squeeze a half dozen new recipes in between the morning carpool and my shower.  Hmpf.

chocolate cream pie almond balls

Every year, my sis-in-law and I spend a day baking for the holidays.  We make things you need two people for, like pumpkin rolls, and graham cracker pudding, and enough sugar cookies to feed an army.  Tucked in among the complicated recipes are these super duper easy little balls of chocolate delight.

Let’s be realistic, some days you need something super duper easy.  I’m talking three-ingredients easy.  No-bake easy.  My-5-year-old-can-make-these easy.

That’s the zone I’m living in today.

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Here’s an idea of what you’re in for:

Combine some melted chocolate bars with whipped topping.  Chill.  Drop spoonfuls into cookie crumbs.  Freeze.  Inhale.

I mean, if this is the kind of baking I’m going to be doing, I think I could get a lot done before lunch! Continue reading “Almond Balls” »

Peanut Butter Bars (No Bake!)

An easy no-bake recipe for peanut butter bars with chocolate frosting.

Source:  Bakerlady

Some days were made for baking.  When it’s cool outside, and you have lots of un-interrupted time and lots of fresh produce in your fridge, there is nothing better than spending a few hours creating marvelous meals and desserts.  The kitchen gets all warm from the oven, and the house smells like brownies, or apple pie, or pot roast.

I believe in days like that.  I can’t remember the last time I experienced one, but I believe they exist.

More frequently, I find myself with a great desire to bake, but with an empty pantry and a full calendar.  Some day, my life will be calm.  Today, I struggle to put dinner on the table in the twenty minutes we are all together between karate classes and piano lessons and homework.  So today, I am making a treat that requires NO baking, only a FEW ingredients, and can be done QUICKLY.  It’s the perfect weekday treat for a busy family.

I’m going to warn you now, though… DON’T lick the bowl.  Just don’t.

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Did you know you can purchase graham cracker crumbs in a box?  Gone are the days of putting crackers in a ziploc bag and smashing them with a rolling pin.  Gone are the days of using the bulky food processor to turn crackers into crumbs.  Welcome the days of buying them already crushed!  It’s a major time saver.  Take your already crushed graham cracker crumbs and mix them with powdered sugar, butter, and peanut butter.  The spread the mixture into a 9×13 pan.

Here’s the thing… if you lick the bowl, I guarantee you will take a spoon to the 9×13, before you even get it frosted.  You’ll be tempted to eat the entire thing yourself, and hide the pan from your kids.

That’s not what happened to me, I’m just saying it could happen. *ahem*

You’ll frost these lovely bars with a combination of chocolate and peanut butter, which is a very lovely frosting indeed.  These will need some time to cool and set up, but 30-60 minutes in the fridge ought to be enough.  And that’s it.  Voila!  You’ll have a fabulous, no-bake, keep-them-coming-back, weekday dessert with only a few minutes of work.

I’ll guarantee you they won’t last into the weekend.

 

Want more?  Try these fun no-bake treats!

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Peanut Butter Bars (No Bake!)
 
Easy no-bake peanut butter bars with chocolate frosting.
Author:
Recipe type: Bars
Serves: 12 large
Ingredients
BARS:
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
FROSTING:
  • 1½ cups chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, melt butter and peanut butter together. Add cracker crumbs and sugar. Stir to combine.
  2. Spread mixture evenly into a 9x13 pan.
  3. Melt chocolate chips with peanut butter in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth.
  4. Pour chocolate mixture over bars, and frost evenly.
  5. Chill for 40-50 minutes, until chocolate is set.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Nutella No-Bake Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake from Sprinkle Bakes

Golden Grahams S’mores Bars from Pinch of Yum

Graham Cracker Pudding

A recipe for an unusual frozen dessert made from graham crackers and pineapple and topped with whipped cream.

Source: My husband’s grandmother used to make this every Christmas. It seems no one in the family has any idea where she got the recipe. It is the most unique dessert I have ever come across! It is not too sweet, which is sometimes a nice change from the ordinary.

Yield: 2 logs

This is my favorite inherited recipe from my husband’s family. I like to think it describes them perfectly. They are the Norwegian-Wyoming-Lutheran-Farmer types, for whom life requires a lot of hard work, and is never too sweet. On the bright side, this recipe requires no baking, so you can eat it as soon as it chills a bit.

If you have ever eaten this before, or even heard of it, I beg you to drop me a line. I would love to know what you know about it, even if it is next to nothing.

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