Make these delicious small balls and make them last the whole weekend
Makes: 20 to 24 balls
1 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy)
1 ½ cups graham crackers crumbs
¾ cup mini chocolate chips or Heath bits
1 – 1 ¼ cup chocolate (I used semi-sweet chocolate)
1) Take your graham crackers and blend to crumbs in a food processor until you get 1 ½ cups. Add graham crackers crumbs to the 1 cup of peanut butter. Mix it up good. You want the mixture to be dry enough to be able to form balls. Add a little bit more peanut butter or cracker crumbs to achieve this consistency if need be.
2) Form 24 even sized balls with your hands and place on a wax paper covered plate, cutting board or baking sheet. Freeze for 30-60 minutes.
3) Melt the chocolate in the microwave until just melted (do not overcook!) or use a double boiler and stir chocolate until melted. Placed mini chips or crushed Heath bits in a small bowl. Note: You can use whatever topping that you would like including nuts, crushed Oreo…etc.
4) Using a toothpick or fork dip the peanut butter balls in the melted chocolate, one at a time, and then toss in the topping until covered. Refrigerate or freeze until firm.
My Source: Cupcake Project who got the graham cracker recipe from Free Range Living and She got the recipe from The Fannie Farmer Baking Book.
I am reprinting the recipe below along with all of the baking notes.
Graham Crackers Recipe: Graham Crackers Don’t Have to Be Square
Yield: 36 2 1/2 inch squares
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup honey (Some graham crackers use half honey and half molasses. You might consider trying that as a variation.)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons water
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup graham flour (If you can’t get ahold of graham flour, there are plenty of graham cracker recipes that use regular whole wheat flour such as this graham cracker recipe from Baking Bites. You may also be able to directly substitute whole wheat flour in this recipe, but I haven’t tested it and I make no promises.)
3/4 C all-purpose flour
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Combine the butter, egg and sugar in a bowl and beat until smooth and creamy.
Stir in the honey and blend.
Dissolve the baking soda in the water and add to the butter mixture.
Add the salt, graham flour, and all-purpose flour to the mixture and blend thoroughly. The dough should hold together and be manageable. If it is too “tacky” add a little more graham flour.
Liberally dust a surface with graham flour and roll the dough to a thickness of about 1/8 inch. For convenience in handling, cut the rolled dough into three or four sections that will fit on your cookie sheet. (To make my life easier, line cookie sheets with parchment paper and roll the dough directly on the cookie sheets. That way you don’t need to worry about the dough breaking when you lift it onto a cookie sheet.)
With a knife, score the dough, without cutting through, into 2 1/2 inch squares. (Boring! Since your graham crackers are not store-bought, they don’t have to be square. Use your cookie cutters to make them any shape you want!)
Prick each square a few times with the tines of a fork. (I did this because those little pricks do make them look like graham crackers, whatever shape they are.)
Using a spatula, place the sections of scored cracker dough on an ungreased cookie sheet. (I didn’t have to do this since I rolled right on the cookie sheet.)
Bake on the first side for 8 minutes, then turn the cracker over and bake for another 6 or 7 minutes. (Cheryl of Free Range Living said that she found that flipping wasn’t necessary. I agree. I left out the flip step.)
Remove from the oven and cool on racks. (They weren’t quite crispy when I removed them. However, they hardened up as soon as they cooled.)
Finally found a recipe for Homemade Graham Crackers Crumbs, that doesn’t require whole wheat flour (just because I don’t have any)
Homemade Graham Cracker Crumbs
Yield: 2 ½ cups of graham cracker crumbs
2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons (375 grams) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup (176 grams) dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1 teaspoon (6 grams) baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt (4 grams)
½ cup unsalted butter,
1/3 cup (114 grams) mild-flavored honey, such as clover
1 ½ tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon cinnamon
7 tablespoons (77 grams) milk, full-fat
2 teaspoons (27 grams) pure vanilla extra
Combine flours, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon in a food processor.
Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Remove from food processor to a covered bowl. Cover and chill for several hours or overnight.
Remove for the refrigerator and let the dough stand for 15 minutes. Divide the dough in half. Sprinkle a piece of parchment paper with a lot of flour. Sprinkle with more flour on top and roll out one of the dough pieces flat to about 7 x 15 inches.
Place the parchment onto a baking sheet.Chill until firm, about 30 to 45 minutes in the fridge or 15 to 20 minutes in the freezer. Repeat with the other half of the dough.
Bake in the center of the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until lightly browned on the edges.
Cut into 1 inch squares and allow to dry for a day. Grind in a food processor or place in a Ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin. Then store at room temperature in an airtight container.