Monday, November 1, 2010

Peanut Butter Shells

With a few, simple ingredients - these tasty treats come together in a matter of minutes. Full of that smooth, creamy peanut butter flavor, these balls are a combination of delicious decadence and roasted nuttiness that kids and adults will be clamoring for - only you know that you didn't spend hours creating this dessert.

8 oz. peanut butter sandwich cookies, crushed ($.49 - after coupons)
2 oz. fat free cream cheese ($.25)
6 T. peanut butter, divided ($.10 - from $.29 jar of peanut butter after coupons)
4 squares almond bark ($.10 - from holiday mark down at Target last year)

Mix 3 T. peanut butter with cream cheese, stir in cookie crumbs (must be very finely crushed). Mix together until a soft dough forms. Add additional cream cheese if needed.

Chill dough 30 minutes.

Place almond bark in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high in 45 second intervals until bark is smooth and creamy. Add remaining peanut butter and stir to combine.

Form dough into balls, dip in almond bark mixture to coat. Place on a sheet of waxed paper, refrigerate until serving.

Top with chopped peanuts or even a halved peanut for a little crunch and an elegant appearance.

Yields = 22-26 balls.
Cost: $.94
Cost per ball: $.05

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