Mr.CBB’s Festive Coconut Balls

Mr.CBB's Festive Coconut Balls

Mr.CBB’s Festive Coconut Balls

These Festive Coconut Balls also called snowballs for some are part of our family tradition each year. Just before the Holidays arrive we load up the kitchen with baking ingredients and get to work. If you like coconut cookies or better yet chocolate coconut cookies you will love these coconut balls. The great thing about these treats are not only are they cheap to make they are an easy no-bake coconut balls recipe. So no need to turn on the oven to heat up the house and send your smart meter into overdrive.  If there is one thing I like in the kitchen it is no bake recipes or no bake foods which keeps it simple, at least for me.  Just last week we whipped up a few batches of no-bake chocolate peanut butter balls but we have to hide them because they are so popular around here.

All you need is a double boiler or a pot and a stainless steel bowl and you are ready to make these elegant treats flavoured with a sweet condensed milk. You can wrap these chocolate coconut balls up for friends and family or place in the centre of a table for your holiday guests. Another great thing about making homemade treats for the holidays is that it’s a conversation piece. Have you ever sunk your teeth into something you love and want to know the who, what, where, when and How. That’s what I mean, so get ready for some real super charged conversations with these easy coconut balls. The fun part is rolling them into the coconut!

Some of our friends make no bake balls like ours but they are coconut balls dipped in chocolate which you could essentially do with these as well for more pizzaz. If you are wondering where we picked up the awesome Santa Boxes to pack our coconut balls and other cookies we made for friends it was at Dollarama! So $1.00 and some homemade treats equals some happy friends and family.

So here is our famous Festive Coconut Balls recipe just for you… you read it first here on Canadian Budget Binder…. enjoy!

Mr.CBB’s Festive Coconut Balls Recipe

Yield: 36 medium sized Balls (smaller than a timbit for all you Tim Horton’s Fans)

Tools:

  • Double Boiler or a Pot with  Stainless Steel Bowl that fits over
  • Mixing spoon
  • Tray for the coconut ( I use a tin foil lasagna tray)
  • Food Processor to grind Graham Crackers if you have them whole

Ingredients:

  • Sweetened condensed milk 1 can
  • 2 pkgs of sweetened coconut
  • 2 squares of semi-sweet chocolate or 2 tablespoons of cacao
  • 1 jar of maraschino cherries chopped small
  • 2 1/2 cup of ground Graham cracker crumbs or if whole blend in the processor to make 2 1/2 cups (these must be fine)
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts Note: (bash them about so they are small as you don’t want big nuts you must have small pieces of nuts)
  • Chopped Dates (optional) add 1/2 cup

Procedure:

  • In a double boiler or a pot half filled with hot water and a stainless bowl over top, melt your chocolate squares. If you don’t have the squares and you have the cocoa add in your sweet condensed milk first then the cocoa.
  • Once the chocolate squares are melted slowly add in your can of condensed milk and mix together.
  • Remove your pot from the heat now.
Add Cherries, Walnuts and Mix for Coconut Balls

Add Cherries, Walnuts and Mix for Coconut Balls

  • Add in your Graham cracker crumbs and mix to blend
  • Add in your cherries and walnuts and mix to blend
  • Cover with cling wrap and put it in the refrigerator for about 1-1.5 hours to chill. This makes them a bit easier to roll.
  • Take the bowl out of the refrigerator and with a spoon take out some of the mixture and roll it into a ball
Roll coconut balls in coconut

Roll coconut balls in coconut

  • Immediately roll it into the coconut and if you have to put some of the coconut in your hand and roll it around the ball so it clings to it.
  • Line them all on a baking sheet with parchment paper, then put in the freezer for at least a day to freeze solid.
  • When frozen you can put in a container until you are ready to take out and serve. They last in the freezer up to 3 months. Let them come to room temperature before you serve them.
  • That’s it.. how easy was that!!!

If you liked this recipe make sure you check out all the other holiday treats that have been made in the CBB Kitchen as well as the food recipes that I’ve created all year-long. Please Share or Pin these recipes to help me spread the word about our awesome blog here at CBB that you are a part of. Join me every Sunday on the blog where we put Budgets to rest and pull out the FOOD!! All money talk and no fun can get boring so join in and share your recipes and enjoy mine like this holiday coconut balls recipe!

Happy Holidays!

-Mr.CBB

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Mr.CBB’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Mr.CBB's Peanut Butter Balls

Mr.CBB’s Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls have been a tradition in Mrs.CBB’s family ever since she was a little girl. She would help her grandmother make these peanut butter balls covered in chocolate, so delicate for the Christmas Holidays. When her granny no longer could make this recipe for peanut butter balls she passed it down to Mrs.CBB who has made them ever since. Now we have made them together ever since we’ve been married. We have made a few changes to granny’s recipe by adding in some green cherries and vanilla although it really is a no fail recipe.

The great thing about peanut butter balls recipes are that they are a no-bake recipe and budget friendly. So if you don’t happen to have an oven to bake and wanted or needed to bring a Homemade Christmas Treat to a party you could easily make these on the stove top. I warn you it can get a bit messy when melting chocolate for dipping the Peanut Butter Balls sometimes called buckeye balls candy.

Alternatively you can switch the recipe up and instead of peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate you could make white chocolate covered peanut butter balls instead. You could do both and they would look lovely on a tray together or gift wrapped for your mates.

How Do You Make Peanut Butter?

Well I didn’t make the peanut butter for this recipe although it is getting costly in some shops but still affordable. I remember when it $1.99 for a huge jar now it can run upwards of $4.99 or $3.99 on sale. Considering the price to make these homemade are far cheaper than if you buy them from the shop. If you wanted to make your own peanut butter because you don’t want to invest in a container you could easily buy what you need at the bulk store or make it yourself. It’s an easy inexpensive recipe to make and much healthier. We already had some jars on hand from a food study we did so we decided to use them up.  Buy the amount of roasted peanuts that you need and put them in a food processor with some peanut oil or vegetable oil, salt, and sugar and whiz away. It’s that easy. Check out the full recipe on how to make peanut butter and try it for yourself.

Directions to Make Peanut Butter Balls

In our peanut butter balls recipe we have red and green cherries, walnuts, pure vanilla, chopped fresh dates,peanut butter,butter and icing sugar. That’s it, not too many ingredients. To dip the chocolate peanut butter balls we used a fork and toothpicks and about 2 boxes of semi-sweet bakers chocolate or we have used 2 bags of Hershey milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips. It’s up to you what you like chocolate wise. We were fortunate to find the bakers semi-sweet chocolate at Dollarama in 2 different cities for only $2 compared to $3.99 and up at the shops.

Here we Go!

Peanut Butter Balls Ingredients

Peanut Butter Balls Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of red maraschino cherries chopped small
  • 1/2 cup of green maraschino cherries chopped small
  • 1/2 cup of fresh dates chopped small then soaked in water for 10 minutes then drain (if you don’t like dates elminate them)
  • 1 cup of peanut butter * yes you can use chunky if you like
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts ( make these small so bang about if you have to in a plastic zip bag)- great way to get frustrations out.. beat your nuts!
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar also known as icing sugar
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 boxes of semi-sweet Bakers Chocolate or Bags of Chocolate Chips

Tools:

  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Metal bowl or double boiler for chocolate
  • toothpicks
  • fork
  • Parchment Paper
  • 3 Baking Sheets
  • Spatula

Preparation: Yield Approx: 36 Balls

  • Chop all of your ingredients that need to be chopped small and have them ready in bowls.
  • In your mixing bowl add the peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and icing sugar and stir until combined
Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter, Icing Sugar, Butter Vanilla in bowl

  • Add in the cherries, dates and walnuts and stir again until combined
Peanut Butter Balls

All Ingredients in Mixing Bowl for Peanut Butter Balls

  • Once we make the recipe we take the bowl of ingredients and pop them into the refrigerator for about an hour to harden the mix up a bit. It makes it easier to work with when it’ s cold.
  • Take the bowl out and on parchment lined baking sheets start rolling small-medium sized balls uniform in shape. Don’t make them too big as they are meant to be bite size or two-bite peanut butter balls.
Peanut Butter Balls

Frozen Peanut Butter Balls on a Tray

  • Once you have the balls rolled and on the tray put the tray into a freezer to freeze for about 1 hour. I know seems like a lot of hours to make these and it is but it’s super easy to make and worth the effort.
Peanut Butter Ball Dipped in Chocolate

Peanut Butter Ball Dipped in Chocolate

  • Once frozen you are ready to dip. We take a few out of the freezer at a time so they are still frozen when we dip as it yields the best results for us. Drop one into the melted chocolate which you melt in a double boiler or in our case a metal bowl over a pot of boiling water. Lower the heat once the chocolate is melted and you can stream it off your spatula. You don’t want to get any water or steam into your chocolate or you risk it seizing up.
Toothpick with Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Toothpick with Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

  • Drop your peanut butter ball inside the chocolate and with your fork gently pick it up (don’t stick the fork in the peanut butter ball) have the ball sit on the fork. Stick the toothpick into the top and once the toothpick is secure you can twist the peanut butter ball off with your fingers from side to side on the baking tray lined with parchment paper.

If you are thinking this is a tedious job it is, but again, worth it as you just can’t buy homemade like this.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Finished Peanut Butter Balls on Tray Filling In Gaps with Chocolate

  • Once dipped and back on the parchment  paper we use a toothpick dipped in chocolate to fill in any gaps that we may have missed and the hole where the toothpick was.
Finished Peanut Butter Balls Ready to Serve

Finished Peanut Butter Balls Ready to Serve

  • We freeze the peanut butter balls for about 2 hours or until solid. Take your balls out about 1 hour before serving to bring them to room temperature although we are known to pop them in our mouth straight out of the freezer.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Mr.CBB’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Congratulations to Jennifer Taylor for winning my Facebook Contest. When I shared my picture of my chocolate peanut butter balls I asked the fans to comment what their favourite Holiday Treat was!!

Jennifer Taylor -My favourite holiday treat is my home-made chocolate marshmallow log! It’s so yummy! ~Congrats on the 2500 fans & Thx for the contest!

That’s it my friends! I hope you give our Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls a try and let me know what you think. Next week we move on to Coconut Balls… don’t miss that Sunday Recipe. Happy Holidays from my family to yours!
-Mr.CBB

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