Chunky chocolate chip walnut cookies

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Homemade Cookies Baked With Love

You can’t go wrong with chocolate chip cookies with walnuts and a hot cup of tea. I’m a big fan of cookies so I tend to make them often over cakes since I’m the only one who eats them. That and cookies are dead easy to make and don’t cost as much as buying them from the bakery. You can’t compare homemade cookies to bagged cookies either.

Growing up my mum made cookies (biscuits) often because she didn’t fancy buying them from the grocery store. My mum used to make cookie baskets for her friends when she went to visit for tea and that was her way of saying thanks for having her and dad over for a cuppa.

Saying that I can tuck into a pack of McVities Milk Chocolate Hobnobs any day of the week… (sorry mum) but to buy them in Canada costs a mere fortune so I’ll have to wait until we go back to the UK so I can load up on some good eats. I joke with my sister that we are going to hang outin the grocery store just to pick out all the foods I miss and she thinks it’s hilarious. It’s one of those things where you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone sorta of thing.

Easy to make cookies

So, being the guy who loves to cook once in a while I put on the bakers hat to whip up a special treat for myself. When I make any type of cookies I always tend to fancy the thicker cookie. I don’t know what it is about thin, crispy cookies but they don’t give me as much pleasure as a thick cookie.

When I bite into a homemade cookie I want to sink my teeth into it. I want to taste the chocolate slide through my teeth as I bite down then melt in my mouth. The walnuts in this chocolate chip walnut cookie I will share with you today lend just the right amount of crunch to make these a cookie that you shouldn’t be shy about making any time of year. Perfect any time of day these easy to make cookies won’t last long at all.

Cookie ingredients

One thing I like about making any type of cookie is that it’s not rocket science. Honestly I find cookies simple to make and there really aren’t many ingredients for cookies that are unfamiliar to the average household pantry unless you get into sophisticated gourmet cookie recipes but we won’t do that here. I’m not so much into the cookie decorating like Nicola is as you will see with her Easter Shortbread recipe because cookie decorating is an art and a skill that I just don’t have.

You will notice in today’s recipe the ingredient list is straight forward and will produce a thick, soft chocolate chip walnut cookie provided you don’t overcook the cookie. I always remove my cookies a minute or two early and let them finish baking on the tray. That is my cookie secret to making soft cookies because many people just cook them for far too long and they get hard and crispy which I don’t care for. If you do, then knock yourself out and cook em until you get the crunch you desire.

Some other CBB cookie recipes (check out my full recipe index for all CBB recipes in one easy to read spot)

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Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Cookie ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups of chopped walnuts

Preparation

  • In your stand mixer or bowl add in your butter, white and brown sugar, vanilla and eggs and mix until combined.
  • Add in your flour, salt and baking powder then mix
  • Add in your nuts and chocolate chips and mix until combined
  • With a spoon drop a golf ball size amount onto an ungreased baking sheet
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 5-7 minutes or just until the top looks brown (do not overcook)
  • Remove from oven, let stand on cookie sheet for a minute or 2 then transfer to a wire rack to cool
  • Yield 2 dozen cookies (depending on how big you make them :)

Enjoy your chunky chocolate chip walnut cookies with a tall glass of cold milk or any hot beverage you enjoy.

What are some of your favourite cookie recipes? 

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Pet Budget: Homemade peanut butter dog treats

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Treats Your Dog Will Love

I’ve never given much thought to our pet budget and making homemade dog bones until I came across a peanut butter dog treats recipe that made me question the cost of the treats we purchase for our dog and what’s in them.

Pets cost money

We currently put away $113 a month into our pet budget category to cover costs such as vet bills, food and treats, pet licence, snow boots, leash, poop bags etc. Before you decided to own a pet you should do your research into all the potential costs associated with pet ownership.

The Peanut butter dog treats is a recipe that I found while reading the Facebook page of Kitchen Dreaming. They really are as easy to make as my 5 ingredient peanut butter cookies for humans, except for the chocolate of course. I thought it was a brilliant idea but I wasn’t sure if our dog would be into the whole peanut butter biscuit idea. I was wrong, he loves them, he more than loves them.

After he had the first peanut butter treat he literally sat and watched them baking in the oven. He made sure to come and keep reminding me that his peanut butter treats were baking and not to forget about them. I almost felt as if he was trying to say, “I don’t like burnt biscuits” so I had to bring my net-book into the kitchen to do my work otherwise I’d get nothing done with all the pacing back and forth he was doing.

He was literally driving me around the bend while they were in the oven. It was like he was championing the new homemade dog biscuit and was head of the company that produces them. Yes, like he was my boss.

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The first batch I made I forgot that I had a cookie cutter so like the nerdy dog owner that I am I cut out dog bone shapes with a knife. I made enough for the photo and then I gave up and used my biscuit cutter and then cut that in half to make half moons. Honestly you can just cut them up with a knife your dog won’t care what blinkin’ shape they are.

There’s nothing funky in these homemade dog biscuits, its everyday pantry items that the recipe calls for. You will find vegetable oil, cornmeal, water, whole-wheat flour, eggs and a bit of peanut butter in these treats. There’s only 1/4 cup of peanut butter, so not that much.

I went on to make a second batch of these peanut butter dog treats the following week. This time I used a fish cookie cutter and didn’t cook them as long as the first batch. The recipe suggests leaving them in the oven to get harder but our dog didn’t fancy the hard treat. Probably too much work since his motto is chew once then swallow.

If you’ve followed my blog you know our dog has been ill and we have had some large vet bills over the course of the past two months. Since he’s just had his teeth cleaned and three teeth pulled out soft and chewy is what he prefers. I pulled the cookies out of the oven a bit early and let them sit for a few minutes. They did not harden but are nice and soft and he just adores them.

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Store-bought vs. homemade dog treats

I don’t think we will waste our money on store-bought dog treats anymore especially since these are such a budget friendly alternative. The only problem is he loves and I mean he really loves his sausage rolls or what’s more commonly referred to as MarroBone treats from Pedigree.

MarroBone treats are made with real bone marrow and has a delicious meaty centre, no I did not try them either, I just read the bag. However if you ask my mum she will tell you that I fancied dog treats when I was a kid. Don’t ask me why but I taste my fair share. I admit it, my wife asked me to try the peanut butter dog treat just to see what it tasted like. She only did it because I told her I used to eat dog biscuits when I was young and didn’t believe me. Now she does.  It tastes like a peanut butter dog biscuit so let that be your human review and move on.

If you put a peanut butter biscuit and a Pedigree MarroBone on the ground the MarroBone always wins but they are pretty costly sometimes upwards of $3.99-$4.99 a bag. We have picked them up when they go on sale for $3.99 but that’s still a bit pricey for our pet budget for dog treats.

Each MarroBone has vitamins A and E plus vitamin D and Calcium to support healthy teeth and bones. The bag suggests that for a small dog up to 3 treats per day, medium dog up to 5 treats per day and a large dog up to 8 treats per day. Wow, I’ve never read the bag before and our dog has not had anywhere near 8 per day but that means we’d finish this bag off well before the month is up.

The bag doesn’t tell me how many are inside so I had to manually count them for a total of 68 treats at 8 per day that would last him just over eight days.  Over the course of a year 365 days x 8 treats per day / 68 treats in a bag = 42.94 bags of MarroBone per year x $5.19 ($4.59 * 1.13 = cost per bag with tax) = $222.72 for dog treats for the year! 

The peanut butter dog treats cost me approximately $2.50 to make approximately 70 treats plus my time and electricity (I baked on cheap rate) although I do know what every ingredient is in the recipe. What I don’t know is how many he should be having each day comparable to MarroBone. The recipe contains a mixture of eggs, whole wheat flour, oats, water, cornmeal and peanut butter. The peanut butter contains a healthy fat, protein and fibre. See recipe link above for the exact measurements and directions.

I think we may continue to purchase his favourite Pedigree MarroBone treats when they are on sale but on a limited basis. We will eliminate the generic brand of small dog bones we also typically purchase for around $3.99 a bag. That way he can still have his MarroBone fix just complimented with homemade peanut butter dog treats instead.

Sweet Potato dog treats

Since the wife has been on a low gi diet she’s been roasting up sweet potatoes or yams. Now I don’t mind them but they aren’t my favourite potato, let’s just say I prefer a traditional spud. Well our dog, loves roasted sweet potatoes. Who would have thought Mr.Picky would have a thing for an orange spud. What I’m thinking of doing is manipulating this peanut butter dog biscuit recipe and make homemade sweet potato dog treats.

I’ll simply replace the peanut butter with the sweet potato that I roast up or you can boil it and mash it.  Follow the same recipe for and there you have it, sweet potato treats for dogs homemade in your own kitchen. Now, I haven’t tried it yet but I’m sure it would work out just fine. If in doubt give it a taste. It’s like hiding sweet potatoes in fudgy brownies just so those who hate vegetables get a serving,  lots of people do that.

Homemade dog food

My friend who blogs at Nickel by Nickel took it one step further this week and shared a recipe about how to make homemade dog food. I think it’s brilliant that people are trying homemade dog food recipes for their pets as long as the pets are getting all their nutrients. That was one of the concerns from our veterinarian when we told her last week that our dog fancies Wheatabix and whole wheat toast for breakfast. Yes you read that right. Oh come on, how many of you pet owners don’t give your pet something special for a treat?

No he doesn’t get it slathered with butter and marmalade, although if he had it his way I’m betting on Nutella and peanut butter since he does love them both. When he was younger he managed to nick half of a Nutella sandwich from a plate when no one was looking and gobbled it all up. Lucky for him, he didn’t get ill since chocolate is not good at all for pets.

Dog spa

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Harry’s Dog Grooming Van in Dumb and Dumber
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So no fancy in-ground dog pool and spa pet wash that visits the home for the posh spa treatment each week. (It’s true, our neighbour has a mobile dog wash come once a week to pamper their poodle. The funniest convenience service you will ever see. It’s like watching a cartoon live on your own street because the mobile makes such loud noises your mind starts to wonder just really what is going on inside there. No, it’s not the “Mutt Cutts” van as seen in the movie Dumb and Dumber either.

Our boy just gets a standard dog wash, dry and brush with the occasional body massage from our mini hand massager we have just for him. That’s as spoiled as he gets. Our dog is getting older and he wants different foods now. He doesn’t have much time to live so for the last couple of years we will make his stay on this earth a good one. It makes us happy when he’s happy so it’s worth it for us as pet owners.

It doesn’t stop there though because now he won’t eat his dog food unless it’s soft and has some human food mixed in. We’ve been adding water to his food along with a bit of gravy and sometimes grated cheese, minced beef, boiled chicken, rice or pasta sauce. He gobbles it all up in a flash.

Some may think he’s spoiled but it’s his teeth that are giving him the problems as well he gets bored with eating the same thing day in and day out. I have to ask myself if I could handle eating the same food all day every day. Likely not so making sure we give him the best we can including all the valuable nutrients he needs is important.

Pet allergies

Our friend has a dog that is allergic to almost everything and she also has to make his dog food. Best of it is she makes his dog food from lamb. I don’t even buy lamb, my grocery budget would be shot. Have you seen the prices in Ontario for lamb? Oh yes, she spares nothing when it comes to her pet but he’s just that allergic to life he can only eat certain foods let alone hang out in the grass which gives him a rash. Clearly she’s a good pet owner who takes care of her pet.

Our pet is like family and sometimes we have to go above and beyond to accommodate them even if that means a fancy lamb dinner. Sure we could buy some expensive soft dog food but our dogs back-end doesn’t seem to approve, we’ve tried it, trust me. We’ve even tried the lower end brands of soft canned food and it just doesn’t agree.

Dog pet stores

We’ve been to the pet stores and bought organic dog food and gone through the range from the most expensive to the least expensive at the grocery store. We’ve even bought a fancy bag at the veterinarian which he liked for a short while then turned his nose up at once he got sick of it.

We mix it up now but have to add the extra bits like a topping so he’ll tuck in. We’re currently feeding him a British dog food called Harrington’s Lamb and Rice which we found on offer at Wal-Mart for a reasonable price otherwise it was pretty pricey.

So if you are looking to make homemade dog bones it’s a bit of work to bake up but it’s worth the 30 minute effort for your dog and your pet budget.  Making homemade dog treats  is fine and adding in nutrient rich meals we make in our kitchen to mix in his dry food bowl is what works for us and our dog.

We talked it over with our veterinarian who didn’t seem to have any problems with adding cheese, gravy or proteins as long as he got all the nutrients he needed. He does, and then some. That and a good dose of exercise to keep him in top-notch shape. If you are looking for some peanut butter dog treat recipes free on the internet I’d suggest trying the recipe at Kitchen Dreaming.

Now I just have to find a hiding spot for these homemade peanut butter dog treats because if he can smell them or see them you can bet he will guard them with his life. I don’t blame him, I feel the same way about my beer. A male protects his snacks.

Do you make homemade pet treats or pet food?

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5 Ingredients: Simple Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mr.CBB's 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies were baked as a last minute treat the other night because I was laying in bed and was craving chocolate. So, we both ended up in the kitchen to whip up a batch of these peanut butter chocolate chip beauties just for me because the wife is on a low-gi diet. Although we did whip up a batch of cookies for her last week which we called a biscotti of sorts so she’s had her cookie fix.

Typically whenever chocolate cravings start I want to reach for something like my fudgy brownies but I didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen. So peanut butter chocolate chip cookies was what I had set out to make although my cowboy quickie cookies did come to mind too. I do like thick chewy peanut butter cookies so I tend to make them chunky. I was eating hot, fresh from the oven soft, chewy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies with a glass of cold  milk faster than you can say, homemade.

Ok, well not that fast but peanut butter cookies are probably the easiest cookie you could ever make. I prefer homemade cookies vs store bought cookies any day of the week. It’s a no-fail recipe and a cookie recipe that you can include the kids with when baking in the kitchen.

What is Peanut Butter?

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Peanuts and Peanut Butter

Good question because as common as peanut butter (a.k. a. monkey butter in world war 2) may be to most in North America, UK, Netherlands and parts of Asia some might not have a clue what it is.

Peanut butter depending on what brand you purchase essentially is crushed up roasted peanuts, salt and other ingredients which may include a partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. According to wiki it is high in trans fatty acids and can potentially cause health problems such as heart disease and stroke. All the reason to enjoy it in moderation.

As you can see in the picture of peanut butter and roasted peanuts from 2 different companies that they also in fact have oils added to them with  soybean oil, sugar and corn dextrin in the peanut butter. If you shop around you can purchase all-natural peanut butter in the organic section of your grocery store and in health food stores.

Peanut butter does have nutrients according to the Kraft brand label such as vitamin E, vitamin B3 Niacin, Folate and Magnesium. It’s also low in saturated fats and trans fat-free. We enjoy Kraft peanut butter amongst the others we have tried in our home. Kraft Peanut Butter even has an easy peanut butter recipe on the side of the container very similar to mine except I use baking powder, add in chocolate chips and make a quick homemade peanut butter.

How To Make Home-made Peanut Butter?

It takes mere seconds to grind up fresh roasted peanuts in the food processor to make fresh homemade peanut butter which I do once in a while. I start with 1.5 cups of natural peanuts (or whatever peanuts I have) roasted in the oven for 4-6  minutes (be careful they don’t burn, move them about every so often), cool for 2-5 minutes in the refrigerator (or freezer for faster results, heck if it’s winter leave it out on the front porch covered), tablespoon of sugar (depending on how sweet you want it), pinch of salt and tablespoon+ of vegetable, canola or peanut oil. I’ve also used almond oil. I’m hopefully going to be trying my hand at making almond butter and cashew butter in the future.

I don’t tend to make too much at once as it spoils easily. I make as much as I need for a recipe or for a day or so of lunches and snacks as I just don’t eat enough to warrant large quantities of it. It may also be cheaper than buying peanut butter from the shops as the price the past couple of years has gone through the roof. I’ve seen 1kg of peanut butter as much as $7.99 which is a far cry from the $1.99 it used to be on sale a few years back.

We picked up a couple of jars on sale when our mates came round for the summer although the kids didn’t end up eating it so now we have some to use up. My mother would also make her own homemade peanut butter as we simply didn’t fancy the store-bought kind although we didn’t have it often. It’s also healthier as there won’t be any preservatives.

Unfortunately I didn’t have all-natural peanuts for this recipe so I used what I had on hand. If you want all natural peanuts you can get them straight from the shell or in bulk where the peanut has had nothing done to it ie: processed or preservatives added.

Peanut Butter Sandwiches

There are those people though that  may not have heard of peanut butter before and it’s called for in a recipe they are trying to make. Peanut butter is like a paste or a spread as I prefer to call it and can be used in many recipes or sauces but traditionally it’s in the pantry to satisfy the peanut butter sandwich craving when it hits.

Not only kids fancy peanut butter though… so do adults. Hands up, wherever you are. My wife is one of the adults and has gone as far as making the following PB sandwiches in the past…..

  • Peanut butter and Jam sandwich
  • Peanut butter, Jam and Banana sandwich
  • Peanut butter, Banana and Nutella sandwich
  • Peanut butter, Banana and raisins sandwich
  • Peanut butter,bacon and jelly sandwich

I know what you are thinking and believe me I had to turn away sometimes as she enjoyed these and yes I’ve tried them all only because she asked nicely.That and I made her try Marmite on toast which she despises ha. The best one of them all that I enjoyed was the peanut butter, banana and Nutella sandwich. There’s something about the chocolate taste that brings the entire sandwich together especially when we make it a grilled sandwich.

Peanut Allergy

Peanut butter cookies are one of those old-fashioned cookies that end up in every parents kitchen because kids dig peanut butter. That is unless you have a peanut allergy in your home. Many schools have even banned parents from sending any form of product with peanuts due to children having allergies  which could cause them to go into  anaphylactic shock. Protecting the children is very important especially in life threatening situations like this could become.

If you want to make a bar cookie recipe from the batter I think peanut butter chocolate chip bars would be a hit. I didn’t add too much sugar to the cookie batter because I added the chocolate chips but you can add more if you like a really sweet cookie. Some other ways to jazz up this cookie would be to add raisins, coconut, cocoa, mini M&M’s or some chunks of roasted peanuts if you wanted a crunchy texture cookie. With these cookies make sure you space them apart as they tend to spread.  I take them from the baking sheet about 1 minute after they have rested and move to a cooling rack.

Tools
  • A bowl
  • Measuring Cups
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Spatula
  • Food Processor to make homemade peanut butter
Time
  • Prep Time : 15-20 minutes less if you don’t make your own peanut butter
  • Cook Time: 5-7 minutes at 350 degrees
5 Ingredients For Cookies
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 cup of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of  homemade peanut butter- see recipe up top (or commercial grade)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
Making Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Add the peanut butter to the bowl and mix in the sugar
  • Add in your baking powder and egg, mix to combine
  • Add in your chocolate chips and mix
  • Scoop enough to make a cookie onto a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 5-7 minutes
  • Don’t over-cook or they will be crunchy. I tend to under-cook as they continue cooking once you take them out from the oven.

I hope you enjoy these peanut butter chocolate chip cookies as much as I do with a cold glass of milk or a cuppa tea or coffee. If you fancy adding your own cookie ingredients to the peanut butter base there’s no harm in trying. I know making cookies is like making memories and that’s what we aim to do in the CBB kitchen so I hope you can take this recipe and make it your own memory.

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The Saturday Weekend Review #9 December ~ Pray For Change!

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Mr.CBB’s  Saturday Weekend Review

Even though it’s Saturday morning and I’m likely enjoying my morning café au lait it certainly doesn’t feel like winter to me. I know, I know be careful what you wish for because good old man winter will dump on you before you can say the word SNOW. I’m not holding out for much for the next few days but they are calling for it but we will have to wait and see. Not a lot been happening in my life except for baking my coconut, snowball and peanut butter balls and Christmas Shopping. We’ve met up with some of our mates to have a drink or two and some munchies before Christmas with the family. I always love how Christmas brings so many families together.

Connecticut School Shooting – Light a Candle For Change

We’ve been devastated since hearing of the massacre at the  Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut USA School. We need to take some serious immediate action with gun laws all around the world. How many people need to die before it registers, “this is not right”? There is NO reason this should be happening. If you own guns legally, “lock them up”. Let’s keep these families, friends, injured and the victims in our prayers leading up to the holidays. Nothing can take the place of a lost, loved one. I’m beyond words. I pray for change and that someone takes the lead and makes these immediate changes.

How do you explain this to your children?

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What’s Been Happening at Canadian Budget Binder

Not much shaking on the financial home-front except we are spending our projected expenses left, right and centre. Between Christmas gifts and stickers for vehicles and e-test we are likely going to put a nice dent in that account. I guess we will have to wait until the end of December to see our monthly budget update. We realized that a good majority of our projected expenses (PE) all happen at the end of the year thus the large amount of money in our PE account. It all makes sense to us and that’s what matters. The best part is not having to scramble for the cash because it’s already tucked away.

Do you find you spend more money at the end of the year?

Canadian Budget Binder’s Weekly Post Recap

  1. Mr. CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks Dec 14,2102 Tek Who?
  2. The Celebrate Like Scrooge Christmas Gift Exchange
  3. Winter Vehicle Maintenance Costing You Less In The Long Run
  4. The Grocery Game Challenge Dec 10-16- 2 Weeks Until Christmas
  5. How To Earn Optimum Points Fast At Shoppers Drug Mart
  6. Mr.CBB’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Recipe
  7. The Saturday Weekend Review #8 December

Guest Posts I Wrote:

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This is where I will share the top website that sent me the most traffic for the week! The Top Blog To Drive Traffic To Canadian Budget Binder for this week goes to… once again this year Coupon Christine. Thanks Christine!

Weekly Top 2 Honourable Mentions

  • Blonde On A Budget
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Top 3 Blog Commenter’s- This is to recognize those fans that contribute and visit Canadian Budget Binder….

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Blogs That Shared Us With Their Fans This Week!

I know many of my fans read this post as they tell me they wait for it each week. To all of my fans please check out these personal finance Bloggers below and follow them. I read their Blogs everyday and I know that you will benefit from them as well.  Come back each week as I will name other Blogs that I think you should follow!

Thanks to all the Bloggers that link up and share my posts and this is why I do my best to share your posts with my Fans via social media, so thanks! -Mr.CBB

(If I miss You..please let me know as I didn’t get the Ping and I will include your post next week as this runs Sat to Sat so if you linked me on Sat it will show up next week)

Carnival Mention

Personal Bankruptcy Canada Dec 12,2012 Carnival  mentioned: Bank Sales In Canada Not the Same As Bank Foreclosures in the USA

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What People Searched to Find Canadian Budget Binder on the Web

Search terms of the week are really a hoot! Here are a few of them for your viewing pleasure.  What are you saying about them? Any typos below are simply the person who searched who made the error or me ;-)

Top Pick- How To Stockpile Coupons In Canada- Shouldn’t you be stockpiling items not coupons? Who stockpiles coupons?

  • It’s Not About How Much Money You Earn It’s About How Many People You Know- Lol.. if you read below you will see my own quote and why this person was directed to CBB. I know lots of people, does that mean I should be filthy rich? Probably not.
  • ريحان – Your guess is as good as mine :-)
  • Telephone conversation customer complaining about defective products- Why do you need a play by play so you can write it out and use it when you make your call?
  • Hostess Twinkies Secret Recipe- Oh!! I hope they used my Twinkie Recipe.. it’s TOP SECRET lol..
  • Wealthy Snob Pushed Me In The Supermarket- Silly you why didn’t you push the snob back and steal all their money… HOW do you know they were wealthy? I’d love to hear this one!
  • Dogs that stay small and grow- Well which is it, you want the dog to be small or you want the dog to grow…??? Unless you want a Chia-pet they always stay one size but water them and they will grow baby grow!
  • TD Canada Trust Job Interview Questions- Sure because they put those on the internet so you can make up a cheat sheet… come on! lol
  • фен вектор- Got me again…??
  • If I earn 3000 a year how much will I get on Mat Leave?- Hmmm read that again.. but peanuts come to mind.
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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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