Mr.CBB’s Chocolate Chewy Big Bites

Chocolate Chewy Big BitesThese chocolate chewy big bites were named thanks to Canadian Budget Binder Facebook Fan Patricia Morell Manuel when I asked the fans to help me name my cookie. I know you probably think by now that I love chocolate and sweets and to some extent you are correct. Although I enjoy my puddings and cakes creating homemade cookies is something I enjoy even more. My wife also has a passion for cookies as we don’t always like to have the same boring chocolate chip cookies.

She remembers making cookies with her mother and grandmother when she was a child and that’s what sparked her interest in the kitchen just like my parents did for my siblings and I. She was able to participate in mixing the cookie dough or rolling the dough into balls and of course eating them. I always got caught sneaking bits of chocolate when my mum wasn’t looking. We both believe that memories in the kitchen with children do last a lifetime and that if we have a child one day we will do the same for him/her.

For us, there’s nothing more rewarding than grabbing a cup of tea and a couple of delicious chocolate chewy big bites as a snack any time of the day. If you have kids dipping their hands into the cookie jar is just as rewarding especially if they helped make them. Moderation is always important with everything in our diet so we splurge when we get the urge and stay active. What I really like about these cookies though is not only the fact that I used quite a bit of chocolate but the depth of chocolate taste. You will also notice when you roll the cookie dough it is a bit wet and when you take them from the oven the centres are a bit gooey but that’s OK. This is what you want and it creates a softy chewy centre that is creamy and sweet and hits the spot. 

For this easy chocolate cookie recipe I used 4 types of chocolate which sounds like alot and you know what, it is! It’s a chewy cookie for the chocoholic in you! The different types of chocolate I used all lend a certain taste to the cookie which I think comes together nicely. You can use whatever chocolate you have on hand but the better quality you buy the better your cookie will taste. This is not the best chocolate for baking but somewhere in the middle I would say, affordable for an everyday grocery budget for most.

Types of Chocolate

The chocolate bars we actually picked up last year as they were hiding on the shelf at Zehrs with pink stickers and a lovely coupon right in front of them. I can’t remember the exact price but the wife says they were a $0.25, likely why we bought enough to store some for baking and for those days we get the chocolate cravings. One day I would also like to try my hand at making white chocolate chip cookies as that’s something I haven’t gotten into yet. I’ve tried white chocolate and it’s not that bad although it’s essentially not really a chocolate at all.

  1. Hershey Milk Chocolate Chipits
  2. Frys Cocoa
  3. PC Fair Trade Milk Chocolate Bar
  4. Bakers Semi-Sweet Chocolate square

When making the chocolate chewy big bites I noticed after the first batch that I needed to use a fork to push down the ball of cookie dough simply because it was a wet dough. I also rolled the balls a bit bigger to give them a nice spread, after all they are called “big bites” so make them a decent size.These are not flat cookies as they tend to puff in the middle and are a thick cookie which I prefer but admittedly have a passion for all types of cookies.

I also decided to add some sweetened coconut to the cookie to give it that island coco-nutty taste along with some crunchy walnuts for texture. I seem to enjoy different types of nuts in cookies because I think nuts and cookies go together so well. Don’t over cook these cookies or they will be crunchy. I always like to check while they are baking as every oven is different. When I see a brown colour under the cookies I remove them to finish cooking on the hot baking sheet.

Chewy Big Bites Ingredients

Chocolate Chewy Bites Ingredients

2 cups Hershey Chipits Milk Chocolate
1 PC Fair Trade Milk Chocolate Bar 
1 Bakers Semi-Sweet Chocolate Square
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 large eggs slightly beaten
2 tablespoons pure vanilla
1/2 cup sweetened coconut
1 cup chopped fine walnuts
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1/4 cup softened unsalted butter
2 cups of white all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cookie Dough On Baking Tray

Mixing It All Up!
  • Soften your butter just slightly in the microwave oven
  • Break up your chocolate bar into small pieces
  • Melt your baking square in the microwave oven
  • In your bowl or mixer add in the salt, flour, baking powder, cocoa,brown sugar, granulated sugar and mix
  • Mix in the butter and eggs, then add in the remaining ingredients and mix to combine thoroughly
  • Have 2 baking sheets prepared with parchment paper
  • Roll dough into balls and just slightly press down on the tops
  • Bake in the middle rack of a 350 degree oven for about 8-10 minutes
  • Remove when the bottom of the cookie looks browned as they continue to cook in the baking sheet when you take them out from the oven
  • Let sit on tray for 5 minutes after you remove from the oven then move them to a cooling rack
  • Enjoy!

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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


  • 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


  • 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!

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