Milk is healthy, right?
And if you throw in a smidgeon of sugar and a sprinkle of chocolate chips, you still have a healthy food, right? Well, at least that’s what I’m telling myself.
Grandkids (and grandmas) love chocolate. They also love peanut butter. When you put the two together, yum, yum, yum!
I’m sure that you have either made a cheese ball during the holidays or have been the recipient of a cheese ball. Well, here’s something better. Much better. A peanut butter “cheese ball.” This is an easy recipe to make. However, it needs to be made ahead of time. So, make this together with your grandchildren, and then do something else — like go caroling or make a craft. When you are finished with your activity, you can eat your peanut butter ball.
Peanut Butter Ball
1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese (room temperature)
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup peanut butter chips
Beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, peanut butter, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Tear off a large piece of plastic wrap. Put the dough mixture on the plastic wrap. Shape into a ball and make sure it is well covered with the plastic wrap.
Freeze for one-and-a-half hours. Put the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips in a pie pan. Remove plastic wrap from the peanut butter ball. Roll the ball in the chips pressing firmly so the chips will stick into the dough and won’t fall off.
Place on a serving tray and freeze for 2 hours.
Serve with apple wedges, graham crackers, teddy grahams, Danish cookies, or shortbread cookies — or anything else that you can think of that would taste good. (But not celery. Celery and peanut butter is good. But celery and chocolate chips are on two opposite sides of the health-o-meter and would be too freaky weird to eat together.)
Ho, ho, ho! Happy holidays!