Thursday, December 11, 2008

Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap

It's cookie season at our house. We like to pull out all the stops to make goodies for friends. And this is one of our favorites.

adapted from Recipezaar

Cookie Ball

1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 cups chunky peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
3 cups rice krispies

chocolate dip

1 package of chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons of shortening

  • Melt butter and while hot, stir in peanut butter.
  • Mix well and add vanilla, powdered sugar and Rice Krispies.
  • Work in with hands until it will form small bite size balls.
  • Dip balls into melted chocolate and shortening
  • Decorate damp chocolate with sprinkles or drizzle with melted white chocolate
  • Cool on waxed paper in refrigerator.

makes 100 balls

I wrap these up in $1 store boxes, burn some free downloaded christmas music onto a CD and give them as gifts.

You can find free christmas music downloads here, here, and here. The blank CD's cost about $1 each and the labels that you can design yourself and attach to the CD's can be purchased at an office supply store and work out to be about $.50 each. Total cost for the CD $1.50!

Your turn....PLEASE remember to link directly to your post (not your home page) and provide a link back here from your post.


Precision Quality Laser said...

What an awesome and FRUGAL gift idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing :)

Andrea said...

I get such great recipes from the swap on Fridays..thanks

Anonymous said...

Wow! Those cookies look yummy! I've been looking for a new cookie recipe for an annual cookie exchange I go to....and I think I found it! Thanks for posting this.

Terri Steffes said...

I am giving CDs to my staff this year! Great minds think alike!

Rachael said...

Great recipe and gift idea! I already have all those ingredients on hand too...thanks!

Elizabeth said...

These cookies look delish and what a great gift idea. Thanks for hosting the swap - I love to see what everyone is doing, especially around the holidays!

Joanna said...

That is a great gift idea! Where were you when I was on the hunt for gift ideas? :-) I don't have a special recipe just yet, but that's one goal of mine this holiday season. Even if that extends through Easter because we're still taste-testing cookies for THE one.

Janelle said...

Just a note on these, as I make them every year, too! :) One thing that I do is to make up the peanut butter centers early and shape them. I put them on cookie sheets and slip them into the freezer until they are hard. Then you can store them in a plastic bag or container in the freezer until you need them, and dip and decorate them at that time. Now you can do the prep work early and have fresh candies whenever you need them. Doing this saves me time and the centers freeze perfectly!

Halfmoon Girl said...

Those look so good. I think I will experiment and see if pea butter works in that recipe, as we can't have peanut butter in the house. Your frugal gift ideas are great- keep them coming!

Melissa said...

I was just looking for something easy (and inexpensive) to make to give to my kids' teachers, thanks for the great idea!!

Susan said...

I love finding new recipes on Fridays! This is my first contribution - hope you enjoy!

Sarah said...

100 balls, great! 25 for each thigh, 25 for my gut and another 25for my butt.

Excellent! Can't wait!

Mama Squirrel said...

We had some friends give us chocolate-dipped peanut-butter balls--wow! My daughter wanted to know if we could make some too...maybe we will.

By the way, you have been awarded a Butterfly Award for Blog Coolness. Thank you for all the good ideas you've shared this year!

Trish said...

I'm sharing a Peach Pecan Strata recipe. It's a GREAT, frugal use of bread for a tasty breakfast. Enjoy!
It would be a great Christmas morning breakfast.

Anonymous said...

Oooohhhh...those look and sound really good!!

Minda said...

Great recipes!


I really like this recipe. I can change it to gluten/casein free for my dd. Thanks!

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

Made these last night and they are INCREDIBLE! :) New favorite! :) Thanks, friend.

Glenda said...

Great gift idea! I like sharing soup!