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Creamy with a little bit of crunch, Peter Pan® Simply Ground Peanut Butter works beautifully in these Puppy Chow Truffles. Peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate and rolled in powdered sugar are the perfect treat to pass out to all your friends, family and coworkers this holiday season. Bonus-free printable holiday cookie gift tag! No excuses!
It’s no secret that I’ve had the Christmas music on full blast this week. So much so that when I pick my son up from school, it’s the first thing he asks when he jumps into the car, “Can we listen to Christmas music?” Don’t tell my husband though. He thinks it’s a sin to start anything Christmas before Thanksgiving. But to that I say, “Bah humbug” and for that you can’t have any of these Puppy Chow Truffles, mwaahhahaha! No, actually I sent all the rest of these babies with him to work because I’m pretty sure I ate enough to last me a lifetime. SO good.
Now, we love peanut butter in this house, I mean LOVE! And recently our peanut butter obsession was brought to a whole ‘nother level by none other than our new neighbors (hi, guys!) You see they invited us over for chili and football. Upon grabbing my first bowl of chili, I was also presented with a peanut butter sandwich. What the what, I thought?! “Oh, you dip your sandwich in the chili,” Kayla exclaimed! Again, what the what?! Yeah, so apparently that’s a thing and it’s a GOOOOOD thing. Seriously, do not knock the peanut butter and chili combo until you’ve tried it. Mind blown. Since that day, we haven’t enjoyed a bowl of chili without a peanut butter sandwich. Thanks Iowa friends! 😉 I now refer to the combo as an “Iowa thing” although some of our other neighbors use to have it as a school lunch combo. We “suburb people” just aren’t privy to it yet. You’ve been told.
As true lovers of peanut butter, we also have a favorite brand…that was until I discovered Peter Pan® Simply Ground Peanut Butter at Walmart. When I was little I was an extra crunchy fan. Now, I prefer creamy while my husband prefers crunchy, so we always have 2 jars of peanut butter in the house, which is never a bad thing. Peter Pan® Simply Ground Peanut Butter is the best of both Worlds. It’s creamy and has a little crunchy texture which makes it so incredibly good. To be honest, I wasn’t ready to give up my favorite creamy kind until I put that first spoonful in my mouth. Game changer. Never going back. For real. There’s also no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives and no need to stir. Now, if that’s not convincing enough for you to run out to Walmart and buy them (located in the peanut butter aisle, mine was top shelf) then let me persuade you more with these delicious Puppy Chow Truffles.
I had a hard time trying to name these delicious little peanut butter balls. I could be blatantly honest and call them what they are, peanut butter balls rolled in powdered sugar, lame. I thought about calling them Puppy Chow Buckeyes but how would people react to a dessert mashup. would I offend Buckeye fans for switching up their beloved dessert. So, I went with what they reminded me of, Puppy Chow. My mother made puppy chow for us all the time when we were growing up. At any given point you could open the freezer and there was a bag, staring at your, begging you to eat it. I’d oblige, every.single.time. So because Simply Ground Peanut butter has a little bit of crunchy texture to it, it reminds me of the crunch of the cereal in Puppy Chow. It’s also peanut butter, chocolate and powdered sugar so hence, Puppy Chow Truffles were born. And the best part, they’re 6 ingredients, Six. And no bake! Three cheers for Simply Puppy Chow Truffles!??? And as simple as the peanut butter is with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives so is this recipe. Let me show you how.
First, place your peanut butter, butter salt and vanilla into your mixture. Mix until combined and then add your powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Mix until mixture sticks together and you can form a ball.
Form peanut butter mixture into balls and place into your freezer for 1 hour. I used my large cookie scoop to form even balls. I was able to get about 28 balls out of the mixture. If you’ll notice there are only 24 on the tray. Needless to say, my daughter and I couldn’t keep our hands off of them. But into the chocolate they must go. So, I melted chocolate in my double boiler (it’s my favorite way to ensure even melting and no burnt chocolate) I also added in a teaspoon of coconut oil, which is optional. You could use shortening but I try to avoid shortening as much as possible. I also use a wooden skewer to dip them into the chocolate. I like the fact it’s longer than a toothpick so I have a better grip on it and it’s less likely to fall into the chocolate causing me to go and fish for it. Tip, I pull the peanut butter balls out of the freezer one at a time.
Once all the balls have been dipped into the chocolate place back in to the freezer they go for 1 hour. After the hour, roll each ball into powdered sugar and you have yourself a tray of Puppy Chow Truffles to share with everyone you know. Thanks to the husband’s work for taking them off my hands so I didn’t eat all 24 of them by myself. My waistline also thanks you.
The creamy, crunchy texture here is what really shines through. I am absolutely in love with Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter! Since making this recipe, I’ve bought another jar for sandwiches, toast and peanut butter cookies. There’s also a coupon so you can save on a jar of Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter. Like I said, no excuses. Here’s a delicious recipe, coupon and a free printable at the bottom of this page.
- 1 jar, 15 ounces, Peter Pan® Simply Ground Peanut Butter
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2½ cups powdered sugar, divided
- 12 ounces semi sweet chocolate
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil, optional
- Add your peanut butter, butter, salt and vanilla to the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix until combined.
- Slowly, add in your 2 cups of powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time making sure the first cup is incorporated before adding in the next.
- Form mixture into balls and place into freezer for 1 hour.
- In a double boiler or microwave, careful not to burn, melt chocolate with coconut oil, if desired.
- Removing 1 ball at a time from freezer, dip ¾ of peanut butter ball into chocolate mixture.
- Place on parchment paper and when all balls have been rolled, place back into freezer for 1 hour.
- After 1 hour, roll balls in powdered sugar.
These Puppy Chow Truffles would be a perfect addition on your Christmas cookie trays. To make them resemble snowballs, you could fully roll the ball into the powdered sugar and call them Snowball truffles. Whatever you choose to call them, your friends will enjoy them.
Here is a printable tag I made for you to tie around a bag of Puppy Chow Truffles or any holiday cookie this season. And here is an example of how I tied the tag, with pretty gold ribbon, around the bag filled with the truffles. I hope you enjoy and I would love to see how you used these tags. Please #strawberryblondiekitchen and show me your creations.
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