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  1. Peanut Butter Balls

    September 1, 2012 by admin

    This is one of my kids’ favorite desserts. It’s an easy no-bake recipe, though you will get a little peanut-buttery if you don’t use gloves. I have a stack of disposable gloves for cooking because I don’t like to get peanut-buttery or meaty or whatever.


    And finally…Kealoha installed a recipe widget  so you can now PRINT the recipes right from here.

    Peanut Butter Balls
    Recipe type: Dessert
    Prep time: 
    Total time: 
    Good for desserts and holidays.
    • 1 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
    • ½ cup butter, softened
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 cups Rice Krispies
    • Chocolate Candy coating
    • Mini paper cups
    1. In mixer, cream together peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar.
    2. Stir in Rice Krispies.
    3. Form into small balls and place on plastic wrap lined cookie sheet.
    4. Chill balls until slightly firm.
    5. Melt chocolate coating in microwave for thirty seconds and stir until smooth.
    6. Roll balls in chocolate, place in mini paper cups.
    7. Chill for ten or fifteen minutes.
    8. Keep peanut butter balls chilled. You can also freeze them.


    And if those directions aren’t easy enough, here are the step-by-step pictures. I made this with my six-year-old daughter, so the little hands you’ll see are hers.


    Ingredients. Super easy and pretty cheap.


    Cream together sugar, butter and peanut butter.


    Mmmm. Creaming.


    Add cereal and stir until….


    …it looks like this.


    Shape into balls. It’s okay if they’re slightly misshapen and not uniform in size. (Most balls are.)


    It makes a lot of balls. Chill your balls until slightly firm to the touch. Yes. Touch your balls to check.


    Melt chocolate candy coating in microwave for thirty seconds and…


    …Stir until smooth and beautiful.


    Put your kid to work. We tried covering the ball entirely in chocolate, but that would take all day, so we ended up just putting chocolate on the top.


    See? Chocolate just on the top. It’s way faster and easier.


    Peanut Butter Balls. Ours may not be pretty, but they sure taste good.


    More balls.


    These are the ‘perfect’ peanut butter balls from the Rice Krispie website. Keep in mind that they either had a Type A personality making these and/or food photographers. Still, they’re purty.


    We give this recipe 5 PRETZELS out of 5. It’s cheap, you don’t have to cook, you can have your kids help, you can freeze them, and they look pretty and festive in little paper cups. The only thing that would make them better would be if they were infused with vodka, and I wouldn’t recommend having your kids help with THAT.

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  2. Tiramisu Dip (#12)

    September 27, 2011 by admin

    Gah! I forgot to post last week. No worries. Christmas is coming up…the perfect time for dips. And Kealoha has been looking for some old school 1950s dips to try.

    Today, it’s the first dip I’ve created on my own. I wanted a dessert dip and made a great tiramisu a while ago. It was complicated and time consuming, so I wanted something simple. I pulled a dozen or so recipes, and then figured this one out. At the dip party, it was a big hit.

    The Recipe



    1 cup heavy whipping cream

    ¾ cup sugar, divided ( ¼  and then ½  )

    1 (8 ounce) package of mascarpone or cream cheese, room temperature

    1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

    ¼  cup strong black coffee (to taste)

    1 teaspoon cocoa powder (optional)

    shaved chocolate (optional)


    The Process


    In a standing mixer with beater, combine ¾ cup of whipping cream with ¼ cup sugar. Whip until soft peaks form. Put in bowl, cover, and refrigerate.


    In the same mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, ¼ cup whipping cream, ¼ cup brewed coffee, and remaining ½ cup sugar.


    Mix until light and fluffy.


    Fold coffee mixture into reserved whipped cream. Top with cocoa powder and shaved chocolate.


    The Process

    All in all, this is a pretty easy dip. You’re really just whisking stuff and doing it in two steps. I use instant espresso to make a cup of strong coffee and then add about 1/8 a cup to start with. Depending on how much coffee flavor you want, add more. That’s all there really is to it.

    The Verdict

    For me, a 5 pretzel dip must be a great dip AND ALSO have other uses. This dip does that. It’s great as a dip, served with cookies and lady fingers, or it would also be great served into wine glasses, layered with ladyfingers and espresso.

    So, I give this dip 5 pretzels!! Yay! I’m certainly making this again. The dip is light, creamy, with a hint of coffee. You can eat it with a spoon. Spoon it between cookies. Dunk chocolate into it. Probably not for kids though, which is great, because then there’s more for the adults.


    The Dunkables




    Your finger

  3. Dip #3–Chocolate Cloud Dip

    July 21, 2011 by admin

    This dip comes from a fun book for kids called “Little Monsters Cookbook” by Zac Williams. He called it “Monster-in-the-Moat Fondue” but there’s nothing monstery about it unless you put a chopped off finger in there and that would be horrifying. That’s why I re-named it. We’re calling it “Chocolate Cloud Dip” in my house because it’s super fast, creamy, and fluffy like a cloud. Wrong color for a cloud though.


    Yesterday was so hot and the kids wanted a treat. I whipped this up in under three minutes. I’m not kidding. It’s a three-minute snack. AND you can make it while kids cling to your legs.



    1 cup whipping cream

    1/4 cup chocolate drink mix (Nesquick)

    1 tablespoon peanut  butter

    fruit or pretzels for dipping



    1. Put the stuff in a mixing bowl. 2. Mix it until smooth and fluffy.

    That’s it. There’s really nothing more to say. This recipe is so easy it seems like you must be forgetting something.



    We Love LOVE LOVE this! Seriously. We give it 5 out of 5 pretzels. Why? It’s easy. It has three ingredients. The kids love it. AND you could even serve this as a dessert. Seriously. Put a little Grand Marnier in the bottom of a glass with a strawberry in it and pour the mousse over it…just don’t serve that one to the kids. And don’t tell anyone there’s Nesquick in it. That will be our little secret.



    We used strawberries, bananas, and blueberries because that’s what we had in the fridge. You could also do marshmallows, graham crackers, cookies, pretzels, or just use a plain old spoon. It’s so good. Really.

    Here’s proof:

    Two real children really stuffing their faces with fruit and dip