Tuesday, June 5, 2012

chocolate peanut butter bonbons for kids

My oldest made these peanut butter crunch bonbons for our Family Home Evening treat last night.  If you're in the mood for a homemade Reese's then this is the treat for you.  They are delicious!

chocolate peanut butter bonbons for kids (adapted from The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, Dinah Bucholz)
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup crisp rice cereal
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted for coating

Combine the confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla in the large bowl of an electric mixer.  Mix on low speed until the mixture begins to come together.  Beat on high speed until it reaches a dough-like consistency, with no crumbs.  If it's too sticky, add a bit more sugar; if it's too dry, add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time. (It's better to avoid adding the milk, as the rice cereal will begin to lose its crunch after several hours due to the added moisture.)  Add the rice cereal and mix until combined.
For the mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls and line them up on parchment paper.  Using two forks, dip the balls one at a time into the melted chocolate, turn to coat, then lift out, allowing the excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl.  Place the coated candies back on the parchment paper.  Try to wait until the chocolate has set before you eat them.  To speed things up, you can put the bonbons in the refrigerator for 10 minutes, but no longer than that.  The condensation can ruin the chocolate.  Makes about 30.

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