Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cookies Day 7 - NoBake Peanut Butter Balls

Today in NOTL:  A beautiful day, with a high of 52F/12C and rainy.  Lovely!

Here in Canada, happiness is in the news, as on Friday the Canadian Centre for the Study of Living Standards released their findings regarding, among other things, the happiness level of Canadians.  They discussed the various factors determining happiness and decided that one town had more happy people than another, ranking them according to their scale.

We regard happiness as elusive, hard to find and hard to keep.  I don't believe that.  I know that I am a happy person nearly all the time; others, with some frequency, indicate their surprise that I am or regard it as extraordinary that I am happy despite challenges that include restricted mobility and pain as a constant companion.

In the news, too, has been the story of Rachel Friedman who has responded with courage and optimism to a life challenge that would have me raining curses on life, others and probably God as well.

Happiness is easy.  All you have to do is look at the love in your life.  What is it you love?  Focus on it - whether it is another person, a beloved pet, a good book, a treasured collection, a favourite hobby, whatever. When we focus on the people, things, and activities that fill us with love, happiness follows.  It is that simple.

Art for today is a happy little bird that made me very happy when it came out as well as it did.  I hope the recipes that follow will make you happy: they need no mixer, no flour, and no baking!  Even better, they are truly delicious and make great gifts, packaged in decorative tins or jars.

NoBake Peanut Butter Balls
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered milk
Add ins:
 1/3 cup coconut, nuts, raisins, chips, etc.

Roll balls in cocoanut, icing/confectioner's sugar, cocoa powder, sprinkles, etc.  You can take a tip from the recipe below, you can also dip 'em in melted chocolate!

Stir together well.  Form into balls.  Store in covered tin.
Recipe can be doubled.

If you don't like honey, you can try this recipe instead:
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls
1 16-oz. jar peanut butter
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 1-lb. box powdered sugar
1 to 2 bags chocolate chips  (Tip: these candies, dipped in melted peanut butter flavoured chips, are to-die-for!)

1.  Prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment, waxed paper, or foil. 
2.  In large bowl, combine peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar together in a large bowl.
3.  Roll into small balls.
4.  Melt chocolate chips.
5.  Dip candy balls into chocolate and place on prepared cookie sheet.  Place in fridge or cool spot to harden.
Yield:  5 dozen or more, depending on size of candies.

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