Sunday, May 16, 2010

Day 17: Chocolate Chip Ball Surprise

We met a few people today. The first place we went to they were really cool. They found a turtle on the sidewalk today and had him in a box by the door. We've seen them with some kids before so we thought they were their kids, but it was their grandkids. The garages around here are open (there's no doors) so you can see right in and we've noticed before that theirs is made into a "man cave." I guess the lady that lives on the other side of the unit is never home so she doesn't mind if he uses the whole garage and in return he mows her lawn. The next place we went to was a pretty big family. Both sides of that unit are family, in 1 side lives a lady and the other side is another family member (brother in law or something). But they were really nice as well, and even offered us some of their pizza. Both families we visited today seemed interested in the health talk but they both also had parties that day. I guess that's what we get for planning it on Memorial Day weekend. We did get their info. though so we can let them know when the next one is.
I've made today's cookies a couple of times before. The recipe comes from a food network contestant in a cookie contest. This wasn't the winner, but it's really good. I made them today since we were out of eggs (these are egg and also gluten-free). They taste somewhat like peanut butter and chocolate rice krispy treats.

Chocolate Chip Ball Surprise

yield: 30 cookie balls
1/2 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
2 c. creamy peanut butter
3 c. powdered sugar
3 c. rice krispies, crushed
1 c. semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
2 (12 oz.) pckgs. semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, using your hands, combine butter, peanut butter, sugar, rice cereal, and mini chocolate morsels. Roll mixture into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet and place in the freezer. In a double boiler over simmering water, melt semi-sweet morsels. Stir constantly until melted and smooth. Dip frozen balls into chocolate and place back on parchment lined baking sheet. Place in freezer for 5-10 min. until the chocolate has set. Store the balls in an airtight container at room temperature.
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