Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Put Some Snap! Crackle! Pop! Into Your Candy - Crispy Almond Butter Balls

This is an OLD family recipe, though not a secret by any means. Just something that my mom use to make when we were kids, that I am really hungry for. Originally made with Crunchy Peanut Butter, I have opted for Almond Butter with Sea Salt due to the amount of persons I know who are allergic to peanuts. You could even use Sunflower Seed butter or Hazelnut Butter if you like; though Cashew might be a little questionable, not sure bout that one. Just be sure that the "Butter" you are using does not contain any sugar like JIF, Skippy and Peter Pan; which are LOADED with it already. When made with peanut butter, they are very similar to Reese's Peanut Butter cups, only round and with crispy rice in them... YUM!

I use to love making these when I was a kid. Aw heck, I will be honest. I just liked dipping them in chocolate, or rather, eating spoonfuls of melted chocolate when my mom wasn't looking. Yeah, I was a little stinker back then... Not that a whole lot has changed since I reached adulthood. ;)

The real reason I am making these though, is because I got a new toy to play with. A chocolate melter pot. Hopefully this will solve the issue of overheating the chocolate and having it UN-Temper and never harden properly. (We always had to store these in the refrigerator when I was a kid, to keep the chocolate from getting soft and gooey) And I can think of no better use for Rice Krispies than this, aside from a large bowl doused with half & half for breakfast.

So come on over and join me in the fun, along with Snap, Crackle, & Pop!

Crispy Almond Butter Balls

8 oz (226 g) Unsalted butter
17.5 oz (496 g) (about 2 cups) Creamy Almond Butter
1 lb (453 g) Confectioners' sugar (a whole entire box of C & H Powdered Sugar)
2 oz (57 g) (about 2 rounded cups) Rice Krispies (or other toasted rice cereal; not puffed)
16 oz (453 g) Milk Chocolate for dipping (just like Reese's Peanut butter cups)

Place butter and peanut butter in the top of a double boiler/Bain Marie;

Stir until melted.

Work in half of the Confectioners' sugar.

Remove from the heat and fold in the remaining Confectioners' sugar.

Fold in the Rice Krispies.

Using a small spoon or scoop, scoop out 2 tsp of the filling and press it into a 1 inch ball.

When you are finished, you will have about 72-76 balls; Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Line the counter or a baking sheet with waxed paper, then place down a cooling rack.

In a double boiler melt 16 oz Chocolate:
If you are using Semi-Sweet, do not heat above 110 degrees
if you use Milk, or White, do not heat above 100 degrees.
Or, if you have a chocolate melter, follow the instructions that accompanied your unit.

This is where I get to play with my new toy... :)
Mine says to melt 4 oz of chocolate on setting #2 (please not the coffee I had to consume to stay awake... Watched chocolate never melts)

Then turn to setting #1 to keep it warm and add the remaining 4 oz of chocolate (I assume this is somewhat like "seeding" the chocolate) The residual heat of the melted chocolate will cause the added chocolate to melt

Dip each Crispy Almond Ball, in the chocolate,

letting excess drip off.

Place each dipped Peanut butter ball onto the cooling rack (you want to keep the "foot" as small as possible.)

If chocolate is not setting fast enough, place baking sheet in refrigerator.

Store in an air tight container in refrigerator for 2 weeks.



Cathy said...

I love your balls!!LOL These look seriously yummy, Shane.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Now the important question: Where did you get that chocolate melter? What's the brand?

Michele said...

Cool new toy! Have fun with it! Those little goodies are so cute!

Dajana said...

I love new kitchn toys. What delicious little chocolate balls, just pop in your mouth end enjoy. Want something sweet ;)

Bob said...

Nice, I've never seen a chocolate melter before. I could use one, I'm always scorching chocolate.

The chocolate balls look awesome! I bet hazelnut butter would be amazing in them, but I'm... er, nuts (sorry), for hazelnuts and chocolate.

Patti T. said...

My DIL got a chocolate melter for Christmas, I am pretty sure hers is made by Wilton and works great, she said it is the third one she has had and the other ones didn't work. Your last picture looks like it was dark chocolate, my favorite. This recipe sounds so good. There is a place around here that makes all natural nut butter, I will have to get some of the unusual kinds and try this. Way off topic, but just love that counter!

Danielle said...

oh! oH! OH!!! I want some! I've never heard of these...where the heck have I been? OMG!! they look amazing. and ya, I want one of those cute little melting pots too!!!!