No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls - Plowing Forward

One of my favorite memories in life is making peanut butter balls with my mom and siblings.  These (and chocolate chip cookies) were our ‘go to’ activity when we got bored and hungry.

We used to make them for after school snacks back in the day and stuff them into our mouths as quickly as we made them.  We would attempt to make the biggest peanut butter ball ever. We would see how many tiny balls we could make with one batch.  These things are awesome.

Peanut butter-aholics will cheers me on this one.  These delicious little balls of pea-nutty perfection aren’t even that bad for you!

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls - Plowing Forward

The most fun thing about peanut butter balls is being creative with the surprise filling and the outer ingredient you roll them in.  The sky is the limit!

Begin by adding honey, peanut butter and dry powdered milk to a bowl.  A tip here lightly dust the measuring cup for the honey with non-stick spray.   It makes the honey pour right out of the cup, instead of fighting it out with a spatula scrape-by-scrape.


Once the ingredients are mixed, take a few tablespoons of the dough and form it into a rough ball. Use your fingers to make a well and add some M&M’s (these are mini ones), raisins, chocolate chips…you name it!


Carefully close the dough around the filling and roll it into a ball.


Have a bowl of something crunchy ready to roll them in.  We used to use wheat germ growing up, but now I use crushed up cereal (any rice cereal works well) or -for extra excitement- sprinkles!  PBB6

You could also use finely crushed up peanuts for an extra nutty layer.  Basically, you want to roll them in anything that will keep your fingers from getting sticky when you pick them up.


They are good to eat right away, or store in the refrigerator to let them harden slightly.

If you’re pregnant, these would be a simple but fun way to do a gender reveal…just fill the middle with pink or blue M&Ms!  So much easier than making cupcakes.

Make these for after-school snacks, packing lunches or you could even make some fancy looking ones for party snacking.  You’ll be instantly popular (as if you aren’t already). 😉

Happy snacking!!


Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Brownie Cups


I am guilty of assuming that the more words there are in a recipe’s title, the better it is.  This isn’t always true since I love things like chocolate cake and bread, but in the case of Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Brownie Cups, my theory is right as rain.  This simple recipe that I found on my favorite recipe sharing website, Tasty Kitchen, is easy and it turned out mighty tasty.  I was pleased as punch with how they came out!  The peanut butter and cream cheese adds 2 amazing flavors to an already perfect treat.  You can’t go wrong here!  This is one of those easy to make recipes that people give you way too much credit for (“Wow, you made these??).  Feel free not to tell them how easy they actually are.


Either use boxed brownie mix or use a ‘from scratch’ recipe.  I recommend – in ANY situation requiring brownies – that you try this recipe for Killer Brownies. They are heavy, fudgey (is that a word?) and go amazingly with a cup of coffee in the afternoon when both your kids are finally sleeping at the same time and you get a few blissful minutes to yourself to catch up on some Real Housewives series or the Bachelor (omg. Can you believe Tierra this season? Poor Sean).  *sigh*  …but I digress.


Basically, make some brownie mix according to the packaging or recipe. Top it with a simple peanut butter and cream cheese mixture.  Put them in the oven and bake.  Then cool and eat!  A few tips I’ll share with you since this was my maiden run:

-melt the cream cheese and peanut butter slightly so they pour over brownies before baking.  I just softened mine and it didn’t melt down in the oven like I assumed it would.



– make sure to leave enough room in the cups to add plenty of the topping! Brownies don’t rise much, but you want to make sure you leave enough room on top for a couple of generous scoops of the peanut butter cream cheese mixture.  Go ahead…put on more than the recipe says!


We are locked inside today avoiding a lovely high temperature of 8 degrees.  Thankfully, there are plenty of these sinful treats to keep us warm!  Don’t worry, we have plenty of the “playing in a bed sheet fort” game to keep us active to offset the probably copious calories in each Brownie Cup (yeah right).