Peanut Butter Ball Pumpkins and Cats
 
 
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Makes: about 30 balls (2 teaspoons each)
Ingredients
  • FOR PEANUT BUTTER BALLS:
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • TO DECORATE 15 CATS:
  • 1 cup dark melting chocolate (I use Chocoley.com Bada Bing Bada Boom dark dipping and coating)
  • 30 mini chocolate chips (I use Whole Foods 360 brand fair trade chips)
  • 60 gold confetti sprinkles (4 sprinkles for each cat)
  • 15 black (or dark colored) nonpareil sprinkles
  • 15 pink nonpareil sprinkles
  • Black food marker (fine tip)
  • TO DECORATE 15 PUMPKINS:
  • 8 little pretzel sticks, broken 1” from each end
  • 1 lollipop stick
  • 1 cup white melting chocolate (I use Chocoley.com Bada Bing Bada Boom white dipping and coating)
  • Orange candy coloring
  • Green candy coloring
Directions
  1. In a medium mixing bowl or in the bowl of an electric mixer, combine all of the ingredients and mix until a soft dough forms. The dough should be the consistency of playdoh. If it is sticky, add a bit more confectioners’ sugar.
  2. Divide the dough into 2 teaspoon portions and roll into balls.
  3. TO MAKE CATS:
  4. Line a small baking sheet (that will fit in the refrigerator) with wax paper. Set aside.
  5. Melt the dark chocolate in a small bowl.
  6. Using a fork under a peanut butter ball, dip the ball into the melted chocolate to coat completely. Tap excess chocolate back into the bowl and place the coated ball onto the wax paper lined baking sheet.
  7. Work in small batches. After dipping 4-6 balls, refrigerate for about 5 minutes or until set.
  8. When all of the Cat Peanut Butter Balls have been chocolate coated, place 1-2 tablespoons of the remaining chocolate into a small ziplock bag. Cut a tiny piece off a bottom corner of the bag and pipe 1” candy cane shaped tails onto a small piece of wax paper. Refrigerate to set.
  9. When ready to decorate: Use a toothpick to apply the leftover melted chocolate as “glue” for attaching the decorative details; mini chocolate chip ears, gold confetti sprinkles for eyes and snout, nonpareil sprinkles for nose and mouth. Use a black food marker to draw pupils on the eyes, whisker dots on the snout, and whiskers on both sides of the snout. Add a chocolate tail.
  10. **NOTE** The tails are fragile. If you are shipping these Cat Peanut Balls, do not add the tails.
  11. TO MAKE PUMPKINS:
  12. Line a small baking sheet (that will fit in the refrigerator) with wax paper. Set aside.
  13. Use the lollipop stick to make about 6 vertical indentations around each peanut butter ball.
  14. Melt the white chocolate in a small bowl.
  15. Remove 1 tablespoon of the melted chocolate and place in a small ziplock bag. Add green candy coloring and massage the coloring into the melted chocolate. Cut a tiny piece off a bottom corner of the bag. Set aside until ready to pipe on leaves and vines. The green chocolate will probably need to be re-melted by placing the bag into the microwave for about 15 seconds on 50% power.
  16. Add orange candy coloring to the remaining melted white chocolate.
  17. Using a fork under a peanut butter ball, dip the ball into the melted chocolate to coat completely. Tap excess chocolate back into the bowl and place the coated ball onto the wax paper lined baking sheet.
  18. Immediately press a pretzel stick piece into the top center of the coated pumpkin.
  19. Work in small batches. After dipping 4-6 balls, refrigerate for about 5 minutes or until set.
  20. When the pumpkins are all set, pipe on leaves and vines. Refrigerate to set.
  21. Peanut Butter Ball Pumpkins and Cats can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 5 days, or refrigerated for several weeks.
Packing tips
Only send chocolate to and from cool or cold weather locations. The Cat Peanut Butter Balls should be mailed without tails. The fragile tails will break. Place each Peanut Butter Ball into a candy paper or mini cupcake liner. Fit the candies snuggly in a lidded tray. Fill any space between the balls and the lid with crinkles tissue paper or wax paper to ensure that there is no movement during transit.
Recipe by The Monday Box at http://themondaybox.com/2017/10/peanut-butter-ball-pumpkins-cats/