Holiday Balls

Friday, December 14, 2012

Happy Friday!

Today is our campus' employee appreciation luncheon/holiday party, and it's a major bummer that I feel under weather (especially because I have to help run the show). Tis' the season of sharing germs, I suppose. I just hope I didn't catch anything big. :(

I woke up extra early with plans to gussy myself up for the office shindig, but I was already feeling shaky and queasy, so I curled my hair half-haphazardly and barely managed to put on make-up. Luckily, I still ended up looking a bit nicer than usual and if that doesn't speak volumes about how I normally look at work, then I don't know what does. 

Please note my adorable new pea coat. Only $25 at JC Penny!

Regardless of starting to feel icky, I made sure to stay up late last night to make some Christmas goodies for my office mates after my volleyball game (Oh yes, I forgot to mention that. I get to play volleyball again this winter!). There are only three of us in the HR office and since one of the guys will be gone all of next week and through Christmas, today is my only opportunity to bestow their desks with sugary things.

I decided to try my hand at Chocolate Pretzel Bites because I am a huge advocate for sweet/salty combinations and just assume everyone else is, too. There was absolutely no baking involved and I didn't have to run up our gas bill by using the oven. Plus, peanut butter rolled in chocolate? Hello!!!!!


Here is the chain of links that led me to this wonderful Chocolate Pretzel Bites recipe:

A friend on Facebook posted that she made these balls/bites for a holiday party and they were a huge success! She found the recipe on Pinterest (The central hub of all things estrogen). ---> The link on Pinterest took me to a cooking blog. ---> That blogger borrowed the recipe from a friend. ---> That friend took the recipe out of Martha Stewart's Living magazine.

I should have known. Martha is the epicenter of all things sparkly, delicious and color-coded.

The recipe is easy and actually reminded me of the beginning stages to making puppy chow.

What you'll need:
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (I eyeball sugar for recipes like this)
  • 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter (again, I eyeball peanut butter because really, there's no such thing as too much peanut butter)
  • 1 tablespoon of room temperature unsalted butter (I didn't have unsalted butter, so I just used regular. At 11 p.m. I was past the point of caring. It made zero difference. But please note, I melted the butter slighty because even at room temp, it didn't mix so well.)
  • 1 cup of crushed pretzels
  • 5 oz. milk chocolate 

Instructions: Mix the first 4 ingredients together in a large bowl. Then roll the mixture into 1 inch balls (or larger if you're totally awesome, like me) and place on a cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet in the freezer for at least 30 minutes (I recommend lining the sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat). Remember, you want your balls nice and hard.

I'm going to let that last sentence sink in for a moment.

Okay, moving on ... When your balls are hard (teehee!), take the baking sheet out of the freezer and set aside. Melt the milk chocolate in a sauce pan on your stove. Remove from heat. Dunk and roll your balls in the chocolate (again, teehee!) and place back on the baking sheet. Place the sheet in the refrigerator and let cool for several hours or overnight.

I added some extra holiday cheer to my balls (one more time, for good measure: teehee!) and coated them in red and green sprinkles. If you choose to decorate your balls (I'm going to take the high road and let that one go), do so immediately after rolling them in the melted chocolate so the sprinkles stick!

Hint: I didn't use milk chocolate morsels. I actually used chocolate almond bark because I've had good results with it in the past. And also, I doubled the recipe because I like big balls.

Dang, I did it again.

Someone really wanted to get in on this, too.

I would totally be lying if I said Clayton and I weren't singing ACDC's "Big Balls" while we rolled them in chocolate.

When I brought these into the office I was going to tell my boss that they were my Schweddy Balls, but I totally chickened out because 1.) I wasn't sure he'd get the reference and 2.) I'm not sure if that's the most appropriate thing to utter to your boss who just happens to be the director of ... HUMAN RESOURCES.

I hope everyone has a very happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Balls.

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3 comments

  1. i think this might be one of my favorite posts from you.. i couldnt stop giggling at "balls"... oh how i miss those convos! hope you have a happy holiday!!

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    1. Thanks, Jeni! I'm glad someone else has just as immature of a sense of humor as I do! :)

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  2. those look like some tasty balls there!! ;)
    (LOVED this post! genitalia jokes always get me.)

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