Peanut Butter Bacon Balls
Sound naughty, taste nice
by Andrea Alden
Pile 'em high
- 1 cup salted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cup corn flour
- 3 slices of bacon, cooked crisp, drained, and diced
- 1/4 cup of natural peanut butter
- 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips
Using a stand mixer, or hand mixer, cream the butter and sugars together in a bowl. Add the vanilla and continue whipping until the mixture lightens in color and seems fluffy.
Sift together the flours and then slowly add them to the butter mixture.
Chill in the fridge for 15 minutes or so, while you preheat the grill to 325°F.
Don't bother making these cookies look nice, just rip off 1-inch chunks, make them into balls and toss them onto a well greased cookie sheet. Grill over indirect heat for 8 to 12 minutes, up to 15, until they're just underdone. You want them to remain soft. Once done, remove from the grill and allow them to cool.
While they're cooling, cook the bacon crisp, and break it up into small pieces.
Once cool, toss the cookies into the bowl of a mixer, and break them into crumbs and bite sized chunks. Add the peanut butter and 3/4 of the bacon.
Scoop 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of the peanut butter mixture and roll in your hands, or drop onto a baking tray with waxed paper. Place them in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Place a pot, 1/3 filled with water over your side burner, or onto the stove. Bring the water to a boil, then lower it to a gentle simmer. Add the chocolate chips to a heat proof bowl, or a double boiler that fits the pan of water. Melt the chocolate, then drop each ball, 1 at a time into the chocolate to coat. Replace them on the waxed paper. Top with remaining bacon while the chocolate is still wet, or you can sprinkle with coarse salt.
Chill these until you're ready to serve. Your friends and family will be in for a surprise.
My Peanut Butter Bacon Balls turned out to be a hit. They're exciting, the bacon is quite unexpected, and if you use natural peanut butter, quite the welcome saltiness to combine with the sweet. Try these little surprises today. What is your favorite salty and sweet combo? Leave a comment and tell us!