I am a Food Network junkie.
There! I said it. I came clean.
Saturday mornings are my favorite. Get up, have some hot tea, go for a walk, and come back in right around the time all the new shows start premiering at 10:00 am. What could be better than Pioneer Woman, Giada, and Ina Garten all in one morning?
Food Channel definitely fills the void for me when college football is not on.
So, this past Saturday morning, I watched Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood, a relative newcomer on the cooking show scene. Trisha and her husband country music sensation Garth Brooks, cooked up some simply scrumptious Peanut Butter Balls. They are one of Garth’s favorites, they looked delicious, and they were so stinkin’ simple. So that was pretty much all it took for me to whip up a batch.
I just love getting inspired! And like me, you might already have most everything sitting in your pantry already. So here we go…
Trisha & Garth’s Peanut Butter Balls
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 dark corn syrup
- 1/2 cup white corn syrup
- 2 cups peanut butter, crunchy or smooth
- 4 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1. Add sugar and both corn syrups to a large sauce pan over medium heat. Allow to come to slow, low boil and make sure the sugars are dissolved.
2. Plop in the 2 cups of peanut butter. (I used creamy, but that was just what I had in my pantry) Melt it right in and remove from heat immediately after adding to sugars. The mixture will be very thick.
3. Pour in all those krispies and toss in the peanut buttery goodness.
4. Use small ice cream scoop to make uniform-sized balls then roll them between your palms to make nice and round. I got 42 balls from this recipe, give or take 2 that I ate before they hardened up completely.
5. Place them on a sheet of wax paper or aluminum foil until they set up. Can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks… if they last that long.
Yeah I know, they are not much to look at, but that hasn’t prevented anyone around here from gobbling them down.
I think I would just make one amendment to the original recipe, adding 1 tsp vanilla extract at the same stage as peanut butter. Vanilla gives a distinct sweetness and savoriness you just can’t get from sugar. Other than that, I think they are delicious, unpretentious, simple peanut-buttery fun.
New neighbors have moved in next door to Mom & Dad. Maybe they’d like a batch of “Welcome to the Neighborhood” Peanut Butter Balls?
Enjoy your weekend!