PB & C Cake Pops
As Ainsley's 2nd birthday is approaching ( I can't even believe that....!) and one of my best friends Bridal Shower's is coming up, I have been in the kitchen trying out some sweet treats of course :) Now honestly these are magic. If Simple Mills & Enjoy Life chocolate had a baby, it would be this hands down. They are so simple and delicious, you will be so stinking glad you did. They are gluten free & dairy free-- enjoy!!
1 box of Simple Mills Peanut Butter cookies
1 bag of Enjoy Life chocolate chip minis
1 tbsp of maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 10 oz container of Daiya plain cream cheese (let sit out, to get to room temp)
-Add the entire box of peanut butter cookies to a high power blender, and pulse until fine, then pour into a medium sized bowl with the cream cheese and add in the maple syrup. With a hand mixer mix until dough like consistency, then line a freezer safe dish with wax paper. Take a spoon and start scooping out mixture to create balls for the center, and place on the wax paper. Repeat until all is scooped out. Then place in freezer for about 10 minutes. You don't want them completely frozen, but just enough. -While the dough is in the freezer you can start melting the chocolate. In a medium microwave and stove top safe bowl add the whole bag of Enjoy Life Chocolate chips and place it on top of a stove top pot. You want the bowl to be cradled by the pot as seen below. Then on medium high heat you will start to melt the chocolate. Why you want to keep it on the stove top like this is because the Enjoy Life chocolate is made with real food and real ingredients:) Therefore, it is unlike baking chocolate that melts as easy as well as can be reheated up in the microwave well. This helps it stay smooth to coat the cake balls.
- Once chocolate it all melted stir in the vanilla extract, and once it is melted you can turn down the heat, not boiling, but hot enough to keep the chocolate warm & melted
-Take the cake balls out the freezer and take fork to spear one of the balls with, in the mixture you will dip it in and twist it and roll it so all sides are cover, and twist it up and out. Then with your fingers slide it off the fork and place it back on the wax paper in the tin with the side that had the fork in it touching the wax paper so the pretty chocolate does not get messed up
-Once you get through about half of them, put the ball back in the freezer and let them cool for a couple minutes. It gets harder to roll them in the chocolate when they have sat out for a bit. So you want them to be frozen a bit so they can hold together while rolling in the chocolate.
-After you have repeated that for all of them, feel free to stick the container into the refrigerator OR we have them in the freezer and so I will take them out to let them thaw and then enjoy :) They are the perfect size for a perfect treat. If you put them in the freezer, make sure you let them thaw out for the best taste and consistency! It is really hard to wait though.. trust me!
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