Peanut Butter Balls
Excerpted from Vegan Food Gifts
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1 cup (256 g) no-stir creamy peanut butter
1 cup (120 g) powdered sugar
12 ounces (340 g) vegan chocolate chips
In a mixing bowl, knead together the peanut butter and powdered sugar until a nice smooth dough is formed with the consistency of playdough. You may need a little more or a little less sugar depending on the moisture content of your peanut butter.
Form into 16 balls using about 1 tablespoon (21 g) of dough, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper, stick a toothpick into each ball, and place in the freezer to harden. (This step makes it easier to dip them into the chocolate).
While the balls are freezing, melt the chocolate in a double boiler. (*Katie’s note: Make sure you give the peanut butter balls enough time to freeze before melting the chocolate.) Dip each ball into the chocolate to coat, and return to the baking sheet.
Carefully remove the toothpicks. Using the flat side of a butter knife, carefully smooth over the hole where the toothpick was removed, adding a swirl design if desired.
Once completely cooled and hardened, package in candy-size baking cups and place in a truffle box.
Yield: 16 balls.
Truffle Gift Box
“This little box is super-duper easy to make and super cute, too! You can use any kind of craft paper. I like the thicker scrapbook papers because they are often double sided, already measure 12 x 12 inches (30 x 30 cm), and come in so many awesome patterns. Just think of the ways you can customize these with different holiday papers! This one does require an adhesive, and I like to use a glue stick because it dries so quickly (according to the company’s website, Elmer’s glue contains no animal products), but you can use tape or even a stapler if you choose.
12 x 12-inch (30 x 30 cm) piece of craft paper
1. Measure 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm) from the bottom of the paper and fold up. Crease. Repeat at the top of the paper.
2. Bring the crease of the bottom folded edge up to meet the open end of the top folded edge. Fold to create a crease just shy of the center of the page. Unfold. Repeat with the top of the paper. This will create a 1 1/2-inch (3.8 cm) space between the creases in the center of the paper. Unfold everything so the paper is flat.
3. Now fold in the right edge 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm) and crease. Repeat with the left edge. Unfold both edges.
4. Using scissors, cut each of the tabs along the folded lines up to the crease. There will be eight cuts total.
5. Fold in the small tabs and apply a bit of glue to each tab.
6. Glue each tab to the inside of the flaps, four to form the box, and two to form the lid.
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Joni Marie Newman is the author of The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet as well as the co-author of 500 Vegan Recipes, The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions, and Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites. A Southern California native, she lives in Orange County with her husband, three dogs, and cat. Visit her online athttp://www.justthefood.com.
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