Desserts are probably my favorite foods. And pasta. And bagels with cream cheese. And pizza. And Chicken Curry with Rice from this restaurant in town. But desserts are in my top 10. I don’t mind baking desserts. But with all the ingredients, and my child running around ‘trying’ to help, and doing laundry and cooking dinner, and ….. you know. So what I’m getting at is NO BAKE is the WAY TO GO! On a typical day, when we need dessert, I usually run for the No Bake recipes! It might be a cop out for a real dessert, but you know what it works. Plus, these No Bake Peanut Butter Brownie Truffles might be the best no bake dessert I’ve ever made!
So you might ask, how do you get brownie inside the truffle without baking at some point? That my friend is called Shelia G’s Brownie Brittle. If you haven’t heard of this fantastic bag of goodness before, I’ll tell you. It’s a bag, sold in most grocery stores or you can get it here, filled with crispy brownie pieces. There are a variety of flavors including mint, chocolate chip, and of course peanut butter. The concept that attracted me is that I can grab a handful of brownie brittle, satisfy my sweet tooth, and consume a fraction of the calories versus a plate of traditional brownies. For someone like me, that is obsessed with brownies, this is a fantastic treat! Shelia G’s Brownie Brittle is also the reason we can make these yummy Peanut Butter Brownie Truffles without ever turning the oven on!
Many truffle recipes call for cream cheese. I am all for that but not everyone in my family is. Some detest it. So instead, for binding purposes, I used peanut butter and a little powdered sugar. Combined with the Sheila G’s Peanut Butter Brownie Brittle it was perfect! A white chocolate shell sealed the deal. These No Bake Peanut Butter Brownie Truffles stood up to their name and were a complete hit!
I used a food processor to first grind down the Shelia G’s Brownie Brittle and then add the peanut butter and powdered sugar. The texture of the brownie brittle alone was not quite a fine powder, but I pulsed the food processor until all of the large chunks were gone. I added the peanut butter and powdered sugar and mixed until complete combined. It had the consistency of cookie dough.
I chilled in the fridge for 30 minutes. This was to make handling the dough and forming into balls easier. It makes it easier to dip into the chocolate when it is chilled, also! I formed the balls to be about 1.5 inches in diameter and placed them on a silicone mat on a cookie sheet. When all of the balls were formed I put the back into the fridge, just until the chocolate is melted.
I used a bag of white chocolate chips for the coating. I added a TBS of shortening and melted it in the microwave for 15-30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until it was smooth and creamy. DO NOT OVERCOOK! It will become hard and unworkable if it is overcooked.
When chocolate is melted, take the formed balls out of the fridge. One at a time I put the balls into the melted chocolate, using a spoon to ensure the ball was completely covered. I used a fork to take each truffle out of the bowl, shake off excess melted chocolate and set back onto the silicone mat lined baking sheet. Let the chocolate harden, about 30 minutes, and they are ready to serve!
- 1 Package of Shelia G's Peanut Butter Brownie Brittle
- 1/3 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
- 2 TBS Powdered Sugar
- 1 TBS Shortening
- 1 Package of White Chocolate Chips
- In a food processor pulse Brownie Brittle until all large pieces are broken down.
- Add peanut butter and powdered sugar, pulse until mixed completely.
- Chill in fridge for 30 minutes.
- Remove dough from the fridge and form 1.5 inch balls.
- Place on lined cookie sheet and place back in fridge.
- In a microwave safe bowl place white chocolate chips and shortening.
- Run microwave for 15-30 seconds at a time, stirring well in between, until chocolate is melted.
- DO NOT OVER COOK. Stirring every 15-30 seconds is important.
- Dip each ball individually into melted chocolate, coating entire ball. Remove truffle from melted chocolate, letting excess chocolate drip off. Set on lined baking sheet and let cool.
- About 30 minutes.
- When chocolate has hardened, the truffles are ready to serve.
A few other bloggers and I have teamed up to share our love for ‘Peanuts’. Everything from recipes, educational printables, and even some play dough. Check them out here…
Find the Letter- P is for Peanuts from 3 Boys and a Dog
How Peanuts Are Planted and Grown from Living Ideas
Tempting Peanut Butter Whoopie Pie with Buttercream Filling from Crafty Mama in ME
Protein Packed Peanut Butter Muffins from Sunny Day Family
Peanut Painting for Kids from Playground Parkbench
The History of Peanuts from Schooling a Monkey
Food Allergy Books for Children from The Jenny Evolution
Peanut Counting Clip Cards from Simple Fun for Kids
How To Make Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter Play Dough from Parenting Chaos
George Washington Carver Books and Resources from Our Daily Crafts
3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies from Kidz Activities