Taste of Home: Holiday Editions Giveaway

Friends, do I ever have some exciting news for you today!  Not only do I have a delicious recipe to share, I also get to give 10 magazines away to 5 lucky readers!  It all started a few weeks ago when Little Crafter and I opened the door to find a surprise package waiting for us that contained two Taste of Home magazines!  We got a copy of the Best Holiday Recipe edition as well as the Candy and Cookies one!  Needless to say, it didn’t take us long to flip through and find plenty of things we wanted to try.
Now, you all know that cooking isn’t really my thing, right?  I’m no gourmet chef, but we did manage to find plenty of recipes that weren’t too complicated and also didn’t contain lactose, so even hubby can enjoy them!  Here’s the first one we tried, and let me just say that they taste even better than they look…
CRISPY PEANUT BUTTER BALLS
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Here’s the recipe, as found in the Best Holiday Recipes edition.

2 cups creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
33/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 cups crisp rice cereal
4 cups (24 ounces) semisweet
chocolate chips
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon shortening,
divided
1/3 cup white baking chips

1. In a large bowl, beat peanut butter and butter until blended; gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Stir in cereal. Shape into 1-in. balls. Refrigerate until chilled.

2. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and 1/4 cup shortening; stir until smooth. Dip balls into chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on a waxed paper-lined pan. Let stand until set.

3. In a microwave, melt white baking chips and remaining shortening. Stir until smooth. Drizzle over candies. Refrigerate until set.

Here’s a look at how we made ours:
First, we gathered our ingredients.  I found that generic crispy rice works just fine, but I’d never skimp on the peanut butter!  Get the good stuff.
Before we started mixing, I had Little Crafter use a rolling pin to crush up the rice cereal…a trick I learned from my grandmother, who loves adding this to all kinds of cookie and candy mixes.  She says the texture is better if you crush them up, and I’m not going to argue!

My little sous chef helped me to mix the peanut butter, butter, sugar, and cereal together in the bowl.  At first, he stirred it with a spatula…

But eventually, we just had to get our hands in there and finish the job!  If you’re wondering about the glove, it’s because this child hates…I mean hates…to get his hands messy.  Giving him gloves was the only way I could get him to do this part, which I knew he’d love!

I rolled the dough into balls, handed them to LC, and he put them on the trays, which then went in the fridge while we ran a few errands.

All that was left was the chocolate coating {the best part}!  Mmmmm!
Don’t they look delicious?!  Let me assure you, they are out of this world!
How do I know?  Well, that one poor candy had to get cut for photography’s sake…I couldn’t just put it back in with the others, now, could I?  And I couldn’t just try the milk chocolate, the dark needed to be sampled too…otherwise how could I justify giving them to other people?  It’s only right to quality test…
 
As for LC, the one thing he hates more than messy hands is chocolate {yeah, I have no idea how that happened}, so we made him the white chocolate version.
These were an absolute hit in our house!  I definitely plan on making lots more over the holidays to share with our friends and family.  I already came up with a cute way to package them, which I’ll be sharing on the 14th, so be sure to stop by and see what it is.  In the meantime, we also have our eye on a few other recipes in the magazines, like the Mint Truffles and Mocha Cookies, and hubby has requested to try the meatballs found in the appetizer section.
Want to try some of these delicious recipes for yourself?  Here’s the best part!
Taste of Home is letting me give FIVE lucky readers TWO magazines each!
Each winner will receive one copy of the Best Holiday Recipes edition plus one copy of the Candy and Cookies edition!  Rafflecopter will walk you through the entry process below; good luck, and Happy Eating!

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36 comments on Taste of Home: Holiday Editions Giveaway

  1. keshakeke
    November 6, 2012 at 6:00 AM (2 years ago)

    Iwould love to win so that I could whip up some yummy treats for friends and family

    Reply
  2. Sue@House Pretty
    November 6, 2012 at 12:15 PM (2 years ago)

    That recipe is absolutely delicious! I make it every year for Christmas!

    Reply
  3. Lindsay(PACountryCrafts)
    November 6, 2012 at 12:32 PM (2 years ago)

    I love TOH magazine! Their special issues are the best and I love to make homemade goodies for friends and family at Christmastime!

    Reply
  4. Kelli S
    November 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM (2 years ago)

    Oh my goodness! These look amazing! I definitely will be making these sometime! I just love TOH! Thanks for a great recipe and an awesome giveaway!

    Reply
  5. Kaylee Snyder
    November 6, 2012 at 1:02 PM (2 years ago)

    Those look so yummy (and so fun to make).

    Reply
  6. Gabrielle Cato
    November 6, 2012 at 1:39 PM (2 years ago)

    i never can justify buying magazines for myself but i want them so bad! thanks for the awesome giveaway! can not wait to try this recipe!

    Reply
  7. Erin
    November 6, 2012 at 3:30 PM (2 years ago)

    I’m always looking for SIMPLE recipes…and if Amy can do it, I can do it ;p

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  8. Lynn
    November 6, 2012 at 3:34 PM (2 years ago)

    Oh..yum…and that LC, what a cutie.

    Reply
  9. Jessica Sichel
    November 6, 2012 at 6:21 PM (2 years ago)

    Do you have some of those peanut butter delights for a certain friend of yours?????? Maybe you can get my name for Christmas gift exchange and that can be my gift… ??? <3

    Reply
  10. Grandma
    November 6, 2012 at 10:10 PM (2 years ago)

    I’ve seen the awesome magazines and would love to win some…

    Reply
  11. Sandra J. Strickler
    November 7, 2012 at 2:11 AM (2 years ago)

    I have the MOST boring holiday recipes in the world, so this will be awesome to have!

    Reply
  12. Designed Decor
    November 7, 2012 at 12:08 PM (2 years ago)

    Those look so delicious! Would love to win because I LOVE to bake and always want to try new recipes!

    Reply
  13. Aimee Lee
    November 7, 2012 at 4:19 PM (2 years ago)

    Always looking for new recipes to try!

    Reply
  14. Melissa
    November 7, 2012 at 6:17 PM (2 years ago)

    I’m excited about this give-a-way because I love holiday baking!

    mwenger 80 at yahoo dot com

    Reply
  15. Carmella
    November 7, 2012 at 7:40 PM (2 years ago)

    I would love to win…so I could share these with my mom! She loves Taste of Home and would love to have these too :) Thanks for the chance…PS: that little crafter just makes me smile :D

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  16. Tiffany
    November 8, 2012 at 11:38 PM (2 years ago)

    I love Taste of Home! I’d love to try the recipes you mentioned– especially the Mocha Cookies! I made cookie dough truffles from an old ToT magazine once– delicious!

    Reply
  17. Jessica H
    November 9, 2012 at 3:23 AM (2 years ago)

    I’d love to try some new recipes during my holiday baking weekend!

    Reply
  18. Kathy
    November 9, 2012 at 3:47 AM (2 years ago)

    I love making cookies. It is a special treat for my daughter and I at Christmas.

    Reply
  19. Sandra Appling
    November 9, 2012 at 5:22 AM (2 years ago)

    These look amazing! Burgh
    But then again, so does everything from TOH!

    Reply
  20. Sandra Appling
    November 9, 2012 at 5:23 AM (2 years ago)

    These look amazing! Burgh
    But then again, so does everything from TOH!

    Reply
  21. Sandra Appling
    November 9, 2012 at 5:24 AM (2 years ago)

    These look amazing! Burgh
    But then again, so does everything from TOH!

    Reply
  22. Renee G
    November 9, 2012 at 6:48 AM (2 years ago)

    I’d love to win for some new holiday recipes to try
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  23. {Steph}
    November 9, 2012 at 6:53 PM (2 years ago)

    I love trying new recipes!

    stephanierichardson (at) gmail (dot) com

    Reply
  24. Micki
    November 9, 2012 at 7:13 PM (2 years ago)

    LOVE new holiday fav’s! Thanks for the wonderful recipe and prize offer! I am good with this recipe though! THANX

    Reply
  25. Frugalista Mama
    November 12, 2012 at 12:35 AM (2 years ago)

    Would love to try some new holiday cookies with my kids

    Reply
  26. Alison Norris
    November 12, 2012 at 12:45 AM (2 years ago)

    Yum! We love to make buckeyes, but this sounds YUMMY with the rice cereal!

    Reply
  27. Kelly Brown
    November 13, 2012 at 5:56 PM (2 years ago)

    I would love to win… so that my mom and I could spend some bonding time together in the kitchen :)

    Reply
  28. SecondStory Loft
    February 6, 2013 at 8:57 PM (1 year ago)

    OMGawd! I have really got to try these!

    Reply
  29. Beatrice Myers
    July 23, 2013 at 11:28 PM (12 months ago)

    how much of the ingredients do you use? And how do you make the chocolate coating?

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    • dancers4life
      July 24, 2013 at 8:14 AM (12 months ago)

      Beatrice, I’m so sorry the recipe wasn’t there; it somehow got lost in my transfer from Blogger to WordPress! The full recipe, amounts, and info about the coating are there now for you! Also, for the coating, you can use those chocolate candy melts!

      Reply
  30. Lynn
    April 4, 2014 at 2:39 PM (4 months ago)

    Would you please clarify one thing for me about the confectioner’s sugar? The posted recipe reads as follows:
    33/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

    Is that 3 and 3/4 cups or just 3/4 cup where an extra 3 got in?

    Just wanted to make sure before I started.

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    • dancers4life
      April 13, 2014 at 12:59 PM (3 months ago)

      It’s 3 and 3/4 cups, Lynn!

      Reply

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