Friday, December 6, 2013

Peanut Butter Bonbons {Oh Deer}

I'm weak. It's true.

Both in strength and self-control. I can hardly butterfly 3lbs and I have a hard time saying "No" to sweets.

That is why Peanut Butter Bonbons are only made at Christmas!

peanut butter bonbons

They are the perfect combination of smooth and crunchy. They are bite sized, so before you know it, you've eaten 2 or 3 or....15. It just kind of trickles up on you like an evening tide.

My mother-in-law introduced me to these delightful treats when Jason and I were first dating and I've craved them ever since. Now I'm here to share them with you.

Peanut Butter Bonbons

1/2 cup margarine/butter (margarine gives it a more solid inside)
2 cups creamy peanut butter
2 cup icing sugar
2 1/2 cup crushed graham crackers

Chocolate Coating Outside
12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
6 oz butterscotch chips
2 in square of parafin wax (optional but makes it glossy)

For the inside:

  1. Combine the 'inside' ingredients.
  2. Roll into 1/2 inch balls. *Depending on how soft the dough is, you may need to chill it before you form the balls. 
  3. Chill for 2 hours in the fridge or 1 hour in the freezer. 
Chocolate Coating
  1. Fill the bottom of your double boiler (or a pan with a tight fitting bowl on top) with an inch of water on low.
  2. Put the chocolate and butterscotch chips and parafin wax into the top of the double boiler. Melt until smooth. *Sometimes butterscotch chips don't melt well, so you may want to grind them up in a blender or pulsar before melting or you can strain out the clumps once you've melted them the as best as you can.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. 
  4. Take 10-15 peanut butter balls out at a time. 
  5. Dip them into the chocolate mixture. I like to use small cocktail forks to dip with. Let some of the chocolate run off of it before you place the covered balls on parchment paper. 
  6. Place the dipped balls into the freezer for a couple of minutes to set up the chocolate. 
  7. Take them out and try to eat just one! 

Dipping balls in chocolate isn't the easiest thing. The first few times I made these I got very frustrated because I wasn't getting neat, round little balls. After a few years of practice I've gotten a bit more of a handle on it. Also, I've stopped being such a perfectionist. They balls are going to have little foot puddles and that's perfectly fine. They still taste great and people love them!

Here's a few tips:

  1. Make sure your peanut butter filling is frozen (or really cold). The ball will holds its shape better and the chocolate will adhere to it better and won't fall apart.
  2. Keep your chocolate coating warm on the double boiler. If the chocolate isn't very smooth and pourable, then you can add some shortening to it until it pours nice.
  3. Use a small fork so that you leave as little fork marks as possible.
  4. Don't sweat about it too much. They are meant to be fun and eaten, even if they look like little alien life forms when it's all said and done. 
There aren't very many of these little guys left. This is why!

deer attack
last one

And that is why there are none left. {That's my story and I'm sticking to it!}

What's one of your holiday weaknesses?



  1. Oh I want some right now! Think they would work just as well with Wowbutter? Might have to give it a shot! And I feel like your little deer segment could turn into a whole "elf on the shelf" kind of thing. Those rascals seem like they could get into a whole lot of mischief!

    1. I think they'd work with Wowbutter. Let me know how they turn out!
      Those deer are pretty sneaky!

  2. These look amazing and your deer little comic had me cracking up!

  3. Oh these look so delicious! No wonder the little reindeer were gobbling them all up! I'll have to pin this so I can try it later.
    Debbie :)

  4. Oh that was very cute with the deer and your recipe looks sooo good - thanks!

  5. Oh, I make the same ones, I love your name much better though... bonbons! They are delish, no wonder the deer can't stay away! ;)

  6. LOL - cute deer pics! Nothing is nicer than peanut butter and chocolate - I am pinning for sure!

  7. hahaha! yes, that's why stuff like that disappears in my house, I have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH IT... I have to stop reading these dessert recipe posts. This looks amazing!

  8. Can these be shipped? My daughter loves bonbons every Christmas (has become a tradition for her)...this year she can't find any in the stores....


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