This week's Carnival of the Recipes will be all about balls, so for Chocolate Friday, I give you Missouri Mud Balls.
This recipe was given to me by a boyfriend's ex-girlfriend, but it never worked right. Come to find out, she wrote the amounts all wrong. My guess is she still had a thing for the boyfriend (who turned out to be a bit of a player, but that's another story), and she may have been trying to sabotage me. Or maybe she was dyslexic, who knows. She and the boyfriend are now long gone, so I have nobody to ask, and I've had to play with this recipe a lot to get it to work. Following is the latest revision. I'm on my way to the store for peanut butter (and latte), and I'll add pictures later today. UPDATE: Pictures added.
Mix sugar, butter, vanilla, milk, cocoa and salt in a sauce pan. Bring to a rolling boil and cook for 1 minute.
Remove from heat and add peanut butter and oatmeal, in small amounts, stirring well between additions. Drop by teaspoons onto waxed paper on a plate or cookie sheet and use your fingers to form them into balls. Chill and serve.
I think I'll try these balls with a lacing of marshmallow creme as well and see how they turn out. Will update post later!
It's been a while since I made these, and I'd forgotten how gloopy they can be. In fact, as you can see from this photo here, they look more like Mississippi Cow Pies when you first slap them down on the wax paper.
Also, the dough is quite hot right out of the pan, so don't try to form the balls right away. In fact, I put the trays in the freezer for 5 minutes. The dough was much easier to shape into balls.
I'm going to heat them a smidgy before serving them. I like my balls warm. Hot is even better.
*sigh* I tried to make it through this post without any potty humor, I really truly tried... but I just couldn't do it.