The holiday season is here and Christmas is just 2 very short weeks away. I’d usually have already put a nice dent in my holiday baking list, but with my little oven fiasco last week, things aren’t quite there yet. Instead I’ve been going through my holiday recipes trying to find ones that don’t require any baking. I’ve done chocolate covered pretzels and marshmallows, which are always a nice treat and then I found my Peanut Butter Bon Bons recipe and knew that it would be perfect since it’s a delicious no-bake treat!
So Lil Man and I ran to Walmart for a little shopping trip. We picked up some Skippy Peanut Butter and a couple of boxes of Honey Maid Graham Crackers for my recipe and for a fun family holiday activity.I was even able to save 50 cents off the Honey Maid Grahams – score!
We’ve already made multiple holiday goodies shaped like balls, so I decided to change my recipe up a bit and make Peanut Butter Bon Bon Bites . You’ll need the following ingredients to make your own:
- 1 can vanilla frosting
- 1 cup Skippy Peanut butter
- 1/4 cup softened butter
- 2 cups Honey Maid Graham Cracker Crumbs
- 12 oz chocolate baking chips
Layer a baking pan with parchment paper, then set aside. You’ll combine the frosting, peanut butter and butter in a large bowl with a fork until well blended. Then you’ll stir in graham cracker crumbs until well mixed. Pour your mixture into your parchment lined pan and spread the mixture evenly along the bottom. Freeze for 1 hour.
Once the peanut butter mixture is out of the freezer, melt your chocolate, then pour over the peanut butter mixture, spreading evenly. Freeze for about 30 minutes, cut into 1 inch squares and enjoy!
This was a really quiet weekend in our house. We made no plans other than watching my brother in law’s dogs, so we decided we’d get all of our Christmas decorating done. We picked out our tree on Saturday, got it all set up with lights and ornaments, then decorated the family room. Since the house was all festive, the kids and I got really into the holiday spirit and decided to try our hand at Graham Cracker Houses.
We grabbed our graham crackers, peanut butter and festive candies and set to work. The kids started by making their walls, using the peanut butter to secure them into place.
Lil Man’s house got ruined in an avalanche, so he naturally had to eat it to make room for another.
I set out to make a perfect and amazing creation. I had the perfect plan and it was going to be beautiful. I could literally envision it in my head. I had the gorgeous snow covered roof almost complete and then it started shifting. I’d made it too top heavy and finally it crashed to the ground. But hey, at least I made a pretty roof!
Big Bro gave up somewhere in between as he was having more fun eating the walls than actually building them.
Note to self: feed the kid first next time!
Lil Man was smart and built a house that could withstand anything that winter would throw at it. He had little bears and candy canes and trees and gum drops and all the candy under the sky. Each was secured with a drop of peanut butter and snow was sprinkled all over the town. Some of the bears even ate too much candy and had to take a nap!
Even though our houses – er, mine at least – turned out to be mishaps, we really had a lot of fun making our graham cracker houses. We learned a few things and I think next year, we’ll have it down!
How would you decorate your Graham Cracker House?