Family Recipes:

There are many family recipes out there that are simple and fun. You can take any of these recipes and add your own special touch to create your own unique recipe that you and your children can enjoy doing together.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Balls

Here's a great recipe to add to your family recipes list. You like peanut butter cups? Then you'll love these...homemade peanut butter balls! Some say they taste even better than peanut butter cups, and they're fun to make too! First you'll need to gather a few ingredients:

The most important one is "your children." Then you'll need to gather:

1/2 cup peanut butter

3 tablespoons butter, softened

1 cup sifted powdered sugar

8 ounces chocolate-flavored candy coating, cut up

That's it! Most of that you may already have. Now the fun part begins...getting dirty!

Step 1. In a bowl stir together peanut butter and butter. Gradually add powdered sugar, stirring until combined. It will get hard to mix, but that's ok. It's suppoed to. Now get those kids involved by letting them shape the mixture into 1-inch balls, then placing them on waxed paper. Let them stand for 20 minutes.

Step 2. In a heavy saucepan melt candy coating over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Cool slightly. Dip balls, one at a time, into coating. Let excess coating drip off peanut butter balls. Place on waxed paper; let stand until firm.

Then enjoy!

Store tightly covered in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks.

Makes about 30 peanut butter balls (depending on how many got eaten in the process) I double the recipe for that reason alone.

Simple Sugar Cookies

Got any old cookie cutters laying around? It doesn't matter if they're holiday ones. Here is a great sugar cookie recipe that's easy to make. These are almost every kids favorite and they go good in that family recipes list. They make great family entertainment!


2/3 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1 tablespoon milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups all purpose flour


1. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occassionally. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. If necessary, cover and chill dough 30 minutes or until easy to handle.

2. On a lightly floured surface, roll half the dough at a time until 1/8 inch thick. Using cookie cutters, cut dough into desired shapes. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are very lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. If desired, frost with a powdered sugar icing.

Optional Powdered Sugar Icing Ingredients:

1 cup sifted powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon milk or orange juice

In a small bowl combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing reaches drizzling consistency.

You can also add food coloring for variety.

Top with your favorite sprinkles and enjoy!

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