Chocolate Balls with M&M’s of Course

20 Mar

This recipe came from my mom, so there’s no telling where it originated.  I just know that I love these little chocolate balls more than I love being thin.  They should definitely come with a warning, because there’s no way to keep them out of your mouth.  Before you know it they are all resting happily in your hips; however, they are worth ever last mile you will need to run in order to compensate for their calories.

You know, I think that also makes them good for your heart.  Yes, these chocolate balls get you moving…Good for the Hips, Good for the Heart!

Fancy Huh?

Here’s what you need:

1 stick butter, 2/3c. milk, 1 box brownie mix, 3c. quick cooking oats, 1tsp. vanilla extract, 1c. peanut butter, 1c. mini m&m’s, (coconut or powdered sugar or sprinkles – optional)

Here’s what you do:

In a saucepan melt the butter and add the milk. stir continuously until hot.  Add the brownie mix and quick cooking oats.  Stir for about 2 minutes.  The pot will be full and this won’t be the easy thing to mix, but you can count it as a workout for your biceps/triceps.

In a large bowl, mix in the vanilla, peanut butter, and the saucepan combination.  Mix thoroughly.  Now add your M&M’s and stir until mixed.

Put in the fridge overnight.  The next day, take your mix and roll spoonfuls into little bite-sized balls.  If you’d like, you can roll these balls in coconut, powdered sugar, or sprinkles.  Try not to eat too many, but they can take over life in a second, so be careful.

Store these goodies in the fridge or the freezer and consume whenever the urge strikes.  When my son was a toddler, I’d keep a container of these in the large chest freezer and I’d always find him trying to get the freezer open.  Luckily he wasn’t tall enough or strong enough, but he knew where I kept the goods.

As a bonus, I have a little organizational tip for you.

I know…now close your mouth.

Get over the shock.

I realize this is like a man giving you a tip on pregnancy (what can they possibly know about growing a baby for 9 months), but I managed to gleam some organizational nuggets through the years and because I love you, I want to share.

I give full credit for this tip to my friend and former neighbor Jeannie.  If I didn’t spend so much time lounging at her counter flipping through her books and magazines while she cooked, my recipe cards may still be in a jumble; however, one day I happened upon her little notebook.  She took all those recipes that you clip out of magazines and lose in your junk drawer and she taped them into a notebook.  It’s genius!  All your clipping confined to a notebook make it easy to answer the question “What’s for dinner?”

I need a manicure before I start modeling my fingers...sorry.

Now if you’re OCD or a complete organizational nut, you can create categories and so on.  I’m just lucky I got all my cards and clippings together in one book.

If you’d like to meet Jeannie (otherwise known as the ‘mail order bride’), click HERE.

If you’d like to learn more about my mom (and who wouldn’t), click HERE.

Have a happy weekend and if you get fat, don’t blame me.

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19 Responses to “Chocolate Balls with M&M’s of Course”

  1. LJ March 20, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

    Can you use regular oats or do they HAVE to be the quick kind?

    • thedomesticfringe March 20, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

      That’s a good question! I have NO idea. I’m useless unless I am following the recipe. Sorry. Maybe another commenter will know more than I know.

  2. Gabriela March 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

    …and I would appreciate pictures. I need pictures, woman! So put your camera on Macro mode (the flower icon) and take some pictures of those decadent little chocolate balls AND your recipe notebook. Sheesh!

    • thedomesticfringe March 20, 2010 at 5:36 pm #

      You’re right! I am so bad with the photo part of this blog. The flower icon, huh? ….we’ll see.

  3. Cathy March 20, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

    Oh man….just what I need. Another recipe to make me ever fatter. Sounds wonderful!!

    And I love the recipe book idea. Now I know how to straighten my mess up. Thanks for the tip.

  4. Debra March 20, 2010 at 6:43 pm #

    Oh dear those little balls sound so good. There’s no sugar in them is there? I miss my chocolate more ‘n I miss my hips. Wait.

    • thedomesticfringe March 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

      NOPE, you don’t have to add ANY sugar. I told you they’re good for you.

  5. ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage & Junkologie March 20, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

    Now if only I could organize some actual cooking skills in a notebook…hmmmm….


    P.S. Would you mind just making some and sending them to me? :)

    • thedomesticfringe March 21, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

      Next time I make them, a box is yours!

  6. Mom March 20, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    Ah!! They are so good. Maybe I’ll make some tomorrow.

  7. caprik March 21, 2010 at 7:36 am #

    I just went over my camera with a fine tooth comb, I am sorry to say I have no flower icon :( .

    That recipe book is a great idea. My recipe box is a black vortex of DEATH.

  8. jeanne March 21, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    Who doesn’t want to try a recipe that is better than being thin:-)

  9. Patti Lacy March 21, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

    This is the funnest thing I’ve read today!!! LOVE your organizational tip. We should have a contest on who is MORE disorganized. And this recipe sounds AMAZING!!!!

    You truly have a gift for humor one day, soul-searching thought another.

  10. robinaltman March 21, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    I’m putting my fingers in my ears and a blind fold on. I will not make these cookies. I will not make these cookies…

  11. Sara March 23, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    There are so many foods I love more than being thin!! I actually had to get weighed yesterday at the doctor’s office, and as I saw myself reaching my max pregnancy weight, I just shrugged and thought, “Oh well…” It was either that or another word that rhymes with “well”! :-)

  12. sara's art house March 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    Mmmmmmm those m&m balls sound SO good!

  13. Allyson March 25, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    Just found your blog via the comment section on PWs. These M&M creations sound like something I must try! Thank you!

  14. Michelle @ One Crafty Mama April 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    Oh, those sound so yummy! I love the shot of the recipe cards. It seems that with the internet and the ability to just print out recipes that the handwritten cards are going to become extinct! Wouldn’t that be a shame?

  15. Genny April 8, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    I am so glad you joined in; this sounds great! Thank you!

    And you had me laughing with the man giving pregnancy advice analogy!


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