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Spooky Peanut Butter Puff Truffles

Spooky Peanut Butter Puff Truffles

The folks at Betty Crocker invited me to try and come up with a spooky Halloween recipe using some of the General Mills cereals this year. At first, I wasn’t sure that I could do it. Cereals? What can you do with those besides make rice krispie treats and similar marshmallow bars? But I accepted the challenge and set about trying to come up with a more unusual way to use cereal in some kind of Halloween treat.

What I settled on was these Spooky Peanut Butter Puff Truffles. The centers of these peanut butter and chocolate truffles are made with a surprise ingredient: Reese’s Puffs cereal! The truffle balls are dipped into white chocolate and decorated with semisweet chocolate features to give them a very ghostly appearance. Spooky on the outside, sweet on the inside!

If you’ve ever had Peanut Butter Puffs cereal, or seen it in the store, you’ll know that it’s inspired by Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs candies. They also taste pretty much just like candy, so I wanted to keep that peanut butter candy flavor going. The centers are made with the peanut butter cereal, cream cheese and peanut butter. The two softer ingredients help to hold the crushed up cereal together, but have mild enough flavors that you can still taste the peanut butter candy flavor of the cereal itself. Obviously, the peanut butter boosts the flavor and the candy shell just makes it that much more of a Halloween treat.

I hand-dipped the truffles, since I felt it gave the truffles a better look than trying to give them a smooth outer coating. Use a toothpick to draw on the eyes and mouths of the ghosts. It’s actually a very easy way to decorate the ghosts, plus you don’t need to be extremely precise since you want the ghosts to look spooky.

If you want to play with some cereal yourself, or try this recipe, you can submit photos to Betty Crocker’s Spooktackular Gallery where they’ll showcase your results!

Spooky Peanut Butter Puff Truffles

 

8 cups Reese’s Puffs cereal
4 tbsp smooth peanut butter
8-oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
12-oz white chocolate chips (1 bag)
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

 

In a food processor, process Reese’s Puffs cereal until it is finely ground. Add in peanut butter, cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar and blend until very smooth.
Shape cereal mixture into 1-inch balls, place on a sheet of wax paper and chill in the refrigerator until firm, about 30 minutes.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the white chocolate. Dip each of the chilled truffle balls into the white chocolate, turn to coat and place back on the sheet of wax paper. Repeat to cover all remaining balls. Chill until chocolate is firm, about 30 minutes.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the semisweet chocolate chips. Dip a toothpick into the chocolate and use it to draw ghost eyes and mouths on each of the truffles.
Chill until ready to serve.

 

Makes about 36 spooky truffles

This last picture is just for fun, since I accidentally jerked the camera as I took the picture. The resulting ghostly effect was just too appropriate for these little guys.

Spooky Peanut Butter Puff Truffles

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36 Comments
  • Jenny
    October 5, 2009

    Those are adorable! If I throw a Halloween party I’m making them!

  • Nicole
    October 5, 2009

    Too cute. I have a oddball sweet tooth child who doesn’t like peanut butter, but will have to try the same coating with another flavor.

  • Katie
    October 5, 2009

    i love these! so cute πŸ˜€

  • Baking Monster
    October 5, 2009

    what cuties!

  • Denise
    October 5, 2009

    These are adorable. I will be making these in the next couple of weeks! Thank you!

  • Mimi
    October 5, 2009

    Those are so cute.I can’t wait for my spooks to try them.
    Mimi

  • Daydreams of Baking
    October 5, 2009

    These are so cute! What a clever idea!

  • Mary Bakes
    October 6, 2009

    TOO cute!!!!

  • candy
    October 6, 2009

    These are absolutely adorable…Can not wait to make them!

  • Dolce
    October 6, 2009

    I have never tried this cereal but might as well do… These are really ghostly stunning πŸ™‚

  • Mel
    October 6, 2009

    Those are just too cute for words!

  • Jasmine
    October 6, 2009

    wow, cutest things ever!
    and you’re right, the last picture really is just so appropriate, it fits right in!

  • Kris
    October 7, 2009

    How nice. I’m sure that’s delicious. Maybe my children gonna love this one. Thanks for the information.

  • Christine
    October 7, 2009

    Adorable! Perfect for my sister’s Halloween party. Love the scary photo at the end. πŸ˜‰

  • Ashley
    October 7, 2009

    These are SO cute! That last photo is great too. Sound really yummy as welL!

  • Carrie Z
    October 8, 2009

    Adorable! I can’t wait to make these!

  • Katie
    October 9, 2009

    Aww they are soooo cute!

  • Kerri
    October 9, 2009

    The photo at the end is cute! Especially that you didn’t do it on purpose!! Can’t wait to try these out! πŸ™‚

  • Jen @ MaplenCornbread
    October 9, 2009

    WOW these are so cute!!!!!!!

  • Kitty
    October 9, 2009

    You are so clever! Come enter these on my MckLinky for Halloween treats!

  • jenny
    October 9, 2009

    my goodness, they are too cute to be spooky! πŸ™‚

  • linda
    October 10, 2009

    OMG These are soo cute LOL

  • Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer
    October 12, 2009

    So DAMN adorable!! Love these.

  • jenn
    October 13, 2009

    those are so great and sound easy to make. my 15 yr old daughter is having a halloween party this year – these sound like a perfect thing to make as snacks. thanks so much!!

  • gaga
    October 18, 2009

    Those are adorable! Absolutely perfect for halloween. Yum!

  • ErinsFoodFiles
    October 25, 2009

    HOW CUTE!

  • Melanie
    October 29, 2009

    OMG too cute!!! Wish I had more time before Halloween to make these this year….may try doing a “snowman” type for Christmas. What a great idea!

  • Maya
    November 1, 2009

    Made these for Halloween, absolutely adorable! However, they did seem to resemble meatballs dipped in white chocolate (at least, that’s what I was told), and didn’t taste all that great πŸ™
    Definitely fun to try out and make though! πŸ˜€

  • Ames
    September 15, 2010

    I’d like to make these for my BUNCO group next month when I host. Thanks for sharing!~Ames

  • MARILYN ELLIS
    October 24, 2010

    I loved the look and idea of these and tried my hand at making them. I ran into a problem when I was trying to dip them in the white chocolate; the chocolate hardened before I could get them all dipped. What’s the secret? I struggled so with it that I didn’t even try to “paint” the eyes and mouth with the chocolate as I knew it would, also harden before I could get it all done. I ended up just drizzling on the semi-sweet. They still taste yummy but it was frustrating. Where did I go wrong? Thanks!

  • Elana
    December 10, 2010

    These look absolutely darling!

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