Things I know:
- I am NOT a baker. If you’ve ever read this blog before, you know that.
- I just CAN’T FOLLOW a recipe to save my life.
- I loathe measuring – cooking measurements should be: a sprinkle, pinch, dash, handful, or ”whole lotta”
- Baking handicap be damned – I needed to make these Mama Pea (Annie the Baker inspired) Dough Balls the entire blogging world keeps talking about!
- I had to go to 5 different stores in order to get all the supplies, and I was STILL missing whole wheat pastry flour. Does that tell you how badly I wanted to try these balls?
- I have the maturity level of a 12 year old boy, because I’m taking every opportunity possible to says balls in this post (and then totally giggling, and repeating out loud “balls, heh!”)
I obviously bake often:
This was the first time I’ve ever used my hand mixer, and I believe, I got it as a gift at my wedding shower in August of 2007.
I don’t have a fancy stand mixer – so the hand mixer was just going to have to do!
Aside from adapting ingredients and switching out the stand mixer for a hand mixer – I followed the recipe to a “T”! (exact recipe and measurements here!)
Step 1: Peanut Butter, Earth Balance, Vanilla, & Sugars getting mixed in 1 bowl
Step 2: Baking powder, baking soda, salt and flours in another (thank goodness for my color-coded bowls! )
Step 3: Slowly add the flour mixture into the PB mixture bowl and beat (doesn’t it look like Dippin’ Dots?!?!)
Step 4: Add chocolate chips and PB chips
Step 5: Be careful of spilling – as creatures living in your house may have become extremely interested in what you are dong…
Don’t give me that look!
Step 6: Put the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill, while pre-heating your oven to 350.
Step 7: Realize you don’t have a cool cookie scoop, make do with this random melon-baller-small-scoop-ish thing you find in your drawer.
Warning: 4-legged creatures will grow more and more despondent, the longer they go without receiving some of the delicious treats.
They just don’t understand that whole chocolate=death thing.
Step 8: Take the chilled dough out the fridge – form into delicious balls (heh!) and line them up on the baking sheet.
Step 9/Good Hint from Mama Pea: I definitely did have to add some almond milk to the batter in order to get the balls to stick. And by some – I mean about 1/2 cup!
Step 9: Cook at 350, for 10 minutes!
Step 10: Allow to cool, then DEVOUR!