Too hot to use the oven: Try these no-bake monster balls today!
If you love cookies and other quick snack treats, you wouldn’t be alone. Cheese dips, popcorn, and other amazing snack foods are the best quick to serve treats for any party or movie night.
But sometimes these snacks can be a bit, well, difficult to make. After all, sometimes you just don’t have time to preheat the oven. Or you want to give your snacks a bit of flair to help shake up your weekly movie night.
Luckily, we have a solution: monster balls! We munched through the internet to find the best sweet and savory monster balls recipes to help give your snacks new life! Grab your spatulas and let’s get cooking!
No-Bake monster cookie balls
This first addition to our list of monster balls recipes is for our cookie monsters out there!
- 2–1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup mini M&M candies
- In a large bowl, stir together the oats, peanut butter, honey and vanilla until well combined.
- Stir in the chocolate chips and M&M candies. Roll dough into 2-tablespoon sized smooth balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Place in the refrigerator for thirty minutes or enjoy right away. Once the balls have set, transfer them to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Monster popcorn balls
Want your monster balls to be a bit more savory? This next recipe is for you!
- 1/2 cup corn kernels or 1 bag microwavable popcorn
- One 7-ounce container marshmallow topping
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Gel food coloring, your preferred colors
- 16 candy monster eyeballs
- Pop the popcorn using a standard popcorn popper or make a bag of popcorn in the microwave following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Place the marshmallow topping and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and allow to melt. Divide the marshmallow into smaller bowls and add desired food coloring.
- Pour the heated marshmallow over the warm popcorn and sprinkle with the salt. Using a gloved hand, massage the mixture into the popcorn and form into 8 balls. As the balls are formed, place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and allow to cool and harden, five to ten minutes.
- Add candy monster eyeballs to the balls.
Mini monster cheese balls
This last addition to our list of monster balls recipes is for our cheese lovers out there! These are a perfect snack and pass time for your kids!
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup finely chopped cooked bacon
- 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
- Black olive slices
- Pretzel sticks
- White cheese slices
- Black food coloring marker
- Stir all of the cheese ball ingredients together.
- Place 8 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese in a bowl.
- Scoop out a tablespoonful of the cheese ball mixture and drop it into the bowl of cheese.
- Toss it around in the cheese, pressing the cheese onto it until the entire cheese ball is coated in shreds.
- Repeat until you just have a tablespoon of filling remaining. You will need this to be the glue to hold the eyes and mouths onto your monsters.
- Use a small round fondant cutter to cut eyes out of white cheese slices. Draw pupils onto the eyes using a black food coloring marker.
- Break pretzel sticks in half. Stick one, two, or three sticks coming out of the top of each mini cheese ball.
- Use some of the remaining cheese ball filling to attach the cheese slice eyes to the pretzel sticks.
- Use the round fondant cutter to cut small little mouths out of the black olive slices.
- Use some of the cheese ball filling to attach them to each monster.
- Arrange on a serving platter and share them with your guests.
Have any other fun monster balls recipes? Drop them below in the comments!