About 3 years ago I posted this recipe on my blog. I decided it’s time to resurrect it for the #DairyChristmas recipe hashtag. This recipe isn’t super heavy in dairy products but one of my pregnancy cravings is peanut butter. When I say I’m craving it, I mean I have gone through 3 containers of peanut butter in the last two months. I hadn’t used up one in the 3 years of marriage previous. Also, since I am on full bedrest I cannot cook or bake. So, I had to get creative on the recipe front. Without any further ado, I give you Peanut Butter Balls.
Christmas is my favorite holiday. All of my friends and family know that. I start listening to Christmas music in early November, but honestly, holiday music is appropriate any time of the year in my honest opinion. I love shopping for the perfect gift for that special someone. The holidays aren’t complete without cookies… And lots of them.
I am normally a pretty healthy eater. I love my veggies and eat healthy wheat bread. But when the holidays come around all of that goes out the window. I eat my weight in desert. One of my family’s favorite holiday traditions is when my mom makes her deserts. During family gatherings, whether it be Christmas or New Year, my mother isn’t allowed in the door without her signature dishes in hand.
This recipe isn’t exactly unique, a lot of people have it, but my mom has an added ingredient that isn’t quite as common. Today, I’m going to show you how to make my mom’s recipe of Peanut Butter Balls. They’re easy and delicious because there isn’t a better combination than chocolate and peanut butter.
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2 cups Smooth Peanut Butter
1 stick butter, melted
2 cups powdered sugar
3 cups Rice Krispies
1 pound of chocolate melted (semi-sweet it what the recipe suggests, but my mom uses milk chocolate)
Mix the peanut butter, butter and powered sugar very well. After those are mixed, pour in the rice krispies. When you’re stirring the entire mixture be careful not to crush the rice krispies. You’ll lose the crunch you have with them!
Put them in the refrigerator until they are totally chilled. When I say totally chilled I’m talking about letting the batter sit for an hour or so. After they’re chilled roll them into balls and let the chill again for another half hour at least. You need them to be hard so they don’t melt while you’re dipping them
While you’re waiting for the balls to chill start melting your chocolate. You need a double boiler to keep it melted while you’re dipping all of the peanut butter goodness! Don’t forget to add a few chunks of paraffin wax because it keeps it from harden too hard for when you bite into it.
Now, the fun part begins. You get to dip the balls in the melted chocolate. There is a technique I’m going to show you here!
- 2 cups Smooth Peanut Butter
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 cups Rice Krispies
- 1 pound of chocolate melted (semi-sweet or milk chocolate)
- Mix the peanut butter, butter and powered sugar very well. After those are mixed, pour in the rice krispies. Gently fold the mixture to not crush the rice krispies. Chill the dough for about an hour. Roll the badder into bite sized balls and chill for another half hour.
- Melt chocolate in a double boiler and add a few chunks of paraffin wax to keep the chocolate from hardening too much. Dip the balls completely in the chocolate. Let chill again for about a half hour and enjoy.
- You can decorate the balls after you dip them in chocolate with whatever you want like sprinkles, peanut dust, etc.
After they’re dipped put them on wax paper and chill them again. Sorry, but you can’t eat them melted, they’re just too darn messy. You can add some decorations at this time if you want like sprinkles. We normally leave them simple so all of their tasty goodness shines. Once they’re hardened they’re ready to eat and serve! After your family and friends try these the holidays will never be the same without them.
If you want to see all of the other posts in the #DairyChristmas group, I have the master list. Enjoy all of these yummy holiday recipes:
- Posset-ively Eggnog Is Ice Cream by Farmer Bright
- #DairyChristmas: Peanut Butter Balls by Messy Kennedy
- Winter Iowa Corn Chowder (as featured on Cheeserank) by Little House on the Dairy
- #DairyChristmas Farm Barbie
- The best Christmas cookies in the world by Truth or Dairy
- Recipes for a Dairy Christmas by Cow Spots and Tales
- #DairyChristmas: Cherry Mint Sugar Cookies by Kimmi’s Dairyland
- Perfect for a Party – Cheddar Olive Bites by DairyCarrie
- Dairy Christmas Traditions by Knolltop Farm Wife
- #DairyChristmas: Love and Latkes by New Moon Dairy
- Family at the Table by The Deere Milkmaid
- French Onion Soup – Our Family Christmas Tradition by Eat Farm Love
- Dairy Delight by Spotted Cow Review
- Christmas Cookies and Holiday Hearts by My Barnyard View
- Italian Soup by So She Married A Farmer
- Christmas Tapioca Pudding by Guernsey Dairy Mama
- #DairyChristmas: Festive Parmesan Frico by Dairy Good Life