Crispy, Creamy Peanut Butter Balls


It’s Christmas party time and you are in charge of dessert.  What to bring, what to bring?

I have-a your answer:

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Light and crispy, yet creamy and satisfying, these peanut butter balls are a great way to break out of the same-old-sugar-cookie rut.  And no rolling pin required!

Crispy, Creamy Peanut Butter Balls

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Melt a stick of unsalted butter in a medium saucepan over low heat.  Stir in 2 cups of chunky peanut butter.

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Add a teaspoon of vanilla.

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Heat the mixture, stirring until smooth and well combined.

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Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl along with one pound of powdered sugar.

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Add 3 cups of crispy rice cereal and mix well.

Cook’s Tip: Clean, bare hands are the best way to evenly distribute the butters with the sugar and cereal.

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The mixture will be crumbly so the balls will need to be formed instead of rolled.

Take a couple tablespoons of the mix (enough to form a 1-2″ ball) and mush together until the heat from your hands holds it all together.  Then carefully form into a ball.

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Done!

Set balls on a cookie sheet and set aside while you prepare the chocolate coating…

Cook’s Tip: Skip the microwave on this next step, folks.  A double boiler system renders the best results.

Don’t have a double boiler? 

1. Add a couple of inches of water to a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer (steaming, but not boiling) over medium-low heat.

2. Place a glass bowl over the pan.  Make sure the water is not touching the bowl. 

3.  If water starts to boil, turn down the heat–wouldn’t want to crack that glass bowl!

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Pour 12 ounces of chocolate chips (I used Hershey’s Special Dark chips) into the bowl along with 1/4 cup of vegetable shortening.

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Stir chocolate until smooth and shiny.

(If water starts to boil, turn heat down or off for this next step.)

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Roll balls in chocolate making sure to coat all sides.  Remove and place on a wax paper-lined baking pan to harden.

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To speed up the hardening, place balls in refrigerator.

Remove thirty minutes to an hour before serving as these treats are best served at room temperature

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Make sure to save a few back for yourself because there won’t be any leftovers.

The Recipe

Makes about 50 1-2″ balls

Ingredients

*1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

*2 cups crunchy peanut butter

*1 teaspoon vanilla

*1 lb. powdered sugar

*3 cups crisped rice cereal

*12 ounces chocolate chips

*1/4 cup vegetable shortening

Melt butter in a saucepan.  Stir in peanut butter and heat until well blended.  Add vanilla.

Pour peanut butter mixture into a large mixing bowl.  Add sugar and cereal and mix well.

Form mixture into balls and set aside.

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and shortening until smooth and shiny.

Rolls balls in chocolate.  Allow chocolate to harden before serving.

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7 thoughts on “Crispy, Creamy Peanut Butter Balls

  1. OMG, Jim would love love love these. I might have to make like Martha and have some under the tree for him. Lucky him he doesn’t count calories, LOL. They’d look pretty gifted too. Can’t wait to get home and finish up my Christmas planning.

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