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Peanut Butter Balls

December 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

Peanut butter balls are a treat that my family would make every Christmas. I haven’t made them for a few years, so I decided to have a shot at it. I saw this recipe online and I thought I’d give it a try, even though it wasn’t my family’s recipe. Basically you just mix everything together, make balls, and dip them into melted chocolate. I used a dark chocolate to try to counter balance the sweetness of the sugar. Also, I had some peanut butter chips in the cupboard leftover from something else, so I added one to each ball before the chocolate dried. We used to make bigger balls (ha!) but I like to have them small and bite sized.

Note to self: Put lotion on your hands.

The verdict? Too sweet! My family’s recipe uses granular sugar and crushed graham crackers and less butter. I think I like the flavor and texture of those ingredients better. Also, sometimes I would use crunchy (or part crunchy) peanut butter to give them a little bit more snap. Next time… For now, here’s the recipe that I used, if you’re into sweet balls!

Peanut Butter Balls
From: Sweet Anna’s

3/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (Note: I did not use oil)

In a large bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, butter & vanilla until smooth. Dump in the powdered sugar and stir until too stiff to stir with a fork… then comes the fun part.

Dig in with your (clean!) hands and stir & knead until a smooth stiff dough forms. Roll into small (teaspoon-full size) balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Once you are done rolling all the dough, place the sheet in the fridge to chill and set for a few hours, until very firm.

In a small, deep bowl… microwave the chocolate chips and oil together in 30 second intervals – stirring well between each time – until smooth.

Using a fork, dip each ball into the chocolate, tap off the excess and set it back on the parchment; repeat. Again, once the pan is finished, place it back in the fridge to set completely for a few hours!

If you have excess chocolate, reheat it in the microwave for a few seconds and then scrape it into a ziploc bag. Cut off a tiny bit of the corner of the bag and drizzle the chocolate over the partially cooled chocolate balls.

*Alternately – and much more time-efficiently, especially great if you have littles running around!:

Instead of dipping the balls, place all of the melted chocolate in a ziploc bag and drizzle generously over the peanut butter balls. A little less chocolate to peanut butter ratio, but still great and much quicker & cleaner… and in my opinion cuter!!

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Peanut Butter Balls

December 24th, 2004 · 6 Comments

When I was younger my family would always make a TON of Christmas candy every year that we would eat throughout the holiday season, give as gifts, and bring to holiday parties. When I lived in California and when I lived in New York my friends and coworkers would always anxiously await the Christmas tin of homemade candy. (Yesterday I actually got an IM from a coworker in our NY office reminiscing about the annual delivery.)

When I moved out of my parents’ house I made a few holiday treats every year, carrying on the tradition. But for the last few years I haven’t made anything because I pretty much didn’t have a kitchen to cook in, so this year, since I do, I decided to make something. .. and I was craving Peanut Butter Balls, so that’s what I made.

Here’s the secret: I didn’t use the family recipe! I wanted try peanut butter balls a new way so I looked online and found this recipe. Instead of peanut butter, graham crackers and granular sugar as the main ingredients, this recipe used peanut butter, rice krispies, and powdered sugar. Today I’m going to my brothers house and I’ll be serving these to my family. Should be scandalous!

Click the link below for the recipe.

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