Every Christmas growing up, my mom and I would make the same Christmas goodies– cut-out cookies and peanut butter balls (not to be confused with Schweddy balls). I loved helping my mom make and bake these special cookies at Christmastime. I always look forward to traveling home and making these with my mom.
Now, I realize that some of you call these “Buckeyes” even though my version involves completely covering them in chocolate and true Buckeyes are bare on top, but I grew up calling them peanut butter balls, so peanut butter balls they are.
I made these bad boys for our annual Christmas party this past weekend. I also made spinach dip with Hawaiian bread and peppermint chocolate cookies. And while it isn’t seasonal, I had a request from our friend who was visiting from out-of-state to make my famous peach cobbler, so I dug out some of the peaches I froze this summer.
Funny story, when one of our guy friends bit into one he started to giggle. Yes, imagine a grown man giggling with delight while eating a peanut butter ball. Success. (He may have had a few drinks in him, but I still consider it a success.)
Here’s what you’ll need to make these peanut butter balls:
3 c. crisped rice cereal
2 c. smooth peanut butter
3/4 c. butter
3 3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 pound of melting chocolate, like almond bark, or the like
Mix together: 2 c. smooth peanut butter 3/4 c. butter (softened)
Add: 3 3/4 c. powdered sugar 3 c. crushed crisped rice cereal (measure out 3 c. then crush)
Use one of these to make uniform balls. Roll into balls. Melt 1 lb. of chocolate. Dip balls into chocolate. Remove with a toothpick. Place on foil or wax paper until cool.
I highly suggest using Peter Pan peanut butter. I’ve used other kinds of peanut butter with this recipe, but PP is my favorite. I also suggest using Plymouth Pantry Almond Bark.
I recommend putting the peanut butter mixture in the fridge for 1-2 hours before rolling. If you find that the balls aren’t rolling very well and seem to be sticky, add a little more powdered sugar and crushed cereal. I also recommend using one of these (best kitchen tool ever!) to make the balls uniform in size.
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