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Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls – The Perfect Christmas Recipe!

Every Christmas, my mother-in-law’s peanut butter balls are a baking staple.

Each year my father-in-law sneaks them from the downstairs freezer and my husband does the same…leading him to enjoy these even more when they are in a near-frozen state. The first year I got this recipe from Mom Lively, I misunderstood the instructions and thought I had to melt the peanut butter, butter and other wet ingredients in a pot. Since you hand roll them, I remarked to my sister-in-law “that they are so hard to roll – I kept burning my hands!!!” 

She glanced at me sideways, and laughed hysterically. I have since gotten used to my in-laws laughing at me.

The ingredients are all mixed cold.

*sigh*

 Now that I have all the instructions right, here is the easiest Christmas treat you will make this season! Not to mention, one that will never be left over after a holiday party or a bake sale.

Jan’s Peanut Butter Balls

Filling:

1 cup peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)

2 cups Rice Krispies (I find Kellog’s makes them nice and crispy. I have been disappointed when I use no-name cereal)

1 cup icing sugar

1/4 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 cup shredded coconut

Chocolate coating:

2 cups milk or dark chocolate chips

1 tablespoon food-grade paraffin wax (optional)  

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together on low in a mixer. Set in the fridge to chill for one hour.

Once chilled, roll by the tablespoon into balls. This is easiest if you use your hands! HAHA!

Melt chocolate and wax in a double boiler on low heat.

Dip balls into the melted chocolate, coating completely. Place on wax paper lined baking sheets. Chill until set. 

Store in the fridge or freezer…if they last that long.

Happy Baking!

XOXO Aubrey

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