Monday, December 22, 2008

Peanut Butter Balls

These delicious peanut butter candies are sure to be my downfall this Christmas season.  I made enough to share, and now I am snowed in, and they are disappearing fast, if you know what I mean.  If you would like to try them, you will have to make your own.

  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 Tablespoons margarine
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • parchment paper

Stir together the powdered sugar, peanut butter, and margarine until it is well mixed.

Shape the mixture into 1 inch balls (you may want to butter up your hands so they don't stick) and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Let balls stand for 20 minutes until dry, or better yet, put the whole tray in the freezer if there is room.

Melt the chocolate you will use for dipping.  I tried a make-shift "double boiler" approach:

But it isn't necessary.  If you are doing this with your kids, just pop a glass bowl of chocolate chips in the microwave, and call it good.  That way they aren't standing over hot steam.

Dip the balls into the chocolate to coat.  I used a metal skewer at first, and then gave that up and just dropped them in and fished them out with a spoon.  Whatever works for you, go for it.

Let the excess chocolate drip off, and place the chocolate covered ball back on the parchment paper.

Let stand until dry, and then store any extras tightly covered in a cool dry place.

Thanks to Debi for another easy Christmas candy recipe!



Christine said...

I'd almost forgotten about this cookie! I don't even think I have the recipe to it. My mom always baked a ton of scrumptous different cookies for the holidays when I was growing up and this was one of them! She always seemed to find the best recipes!

Jackie said...

Looks and sounds so yummy, Merilee! Thanks for passing this on and with all the great photos too. Love U, Jax

Barbara said...

Hi Merilee, boy was my mouth watering after I saw your peanut butter candy!! I wish I had been close by so I would have been on your gift list but now looks like if I want any I must make it myself. Not nearly as much fun tho I am sure. I have not made candy in years. When I was a child my daddy (Gpa Sexton) made fudge every Christmas and it was the old fashion way and it was soooo good. I do not remember him cooking anything else but candy. Sweet memories. Well Happy New Year again!! LOVE, Gma

Jaynie Roberts said...

MERILEE! Time to update your blog. I've read this over and over! jaynie lol

truly said...

My mom made these for us as a child... we put ours in the fridge to keep cool, they set up faster too (hehe). Try using chunky peanut butter and adding 1/2 c crushed graham crackers for balls that are a bit easier to work with. These look so good, Im going to have to make some this weekend! Thanks, lol!