Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

This recipe has become a Christmas standard in this house. Each year I think I will not make these, and each year one of the boys will say, “When are you making those peanut butter balls?” It’s one of their favorites. So alas, I make them each and every year.

This recipe is pretty big. It’ll make approximately 4.5 dozen 1-inch balls. So this year I cut the recipe in half, because with all the other sweets and goodies going on in this house I really don’t need an extra 30 peanut butter balls tempting me or my thighs! I’ve put the full recipe here for you.

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Peanut Butter Balls

1 1/2 cups peanut butter (I use crunchy)

2 sticks butter

1 can coconut

2 cups chopped nuts

1 box 10x powdered sugar

2 1/2 cups graham crackers, crushed

2 pkgs chocolate bark

Christmas Sweets 008

In large pot melt butter. Add in peanut butter and incorporate over low heat. Mix in powdered sugar and make sure everything is combined well and sugar has melted in. Remove from heat and add the remaining ingredients (except the chocolate bark). Using your hands or a 1-inch baller make balls and set on a waxed paper lined baking sheet.

I like to put the baking sheet into the freezer for about 20 or 30 minutes to help them retain their shape. You can go straight into dipping but you’ll find that sometimes the warm balls lose their shape and can get messy (I’m already messy enough in the kitchen. Don’t need any help in that department).

Melt chocolate over low heat in pot, or using a double boiler, or in a microwave-safe dish (my prefer method). Using tongs, dip each ball into the chocolate, turning gently to cover, and then lift out slowly, allowing excess chocolate to drain off. Place on waxed paper.

It’ll take about 20 minutes for the chocolate to harden, at which point you can eat and enjoy. If the chocolate in the bowl starts to thicken simply pop back into the microwave for 15-30 seconds, stir and continue dipping. I also recommend melting one package of bark to start, and then adding as you need it. Generally one recipe of peanut butter balls uses about 1 1/2 packages of bark.

 

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