Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Cookie Bonanza: Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut butter balls have a special place in my Christmas memories. I can remember making peanut butter balls with my mom growing up, and the big hissy fit that usually came along with making them. They used to piss her off, because she liked her baked goods to look perfect - and dipping the peanut butter balls in melted chocolate isn't exactly easy. It tends to make a mess, which would always make her upset. We tried dipping them with toothpicks, to make getting the balls out of the chocolate easier, which then left little holes in the bottom of the balls. Mom would try to fill the holes with chocolate, which sometimes made it look worse. Another year, she tried just dropping them in the chocolate and fishing them out with a spoon. That year, the balls didn't look so beautiful. These days, I either drizzle chocolate on top and skip the dipping altogether or use toothpicks. If you've got another method, I'm all ears!

Peanut Butter Balls
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16-18 oz peanut butter
4 c powdered sugar
1 cup soft butter
12 oz chocolate chips
1/2 cake paraffin wax

1. Mix peanut butter and sugar well. Freeze overnight.
2. Roll into balls.
3. Melt chocolate and paraffin together and mix well.
4. Dip the rolled balls in chocolate and place on wax paper to cool.


Stephanie Faris said...

That sounds delicious!

Colleen said...

OH MY GOSH!!! How did I forget all about these?? I am so making these this weekend! Thank you!

NoReturnMom said...

Oh, these were my favorite when I was a kid! Have nevr tried making them for my own kids, but maybe now I will. Luckily, at 1 & 2, they could care less about how they look.

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

Anonymous said...

Again, I love that you are not only sharing the recipes, but also the memories associated with them.

This story reminds me of trying to make chocolate truffles last Christmas to go along with my Holiday cards. I usually consider myself to have cold hands, but the ganache mixture kept melting as I rolled it. I wound up keeping a bucket of ice water on hand to plunge my hands in between truffles. The whole process was messy and uncomfortable. But the truffles were delicious, and I probably would go through it all over again. Just not this year, the memory of the agonizing cold is too vivid.

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