Mike and I have been watching FRIENDS a lot lately, and we recently saw this episode where Monica decides to make Christmas candy for the neighbors. One taster deems the candies “little drops of heaven,” and I couldn’t help but think of my mom’s famous peanut butter ball treats that we have every Christmas. This week, we happened to make them the very same afternoon, but in far-away kitchens! It wasn’t planned, but was so neat to be connected by a cooking experience. I asked her for some photos, so you can see our process (and how they are just a little bit different.)
PEANUT BUTTER BALLS
2 C peanut butter
1 stick butter
1 lb powdered sugar
3 C rice krispies
1 tsp vanilla
1 package of white bark (white chocolate… you can do it with dark, too) add paraffin if you’re working with pure chocolate.
First you melt the peanut butter and butter together. DON’T let it boil. Add vanilla.
In a large bowl, mix the powdered sugar and rice krispies together. combine with the peanut butter melted mix. It will look something like this:
This is a funny part of our process, because I remember when I was a kid, my dad always had to stir. It gets kind of tough once it’s almost all mixed, and mom always tells dad, “don’t crush any of the rice krispies!” It’s a pretty much impossible request, but dad does come pretty close to leaving all of them intact. (It helps to use a rubber spatula instead of something stiff, like a wooden spoon.)
Then you roll the peanut butter/krispy mix into 1-inch balls… should look something like this.
In the meantime, melt the white bark and paraffin in a double boiler. once that’s all melted and ready to go, you get to dip the balls into the chocolate, and place them onto plates lined with wax paper. They can go into the fridge or freezer to harden…. and you are done!
(photos courtesy of my dad and Mike!)