Yesterday, a summer layout, today Christmas baking. I’m all over the board here!
Today I thought I’d share my recipe for making a family favourite in this house at Christmas, chocolate covered peanut butter balls. They are very simple to make. In a large bowl you just combine the following:
1 c crunchy or smooth peanut butter
1 cup icing sugar
4 tbsp. butter or margarine
1/2 c shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup rice krispies
Mix together well. Form into small balls using your hands. Dip into melted chocolate wafers (I buy Merkins light chocolate wafers from the Bulk Barn) and melt them in a measuring cup in the microwave. A double boiler or glass bowl over a pot of boiling water will of course work too. I buy the equivalent of about 6-7 cups of wafers (comes to about $12.00) and that does about 3 batches of peanut better balls. Each batch yields about 20-24 balls.
Now back to melting the chocolate…..I must say though that what I find works best is a one or two cup measuring cup full almost of chocolate wafers, put the microwave on medium or low temp. I find this because it’s nice to have something kinda deep to make it easier to fully submerge the balls and coat them fully in one swoop. Then you can pull them back out easily with a teaspoon or a toothpick. Allow excess chocolate to drip off. It’s a little messy, if it’s not messy you can’t be doing it right!! Place coated balls on waxed paper on a cookie sheet and refrigerate until set. Then they can be transferred later to a suitable container without risking them all sticking together. Store in fridge until consuming though, as opposed to on the counter. These freeze very well too. But good luck keeping them in the house long enough to bother freezing any……
Here they are in all their glory: