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Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate and peanut butter are an irresistible combination, and these classic peanut butter balls bring them together perfectly!
Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 45 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Servings 48 Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups peanut butter, chunky or smooth
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups Rice Krispies

For Dipping Balls

  • 20 ounces of melting chocolate, either dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate. (use chocolate bars, not chocolate chips) **See notes
  • 2 teaspoons shortening or vegetable oil

Toppings:

  • ¼ cup finely chopped salted peanuts
  • Leftover dipping chocolate to drizzle on top

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream together the softened butter, sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Add the Rice Krispies and stir together on the lowest setting until completely incorporated. It's okay if some of the Rice Krispies get crushed.
  • Form the peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls by squeezing the dough to compact it slightly and then rolling it into a ball. Place rolled ball onto a parchment paper or wax paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Once all the balls are rolled, place them in the refrigerator for one hour to allow the balls to chill completely.

Dipping the Peanut Butter Balls:

  • Cut up the chocolate bars into smaller pieces, and add to a microwave-safe bowl or glass measuring cup, along with the shortening or vegetable oil. Microwave on high in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval. Continue until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Drop the balls one at a time into the chocolate, and using a dipping tool or fork, remove the ball from the chocolate, tapping off the excess chocolate. Place the ball back on the baking sheet and immediately top with chopped nuts. Repeat with the remaining balls.
  • Once all the balls are done, return them to the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to set.
  • If you plan to drizzle leftover dipping chocolate over some or all the balls, allow them to chill for 20-30 minutes in the refrigerator. Give the dipping chocolate a good stir and pour it into a small zip lock bag, press the air out, and seal the bag. Snip off just a tiny bit of the corner and drizzle the chocolate in a back-and-forth motion over each ball. Return the pan to the refrigerator again to allow the chocolate to set.
  • Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for five to six days. These also freeze well; place in an airtight container and eat within six months.

Notes

**Chocolate:  For best results when dipping the peanut butter balls, use baking chocolate bars found in the baking aisle. Do not use chocolate chips, as they contain stabilizers which prevents them from melting into the correct consistency for a smooth coating when dipping.
My preference for these balls is to use dark chocolate. Not only is dark chocolate better for you, I feel like it gives these peanut butter balls a bit of a more decadent flavor.