You See These Right Here? They're Called Balls...

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My friend Rochelle recently brought over these amazing confections. Chocolate + peanut butter + rice krispies = Uh. May. Zing. They are easy to make and would be a great project to do with kids! So naturally I had to share with you too.

Warning: these are insanely will be eating them...a lot.

Peanut Butter Balls
1/4 lb butter or margarine
1 (16 oz) jar peanut butter (chuncky or creamy is fine)
1 lb powdered sugar
3.5 cups Rice Krispies
1 large Hershey bar
1 (6 oz) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
wax paper

Using a handheld electric mixer or standing mixer, beat the butter and peanut butter together until combined and creamy. Add powdered sugar and beat on low until combined. Add Rice Krispies and mix to combine.

Using a spoon or melon-baller, scoop out a small amount and roll dough into a ball about 1 inch thick in diameter. Set balls aside.

Set up a double-boiler. Melt the chocolates together until combined. You can use water, a little butter or a dash of heavy cream to thin out the chocolate if needed. Using a toothpick, dip each ball into the melted chocolate and set on a baking sheet lined with wax paper to cool and harden. To speed up the process you cand place the dipped balls into the refrigerator. When the chocolate has set, they are ready to serve.

You can use creamy or chunky peanut butter.

You can do a combination of milk and semi-sweet chocolate, all milk chocolate, all semi-sweet or even dark or white chocolate. You can always add more chips during the melting process. You can also melt chcocolate in the microwave.

You can make ahead and freeze the balls.

Balls can stand out at room temperature for a couple of hours but need to be refrigerated eventually as the chocolate will get too soft.

For a cute presentation, stick a white lollipop stick in the balls before dipping them into the chocolate and arrange them on a nice platter as little "pops."


Amanda Ebner said...

I used to make these when I babysat!

So cute to put them on sticks - I bet food-coloring some white chocolate to make different color balls (and perhaps using fruity pebbles instead of rice krispies!) could be cute too!!!

Mishy said...

Love that! or can do white chocolate and colored sprinkles too! the options are endless!!