These Peanut Butter Balls are so good that they literally melt in your mouth - it is hard to stop eating them!
They taste like Reeses' Peanut Butter Cups candy. Very easy to make. Especially great during the Christmas holiday. This is one of my traditional candy recipes
that I make every Christmas.
Chocolate Recipes and
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Recipe:
Yields: makes many
Prep time: 20 min
2 1/3 cups powdered (confectioners') sugar
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped nuts (of your choice)
1 cup crunchy peanut butter, room temperature
1 cup butter, melted
1 (12-ounce) package semi-sweet
1/4 block (1 ounce)
paraffin wax (optional)**
* I like to use the dark
(60%) chocolate chips.
** Pariffin Wax, Parowax, Baker's Wax, or Cooking Wax - It is classified as a chemical
preservative and is widely used on fruits, vegetables, and candy to make them
shiny and pretty, and to retard moisture loss and spoilage. You can find paraffin wax in your grocery store where canning jars and
supplies are sold. The paraffin wax helps the chocolate to set up better.
Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar, graham cracker crumbs, shredded coconut, chopped nuts, peanut butter, and
butter; form into approximately 1-inch round balls and place onto the
prepared baking sheet to set, approximately 20 minutes.
I find it easier if I transfer the balls to the
refrigerator until hardened, approximately 30 minutes.
In the top of a double boiler over hot water, melt chocolate chips and paraffin wax. Using a toothpick to hold the
chilled balls, carefully dip each ball into the melted chocolate mixture to coat;
place onto wax paper to harden before serving.
Store, in a covered container, in the refrigerator. Freeze for longer storage.
Yields 4 dozen balls.