And, just like that, it’s Christmas. Bring on the holiday parties, dirty Santa exchanges, mix and jingles and cookie swaps we seem to commit ourselves to, desperately searching Pinterest for a recipe easy enough to pull off after bedtime. Don’t fret, because I have one that’s not only easy, but also can be pulled off for multiple functions. Whip up this easy recipe for peanut butter balls complete with sprinkles on top.
For as long as I can remember, if there was a Christmas event in my family, there were peanut butter balls. To this day, my mom makes them every year and this recipe has become just as much a tradition as my dad reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” every Christmas Eve to his now adult children. When I became the lady of my own house, I continued to make this favorite recipe for Christmas.
2 cups of creamy peanut butter
2 cups of powdered sugar
2 cups of Rice Krispies cereal
2 tablespoons of butter (you can use margarine)
1 package of chocolate and/or vanilla almond bark
Multi color sprinkles
Makes 58 peanut butter balls (60 if you admit to sneaking two while baking)
Mix the peanut butter, powdered sugar, Rice Krispies and margarine together until the batter is sticky, but firm enough to shape. You may need to add a bit more peanut butter if the batter is too dry.
Next, roll the batter into spoon sized balls. If the batter begins to melt while you are rolling balls, put it in the refrigerator until it is firm again.
Once your balls are formed, carefully melt two to three blocks of almond bark over medium heat, stirring so not to burn. You can also use the microwave to melt the chocolate. In fact, it’s a lot easier to just use the microwave.
One at a time, dip the balls into the melted almond bark and place on a foil covered tray.
Top with sprinkles. This is where the kids come in handy. Sprinkle away! The sprinkles are the key ingredient to the recipe (I won’t let unsprinkled peanut butter balls show their faces outside of my kitchen), so be sure to sprinkle each piece of candy before the almond bark drys.
Once the peanut butter balls have all cooled and dried, pull them off the foil and pack away for the festivities. I recommend freezing a few batches to keep on hand throughout the holidays. They go great with a mug of hot chocolate, a glass of wine or a chocolate martini. Really, they go great with anything. Enjoy!