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chocolate peanut butter balls
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls have a decadent peanut butter filling similar to a peanut butter cup. It is then dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkles with a few chopped peanuts or multicolored sprinkles.
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, peanut butter chocolate recipe, peanutbutter
Servings: 60 balls
Calories: 120kcal

Ingredients

Peanut Butter filling

  • ½ cup butter(113g)
  • 2 cups peanut butter(540g)
  • 3 cups rice crispies (87g)
  • 1 lb confectioners sugar(454g)

chocolate for dipping

  • 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks(340g)
  • 2 tbsp Crisco shortening(23g)

Instructions

Peanut Butter Balls Filling

  • Melt the butter and stir it into the powdered sugar. Then add the peanut butter and stir to mix in. Then add this mixture to the rice crispies and stir to evenly coat the rice crispy cereal.
  • Add the peanutbutter, sugar, and butter mixture to the rice crispies and stir to evenly coat the rice crispy cereal.
  • Form into 1 inch balls and set aside on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Chocolate for dipping

  • Add the Crisco to the chocolate. Melt in a double boiler being careful to not boil the water or get any water into the chocolate. Alternatively, melt in the microwave in 20 to 30 -second intervals, Stir after each interval. Be careful to not get hot spots in the chocolate or it will "seize" up and turn hard and crumbly. If this happens you will have to throw out the chocolate and start over.
  • Once the chocolate is melted. Dip the peanut butter balls in the chocolate to coat. Place on a parchment line pan and sprinkle with chopped peanuts or non-pareils rainbow sprinkles.
  • Put the chocolate peanut butter balls in the fridge to cool and firm up the chocolate. Store in an air-tight container in a cool place.

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Notes

Milk chocolate also works for dipping the peanut butter balls.  
Freeze the chocolate-dipped peanut butter balls and eat them frozen. 
Replace the Crisco with paraffin for a smoother, firmer chocolate that won't melt on your fingers when you eat it.  The paraffin is difficult to find as very few people use it for canning anymore. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1ball | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg