Peanut butter balls is by far the most requested item from my Christmas kitchen. These little delicacies aren’t nearly as difficult as people imagine, but they are time consuming. They are a perfect project for kids in the kitchen!
Peanut Butter Balls
- 1 jar of your favorite peanut butter (I like Reese’s)
- 1 pound of butter or margarine
- 2-4 pounds of confectioner’s sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips
- ¼ pound paraffin wax (found in the canning supplies)
Instructions:Over low heat, melt peanut butter and butter together, stirring often. When completely melted, stir in vanilla. Add 2 pounds of confectioner’s sugar and stir well.
At this point, you will need to determine if your mixture is thick enough to form into balls or if you need to add more confectioner’s sugar. This is not an exact science as it is a different amount each time. You basically want it to be the consistency of Play-doh (yum). Once you’ve got the right consistency, begin to roll the mixture into bite size balls, and place the balls onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet. Do this before the mixture is completely cool. Once all the mixture has been rolled, place the cookie sheets into the fridge for an hour or so to chill (or pop them in the freezer for 20 minutes).
In the top of a double boiler, melt your chocolate chips and paraffin wax, stirring well. Using a toothpick, dip your peanut butter balls into the chocolate mixture and return balls to the waxed paper. The chocolate coating dries quickly and these stack well in containers.
Our second biggest hit in our “Elfing” is potato candy. This candy has reduced recipients to tears on more than one occasion, as it reminds them of past Christmases with their own parents and grandparents. You can see a more in depth tutorial at my blog, S.A.H.M. I Am!
Potato Candy Ingredients:
- 1 small potato
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 1 lb. confectioner’s sugar
- peanut butter
Chill and cut into thin slices.
I hope you enjoy these delicious treats as you celebrate the Christmas season with family and friends!
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!