Introduction: How to Make Chocolate Covered PB Balls
Every Christmas, my grandmother makes my family a batch of around 130 of these treats. And by every January, we have none left. Like potato chips, it is virtually impossible to eat only one of these chocolate covered peanut butter balls. But requiring only an hour and a half preparation time and no oven, they are far from impossible to make.
The recipe was taught to me by my grandma and will be taught to my grandchildren. Whether it be for family, friends, colleagues, or yourself, making these treats will certainly bring a smile to your face.
The following is adopted from my grandma’s original recipe and cut if half. It should produce around 63 treats.
What you’ll need:
2.5 cups of rice krispies
1 sticks of butter, softened
1 16 oz jar of crunchy peanut butter
~1 lbs of confectioner sugar
4 cups of chocolate chips
1 stick paraffin wax
Step 1: Use Your Hands!
Place the first 3 ingredients (peanut butter, softened butter, and Rice Krispies) in a large mixing bowl.
Add about half of the sugar into the mixing bowl and mix with your hands. Slowly add more and more sugar until the dough becomes a solid mixture that can be rolled into balls. I would not exceed 1 lb of sugar.
When I last made these, I ended up using about 80% of a 1 lb bag of powdered sugar.
Step 2: Refrigerate the Dough
Keep the dough in the fridge for a minimum of 45 minutes.
Step 3: Melt the Chocolate
In the meantime, start working on the melted chocolate sauce. This step requires a double broiler, which can be done DIY with a pot with a slightly smaller pot inside, as pictured. Fill the larger pot about a fourth of the way up with water and put the chocolate chips and wax in the smaller pot, as pictured.
Melt the chocolate and wax together slowly with the stove on a low setting. This process should take awhile (30 minutes) and requires frequent mixing. A baking spatula works really well.
FYI: The purpose of melting with paraffin wax, which is completely edible, is to ensure the chocolate outside the cookies does not melt at room temperature.
Step 4: Get Rolling!
When the dough is ready, remove it from the fridge. Its consistency should be a little chunky. Form the dough into balls around the size of a quarter. Place each ball on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Step 5: Dip the Treats in Chocolate
Using tongs (preferably) or a fork, dip the cookies into the chocolate in the pan one by one. Roll them around a little to make sure that they are covered on all sides. Place each treat back on the parchment lined cookie sheet.
Step 6: Refrigerate the Treats
Leave them in the fridge for an hour at least. They can be served at room temperature.
Step 7: Enjoy!
Finally, serve the treats up for family, friends, or even yourself any time of the year. Enjoy them while you can; I can guarantee that they will be gone in a flash!