Gena's Peanut Butter Balls
For years up until she passed away a few years ago, my mom would send us a big container of Peanut Butter Balls at Christmas time, because they were always one of my favorite treats that she made. And in later years it was also an extra incentive for her that one of my sons loved them as much as I did (the other is not so big on peanut butter)
Here is her recipe - we made it with pecans instead of walnuts - and I think it was a good change.
- 1 cup nuts ( 100g ), crushed smallish
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup crisp rice cereal
- 1 tablespoon butter
Mix this all together well in a bowl and then form into balls of whatever size you like. My mother tended to make them really enormous but they were a bit overwhelming even for someone like me with a major sweet tooth, so we make them on the small side and find it better that way.
Melt 175g chocolate together in a sauce pan with 1/4 bar of paraffin wax. If you are not experienced at doing this carefully right on the burner in a pot, then you should use a double boiler.
Use a fork to pick up a ball and roll it around in the melted chocolate, and then remove it from the pot. I don't mean to stick it with the fork - put the fork under it when picking it out so that all the excess chocolate can run away.
Drop them onto wax paper and allow to cool. Once they are cool they can be put into a container.