Sassymonkey's Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate covered peanut butter balls remind me of my grandparent's house. My oldest brother G lived with my grandparents for as long as I can remember (he was 18 by the the time I was born). Chocolate covered peanut butter balls were his favourite and they were around almost all the time. My grandmother would make a great big batch and keep them in the freezer. I believe the original theory that a few could be taken out at a time but in reality we started just gnawing on them frozen. As a positive (I supppose) it meant that we ate less of them.

This is the first year I've really celebrated Christmas in years - by years I mean close to a decade. It's also my and Lee's first Christmas together. We decided that we wanted to stay home for Christmas and invited his family over for dinner Christmas day. Christmas suddenly is looming before me and I've actually created a checklist/schedule that is posted on the fridge. Some of it is necessary for Christmas dinner and others are necessary just because I said so, like the nuts that I purchased for cracking and snacking because we always hate them at Christmas when I was a kid. I kicked off  today by making Elise's cranberry sauce before I had even had my morning coffee, and as I've said before, it totally kicks canned ass. A bonus this year is that I got to use the cranberries that we won in our Farmer's Market basket. Then I broke out the hand mixer and started making peppermint patties. These aren't a traditional Sassymonkey Family recipe (although my best friend's mother always made them) but they are something I started making a few years ago and I've promised some to friends.

Right now I'm taking a break before I start in on the chocolate covered peanut butter balls. I had to call my mother to get the recipe. Making them transports me back to my grandmother's kitchen, "helping" her make them when I was just a wee monkey. It's a great recipe to make with kids, assuming you don't mind turning your kitchen into a disaster area.

Sassymonkey's Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Balls

2 cups peanut butter
1/2 cup room temperature unsalted butter or margarine
2 cups icing sugar
3 cups Rice Krispies
300 grams semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp shortening

Mix together the peanut butter, butter and icing sugar. Mix in Rice Krispies. Roll into 1-inch balls and let chill. Melt chocolate chips with shortening in a double boiler. Dip peanut butter balls into chocolate and chill. Try not to eat all at once.

banana.gif Monkey Note 1: You can use smooth or crunchy peanut butter. My mom likes crunchy.

banana.gif Monkey Note 2: My mother likes to chill the peanut butter mixture before rolling to balls. It's a messy process and you'll be washing your hands a lot.

banana.gif Monkey Note 3: Stick the balls into the freezer before dipping in chocolate. They'll be a bit more stable that way. And use a slotted spoon for dipping if you have one.

banana.gif Monkey Note 4: The original recipe is old school and actually uses paraffin wax rather than shortening. I've done it both ways and I usually use shortening just because it means I don't have to try to find the wax.