Every year, for the past 30 years or so, at Christmas, my very bff or my “fluffy slipper” as I like to call her, and I get together to make peanut butter balls.
They are messy to make because you have to dip them into melted chocolate and they take forever to roll because we both need a triple batch but it gives us time to catch up on each others lives, share a good laugh or two and ask ourselves why we do this every year? It’s not because we both love peanut butter balls so much or that we really even have to have that many, it’s that I love my “fluffy slipper” and she loves her “old shoe” and it is tradition. Some things can NEVER change.
Through the years we have tried several different versions of peanut butter balls and they are all really good. I will share all of them with you and you can decide which one, if not all, is your favorite.
#1 Buckeyes ~ the original
- 18 ounces of peanut butter
- 1 box of confectioners sugar
- 2 sticks of butter or margarine, softened
- 3 cups of crushed graham crackers
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Cream together peanut butter and butter. Add vanilla and confectioners sugar, mixing until smooth. Add crushed graham crackers, mix well and roll into balls. Dip in melted chocolate (recipe found at the bottom of the page), let harden on wax paper. Store in covered container in fridge.
When we first started to make peanut butter balls they didn’t have crushed graham crackers in a box. We had to crush our own. I remember one year using a blender and a wooden spoon to shove the crackers into the blender to chop them into fine crumbs. Well, lets just say don’t do it. Unless of course you like bits and pieces of wooden spoon in your peanut butter balls!!
#2 Peanut butter balls ~ my favorite
- 2 sticks of melted butter
- 1 box of confectioners sugar
- 1 cup of coconut
- 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts, your choice (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
- 1 12 or 18 ounce jar of peanut butter
Mix all ingredients together and roll into balls. Put in the refrigerator for a few mins to firm up. Dip into melted chocolate and put on wax paper to harden. Store in covered container in the fridge.
#3 Peanut butter balls ~ My fluffy slippers favorite
- 16 ounces of confectioners sugar
- 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
Mix all ingredients together and roll into balls. Dip into melted chocolate and put on wax paper to harden. Store in covered container in fridge.
- 12 ounce package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- *4 squares of Bakers unsweetened chocolate
- 1/2 cake of wax
Don’t flip out! Yes, you read that right. I use parrafin wax, the kind that used to be used in canning way back in the day. It gives the pb balls a nice shiny coating, helps them harden up and keeps them from sweating (you really wouldn’t want sweaty balls – SNL with Alec Baldwin?? Dying!!!). You don’t want that chocolate all over your fingers now do you? Then everyone will know you were sneaking the treats when they weren’t looking!
*I have found that you do not even need to add the Bakers unsweetened chocolate. Why it is in the recipe I don’t know. It really makes no difference that I can see. It took about 29 years for me to realize this.
All of these recipes freeze well.
This year is seems that life just had a way of sneaking up on all of us and I didn’t get to make the peanut butter balls with my fluffy slipper. It was a sad day as I stood there rolling all those balls by myself. I really don’t even think they came out as good as when we are together, they just don’t taste the same. Missed ya Mare.