Peanut Butter Balls
Once upon a time, a very long time ago, I went to school. While in sixth grade, we had this new Reading Book that I did not like, I think even then, I was partial to good graphics, this book had nothing of good graphics, but I suppose it was modern for its time. Of course, I so did love reading and read all of it within a few weeks, much to my teacher’s distress. The year seemed long reading from a book I did not like, however, today, as I flip through the book, remembering each story, I realize it is a pretty cook book, varied and interesting, a book that teaches other things you as you read. Awesome.
In one of the sections, we had to make peanut butter balls, now that was fun! They were a hit with the class and I started making them for my brothers and sisters. And one recipe was never enough, so I always doubled or tripled the recipe. The only thing I have changed in the recipe is I always use butter and I do not use vanilla wafers, I use graham cookies.
These take about 20 minutes to make; they are seriously fun to make with kids too, not for nothing it was in a sixth grader reading book.
I hope you make them and enjoy them as often we have in our family!
Peanut Butter Balls
8 tbsp. smooth peanut butter
8 tbsp. butter, room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla
8 tbsp. light corn syrup
2 c. powdered sugar
4 tbsp. milk
4 c. graham crumbs plus more for dipping
Optional: ¼ melted chocolate missed with 1 tsp. peanut butter
In large mixing bowl, stir together the peanut butter and butter. Add the vanilla and corn syrup. Stir till homogeneous. Gently add in the powdered sugar and milk. Stir well.
Add the graham crumbs and stir till fully mixed.
Form into 1-inch balls and roll into the graham cracker cookie crumbs. Place on cookie sheet. Place in freezer for 5 minutes. (more time does not matter; this is to cool the butter after handling)
Option: For half or all the balls, do not roll in cookie crumb, place on cookie sheet and drizzle with the melted chocolate and peanut butter. I like to do half and half because it looks pretty. Place in freezer for a few minutes.
Hide till you wish them to be eaten. Once out, watch them disappear.