Peanut Butter Balls - Melt in your Mouth Good

So good, you can't have just one!

Peanut Butter balls are easy to make, and they taste really good. I dare you to stop at just one!
Peanut Butter balls are easy to make, and they taste really good. I dare you to stop at just one! | Source

Baking is a part of my life. It isn't that I necessarily love to eat everything, but there is something about those compliments that taste better than the delicious treats itself.

This year as the holidays came around, I did something that surprised everybody. I announced I wasn't going to be doing my usual holiday baking, which isn't really baking much, it is more like candy making. I had thought this would be beneficial as I had put in so much time and effort to better myself with P90X, and I didn't want my willpower caving in over the holidays.

My decision, of course, did not come with support. So my husband decided to comprimise. I didn't have to do my holiday baking... but I did have to still make the Christmas Cookies, the Sweet Tooth Treats, and the Peanut Butter Balls. So, I decided it was time to check my willpower and go for it. After all, it was the holidays.

Now I am not really sure where Peanut Balls originated from, and I know there are several different recipes out there that make a similiar type treat with a few different ingredients. This is the recipe that I have used for years and is part of my family cookbook.

Not only are these little treats delicious, but they are so easy to make that it really isn't necessary to just confine these to the holidays. I have been making them for years, and with the exception of this year, I usually make an overabundance of them. So after I am done and the peanut butter balls are set, I usually bag them up and freeze them so they stay fresh for longer periods of time.

Yet this year, I apparently didn't make enough. While I usually find these peanut butter balls in my freezer come June, this year we didn't even make it to the end of January. These peanut butter balls are already gone. So, it got me thinking. Maybe I should make some more. The kids love them and honestly, they aren't the worst treat you could have for a chocolate craving.

While the calorie count will depend on the brand and the type of chocolate you use, (and of course how big your balls are) these treats are only about 100 calories per treat. I can think of many other things that are much worse. Unfortunately, you can't eat just one. So you have been warned.

Now let's get to it...

Get out a big bowl and mix everything up

Once everything is mixed together, you will have a big bowl of mush. This is the time to get others around to help you roll it into balls. Be prepared, your hands are going to get dirty!
Once everything is mixed together, you will have a big bowl of mush. This is the time to get others around to help you roll it into balls. Be prepared, your hands are going to get dirty! | Source

Ingredients

The list is short for this recipe, which is nice because it means most times you will have all the stuff on hand. Or, if you do need to run to the store to pick up the ingredients, you know it isn't going to break the bank.

  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (About half a package of graham crackers)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • Block of chocolate (dark or regular - whatever you prefer!)

In addition to the ingredients, you will aslo need a large bowl to combine the ingredients in; a gallon sized ziploc bag to crush the graham crackers into crumbs; measuring cups; wax paper to let the chocolate set; and a double broiler (to heat the chocolate with).

Concentrate

Kids love to help make these. As you can see, she is in deep concentration to make sure they are the perfect size and shape!
Kids love to help make these. As you can see, she is in deep concentration to make sure they are the perfect size and shape! | Source

Dipping and Dunking

I have a special tool just for dunking candies but a fork would work just as well. Make sure the entire ball is covered in chocolate. Work quick. The chocolate is hot and can cause the peanut butter balls to get soft.
I have a special tool just for dunking candies but a fork would work just as well. Make sure the entire ball is covered in chocolate. Work quick. The chocolate is hot and can cause the peanut butter balls to get soft. | Source

Here's how you do it...

This is an easy recipe. You can even get the kids involved in the beginning stages.

As in all baking, make sure you have all ingredients and all tools out and ready for easy reach. While there is nothing that will happen if you don't because there really isn't anything on a time limit here, it does make your life in the kitchen easier.

The first thing you are going to do is crumble those graham crackers. I place a few whole crackers in a bag at a time and then hand it off to the kids. They like crumbling up. When they are done, I take a rolling pin over the top to make sure there are no huge crumbles left over.

Now measure out your ingredients... mix the peanut butter, graham crackers, powdered sugar and margarine together. Do NOT attempt this with a spoon. It will take you forever and your arm will get tired. So get dirty with it and dig in with both hands. It will have a better consistency and be much easier on you.

Once everything is mixed, roll them into small balls. You are going to want to put a piece of wax paper on a cookie sheet and place them there. After the balls are rolled, you can go straight to dipping them in the chocolate, but I prefer to set them by placing them in the refrigerator or freezer for about an hour. This will help them hold together when you start putting them in hot chocoloate.

Now it is time to prepare the chocolate. In your double broiler, place water in the bottom pan and the chocolate in the top pan. Although if you have a double broiler you probably already knew that! Melt the chocolate.

When you are ready, place a sheet of waxed paper down and start dunking your balls in the chocolate. Let them lay on the waxed paper until the chocolate is nice and set. Then you can either place them on a decorative plate for everybody to enjoy or you can bag them up in a gallon ziploc bag and put them in the refrigerator or freezer. I usually freeze mine and they can last for up to 6 months or more.

Yep - It really is that easy!

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A few extra notes

  1. This recipe will make about 50 to 60 different balls depending on how large you make them.
  2. This is a great treat to package up with other goodies as a nice, homemade gift.
  3. This is super easy... so get the kids involved.
  4. While it is good to get the kids involved, the adults should always be the ones doing the dipping in the chocolate. The chocolate and the pan is hot and could easily cause burns.
  5. You will get dirty. Don't dress in your Sunday best for this adventure.
  6. Once the balls are dipped in chocolate, plan to leave them sit out for at least an hour or two. You want to make sure it is nice and solid before you package them up.
  7. Feel free to change it up. While I normally just use chocolate, this year I used Dark Chocolate. The results were amazing, which is probably why they are already gone.
  8. These are sweet enough that having one is definately a cure for the sweet tooth.
  9. Don't be surpised if you make this once and suddenly people are requesting that you make it again.
  10. These Peanut Butter Balls are highly addictive. I DARE you to just eat one!

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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Stacy...

I love ALL things peanut butter...just not, oddly, peanut butter...cookies and what not...OH sure...

So...are these the tasty treats that Toto is following through the forest? I must link!

This recipe is awesome...I do not bake, however. Do you deliver?

Thomas


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Okay--you are no help at all! ;) These look wonderful and I'm thinking the graham crackers would add a wonderfully unique flavor to chocolate dipped peanut butter balls. Thanks for sharing--I think. :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I was hoping you'd post the recipe for these. Thank you they look totally addictive but I will make them anyways as I cannot resist peanut butter and chocolate.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Wow, these combine two of my favorite ingredients. Voting this Up and Awesome.


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rob_allen 4 years ago from MNL, PH

whoa! see those pictures. they look really yummy! By the way, i love my peanut butter balls with a bite. i want to whole nuts mixed with peanut butter! yummmm!


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

Yummy! I voted beautiful because there is just nothing like a wonderful amazing peanut butter ball... it makes my mouth water and anything that does that just has to be beautiful! lol. I really want to make these, but I do not have a double broiler. I know there are other ways of melting chocolate because I've been there and done that, but it is a pain and usually doesn't taste as smooth as the double broiler... for good reason! So I will just have to keep this reciepe in my book until I have a double broiler :-) But trust me... once that occurs I will get more than enough peanut butter balls in my life :-) lol


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Wow! Peanut butter and chocolate...what is not to like? Thanks for your recipe and photos. I'm done with my (Christmas) cookie baking for a while but will remember these for the future.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hey BBG - these do sound so good but I don't have a double broiler! Are there many recipes I can use it for? I might have to get one...I have had to skip other recipes for not having one before...

They sound so good! I wish you could just mail some to me! Sounds like Myth thinks they really help the taste? I am trying not to snack before dinner! You are not helping me! lol


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Uh-oh--good thing I don't bother with New Year's Resolutions! Bookmarked, and once again bemoaning the lack of a 'delicious' button.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I can promise you that we shall be making these very soon, like this weekend. I love peanut butterballs. MY mouth is watering. I need some NOW!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Thomas - Luckily for you, you are only a state away. Therefore I would be willing to deliver for a fee of course! Unfortunately, I am not sure if they will make it that far. As I said, they are horribly addicting and you can't eat just one! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@RTalloni - These are absolutely wonderful and the graham crackers give it a little more of a crunch. And the dark chocolate... if I had anymore... I would defintely have to have one right now! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Just Ask Susan - You definately have to make these... just remember to share so they aren't tempting for too long! That is what I did... now I am wondering if I should make more since I have some leftover chocolate! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@alocsin - Thanks so much. Glad that I could give you something with your two favorite ingredients! Hope you enjoy them! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Rob_Allen - You know - I have never tried making these with crunchy peanut butter. I bet that would be a completely different treat. I might have to try that next time!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - I knew you would absolutley love to have this recipe. Maybe you should put double broiler on your next Christmas list or birthday present... hmmm... or maybe you should spoil yourself and go out and get one. Consider it kitchen pampering. Or maybe, because they are so addictive, you would be better off not getting the double boiler ;) And I agree - they are beautiful!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@PeggyW - These are absolutely wonderful and I can guarantee that if you try them next holiday season, they will be a hit.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - It is worth the double boiler... for sure. I would offer to mail some to you but I don't know if they would make it.... unless Eli didn't know I was making them of course! ;) The nice thing about the double broiler is that you can still use them as other pots for normal use. Mine isn't overly huge and it works when I am making mashed potatoes and what not. They are probably one of the most used pots in my cabinet! Hmmm... maybe I need to make more! Now I want a snack!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@DzyMsLizzy - YOu know - they really do need to add a delicious button to the hubs. I can think of so many times I would have pushed the delicious button. Hope you enjoy them!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Hyphenbird - That sounds like a perfect weekend activity and I am sure there will be no complaints. Enjoy your peanut butter balls!


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

Are you falling off the exercise wagon? :)

I love chocolate/peanut butter treats. Peanut butter cups and miniatures are my favorite candies. These look really good.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Daffy Duck - Nope - not at all. I actually took one day off and started up round 2 of P90X. I think tomorrow I am also going to shove some Jillian Michaels in there as well. However, I am taking a break from the pure P90X hubs. HOwever, my mind is so focused on P90X, it has been difficult to break away. Don't worry - there will be updates so keep your eyes peeled! :)


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

I can't believe you're doing that again. You're just a freak! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I know... ha ha - but this time I dragged a few victims in with me. I am not being as aggressive... ok... who am I kidding! Don't mess with this girl's workout... lol. I will probably be doing a 30 day update and I don't want to be plateued - I want to show more results so it doesn't look like I sat around and ate peanut butter balls! LOL So yep - I guess that does make me crazy!


mtbke5 4 years ago

When I made these for the holidays I think I ate half the batch before I even put any chocolate on them!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@mtbke5 - I warned you... they are addicting... lol! But at least peanut butter is a good protein! :)


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

Actually I wasn't saying it as a negative. I meant freak as awesome or something like that.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Daffy - You are too funny. I agree - freak as in awesome. But yeah - we are kicking it... almost done with the second week. Boy - am I sore. I think I need to write something about my rickety old bones... LOL


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

OH MY GOSH... Dang.. there goes the diet! But WHO CARES!!! hahaha... I'm making these this weekend!

I've added your link to my hub as well.. People have GOT to see this recipe!

Lisa

http://hubpages.com/food/How-to-Make-Mouth-Waterin...


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Rusticliving - yeah - they will definately blow the diet... unless you can figure out how to eat just one or maybe even two... and then if you figure that out tell the world because everybody is dying to know! LOL


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece

I love crunchy peanut butter and these balls sound the business. I've bookmarked this recipe for future reference. Can I ask, is it smooth or crunchy peanut butter you use? Or doesn't it matter?

A tasty sounding recipe and thanks for sharing....


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@debbie roberts - For this recipe I used creamy. For us that is what we have in the house - because my husband doesn't care for crunchy peanut butter. But I bet it would work for both. Hope you enjoy these when you make them. I would be curious to see what the results would be if you used crunchy!


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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

Hahahahaahahaha *deep breath* hahahahah just one or two hahahahhahahah *deep breath* hahahahah snort..


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Up and awesome, as I love chocolate and peanut butter, I can't see that these could be anything but delicious. Also, things like this are great activities to keep little ones entertained.

SHARING and tweeting :-).


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formosangirl 4 years ago from Los Angeles

They look delicious. My daughter made a version last Christmas, and we'll try yours since the entire family loves peanut butter. Voted Up and Useful.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

Thanks for those mouth watering pictures. My sister is a good cook and I'm sharing this hub with her as I hope that I'll try your delicious recipe in one of the coming days. Rated up and interesting.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@rusticliving - Did you finally get a chance to try them? And yes - one or two... that would be a great display of willpower... I am laughing right along with you!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Brett - My kids definately had a blast making these... although I will admit I like my peanut butter balls to be even so I would go back and occasionally take some off when they made a super huge peanut butter ball. I hope you get a chance to try these. They are a great combination!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@formosangirl - These are great. I hope you guys get a chance to make both varieties so you can get all of your peanut butter cravings fullfilled :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@dinkan53 - I hope you get a chance to try these... they are definately worth it. Thanks for sharing the hub and I hope she gives in and makes some for you! :)


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece

Oh, your peanut butter balls are really good!!...I made them today, I had to substitute Graham crackers with digestive biscuits as we can't get Graham crackers here. They are incredibly sweet and moreish. I only made half the batch and I'm not sure any will make it to the freezer!!

I would definitely recommend making them to anyone who likes peanut butter and has sweet tooth.

Thank you for sharing this recipe. Will be passing it on.


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

These sound wonderful! Peanut butter and chocolate together are one my most favorite treats - I'll have to give these a try. Thanks for the recipe and great details.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@debbie - I am so glad that you tried them.. however I am sad that none of them will make them to the freezer. I guess that just means you will have to make more in the future! :) Thanks for sharing and hope many others get to enjoy these as well!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Kris - I hope that you enjoy these. They are truly one of my favorites... easy to make and absolutely delish! Enjoy!


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Your delicious photos made my mouth water! I have not eaten or tried this dessert before. I will give this yummy recipe a try. It is sweet of your kids in lending a helping hand to you in making this holiday treat.

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Vote up & socially shared.


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chanroth 4 years ago from California, USA

Gosh the photo made my mouth water and how I wish I could take a bite out of the screen! And I was about to get me some left over subway sandwich I had for lunch earlier today but second thought...I want chocolate.

Vote up and useful! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@ishwaryaa22 - These are definately delicious. Can't wait for you to give them a try! And the kids are such sweethearts... they always want to help! :) Let me know what you think once you make them!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@chanroth - Left over subway sandwhich or chocolate... that makes for a very hard decision! LOL I hope you get to try some of these soon!


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adrienne2 4 years ago from Atlanta

OMG, this recipe looks de-licious! I have bookmarked so I can come back to this page. This one I can not wait to give it a try. Voted up! Love your recipes.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@adrienne2 - These are absolutley delicious... in fact, I am glad I only make them once a year otherwise the temptation might be just too much for me! :) Hope you enjoy them!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Wow! I canĀ“t hardly wait to try this recipe. I love peanut butter and I have not eaten peanut butter balls, yet. Voted up and useful. Thanks for sharing.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Thelma - These are awesome... in fact, I now have a craving for them. Hope you make them soon... and when you do can you send me some! I don't want to eat a whole batch by myself so I only need a handful! ;)


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stricktlydating 4 years ago from Australia

I love a simple recipe and can't wait to try it!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@stricktlydating - I hope you enjoy it. This recipe is definately simple and delicious! :)


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CookwareBliss 4 years ago from Winneconne, WI

Oh my god...yum! This will be on my list come Christmas time:)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@CookwareBliss - My only advice to heed... make a double batch! These babies go fast! :)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

These sound great. They sound a lot like the ones we make at Christmas but we call them Bob's balls. My brother-in-law gave us the recipe. voted up .


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@moonlake - My balls were in direct competetion this past Christmas with my Uncle's nuts. Good thing everybody could have a taste of both! :) These really are great treats - especially when the sweet tooth is involved!


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starstream 4 years ago from Northern California

Oh yes! I think we are all in a snacking mood today. I will try these too.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@starstream- And you definately can not stop at just one!! Enjoy them!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

oh wow, I think I just gained 5 pounds just looking at the pictures! Awesome recipe! #2


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@TToombs08 - How do you think I feel.. I think I gained 10 just writing the hub! :)


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

I love recipes that I can make with my daughters and this one seems like one that we can do pretty easily.....I do have one question....when you say a block of chocolate....how big is the block that you suggest? Just showed my little girls the photos in your hub....and they give it a thumbs up and are even willing to skip dinner and go straight to peanut butter balls....lol. Voted up and useful....thanks for sharing the recipe.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Cogerson - If you go to the store they will sell blocks of chocolate meant for baking, but the amount of chocolate needed will depend on how many peanut butter balls you make. Usually I buy them in bulk because I do a lot of holiday baking and I probably buy close to 5 pounds and usually end up going for more. Worse case scenario - if you have too much... throw it in the fridge. So if you buy the ones not in bulk - I would get 2 packages or a pound or two worth depending on the block size. The amount you use will depend on how much chocolate you use to coat the balls.

Hope you and your girls have fun making these... they are super delicious and I can't wait to make them again this year! But I am going to try and give them away so I don't eat them all! :)


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divacratus 4 years ago from India

How I love peanut butter ! And this treat looks simply delish. Too tempting. Mmmm!


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barbergirl28 3 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@divacratus - Oh they are... I am going to be making a batch later on this weekend. Can't wait! :)


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Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

These look really good. I just love chocolate and peanut butter together. Thanks for sharing.


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barbergirl28 3 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Efficient Admin - These are delicious. Probably one of my favorite treats!

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