Prep 45 mins
Cook 5 mins
Every year around Easter and Christmas while I was growing up I can remember my (ex) stepmother's mom making these "cookies", and everyone used to fight over them. About a year ago I got to craving them again, but she has since passed away. There are a lot of peanut butter ball recipes out there, but none quite like this one. This one uses quick cooking oats (like I remember) instead of just peanut butter or rice krispies, and I, myself, like the oatmeal taste better than the others. This recipe was put together using several different recipes, but I have adjusted the ingredient amounts and directions to my liking. Dipping the balls in chocolate and paraffin wax is up to you, but I think it adds to the flavor. I have sometimes gotten over a hundred balls, depending on how big you roll them, and rolling out the balls is what makes the prep time so long.
- 4 cups smooth peanut butter (I find that JIF peanut butter has the best flavor and works the best)
- 1 cup butter
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- 2 cups oats
- 1 -2 paraffin wax block (optional)
- 1 (16 ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional, I'm not really sure of the size bag to get, but it's the basic, most common size bag of ch) (optional)
- In a medium sized bowl combine powdered sugar and oats; mix well.
- In a small saucepan melt together the butter and peanut butter until smooth and well incorporated.
- Add the peanut butter "sauce" to bowl of oatmeal and sugar. Mix together well using a spoon at first, then after "sauce" has cooled slightly use your hands to better mix all ingredients together.
- Roll into balls about an inch in diameter (or whatever size you wish). Lay formed balls on wax paper or foil until all dough has been used.
- After forming balls, melt paraffin wax in a double boiler, then add chocolate chips. Melt and mix together well.
- Place about a handful of peanut butter balls in chocolate wax, being sure to stir in order to coat balls completely. Remove coated balls with a spoon and return to wax paper or foil to cool and dry.
- Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight bowl in the fridge.