Last year my cousins and I gathered the family together to make Christmas cookies for the first time. We realized that over the last couple of years the sweets offered at our family Christmas dinner were lacking in a big way. Our favorite treat was not being made by Grandma anymore, which was fair. It was time we took over. Luckily, Grandma still had the recipe around.

Now, I’m sure the idea of Peanut Butter Balls is nothing new to you. I’ve seen them around, done in a variety of ways – super fancy or healthy and whatnot. Well, these are kind of Plain Janes in a way. These keep it simple and a little bit ’70’s style with peanut butter, rice crispies, Hershey’s chocolate bars and paraffin wax. Yes, I said wax. To some of you this may seem odd, but trust me – they just aren’t the same without it. It makes the chocolate melt smoothly and keeps the shell shiny and hard – perfect for popping. And, trust me, it’s hard to pop just one.
 Peanut Butter Balls
3 Cups Rice Crispies
1 Stick Butter
1 Pound Powdered Sugar
2 Cups Chunky Peanut Butter
1 Hershey Bar
1 Package Chocolate Chips
1 Square Paraffin Wax
1. Melt butter and mix everything but chocolate and wax by hand and form into balls
2. Refrigerate overnight (in a pinch – freeze for a couple hours)
3. Melt chocolate and wax together in a double boiler and stir until smooth
4. Keep liquid while dipping balls with toothpicks
5. Place coated balls on wax paper to set
6. Store in fridge
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