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Crunchy Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Balls

Crunchy Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients

  • 2 cups crunchy peanut butter, smooth or crunchy
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 - 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 16 ounces chocolate candy coating (CandiQuik) or 2 (12 ounce) packages semisweet chocolate chips


Instructions

  1. Combine peanut butter and butter together in a large mixing bowl and mix until well combined.
  2. Stir in vanilla extract.
  3. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup at a time until mixture is smooth and you can easily form balls.
  4. Stir in crispy rice cereal.
  5. Shape into 1-inch balls and refrigerate for 30 minutes on a wax paper-lined baking sheet or freeze for 20 minutes.
  6. If using candy coating, melt following melting directions on package. If using chocolate chips, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate on HIGH for 2 minutes. Melt in 30-second increments, stirring each time, until completely melted.
  7. Dip the peanut butter balls into the chocolate using a wooden pick.
  8. Transfer to wax paper. Let candy stand until the chocolate is firm.
  9. Store in an airtight container.

Yield: about 4 dozen


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