Last Christmas Joanna Gaine shared that she spent some time with her family making homemade confections to give as gifts. She shared a picture of this recipe in her Instagram story, and being a total peanut butter freak I had to give them a whirl! So let’s make some Peanut Butter Balls.
Today is day 5 of my Christmas Advent Calendar. Tomorrow another great recipe is coming from my friend Sarah, of Salt Jar. She shares farmers market inspired dishes that you can use year-round. Be sure to check back for her recipe tomorrow.
Easy Peanut Butter Balls
This recipe is super straight forward, easy peasy, and is a mix of my favorite flavors. I’m crazy for anything peanut butter, it is one of my great food loves.
Essentially you mix the ingredients in a bowl. Scoop or form into equally sized balls, then dip them in chocolate. Throw some festive sprinkles on top and let them cool and you’re on your way!
Like I said above, Joanna shared this recipe on her Instagram story last year. She was making a couple of confections with her sister and the kids. They all worked together to make giveable gifts.
Jo even shared some realism when her white chocolate burned and her bowl busted. Must have left the fire on too high. ? But it made me feel better about myself, sometimes stuff just happens!
The great part about this recipe besides creating a tasty gift is that you get two great recipes for the price of one! Using the leftover chocolate from dipping the Peanut Butter Balls to coat some peanuts and drop them onto wax paper you get peanut clusters and another thing to add to gift boxes or cookie trays.
Peanut Butter Balls and Peanut Clusters
- 1 stick Butter super soft but not melted
- 2 C Powdered Sugar
- 2 C Crunchy Peanut Butter
- 3 1/2 C Rice Krispies
- 2 pkg Ghirardelli Melting Chocolate
- 2 T Sunflower Oil or other neutral oil
- Multicolored Sprinkles optional
- White Chocolate see note
- 1 12 oz container Salted Peanuts
- Combine the butter and peanut butter in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds to soften both. Mix until smooth and add the powdered sugar. Mix until a paste forms, then and Rice Krispies and mix together unit evenly incorporated. It will take about 5 minutes of gentle folding and pressing but the Krispies will work themselves in.
- Form the entire mixture into evenly sized balls.
- Gently melt the packages of chocolate in a bowl over a double boiler (a pot of steaming, NOT BOILING, water) until smooth. Add the oil to the chocolate and stir to evenly combine.
- Dip the balls into the chocolate and let them set on wax paper until hardened.
- Peanut Clusters are made from the leftover melted chocolate, throw some salted peanuts into the bowl when you are done dipping the PB balls and drop them on wax paper. 2 GREAT treats for the price of one!
Christmas Advent Calendar
A new recipe every day from December 1-24 from me or one of my friends!
We have been working hard to bring you some great recipes that will bring the family together each night leading to Christmas Day. I hope you enjoy them and be sure to let us know if you make them by tagging any of us on Instagram through the month.
Christmas Advent Calendar Recipes
- Day 1 – Kendell’s Candy Cane Coffee Creamer
- Day 2 – Kendell’s Hazelnut Honeycomb
- Day 3 – Lori’s Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons
- Day 4 – Kendell’s Sugar-Free Hot Cocoa Mix
- Day 5 – Sarah’s Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal
- Day 6 – Kendell shares Joanna Gaines Peanut Butter Balls
- Day 7 – Kendell’s Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti with Peppermints
- Day 8 – Kathryn’s Chocolate Espresso Silk Pie
- Day 9 – Ruchi’s Holiday Rose Cocktail
- Day 10 – Kendell shares Olivia’s Famous Peppermint Cookies
- Day 11 – Niki’s Puff Pastry Breakfast Braid
- Day 12 – Lori’s Danish Puff Pastry
- Day 13 – Kendell shares Grandpas Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Day 14 – Sarah’s Nutella Hot Chocolate
- Day 15 – Kendell shares Great Aunt Sally’s Pecan Butter Balls
- Day 16 – Kendell’s Homemade “Oreo” Cookie
- Day 17 – Kathryn’s Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread
- Day 18 – Kendell’s Nordic Gingerbread Village
- Day 19 – Niki’s Short Rib Ragu
- Day 20 – Kendell’s Velveeta-Free Pimento Cheese
- Day 21 – Christmas Morning Breakfast Foccacia
- Day 22 – Kristi shares Stacy’s Hot Buttered Rum
- Day 23 – Kendell’s Chorizo, Shrimp, & Chicken Paella
- Day 24 – Kendell’s Artichoke 3 Cheese Dip
MY LATEST RECIPES!
MY FAVORITE KITCHEN TOOLS!
Here are a few links to some of my favorite kitchen tools! You get a car, YOu get a car, YOU ALL GET A CAR…in my best Oprah voice
These Rösle Silicone Tongs are a little pricey but they will last you the rest of your life and are the softest in your hand. This is important for someone like m that cooks so much. It reduces strain, I have 4 sets in my kitchen!
These are my FAVE Nordic Ware Sheet Pans, every kitchen should have at least 2 sets of these! I think I have at least 4 of each of these.
This is my favorite pressure cooker, the Fagor is the same concept as the “Instant Pot” but easier to use in my opinion, if you don’t have one you NEED one, it will be your best friend in the kitchen!
A sharp knife is the most important tool in the kitchen, these Japanese steel “Shun” knives are my favorite! And this is a great starter set to build on. Once you try them you will be in love so use this as a foundation you can build on for years to come.
This Scanpan 11″ skillet is just the right size for almost anything you will need to cook and my best friend and a real workhorse in my kitchen, it’s also a great deal at $99. Scanpan is the best in the world for healthy cooking. It is coated with a proprietary ceramic-titanium coating that is durable while allowing you to use fewer fats and oils when cooking. It is a coating only they use. I could talk all day about my love for these pans, message me if you want more info. Here are some other sizes that are available if you are looking to outfit your kitchen with some new goodies. 8″ & 10″ Skillet set or 8″ Skillet, I still need this one for my kitchen Also, I don’t really know how to cook small so the 12.5″ is my other fave!
This giant vat of olive oil is my favorite, I decant it into a smaller bottle for my counter. Or put this spigot on top of a wine bottle!
My favorite baking dish that is so easy to clean even burnt on cheese slides right off!
This Tovolo jar scraper has to be my single favorite kitchen tool, it is definitely the most used tool in my kitchen. If you are NOT a gadget person, this is the only necessity I say is a MUST beyond the wooden spoon.
A great wood spoon is essential, this Olive Wood one is my favorite, I have more than I can count. But can you really ever have too many?
A food scale can be a very important tool in your kitchen, this one is the one I use every day!
If you love Joanna Gaines as much as I do then the ‘Magnolia Table Cookbook’ is a must in your kitchen, get a copy HERE!