- First - I get most of my shopping done (and without kids)!
- Second - I start playing Christmas carols in the car and in the house.
- And Third - I start stocking up on Christmas goodies!
I love making Christmas cookie plates as gifts and to bring to Christmas parties, so I start making, freezing and storing Christmas goodies today. Each week I try to make a couple different varieties of goodies so I have a diversity of goodies for my cookie plates (and so I have enough to make it till the end of Christmas). One Christmas goodie that it seems inevitable that I end up making a few batches of is my family's favorite - Peanut Butter Balls (affectionately known as Christmas Crack to My Farmer!)
Peanut Butter Balls
18 oz jar Creamy Peanut Butter (Many brands have decreased their jar size over the last few years so if you can't find an 18oz jar you'll be fine, but you might want to add an extra scoop of peanut butter to your recipe. If you live in Iowa, I personally know that Fareway still sells their generic brand at an 18 oz size.)
2 cups Powdered Sugar
4 Tbsp Butter, soften
5 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Chocolate Almond Bark, melted
Combine first four ingredients. The mixture should be able to stick and stay together, and at the same time not leave peanut butter all over your hands. Roll mixture into balls about the size of a quarter. Dip balls into melted almond bark. (If your almond bark is really thick, add a tablespoon of shortening to the almond bark to thin it out slightly but not changing the flavor.) Refrigerate or keep in cold storage.
***Chef's Note*** I like to use a spoon to help cover each peanut butter ball in almond bark and then spoon the ball onto a fork to drain off excess chocolate before letting it set on a cookie sheet with parchment paper on it.
What is your family's favorite Christmas goodie? Remember to Comment for a Cause!
Also, be sure to check out my blog this weekend for a Christmas Cookie Exchange round-up post!