Homemade Gifts: Grandma Kafka’s Peanut Butter Balls

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Grandma Kafka’s Peanut  Butter Balls: Part 1

This is a two part post. Grandma Kafka’s Peanut Butter Balls are a Christmas staple in my family. I can clearly remember family gatherings at Christmas and my mom asking, “How many of those have you eaten?” Coincidentally, I ask myself that same question on the days I have these in the house.

These yummy treats make the most amazing holiday favors or gifts. They are perfect for those people who deserve some extra holiday appreciation. Below is the family secret along with my wonderful aunt Heidi’s secrets to making them beautiful!

What you’ll need for day 1:

18 oz. jar chunky peanut butter

1 pound powdered sugar

1 stick butter

4 cups crisp rice cereal

The process:

Melt the butter and peanut butter together. Mix all of the ingredients together, cover, and refrigerate overnight. The mix will have a very crumbly texture. I have left this in the refrigerator for more than a night.

After allowing the mix to cool in the refrigerator for at least one night, remove and roll into uniform balls. Place one round toothpick through the center and to the bottom of each ball. Be sure you use round toothpicks, not squared picks. Place the balls on a tray and place in the freezer for at least one night.

Results: Frozen peanut butter balls ready for phase 2. I find this recipe easiest to prepare over the course of a week, completing this portion one weekend and tomorrows portion the following weekend.

If you are someone who loves steeling food before it is done, these plain peanut butter balls are delicious half complete and as-is. I know from experience!

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