My love of the most holy peanut butter-chocolate combination goes back to my family's Christmas cookie staple: Peanut Butter Balls. Apparently, some people call these Buckeyes. They're Peanut Butter Balls to us.
While I was home for Thanksgiving, Mom asked which Christmas cookies I wanted her to make. Peanut Butter Balls topped the list, followed by Coconut Joys, Turtles, Spritzes, and 7 Layer Bars. There's nothing particularly Christmas-y about these cookies, other than the fact we make them every Christmas.
I'll be honest: my mom has always done most of the work. My brother and I would help decorate the sugar cookies, unwrap the caramels, chop nuts, and do some mixing. But it was mostly Mom leading the charge.
It's been years since I've been home to help Mom make our Christmas cookies. Out of all these cookies, I've made a few batches of Coconut Joys but that's it. It was too strange to attempt my favorites without my mom's accompaniment.
While I know Peanut Butter Balls await me come Christmas, I decided I'd attempt to make them by myself this year. Mostly because: CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER.
Peanut Butter Balls
2 cups peanut butter
2 cups confectioners sugar (may add more as needed)
1/2 stick (up to 1 whole stick) butter, depending on how mixture sets up
2-4 cups chocolate chips
1/2 stick parafin wax (shave using peeler; we use Gulf Wax)
Verdict: It's more fun to bake Christmas cookies with others than by oneself. But the Peanut Butter Balls still turned out deliciously! Now the only problem will be making sure I don't eat them all before my friend's cookie exchange next week.
Random fun fact: my dad despises peanut butter, to the degree that Peanut Butter Balls can only be made at my parents' house when he's not home. His loss, more for me.
Proof that I have the maturity of a 12 year old: I giggled so much while writing this post.
What's your favorite Christmas cookie?