It is basically, just what the name implies.

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Ingredients

72
Original recipe yields 72 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix together peanut butter, butter or margarine, confectioners' sugar, and graham cracker crumbs. Shape into 1 inch balls.

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  • Melt chocolate chips and shortening in top of double boiler. Dip balls into chocolate mixture and let dry on waxed paper. (Poke each ball with a toothpick for easier dipping.)

Nutrition Facts

110.6 calories; 1.7 g protein; 11.8 g carbohydrates; 6.8 mg cholesterol; 52.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2006
These were great. After dipping, I sprinkled with pecans and coconut! Very easy. Tip: Put balls in freezer to firm before dipping. Makes it much easier Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/21/2009
Too sweet! My hubby didn't think so... but next time I make these I will only put in 3 cups of sugar and WAY more (2 cups) peanut butter. It could stand to have more graham cracker crumbs too. I was able to make ONE bag of choc. chips last the whole time but I added a little cream and oil for a smoother texture. I think that those will affect the hardening capabilities of the chocolate... we'll see! Good but next time only 3 cups sugar!!! It's got potential. Read More
(5)
233 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 173
  • 4 star values: 43
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2006
These were great. After dipping, I sprinkled with pecans and coconut! Very easy. Tip: Put balls in freezer to firm before dipping. Makes it much easier Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2008
Everyone in my extended family kept snitching these delicious peanut butter balls this Christmas. I'm a chocolate snob, so I used Ghiradelli semi-sweet chips. I couldn't bear to pollute it with shortening or any other fat - and quite frankly the thicker chocolate coating was perfect for me (but had to use 3 bags of choc chips). I microwaved the chocolate to melt it, stirring frequently, and used a spoon to dip the balls - much easier than a double boiler and toothpick routine. And if you're wondering - use creamy peanut butter! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2004
These were a hit at my church's Christmas party. I would recommend TWO bags of chocolate chips though. I did not have enough chocolate to cover all of the peanut butter balls. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2007
This is such a quick recipe to make; and they dissappear just as fast! The only thing I did differently was I used Rice Crispies instead of the graham cracker crumbs and milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet. You can also roll them in crushed nuts cocoa powder powdered sugar or coconut as an alternative to the chocolate. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2002
I used this recipe last year for Christmas presents. The recipe at that time said to combine 1 1/2 ounces of parafin with the chocolate chips rather than the shortening. The parafin worked great. Haven't tried this with the shortening. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2006
These were delicious! I used a size #60 scoop(small scoop from The Pampered Chef) to make perfect 1 Tbsp. balls. But I felt the chocolate was too thick and would melt on your hands so I added a half a bar of parrafin wax to the MILK chocolate chips (don't care for semi-sweet). They melt in your mouth not in your hand! Does anyone know if these freeze well??? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2008
The absolute BEST peanut butter ball recipe I've tried. My kids and I used this recipe to make peanut butter eggs for Easter. They turned out really well. The texture was perfect and the taste was out of this world! The graham cracker crumbs are the secret ingredient I think. My mother thought these were the best. Candy-making can be intimidating but this recipe is so simple and yields delicious results. They disappear quickly so consider doubling the recipe. I will use this recipe every year for Christmas and whenever else I can find an excuse to make them! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
I was extremely impressed with this recipe. Reese's cups are my favorite.... OMG these taste exactly like them... very delicious! The scary part is they were way too easy to make. As several other reviewers mentioned chilling the dough after the little balls are made works perfect. Something I didn't read that made it easier for me. Second batch I chilled all the little balls and during that time is when I warmed up my chocolate chips in the microwave that way it was timed perfect instead of the chocolate setting a bit before the balls were chilled. Very good recipe thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2002
Would suggest using milk choc chips to make chocolate taste a little better Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/21/2009
Too sweet! My hubby didn't think so... but next time I make these I will only put in 3 cups of sugar and WAY more (2 cups) peanut butter. It could stand to have more graham cracker crumbs too. I was able to make ONE bag of choc. chips last the whole time but I added a little cream and oil for a smoother texture. I think that those will affect the hardening capabilities of the chocolate... we'll see! Good but next time only 3 cups sugar!!! It's got potential. Read More
(5)