Do you remember my good friend, Jen? She last wrote for us about Wild Turkey Stew, and this time she’s bringing us a very near and dear to her heart recipe for her Mama’s Peanut Butter Balls. I meant to get this to you before Christmas, but we all know how busy the Holidays can become. However, you have to forgive me….I AM bringing you one of the most delightful recipes I have EVER put in my mouth. From my friend that understands the importance of loving her mother and hanging onto handwritten recipes, all the way to your kitchen, please welcome back Jen!
I love Christmastime and one reason why is because I love making my mom’s peanut butter balls. My mother passed away over eight years ago from cancer. We used to make Peanut Butter Balls together every year before Christmas. When my mother became sick she didn’t have the strength to make Peanut Butter Balls with me. I had to make them on my own. She passed away in October 2006, and that Christmas I went to her house. I made the Peanut Butter Balls like I usually did, except that year she wasn’t present to help; however, I felt her spirit there with me.
I try to make my Peanut Butter Balls every year because it was me and Mom’s Christmas tradition. I didn’t make them last year because I was trying to eat healthier and knew if I made them I would about eat all of them. I promised Jennifer that I would make them this year and write for her Sunday’s with Friends. I hope that you can take this recipe, make your own Christmas tradition, and enjoy it like I do.
Oh and by the way I still have the handwritten recipe that my mother wrote.
Mama’s Peanut Butter Balls Recipe
- 2 cups of Graham Cracker crumbs
- 1 lb of powdered sugar
- 2 sticks of butter melted
- 1 cup of chopped nuts
- 4 oz of flaked coconut
- 12 oz jar of crunchy peanut butter
- 12 oz or more of chocolate candy wafers
Mix first 6 ingredients in order given. Form into balls, which may need to be chilled for a while. Melt chocolate wafers in a double boiler and dip balls into melted chocolate. Place dipped balls onto wax paper until hardened. You can put them in the fridge or keep them on the counter. But, let them sit out on the counter for a bit before eating if you’re storing them in the fridge.
Jen, these look amazing! I love the fact that you have the recipe in your mother’s handwriting. There is nothing more dear to me than a handwritten note or recipe. Reliving the happy times with your mother is what she would have wanted you to do. You are a wonderful mother yourself and I know she is proud of you. Love to you always, Janis