Peanut Butter Balls
2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 stick of butter, softened
1 16 oz package of powdered sugar
2 1/2 - 3 cups Rice Krispie cereal (use as much depending on how crispy you want them)
approximately one bag of chocolate chips
Mix peanut butter and butter until smooth. Gradually add in powdered sugar. Once it is light and fluffy, pour in cereal and mix well.
Roll into balls using your hands and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. I used my cookie scoop and it made this go much quicker! If you choose, you can stick sucker sticks in. I normally don't mess with this step. Chill for 30 minutes.
Extra Step for using sucker sticks! Melt chocolate however you choose, stirring frequently. I add a tablespoon or so of shortening to my chocolate. Remove each sucker stick and dip the tip in chocolate and the reinsert it into the ball. Chill again to harden the chocolate. This helps keep the balls from falling off the stick.
Melt chocolate (or remelt if you did the above step). I add a tablespoon or so of shortening to my chocolate. Dip the balls into the chocolate. Skewers and toothpicks can be helpful for this step. Place balls back on lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle with goodies and chill until hardened. I store this in an airtight container in the refrigerator.