And this is such a busy season, we really need to take care to keep up with our protein. I'd hate to run out of energy with so much to do. So these could pretty much be called a health food in a twisted sort of way.
So here we are with my beloved Peanut Butter/Wheatie Balls!
Peanut Butter/Wheatie Balls
1 cup sugar
1 cup light Karo syrup
2 cups peanut butter
6 cups Wheaties cereal
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and Karo. Stir while heating over medium low heat until mixture just barely starts to boil. (If you cook it any longer you will end up with peanut butter rocks.)
Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter. Stir until the mixture is smooth and well-combined. Pour over Wheaties. Mix well and form into 1-inch-ish balls. Place on waxed paper to cool. Do not pack these together into balls, they will get too tough. I like to use my small cookie scoop for these.
And, because I just love chocolate with my peanut butter, I top mine with a bit of chocolate. To do that, just put about 1/3 cup chocolate chips in a non-pleated freezer strength baggie. Add 1/2 tsp. butter. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Knead the chocolate to continue melting. Continue heating if necessary. Snip a tiny hole in the corner of the baggie and pipe chocolate onto peanut butter balls. This would also be good on the Swedish Snowballs from yesterday!
These freeze great. Again, Marlece, just eat them frozen. Otherwise, thaw them on a plate and then top with chocolate if desired.
Also, these really truly are better with the plain 'ole Jiff peanut butter. For this batch, I used the Kirkland organic that I had and they just aren't as good. So get yourself some Jiff!