Party treats you don't bake



Marlene Wittenberg of McHenry, Ill., was looking for a recipe for the no-bake balls of peanut butter, Rice Krispies and chocolate that she sampled at a party over the holidays.

Denise Colberg of Windsor, Colo., sent in a recipe for Chocolate-Peanut-Butter Balls that, coincidentally, she got at a Christmas party in the 1970s. These tasty treats are sure to be a hit any time of year.

They are fairly easy to make and a little different from your basic Rice Krispies treat. For variety, you might even try dipping half of the balls in melted butterscotch pieces and half in melted chocolate.

The final quantity will vary, depending on the size of the balls you end up making. They are quite rich, so small portions, 1 to 1 1/2 inches, are probably best.

Chocolate-Peanut-Butter Balls

Makes about 50

1 stick butter

2 cups (or one 18-ounce jar) creamy peanut butter

3 cups Rice Krispies cereal

1 pound (about 3 1/2 cups) powdered sugar, sifted

two 12-ounce packages semisweet chocolate morsels

In a saucepan, melt butter and peanut butter. In a large bowl, combine Rice Krispies and powdered sugar. Pour melted peanut-butter mixture over cereal mixture, using your hands to blend. When completely combined, form into small balls. Chill on cookie sheets covered with wax paper until firm.

Melt chocolate morsels in the top of a double boiler.

Dip balls, one at a time, into melted chocolate until fully coated. Place on wax paper until set. Store in refrigerator or freezer.

Per serving: 183 calories, 3 grams protein, 11 grams fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 21 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 5 milligrams cholesterol, 77 milligrams sodium

Recipe Requests

Janet Lindguist of St. Augustine, Fla., is looking for two recipes. The first is for brownies made using confectioners' sugar. The second recipe is for a cake made with malted milk candy balls.

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The nutrition analyses accompanying recipes in today's Taste section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.

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