A newfoundland traditional sweet treat is the peanut butter ball. It’s not something you see only at Christmas time, but it’s most definitely on most Christmas dessert tables. In a previous life, a family friend of my ex wife, would make these peanut butter balls almost better than anyone I know! In fact, she shipped a package of the goodies to me over 2500km from her home in Newfoundland to my home in Ontario. (Thanks, Shirley Janes!)
I never got to make peanut butter balls too often in my adult life, because both my daughter and my ex wife could not stand to be near the smell of peanut butter. I’m hoping that when my daughter visits this year for Christmas, she’ll have outgrown her hate for it. Oh, who am I kidding!? These will be gone by then!
Now, peanut butter balls are not a lot of work to make, but I was never a fan of melting chocolate and rolling each ball into it. It’s time consuming and messy. These bars, however, are fast and easy, and there’s no need at all for a double boiler. Oh, and there’s one other difference; these bars don’t use Rice Krispies cereal, they use Ritz Crackers!
Let’s get to it!
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter, softened
- 1 200g box Ritz Crackers, crushed
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients with the exception of the chocolate chips until well incorporated.
- Line a 9x13 Pyrex baking dish with parchment paper.
- Turn the batter out into the pan and with slightly buttered fingers, press the batter into the pan. Be sure to get into the corners and to evenly spread the batter as much as possible.
- Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly on top of the batter.
- Bake for 5 minutes.
- Remove from oven and use a rubber spatula to smear the melted chocolate evenly over the batter. Be careful not to pull the batter up into the chocolate. Everything is very melted at this point.
- Refridgerate for 60 minutes. Allow to come to room temperature for 5 minutes before cutting. Once cut, place in a sealable contained and keep in a cool place.