Joani’s Peanut Butter Balls

 When I was in Young Women’s, one of the things I did for my personal progress was compile a bunch of recipes to start a recipe box.  My leader at the time was my dear friend Stephanie’s Mom, Joani Haws.  One of the recipes she shared with me to help fill my recipe box were her Peanut Butter Balls.  Over the years these peanut butter balls have spurred all kinds of sibling tradition.  My brother Nathan loves these peanut butter balls.  I would often make them and send them through the mail for him to enjoy.  My sister and I have spent many years at Christmas-time forming a two-person assembly line to throw together these delicious peanut butter and chocolate balls of joy.  One of us would roll the peanut butter middle into balls while the other coated them in chocolate.  The thing I love most about this recipe is the cornflakes mixed into the peanut butter filling.  They give them this delectable crunch that is addicting.



  • 3 C of cornflakes, smashed (I usually measure out 3 C then put them in a ziplock and roll my marble rolling pin over them)
  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 1/2 C butter, softened
  • 1/2 C peanut butter
  • About 3/4 bag milk chocolate chip (or you can use semi-sweet I did tonight, but I prefer dark chocolate to milk chocolate)
  • About 1/4 C shavings of household wax


  1. Combine the smashed cornflakes, powdered sugar, butter, and peanut butter.  I honestly think the best way to do this is with your hands.
  2. Grab enough to roll into 1 in balls.  Press together and roll into a ball.  Continue until the whole mixture has been rolled into peanut butter balls.
  3. Pour the chocolate chips into a microwaveable bowl and use a knife to shave swirls of wax into the chocolate.  (This seems like such a weird thing to do, but it helps the chocolate to firm up around the peanut butter balls and then they are not so messy when picked up).
  4. Microwave until melting about a minute, then stir and microwave a bit longer if needed.
  5. Then, I usually cover a baking sheet with parchment paper, grab a sister (or tonight my daughter filled in), drop the balls into the melted chocolate and roll with a spoon until covered.  Then place on baking sheet.
  6. Once done, I usually put the baking sheet in the freezer for a few minutes until the chocolate has hardened.
  7. Then ENJOY, but beware that once you start, it’s hard to stop.  Perhaps they are better to share with a crowd or with neighbors at Christmas time.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Ashley says:

    Our family makes these for Christmas, too! Or a variation – we use Rice Krispies in them. Yum!


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