My family does a lot of baking during Christmas, and the holiday would not be complete without peanut butter balls. We have actually gotten in family fights before over the prospect of not making peanut butter balls during Christmas. Christmas without peanut butter balls? An absurdity! An outrage! Impossible!
My mother is from Iowa, and we have this obscure cookbook from the '80s that contains almost all of our Christmas recipes. It's called "A Century of Cylinder Cooking," named for Cylinder, Iowa, and I'm pretty sure it was sold during a church fundraiser of some sort, or maybe to build a bridge or something. It contains submitted recipes from the women of Iowa, carefully curated by the "Cookbook committee," with wonderful recipes such as "Ham-pineapple salad" from Mrs. Gerhard Johnson, or "Cheeseburger loaf," from Ms. Orlue Boevers.
So, not all the recipes are a hit, but the peanut butter balls (and cinnamon popcorn!) found in the book totally are. I encourage you to make this recipe in the most immature way — by giggling at any reference to the word "balls," and, of course, while watching the classic SNL skit, "Schweddy Balls," which combines all of our favorite things: skit comedy, Alec Baldwin, making fun of NPR, and double entendre.