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! Thank goodness there's always at least three jars of peanut butter, even if it has a few spoonfuls taken out of it that went straight to our mouth.
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 by eating all the ingredients before they make it to the bowl after buying them all with our trusty coupon that you'll need after you bought yourself a few too many Christmas presents. Then, of course, you'll need to do it all 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.
We like these babies best straight out of the freezer, and like to spread (get it?) the Skippy peanut butter love by giving them to friends and neighbors (after hoarding half of them for ourselves, though, let's be real). They're always a huge hit and once people have them once, they kind of start inquiring about them once Thanksgiving is over. Load up your pantry with enough jars of peanut butter for this recipe and then some for just eating straight (it's the holidays, calories aren't real), and give your wallet a break by using this coupon. Merry Christmas, peanut butter lovers!