Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

1 18 ounce jar creamy peanut butter
1 stick + 2 tablespoons margarine, melted
1 pound package confectioners sugar
3 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 12 ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips (other kinds of chocolate don’t work as well for this, semi-sweet is best.)
2 tablespoons shortening, optional

Mix peanut butter, margarine and sugar until well blended. Add Rice Krispies last. Roll mixture into 1″ balls. Put balls into fridge for a few hours so they become firm. We use a double boiler to melt the chocolate.

You can add 2 tablespoons of shortening to the melted chocolate for shine. You can use a cake tester, or toothpicks to dip the balls into the chocolate. Transfer to a plate or baking sheet covered in wax paper. There will be spots where the toothpicks are showing; but after the chocolate firms up a bit, you can dip a spoon into the chocolate to touch up those spots and make them look all purty.

Store these in the fridge or in a cool place. Use a plastic bag over your hand to avoid getting fingerprints all over the chocolate when putting them into containers. They look especially cute in those mini-cupcake paper cups.