Bug Bites

Bug Bites 

1 c. peanut butter

¼ c. butter, room temperature

1 c. powdered sugar

2 c. crisped rice cereal

Bamboo skewers for dipping

2 c. chocolate chips

2 Tbsp. vegetable shortening

Candy covered chocolate pieces (M&M’s®) for eyes

Large pretzels, broken into curves, for legs.

In large bowl, beat peanut butter, butter and sugar with an electric mixer on MEDIUM until thoroughly combined. Add cereal and mix well. Scoop rounded teaspoon sized portions from the mixture and shape into balls with clean hands. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Attach peanut butter balls to skewers before dipping in chocolate. Set up an area where peanut butter balls can remain upright on the skewers while cooling/drying. Line area with waxed paper to catch drips. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in small saucepan, over LOW heat, stirring constantly. Dip peanut butter balls in chocolate. Add candy eyes while the chocolate is still warm. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Carefully insert the pretzel legs into the peanut butter balls. Refrigerate for another 15 minutes. Remove skewers and serve. Makes 10-12 bugs.