|Candy - Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls|
Let's begin! Start by microwaving the peanut butter, unsalted butter and salt in a microwave safe bowl. Heat until softened, stir at every 20 - 30 second intervals. Remove from the microwave, add the vanilla extract and confectioners sugar. Stir until the mixture becomes stiff. Add a bit more powdered sugar if needed.
Form the dough into 1 inch balls. Place the well-rounded balls on a wax papered cookie sheet. Store in the refrigerator for several hours or over night until firm. You may freeze them too.
Heat the semi-sweet chocolate and shortening in a double broiler.(water in pan not sauce) You can use two sauce pans if a double broiler is not available. Once the chocolate has melted submerge the balls one by one until fully coated with the chocolate mixture. A fork may be used for ease of dipping and it allows excess to drip before transferring to the wax paper to cool. (Opt. two spoons) You may take this time to add sweetness to the candy by adding your favorites like decorative candies, colored sugar, powdered sugar and/or crushed peanuts. Immediately, place the pan into the refrigerator to allow chocolate to set-up. Storage in an air-tight container for up to two weeks.
Place your new creations in mini decorative cupcake holders. Your family and friends will love it! It's a good thing!
Servings depends on the size of balls that you have created. Approx. 60. Preparation time: 30 minutes.
- 2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 - 2 1/2 cups confectioners (powdered sugar)
- 9 ounces semi sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon shortening
Optional: Decorative candy sprinkles, chopped nuts, colored sugar for use of decorating cookies.
Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs wishes to express thankfulness to Fawn Carter(daughter) for making this tasty treat for our family. Fawn created her recipe using the idea from JoyofBaking.com.