Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Recipe
In a medium bowl, combine the peanut butter and butter and stir with a wooden spoon until evenly blended. Add the powdered sugar and stir until the mixture has the consistency of sticky play dough.
Use a double boiler to melt the chocolate chips with the shortening, stirring frequently. If you’re using different types of chocolate, melt them in separate batches. White chocolate doesn’t contain cocoa butter, so it requires extra shortening. The Family Fun people used 2 tablespoons for semisweet chips, and 3 tablespoons for white chocolate. (Alternately – you can melt chocolate chips in the microwave if you zap them for 15-20 seconds at a time and stir thoroughly after each time. It’s riskier than a double boiler, but it’s easier, too.)
While the chocolate melts, roll the peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls and set them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. (Reader tip: If the dough is too sticky, add more confectioners’ sugar and/or wet your hands with warm water to prevent sticking.) Brilliant – Put the baking sheet in the freezer until the peanut butter balls are solid enough to pick up with a toothpick, about 5 to 10 minutes. Why have I never thought of this? Insert a toothpick into each peanut butter ball, then dip it into the melted chocolate. Set the chocolate-coated balls on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Remove the toothpicks. Immediately place a chocolate or peanut butter chip or a piece of a peanut over each toothpick hole. Cool the peanut butter balls in the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened, about 5 minutes.
Makes 100 (1-inch) peanut butter balls.
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