I know of very few people who don’t love the chocolate-peanut butter combo. Who can resist a Reese’s peanut butter cup! I know I can’t, and these peanut butter ball are even tastier! These were requested by my brother-in-law, and thankfully he actually got them on time for the holidays. I had made these last year to give out to family, and they made quite an impression, apparently!I got this recipe back when I was in college from my best friend/roommate. It was in a Better Homes & Gardens cookbook of his (I think), and I repeatedly lost the recipe, even after asking him for it a couple of times. So instead of continuously bugging him, I just found it online, bookmarked it, and eventually remembered to print it out and put it in my recipe binder before it disappeared again! I’ve been making these tasty little peanut butter balls ever since, and everyone raves about them. They are quite simple, as far as making truffles or candies goes, so great for beginners or anyone looking for an easy treat. Perfect as a gift, too, whether it be for a birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day (since it is coming up soon), or just because! Peanut Butter Balls
Yield: about 25 peanut butter balls
½ cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening, optional
In a mixing bowl, stir together peanut butter and butter. Gradually add powdered sugar, stirring until combined. Shape into 1-inch balls; place on waxed paper. Let stand until dry, about 20 minutes, or place in the refrigerator until ready to dip.
In a double boiler over low heat or in a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and vegetable shortening, if using, stirring until smooth; cool slightly. Using a fork, dip peanut butter balls, one at a time, into coating; let excess coating drip off. Place on waxed paper; refrigerate until chocolate coating is firm. Serve at room temperature or straight out of the refrigerator; store tightly covered in refrigerator.
Source: Slightly adapted from Better Homes & Gardens