I was in such a candy making mood this Christmas and I knew Mr. would love these peanut butter balls. They were easy to make, just a little time consuming having to roll and dip each little ball. These were great though! I sprinkled Christmas sprinkles on them, but any color would be fun to whatever the occasion.
Peanut Butter Balls
slightly adapted from JoyofBaking.com
2 cups (500 grams) creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup (57 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 - 2 1/2 cups (230 - 290 grams) confectioners sugar
9 ounces (255 grams) milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons (25 grams) shortening
Place the peanut butter, unsalted butter, and salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat and let it warm up to melt a little. Once melted, remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract and confectioners sugar and mix until it has the consistency of a dough (add more sugar if necessary).
Roll the dough into 1 inch (2.5 cm) round balls. Place on the cookie sheet and refrigerate for about one hour, or until firm.
To serve: place in small fluted candy cups.