Yes you read the title of this post correctly…Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls. Confession time I love anything chocolate and peanut butter related. I can not get enough :). It really is like some sort of addiction. During the summer my niece and I have had to make a few hundred of these..LOL maybe not a few hundred but it was so many. We used to always stick by our faithful Oreo Balls and only made these at Christmas Time but not this summer we really went all out here.
Speaking of Oreo Balls have you tried those little amazing things? Tastes just like heaven.
Carrie over at Eating On A Dime shared these and we can not seem to make enough of them. Make these and Enjoy. Trust me Eat with caution.
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls
- 1-1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 12 oz bag of chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and set aside.
- Mix peanut butter, butter and vanilla together in a large bowl.
- Slowly add one cup of powdered sugar to the creamy mixture, mixing well each time. *Note — I do not sift my powdered sugar! I just scoop out 1 cup full and dump it in my bowl.*
- By the time you get to the third cup of powdered sugar, the mixture will become very difficult to stir with a spoon. Take your rings off and start mixing with your hands.
- Once all of the powdered sugar is incorporated into the peanut butter mixture, you can start making your balls. Simply pinch off a small amount and roll between your hands to form a small ball. Place the peanut butter balls on the prepared cookie sheet with waxed paper.
- Once you have made all of your balls, melt your chocolate. My favorite way to do this is in the double boiler, but if you don’t have one, you can simply put a metal or glass bowl on top of a saucepan with about an inch of water in it. As the water in the saucepan begins to heat up, the steam will heat up your bowl and start melting your chocolate. Be sure to add the shortening to your chocolate – this will make covering your peanut butter balls with chocolate a lot easier.
- One at a time, drop your peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate. Lift the ball out of the chocolate with a fork and then transfer it to the waxed paper.
- Once all of your peanut butter balls are coated, put the cookie sheet in the fridge for 15-30 minutes. This will ensure the chocolate coating is completely hardened.