Peanut butter and chocolate. Is there a couple that goes better together then those two ingredients? When it comes to Christmas peanut butter is a must on my tray of goodies. Brad's mom is known for her holiday peanut butter balls. They are fantastic. I think about them all year and squeal with delight when I see them in a small glass dish on her kitchen counter. Because she does the peanut butter ball I wanted to do something slightly different. The buckeyes are not completely covered in chocolate which leaves a little glimpse of peanut butter goodness making them look like well ... a nut from the buckeye tree (Ohio state tree). They also lack the crunch that you get in a peanut butter ball from the crushed graham cracker or rice krispy. I kinda missed the crunch, I guess I could add the crunch but, if I add the crunch then I should just dip them all the way and make a peanut butter ball. I had a bit of trouble with the dipping but, got the hang of it after about 36 odd looking buckeyes were produced. The dozen that I did successfully dip looked great on the cookie tray and having some bite size treats is great because you can't feel guilty for just a bite. My problem is I can't just stop at one bite!
ingredients (~3 dozen)
- 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons shortening (optional)
- Line a baking sheet with silpat; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and confectioners' sugar with mixer to form dough. Dough will be stiff but, crumbly. Shape into balls using 1 inch cookie scoop. Place on prepared pan, and refrigerate/freeze until dough has firmed up.
- Melt shortening (if using) and chocolate together in a metal bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth, and remove from heat.
- Remove balls from refrigerator. Insert a wooden toothpick into a ball, and dip into melted chocolate. Return to silpat, chocolate side down, and remove toothpick. Repeat with remaining balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set.