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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Balls,
I know those liners  don't match the box, it was all I had on hand

Okay, so these are really easy to make and I almost don't even want to tell you. These work great when you need a little energy booster. Now make a lot, if you have kids in your house, because if they find these they will be gone before you know it. People say they taste similar to Reese's Peanut Butter cups, I wouldn't know because I've never had a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.

You will need:
Jif Creamy Peanut Butter (please don't substitute this with another brand, the taste just isn't right. Don't even try to use reduced fat peanut butter, I mean c'mon if your gonna cheat and eat unhealthy do it right.)
Confectioners Sugar
A Bowl
Wax Paper
Good Quality Baking Chocolate (do not try to use a junky brand)

Okay, now put in equal amounts of confectioner's sugar and peanut butter. Cover the peanut butter with the confectioners sugar, so it's not so sticky. Then knead the 2 ingredients together with your hands. You should end up with a doughy consistency. Form your peanut butter dough into balls.

Melt chocolate, it's best if you do this in a double boiler with some butter or margarine, but I cheat kind of often and put it in the microwave-I do not recommend you do it in the microwave-this can lead to a mess or ruined chocolate. But, it's your choice. The double boiler or even a plain pot is a safer method of doing this.

Once your chocolate is melted, using a spoon or toothpick, I usually use a spoon, coat you peanut butter balls allowing the excess to drip back into the bowl.  Then put your chocolate peanut butter ball on wax 

Once you have done all of your peanut butter balls-place them in the freezer for approximately 15 minutes. 

*If you want to make them look a little fancier-snip off a tiny corner of a Ziploc bag and fill with melted white chocolate. Using the Ziploc as a pastry bag, pipe lines or designs on the balls. (yes, this step comes before the balls go into the freezer, you'll notice the chocolate has started hardening. You can pipe right on top of the dark chocolate if it looks hard.

*I do not recommend you melt all your chocolate right away, unless you are really fast, because the chocolate will start to harden.

You can also use this method for peanut butter cups, line mini cupcake wrappers with the melted chocolate or fill the wrapper up partially with the melted chocolate, place a ball of peanut butter dough on top and cover with more melted chocolate. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.

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