Calling All Nut-Lovers! Make These White- and Dark-Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
Shine FoodDecember 26, 2013

It's that time of year again! I have been baking every day since forever. Well, it seems like forever. It has been at least since the first of December and probably even before then. You know how it is, because you have probably been doing the same thing!

Everyone has their request for their favorite holiday treats and of course, I make treats to take to friends and family. At this point, I want something really simple and easy to make. While I was going through my recipes, I found one for peanut butter balls. Since there are members of my family that prefer either dark or white chocolate, I decided to make them with one of each type of coating.

From the comments and raves I got from my family, I think this has just become another holiday tradition at my house. What are your favorite easy recipes for treats at your house?

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White and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Recipe
- 2 cups peanut butter
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, at room temperature
- 2 3/4 cups confectioner's sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
White Chocolate Coating
- 1 cup white chocolate melts
- 1 tablespoon shortening
Dark Chocolate Coating
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon shortening

1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Cream peanut butter and butter until creamy and well blended.
3. Add vanilla and confectioner's sugar and beat until well mixed. Dough will be crumbly.
4. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on parchment paper lined sheets.
5. Place in freezer and chill for at least 1 hour.
6. After the peanut butter balls have chilled thoroughly, remove from the freezer.
7. Divide the balls into coating choices.
8. Place white chocolate melts and shortening into a microwave-safe bowl and heat on High power for 30 second intervals until melted. Stir after each interval.
9. Dip balls into the melted chocolate and place on parchment lined baking sheets.
10. Repeat the same instructions for the dark chocolate coating.
11. Cover coated balls with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
12. Remove from refrigerator and serve.
-By Robyn Stone

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