I know peanut butter balls tend to be a big hit with anybody who loves peanut butter. And combining peanut butter and chocolate was the best creation EVER! Am I right!? We always make peanut butter balls (or buckeyes as some would call them) for every holiday gathering and party because it's the most requested dessert, and always the first thing gone. While I usually make them with semi sweet chocolate, around the Forth of July I used white chocolate to coat them, and that's been asked for ever since. This year I put some white sugar sprinkles on top to make them look a little more snowball like, and to keep with the festive look of the season.
1 16 ounce package of confectioners sugar
1 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter (real butter, not margarine or a spread)
2 tbs milk
8oz of good quality white chocolate
1 tablespoon shortening
In a mixing bowl, combine confections sugar, peanut butter, butter and milk until blended. If mixture seems too crumbly, add in a little more milk until you reach a creamy consistency. Shape mixture into bite sized balls (mine are usually 2 bite size). Freeze balls for 1 hour.
While balls are freezing, cut chocolate into small pieces and place in top of a double boiler with shortening. Melt over medium heat, stirring frequently until smooth. Drop peanut butter balls into melted chocolate to coat, then lift out with a long tinned fork or scoop out with a dinner fork. Let drain on wax paper.
If you would like to sprinkle sugar on the peanut butter balls, do it while the chocolate is still wet. Otherwise, let chocolate cool until firm.
*These can be served at room temperature or refrigerated. My family likes them both ways, but have made comments that the cold ones always taste a little better*
Which do you prefer- peanut butter with dark chocolate or white chocolate?