Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Peanut Butter Truffles

Buckeyes, peanut butter balls, or peanut butter truffles.   Call them anything you like, but I'll call them DELICIOUS!!!

I've had this recipe for years, and am not even sure where I first got it.    It's hand written on an old sheet of notebook paper in my ancient recipe box.   I make these treats just about every year at Christmas, and when I share them with friends, I always get rave reviews!!

The last few years I've made jumbo Peanut Butter Truffles On A Stick!   You know, anything on a stick is way more fun to eat, right?  

I wrapped these little cuties up in mini cellophane bags and tied them with Christmas ribbon.  I shared with my Ladies' Bible Study friends, and will bring them to our awesome Sunday School teachers this Sunday.  They're the perfect three-bite treat to let your friends know how much you love them!!

Peanut Butter Truffles

1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp. vanilla
6 cups powdered sugar
3-4 cups milk chocolate chips or semi sweet chocolate chips for dipping
1 tablespoon Crisco

In a medium bowl, beat together butter and peanut butter.  Scrape down sides of bowl.  Add vanilla and powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until mixture is smooth.

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.  Use a small scoop or a spoon and form small balls of mixture.  With your palms, roll into smooth balls.  Place on wax paper.  Repeat with remaining dough.

Refrigerate for at least one hour. 

Pour chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl, along with 1 tablespoon Crisco.  Heat on high for 1 minute.  Stir until chocolate chips are melted.  If necessary, microwave again in 15 second intervals, stirring frequently, until chocolate chips are all melted and smooth.

Drop a peanut butter ball into melted chocolate.  With a fork, retrieve from the chocolate and tap-tap-tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to allow excess chocolate to drip off.  Use another fork to slide the peanut butter ball back onto the wax paper.  Repeat!  (If desired, sprinkle with holiday sprinkles before the chocolate firms up.)

Put cookie sheet back in the fridge for 30 minutes or so to firm up the chocolate.  Store in the fridge.  Try not to eat more than a few at a time or you'll get a tummy ache.  ;)

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