Peanut Butter Balls
1-1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
12 oz bag of chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening
Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and set aside.
Mix peanut butter, butter and vanilla together in a large bowl.
Slowly add one cup of powdered sugar to the creamy mixture, mixing well.
Once all of the powdered sugar is incorporated into the peanut butter mixture, you can start making your balls. Simply pinch off a small amount and roll between your hands to form a small ball. Place the peanut butter balls on the prepared cookie sheet with waxed paper.
Melt your chocolate; I did this in the microwave, but probably do better if you have a double broiler. Keep a watch on it & stir constantly as to not scorch.
One at a time, drop your peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate.(if you wish to sprinkle them with anything do so immediately after dipped. You can use sprinkles, coconut, nuts etc.) Lift the ball out of the chocolate with a fork and then transfer it to the waxed paper.
Once all of your peanut butter balls are coated, put the cookie sheet in the fridge for 15-30 minutes. This will ensure the chocolate coating is completely hardened.
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