Baking Tradition: Peanut Butter Balls
Does it get any better than creamy peanut butter dipped in rich melted chocolate? Not in my opinion.
My best friend's family has a long-standing tradition of making homemade peanut butter balls to give out as gifts during the holiday season. They package them in cute Mason jars with tags and ribbons and then spend the day delivering them to family, friends, and neighbors. I've been lucky enough to be the recipient of these homemade treats over the past several years, and it always makes my day. My mom and I like the idea so much that we started incorporating it into our own holiday baking traditions.
We use this recipe for Buckeye Balls from Southern Living and always get rave reviews. And with just 5 ingredients, it really couldn't be simpler. The hardest part is dipping the peanut butter balls into the chocolate with the wooden pick! If you're ready for the best peanut butter and chocolate treat ever, read on for the recipe.
1 (16-ounce) jar creamy peanut butter
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 (16-ounce) packages powdered sugar
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate morsels
2 tablespoons shortening
Beat peanut butter and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until blended. Shape into 1-inch balls; chill 10 minutes or until firm.
Microwave chocolate and shortening in a 2-quart glass bowl on high 1 1/2 minutes or until melted, stirring twice. Dip each ball in chocolate mixture until partially coated; place on wax paper to harden. Store in an airtight container.
That's really all there is to it! If you need extra help, here's a step-by-step instructional video. And if you've mastered Buckeye Balls but still need you PB and cocoa fix, check out our Perfect Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pairing gallery.