Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Cooking Countdown-11 Days to Christmas Peanut Butter Balls

Yesterday I wrote about a home made version of my favorite grocery store candy peppermint patties:
However, I think most people love the good old peanut butter cup best and have for a long time (just take a look at this old school commercial). 

 Luckily there is another easy home made version from The Joy of Baking website.

Peanut Butter Balls from Joy of Baking
They don't look to great, but they taste delicious

2 cups or 1 standard jar of creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup of butter, softened
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
9 ounces semisweet chocolate
1 tbsp shortening

Put the peanut butter, butter, and salt in a microwave safe bowl  and heat for about one minute, checking after 30 seconds, until everything is soft and easy to combine.  Stir well with a wooden spoon and then add the vanilla extract and confectioners sugar and mix thoroughly until a stiff dough forms (you may need to add a bit more sugar).  Scoop out tablespoon amounts and roll the dough into balls placing the balls on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm (or freeze for about an hour).  Then melt the chocolate and shortening over very low  heat, whisking until smooth.  Dip the balls in the chocolate and place back on the cookie sheet.  Refrigerate until chocolate has hardened.  These keep about a month.



  1. I have to make those!
    Nola's Mom

  2. You are killing me with these posts! I am bookmarking them all. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are my all time favorite candy. I consider it a one of the few truly perfect things in this world.

  3. We always loved peanut butter balls. But now we can't have peanut butter around because of our Granddaughters sever peanut allergy. I do however keep Sunbutter in the house as our replacement for peanut butter and I bet it would work for this recipe! :)

  4. These sound scrumptious!! Will have to give them a try!

  5. Our human brother #3 would love those, Mum will have to make him some!
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  6. Scrummy yummy. We'd love to try those. Hope all is well in your home and you are all set for Christmas. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  7. What in the world did you guys do to Weasley on the other post. He looked like an oversized candy cane. LOL. with pompoms!

    We aren't a big fan of Reese...but we so love chocolate. LOL.

    Huggiies and Cheese,


  8. YUM! I have a family recipe for these that I am "required" by many to make every year. My recipe has graham cracker crumbs and coconut in the filling too. They are delish!!!

    Meredith & Scarlet

  9. Oh no... you said Peanut Butter Balls and now our MAMA is drooling!!!!! What do we do?!?!

    Zeus, Lola, Tut & Sophie

  10. Oh stop it, I'm on a diet and those look so xx00xx
    Mollie and Alfie

  11. Oh, I haven't made peanut butter balls since I was a kid. I'm gonna have to try this recipe.