Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Recipe


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These Peanut Butter Balls are so good that they literally melt in your mouth - it is hard to stop eating them! They taste like Reeses' Peanut Butter Cups candy. Very easy to make. Especially great during the Christmas holiday. This is one of my traditional candy recipes that I make every Christmas.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls Recipe:

Recipe Type: Candy, Chocolate, Paraffin Wax
Yields: makes many
Prep time: 20 min


Ingredients:

2 1/3 cups powdered (confectioners') sugar
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped nuts (of your choice)
1 cup crunchy peanut butter, room temperature
1 cup butter, melted
1 (12-ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips*
1/4 block (1 ounce) paraffin wax (optional)**

* I like to use the dark (60%) chocolate chips.

** Pariffin Wax, Parowax, Baker's Wax, or Cooking Wax - It is classified as a chemical preservative and is widely used on fruits, vegetables, and candy to make them shiny and pretty, and to retard moisture loss and spoilage. You can find paraffin wax in your grocery store where canning jars and supplies are sold. The paraffin wax helps the chocolate to set up better.


Preparation:

melted chocolateLine a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar, graham cracker crumbs, shredded coconut, chopped nuts, peanut butter, and butter; form into approximately 1-inch round balls and place onto the prepared baking sheet to set, approximately 20 minutes. I find it easier if I transfer the balls to the refrigerator until hardened, approximately 30 minutes.

In the top of a double boiler over hot water, melt chocolate chips and paraffin wax. Using a toothpick to hold the chilled balls, carefully dip each ball into the melted chocolate mixture to coat; place onto wax paper to harden before serving.

Store, in a covered container, in the refrigerator. Freeze for longer storage.

Yields 4 dozen balls.
 



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