It’s not Christmas without chocolate-covered peanut butter balls! My mom makes these every year and since I now live across the country I’ve had to learn to make them myself. These tiny treats filled with holiday cheer are perfect for a cookie exchange or hostess gift. They are essentially Buckeyes, but I fully coat them instead of just partially dipping them (although partially dipping is much easier!). You could also top them with festive sprinkles!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
- 1/2 cup butter room temperature
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tsp. vegetable oil
Mix together peanut butter, powdered sugar, butter and vanilla. Roll into one-inch balls and place on cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Place a toothpick in each and chill in refrigerator until hard. You could also place in the freezer for about 10 minutes prior to dipping.
In a double boiler, melt chocolate chips and vegetable oil over medium-low heat. Using a toothpick, dip cold peanut butter balls into chocolate and place back on wax paper. Take toothpick out and cover hole with chocolate (use toothpick dipped in chocolate to cover). Store in refrigerator.