1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 cups chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk chocolate)
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening or coconut oil (optional, for smoother chocolate coating)
Prepare Peanut Butter Mixture:
In a large bowl, mix together creamy peanut butter, softened butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until well combined. The mixture should be thick and dough-like.
Shape into Balls:
Take small portions of the mixture and roll them into bite-sized balls. Place the balls on a parchment paper-lined tray or plate.
Place the peanut butter balls in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to firm them up.
Prepare Chocolate Coating:
In a microwave-safe bowl or using a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips. If using, add vegetable shortening or coconut oil to achieve a smoother consistency.
Coat Peanut Butter Balls:
Using a fork or toothpicks, dip each peanut butter ball into the melted chocolate, coating it evenly. Allow excess chocolate to drip off.
Place on Parchment Paper:
Place the coated balls back on the parchment paper-lined tray.
Place the tray in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes or until the chocolate coating is set.
Once the chocolate is set, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls are ready to be enjoyed!
Feel free to experiment with different types of chocolate coatings, such as dark chocolate or white chocolate.
Add a sprinkle of sea salt on top of the chocolate coating for a sweet and salty combination.
Store the chocolate peanut butter balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator.