For The Peanut Butter Balls:
1 pound (16 oz.) butter, softened at room temperature
2 cups JIF CREAMY Peanut Butter (or any creamy style peanut butter of your choice)
3 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 (16 oz.) boxes Domino Confectioners' sugar (or any other confectioners' sugar of your choice)
For The Chocolate Coating:
5 pound bag of Light Chocolate Coating Wafers (I use Merckins Chocolate Coating Wafers)
MAKING THE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS
1) Cream together peanut butter, the softened butter and the vanilla extract. I mix mine in a Kitchen Aid Mixer and I mix this until it is very creamy. Then slowly add your confectioners' sugar. Cover, and I refrigerate mine overnight.
2) Remove mixture the next morning from refrigerator and roll the refrigerated peanut butter ball mixture into ball shapes .(Not too little and not too big).
PREPARING CHOCOLATE FOR DIPPING
NOTE: I always buy a 5 pound bag of Light Chocolate Wafers for Coating. You will have some left over. I melt small amounts of the Chocolate Coating Wafers alittle at a time in a double boiler. I find melting chocolate can be tricky.
1) First, boil about 1 cup water in bottom pan of the double boiler; then remove pan from heat.
2) Set the top part of the double boiler pan into the bottom part of the double boiler that has the hot water in it and add chocolate.
NOTE: If chocolate gets moisture from the hot water from the bottom of the double boiler, it can ruin all your work. I only learned with experience. Perhaps Diana's Baking Tips and Ideas Section, under the Chocolate Category can help with preparing the chocolate.
3) Stir constantly until chocolate is melted and creamy.
4) Dip peanut butter balls into melted chocolate ( I use a plastic dipping spoon to help me with this part).
5) After you dip the peanut butter balls in melted chocolate, place the balls on a sheet of wax paper till they harden. Store peanut butter balls in an airtight container.
Makes approximately 100 (8-9 dozen) Peanut Butter Balls.
I am sorry if I did not give full details. I do alot of guess work when I cook or bake. The chocolate wafers are so easy to use, you do not need to add paraffin wax to these. This way also makes a better, creamier taste. However if you would like to make your chocolate coating from chocolate chips and paraffin wax, here is what you do: Melt 1 bag of chocolate chips with 1/2 block of paraffin wax.
I do not recommend using this kind of chocolate coating (using the paraffin wax) for the peanut butter balls as far as getting a good taste.
Submitted By: Sheila Weller