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Peanut Butter Bon Bons

January 1, 2012

Happy New Year! This holiday season has been a whirlwind for me with getting engaged, traveling home to California twice and of course cooking! I apologize for not sharing more of my recipes with you this past month but when you are cooking for 20 with several small children running in and out of the kitchen, sometimes it’s hard to stop and take decent photos.

I made these Peanut Butter Bon Bons based on this recipe from the Neely’s on the Food Network. They were good but very dense and rich and I recommend adding butter to the recipe. Take a look at this traditional Buckeye recipe which includes butter. Both recipes are simple and do not require a lot of ingredients – just some time to roll and decorate all the balls. They are very cute and make great bite-size desserts for entertaining.

Recipe:

  • 1 (18-ounce) jar creamy peanut butter
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

Using an electric mixer or a whisk, beat the peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar together until smooth and stiff. Beat in the vanilla extract. Shape the peanut butter mixture into 20 (1-inch) balls and place on a waxed paper-lined sheet tray. Place the tray in the freezer for 1 hour.

Add chopped chocolate to a small bowl set over gently simmering water. Stir to melt. Remove chocolate from heat. With 2 forks, carefully dip the chilled peanut butter balls 1/2 way into the chocolate, let excess drip off, and lay onto the waxed paper-lined sheet tray.

With a fork, swirl some decorative chocolate across the top of each bite. Place in the refrigerator for the chocolate to set and the peanut butter to solidify, about 30 minutes. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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