A friend at work was telling me about a confection his Grandmother made that he loved as a kid. He called them Buckeye Balls. I had never heard of them before but a quick Google search turned up many recipes. Peanut butter and chocolate and no baking required? I'm in!!
My daughter and her friend helped me make these. Very easy and decadently delicious! And with the leftover melted chocolate I was able to make a few hazelnut chocolate candies, too. Bonus!
1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread, softened
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups confectioners sugar
2 tbsp Earth Balance Shortening
6 oz vegan chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli brand semi sweet)
In a bowl mix the peanut butter, Earth Balance and Vanilla. Sift the confectioners sugar into the bowl. With your hands mix all ingredients until a stiff dough is formed. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and roll the peanut butter mixture into balls, using about 1 1/2 tsp worth of peanut butter dough for each ball. Place on the wax paper lined sheets and put into the refrigerator.
In a double boiler melt the semi-sweet chocolate and shortening until very smooth.
Remove the peanut butter balls from the refrigerator. With a toothpick pick up one ball at a time and dip it into the melted chocolate mixture. Return to the wax paper chocolate side down. Place the sheets back in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up.
Keep extras in the refrigerator (that is, if you have any left!).