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Peanut butter balls aka Buckeye Balls

by Emy
4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening
-Line a baking sheet with waxed paper; set aside.
-Combine confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl; mix together with your hands to form a smooth stiff dough. Shape into balls using 2 teaspoons of dough for each ball. Place on the prepared baking sheet and refrigerate until ready to coat with chocolate.
-Combine chocolate chips and shortening in a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat.
-Remove chilled peanut butter balls from the refrigerator.
-Insert a wooden toothpick into a ball, and dip into the melted chocolate until coated. Return to the baking sheet, chocolate-side down, and remove the toothpick.
-Repeat Step 5 to coat remaining balls. Refrigerate coated balls until set, about 30 minutes.

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