I saw this recipe and just had to make these little bites, especially knowing how much Mr. McCormick loves his peanut butter. I adapted a bit along the way to what you find below.
1 18-ounce jar creamy peanut butter
2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped finely or you can use chips
Using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the peanut butter and confectioners' sugar together until smooth and stiff. Beat in the vanilla extract.
If you find the mix isn't quite mixing and is too thick, dust your hands with the sugar and knead the dough until all the sugar is incorporated.
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. 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.
Place in the refrigerator for the chocolate to set and the peanut butter to solidify, about 30 minutes.
These handy little bites are just delicious. We have them stored away in the freezer for snacking whenever we need a little touch of something sweet.
Hopefully next time I'll do a better job with the chocolate. Not exactly decorative ... more like I just dunked them and hoped for the best.
I am curious to try this with half as much sugar. Not sure if it's really all needed to bind these little guys together.
Enjoy this handy little snack!