Peanut Butter Balls or Bars
One thing I remember about the holidays growing up is that there were always peanut butter balls, or buckeyes, as some people call them!
peanut butter (about 16 oz, I think..) (crunchy or creamy or both)
butter or margarine
semisweet chocolate chips
shortening or paraffin
Bring butter or margarine to room temperature (soft).
Mix butter with peanut butter and vanilla. I clean out my peanut butter jars and just use what I have, some crunchy some creamy.
Add powdered sugar, mix well.
Roll into balls and chill (or press into dish for bars)
melt chocolate chips on 50% power in microwave for about 1 min., add shortening or paraffin, and stir until smooth. Continue heating at 15 second intervals, stirring until all smooth.
dip peanut butter balls into chocolate and remove with toothpick or spoon and cool on wax paper
OR pour chocolate over peanut butter bars in dish to make coating, sprinkle with chopped peanuts if desired.