I make these on various holidays through out the year. They make nice gifts and a tasty addition to your Christmas candy tray. This recipe makes a lot of candy. The amount varies depending on the size of peanut butter balls you make.
In a large microwave safe mixing bowl, combine butter and peanut butter. Melt in the microwave for about 2 minutes or until butter and peanut butter is combined. Stir the mixture a few times during the microwaving process.
Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir in the powdered sugar. You may need to use your hands to thoroughly incorporate it.
Roll the mixture into small balls while mixture is still warm. If mixture becomes too crumbly, put the bowl back into the microwave and warm it up some more.
Place balls on 2 cookie sheets lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to firm the up, or you can set them in the freezer too.
Dip peanut butter balls into chocolate coating.
Melt all coating ingredients in a small mixing bowl in the microwave just until melted; stirring often.
Put the bowl of melted chocolate on top of a small saucepan filled with a little bit of water on low heat. This will keep your chocolate warm. (If you have a double boiler, you can use that instead of melting the chocolate and bark in the microwave)
Using a tooth pick, dip peanut butter balls in the chocolate mixture and then gently tap off the excess chocolate.
Place ball back on cookie sheet and twist the toothpick gently to pull it out. Using the toothpick, swirl the chocolate a bit over the tooth pick hole to cover it.
Chill to set the chocolate. Store the candy in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. These also freeze well.