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Cherry Peanut Butter Balls

 Cherry Peanut Butter Balls
Years ago, I saved this festive recipe and made it only at Christmastime. But my grandkids loved the sweet combination of peanut butter, chocolate and cherries so much that now I mix up a batch anytime they ask or visit!
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 24 to 26 maraschino cherries with stems
  • Additional confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup shortening

Directions

  • In a small bowl, beat the butter and peanut butter until smooth. Beat
  • in vanilla. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and mix well. Cover
  • and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Pat cherries dry with paper towel. Dust hands with additional
  • confectioners' sugar. Wrap each cherry with a rounded tablespoon
  • full of peanut butter mixture; shape into a ball. (Peanut butter
  • mixture may need to be refrigerated occasionally while rolling
  • cherries.) Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until
  • smooth. Dip peanut butter balls in chocolate; allow excess to drip
  • off. Place on waxed paper. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until
  • set. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Editor’s Note: Reduced-fat or generic brands of peanut butter are not recommended for this recipe.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 233 calories, 15 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 90 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.