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Peanut Butter Cocoa Bonbons

 Peanut Butter Cocoa Bonbons
I'm a minister's wife and also have a candy-making business. This yummy pairing of peanut butter and chocolate produced terrific treats for a recent fellowship. Everyone commented on the flavor and quickly emptied my tray.
18 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1 package (10 ounces) peanut butter chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, cocoa and
  • vanilla until smooth. Stir in peanuts. Cover and refrigerate for 2
  • hours or until firm. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto a waxed
  • paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate, uncovered, for 1 hour.
  • Shape into 1-in. balls; return to baking sheet. Refrigerate,
  • uncovered, for 3 hours or until firm.
  • In a microwave or heavy saucepan, melt peanut butter chips and
  • shortening; stir until smooth and blended. Dip balls and place on
  • waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Chill until firm. Store in an
  • airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 258 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 87 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.