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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!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 24 to 26 maraschino cherries with stems
  • Additional confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups 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.
Editor’s Note: Reduced-fat or generic brands of peanut butter are not recommended for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 233 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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