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Peanut Buttercream Candy

My cousin sent me some of these delicious nutty buttercreams, and I've been making them ever since. It's a wonderful gift recipe since one batch yields seven dozen.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 7 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 7-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
  • 2-1/2 cups finely chopped peanuts

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, cream and vanilla; beat on medium speed for 3-4 minutes. Shape into 3/4-in. balls.
  • In a microwave or heavy saucepan, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip balls in melted chocolate; roll in peanuts. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets; refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
3 each: 348 calories, 18g fat (8g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 82mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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