Before we get to the yummy part of this post, I wanted to thank those of you who responded to my post yesterday, with my idea for honoring/celebrating my dad's 100th birthday. If you didn't see it, and are curious, it is here; please feel free to let me know your thoughts.
Now on to the recipe.
This is a recipe I have had for over 30 years. At my very first "official" job out of college, I worked at the library at the University of Notre Dame, while The Tim was in grad school there. At one of our departmental Christmas parties, one of co-workers brought a plate of homemade candies that I had never seen before or heard of, but boy were they yummy!
It turns out that she was from Ohio, which is the Buckeye State, and I guess these are more or less a candy that everyone who is from Ohio knows about. Over the years, I've seen various versions of the recipe, and I've tried them at various places, but the recipe I was given is still my favorite, both for the taste and the simplicity.
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 stick butter or margarine
1 ½ c. peanut butter (smooth or crunchy, whatever you prefer)
6 oz. chocolate chips or chunks
2 tsp. shortening
Mix first three ingredients completely, and then form into whatever sized balls you like (if they are small, you can eat more of them!). Place on waxed paper and chill for at least 1 hour.
Melt chocolate and shortening. Take a toothpick and take peanut butter balls and dip into the melted chocolate. Place on waxed paper to cool.
Don't they look good? I hope if you try the recipe, you'll let me know if you liked them. I do have to warn you though - they are pretty addictive!
NaBloPoMo Day #22