Makes 72 candies (6 dozen total)
Prep Time: 10 min.
Freezing Time: 1 hr.
2 - cups creamy peanut butter, (not
1/4 - cup (1/2 stick) butter or
3-3/4 - cups (16-oz. box) powdered
2 - cups (12-oz. pkg.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
2 - Tablespoons vegetable shortening
Line baking sheets with wax paper.
In a large mixer bowl, beat peanut
butter and butter until creamy. Beat in powdered sugar until
mixture holds together and is moistened. Shape into 1-inch balls and place
on prepared baking sheets. Freeze for 1 hour.
In medium, uncovered,
microwave-safe bowl, melt morsels and shortening on HIGH (100%)
power for 1 minute. Stir. Morsels may retain some of their
shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second
intervals, stirring just until melted. Dip peanut butter centers into
melted chocolate using a toothpick, leaving a small portion of
the center uncovered.
Shake off excess chocolate and
scrape bottom of candy on side of bowl. Return to baking sheets and
refrigerate until chocolate is set. Store in covered container in