Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine Treat (Peanut Butter Balls) {The Twinery}

Hi there! 

Today I'm sharing a delicious treat with you!  
Okay, it's not easy to share homemade, chocolate-dipped peanut butter balls through the internet...but I can at least share the recipe with you. (And the recipe makes plenty to share with friends and neighbors.) 
You can find the recipe here:

4 cups natural peanut butter (just peanuts and sugar)
8 cups (2 lb. bag) powdered sugar
2 cups butter
2 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients and chill in refrigerator until firm.
Scoop into balls and place in fridge or freezer until firm.

Melt 2 pounds chocolate chips with 1 stick (1/4 box) Gulf Wax paraffin wax in a double boiler (or a dish over a pan of hot water).
Dip each peanut butter ball in chocolate coating. Place on tray that has been covered with wax paper & return to fridge or freezer to firm up. Dip tops in melted chocolate (if needed) and return to fridge or freezer to firm up. Store in fridge or freezer.
This recipe is pretty forgiving. Add more peanut butter, more butter, more sugar...more chocolate...whatever you want. 

And I don't pretend to be some master chocolatier - these aren't the prettiest things. (In fact, my friends and I call them my "peanut butter blobs".) 
But they sure do taste good!
Once you've got all those treats made, it's time to wrap them up.
I created these quick and easy boxes that each hold three peanut butter balls:
And, of course, I used The Twinery's twine to add an extra pop of color (and hold the boxes closed).
...delicious treats all packaged up and ready to pass out for Valentine's Day! 
(If you don't eat them all first.)

Twine: The Twinery (Solid Charcoal, Solid Honeydew, Solid Pink Sorbet); 
Patterned Paper: Heidi Swapp; Jen Hadfield;
Tools: Fiskars (Trimmer, Scissors); We R Memory Keepers (1-2-3 Punch Board);

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