Here it is, step-by-step. If you make them, let me know about it! Oh, and if you type in Coldplay into Pandora and listen while making these, I swear they turn out better.
1 cup softened butter (not melted!)
2 cups peanut butter (creamy or chunky, I always use chunky)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1.5 boxes of powdered sugar
1 bag of Nestle Tollhouse chocolate bits
*These are the ingredients for a single batch. I have never made just a single batch. I ALWAYS double it.
Mix the softened butter, the vanilla, and the peanut butter together. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar. Keep tasting until you get the desired taste and texture. Roll into small balls (melon ball size) and put the on a cookie sheet. Place them in the freezer for a short time, just while you make the chocolate, no longer than 20 minutes. You don't want them to freeze solid!
Melt the chocolate bits in a double boiler. As they are melting, widdle away at the paraffin wax and let it melt in with the chocolate. DO NOT cut off chunks, it will never melt. I use a paring knife to shave off wax into the chocolate. A potato peeler would work, too. I use about 1/10 of the block of wax. Keep stirring until all is melted. If it tastes "waxy" just add more chocolate bits.
Take the peanut butter balls out of the freezer and drizzle the chocolate generously over everything. I put the melted chocolate into a freezer bag and pipe it on, that's the easiest way I've found to do it. Put them back into the freezer to set for 45 minutes or so.
I keep ours in the fridge but they don't have to be. It just depends on how you like them - harder and cold and warmer and soft.
Here are some pics:
butter, peanut butter, and vanilla
adding the powdered sugar
all the ingredients finally mixed
Melting the chocolate over a double boiler
Paraffin wax - they sell it in the baking aisle
The wax shavings into the chocolate
Kinda weird looking but this is how much wax I used for a double batch.
This is how many a double batch produced
The chocolate and wax shavings are melted. I put a freezer bag into a big cup so I can pour it in easily without spilling it everywhere. You could have someone hold the bag open for you instead but I'm usually alone when I bake. Had to get creative...
Lovely! Courtesy of Drew here I am piping the chocolate
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