Monday, April 1, 2013

Chocolate Covered Nutella Peanut Butter Balls

I have been making Chocolate covered Peanut Butter Balls since I was old enough to roll a ball with play dough. Peanut Butter Balls have been a great family tradition, one that I gladly pass on to my children. Peanut Butter Balls are so simple and so delicious and I am always looking for ways to change them. With my love of Nutella it only seemed logical to combine the two. And let me tell you, they are totally AWESOME!! I'm not just saying that either, these really are awesome.

Chocolate Covered Nutella Peanut Butter Balls

Yield: ~150-200 

2 Cups Creamy peanut butter
1 26.5 oz. Jar of Nutella
1 Stick of butter melted, OR 1/2 cup butter/margarine
3 1/2 Cups of powdered sugar
1 1lb. 8oz. Package of Almond Bark (Chocolate)

In a large mixing bowl place peanut butter and Nutella and mix thoroughly, then add melted butter and mix again. Once everything is mixed slowly add the powdered sugar, 1/2 a cup at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition. This will help prevent lumps of powdered sugar. Keep adding powdered sugar until all the powdered sugar has been used or until you can roll the mixture into a ball without it completely sticking to your hands. If the mixture still sticks to your hands, then add more powdered sugar. The humidity and heat in your house will directly impact the amount of powdered sugar needed to form the balls. Once the mixture is ready roll into balls about the size of a quarter. Really you can roll them as big or as little as you want, but a quarter seems to be a good size. Roll the balls and place on a sheet pan (cookie sheet). 

In a microwave safe bowl melt 6 of the Almond Bark squares in the microwave for 1 minute at a time, until the chocolate is completely melted. You do this in 1 minute intervals to make sure that you don't burn or scorch the chocolate. Once the chocolate is melted then roll the Nutella Peanut Butter Balls around in the chocolate until they are completely coated. Place back on the cookie sheet and continue until all the balls are covered. (You will have to melt more chocolate). Once all the balls have been covered place them in the freezer to allow the chocolate to harden. 

Once the chocolate has hardened, remove from the freezer and devour!!! These great little diddies will keep in the fridge for a good month, in the freezer for a good 2 or 3 months and will last at room temperature as long as your house is not hot, for a couple of weeks. But I feel I must warn you, they won't last longer than the first week!!! 

This is my favorite sweet treat, Do you have one? If so, what is it?

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