Mix together peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and sugar. Roll pieces into ball shapes (not too big cuz they are VERY rich tasting). Place all the peanut butter balls onto a cookie sheet and place the sheet in the **freezer for at least an hour. (**changed this based on individual reviews).
Melting the White Chocolate:
Chocolate can be very temperamental. Microwave 2/3 only heating 20 seconds at a time. (heat and stir, heat and stir) Avoid getting any water/moisture in the chocolate cuz it will clump and ruin it. DO NOT even lick the spoon. Even that is enough to ruin it! (Plus its unsanitary if you are making these for others! ;)
Work in batches only pulling a group of balls out of the freezer at a time so that they do not get too soft while waiting to be dipped into the chocolate. Use a spoon and a toothpick to dip the balls into the white chocolate. And place back onto the cookie sheet. While still wet, place an M&M (or candy of your choice to serve as the iris) on top (I like to cover up the toothpick hole with ‘em)
Once the white chocolate has set and hardened, dip a toothpick into the red gel food coloring and draw on veins. FYI this part can get messy, but it doesn't have to look perfect.
***If you haven't worked with cake balls, buckeyes, or the like be aware that dipping/rolling the balls in the chocolate mix can be more difficult than it seems at first. The more you do it the easier it gets.
If Chocolate is too thick: add a spoonful of shortening (Crisco) to the mix, reheat, and stir. Add this in sparingly though as too much will make the chocolate runny and will not adhere to the balls. The chocolate will also start to thicken as it cools. If you have at least an inch deep worth of chocolate in the bowl, pop it in the microwave for a few seconds and it should return to a workable consistency. Feel free to add additional chips to these reheats as well.
Peanut butter balls are too gooey: Peanut butter textures differ by brand. Some are softer and more spreadable than others. If you find that your balls are hard to roll, add extra powdered sugar to the mix until it is at a consistency that is easier to manage.
**** This is NOT a recipe for perfectionists. Some will look lumpy and the veins will not be messy. But when you have a whole batch together they look awesome and everyone will LOVE them.
I make these and other cake ball/pop items frequently. If you have a question about this recipe, fell free to message me.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (14g)|
|Recipe Makes: 40 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 67 (81%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 7.4g||10 %|
|Saturated Fat 3.5g||17 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 2.5g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1g|
|Cholesterol 12.2mg||4 %|
|Sodium 33.7mg||1 %|
|Potassium 37.9mg||1 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 3.4g||1 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0.3g||1 %|
|Sugars, other 3g|
|Protein 1.5g||2 %|
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Calories per serving: 83
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