Peanut Butter Balls

Another favorite of Mr. Claus here.  He pretends they are healthy.  Also, boy 9 really loves these.  He can almost get over his "gross stuff on my hands" problem to help me roll them out.  The whole process is kind of ooey and gooey, and has a few steps, but they are awfully tasty and fun to pop in your mouth.  So go for it!

And maybe Mr. is right - the protein offsets the sugar.  Sort of.

Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
1 cup peanut butter (natural works best), you can substitute half or all almond butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 bag of chocolate chips, melted

Cream all of the ingredients together in a large bowl, until pale and fluffy.  Cover and chill for at least two hours.  With clean (and cold!) hands, roll into bite-sized balls, about as big as a walnut.  Place on wax paper covered cookie sheets and chill again.  Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or in a double boiler until smooth.  With your fingers, dip half-way into the melted chocolate and place them back on the wax paper, chill for an hour.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  Makes 5 dozen.

Helpful Hint:  Keep your hands cool.  Put the mixture back into the fridge or freezer to firm it up if necessary.  I usually have to rinse off my hands every 8-10 balls, then start again.