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Angels Unawares, Serial #16 and Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Balls

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Kick the Can–these warm evenings and late sunsets have me thinking about playing Kick the Can in the old neighborhood. You know, gather a gang of kids together after supper and put an old coffee can in the middle of the yard and designate someone as “it” (he was always the dorky kid nobody liked) and everybody else runs and hides and the “it” kid has to try to find everyone and call them in without anyone kicking the can and freeing all the captives. That was a fun game.

And you’re no doubt wondering what the heck Kick the Can has to do with Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Balls? Well, I’ll tell you–Home Base! In Kick the Can everyone starts out at home base and sooner or later ends up at home base–either as a captive or at the end of the game if it gets too dark or the dork kid gets tired of being “it” and goes home crying. You always end up back at home base.

And that’s what chocolate mixed with peanut butter is to the dessert fanatic–HOME BASE! You can wander afield with your lemon bars or your pumpkin truffles or your butterscotch pudding or your exotic linzer torte squares, but sooner or later you’ll end up back at peanut butter and chocolate. And that’s what these Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Balls are meant to do–return you to home base.

Angels Unawares, Serial #16 is also about returning to home base. The entire serial is from Angie’s blog written from the Iraq warzone. She too is looking for home base, but is wondering if it’s a place or something different, something more. She could probably use some of these Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Balls. They’d cheer her up at least, and might even help her find her way to a new and better home base.

chocolate dipped peanut butter candies

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Balls

3 heaping Tablespoons peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)*

1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature

1/3 cup powdered sugar

3 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (about 1/2 cup)

optional: candies to decorate with (I used Peanut Butter M&Ms)

peanut butter chocolate candies

In a small mixing bowl, add the peanut butter and room temperature butter. Mix these ingredients together until smooth and blended. Slowly add the powdered sugar, and mix until the dough is thick, no longer sticky, and forms a ball. If the dough is still sticky, add 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar at a time until the dough comes together. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Place the peanut butter balls on a plate and put in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to firm up.

When the peanut butter balls are firm, put the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave the chips at 50% power for 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir the chocolate chips. Repeat the process until the chips are nearly all melted, careful not to burn the chocolate. Remove the chocolate from the microwave and stir the chips until they are all the way melted.

Roll one peanut butter ball at a time in the melted chocolate, making sure to cover the entire ball. Place the peanut butter candy on a plate lined with parchment paper. Repeat the process until all of the peanut butter balls are coated. Return the candies to the refrigerator and chill for 20 minutes or until ready to serve. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

Makes 8 candies.

*If you use natural peanut butter that has the oil separated, you will need to add additional powdered sugar. Stir in one tablespoon of powdered sugar at a time until the mixture is thick enough to form a ball and is no longer sticky.

easter candy

{Adapted from She Wears Many Hats}

Click below to listen to or read Serial #16 of “Angels Unawares”.

Angels Unawares, Serial #16, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Angels Unawares, Serial #16, text © Jeffrey Anderson

Enjoy!

 

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