Recipe: Peanut Butterballs
- 18 ounces dry-roasted unsalted peanuts
- Peanut oil
- 1 pound confectioners’ sugar
- 1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 12 ounces milk chocolate
- Two cookie sheets, ungreased
- About 50 paper bonbon cups or mini-muffin cups, any color
Grind the peanuts in a food processor until smooth. If the mixture seems too thick and grainy, add peanut oil a little bit at a time by drizzling a thin stream through the feed tube with the motor running. Puree until the mixture is smooth and the consistency of peanut butter.
Transfer the peanut butter to the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or any large bowl) and add the confectioners’ sugar, graham cracker crumbs and butter. Mix together until smooth. Form the mixture into bite-size balls and set aside on an ungreased cookie sheet. Chill until slightly firmed, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, arrange the paper cups on a cookie sheet. Melt the chocolate. Dip the tops of the peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate and set each one, chocolate side up, in a paper cup. Let the chocolate set before drying, about 30 minutes at room temperature (or refrigerate for 10 minutes if you’re in a hurry).
Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Yield: about 50