Peanut Butter Bonbons
½ cup butter or margarine, softened
½ cup crunchy peanut butter
¾ cup packed brown sugar
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 cups semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 teaspoons solid vegetable shortening or butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter or margarine and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for about 30 seconds. Add the brown sugar and baking soda and beat until combined. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour with a wooden spoon.
Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets about 1 ½ inches apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the cookies are set and lightly browned underneath. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.
In a medium heavy saucepan heat the chocolate and shortening over low heat until melted. Allow to cool slightly. Using a fork, dip the peanut butter balls, one at a time, in the chocolate mixture to coat. Transfer to baking sheets linked with waxed paper and refrigerate until the bonbons are firm. Store in an airtight container in a cool place. Makes approximately 50 cookies.
This recipe was from The Cookie Book, Fog City Press, 2001.