When you go gluten free, you understand that you will be losing many foods that you've grown to love. Most people say breads and pasta. You don't realize, though, some of your other favorites that will disappear, too.
Believe it or not, there is gluten in candy. Yep, it's true. It may hidden in ingredients like malt syrup, it may come from cross-contamination in manufacturing facilities - you get the picture. So, every year, I seek out the lists of "safe" candy that hit the web around Halloween. Food manufacturers have started getting hip to the fact that those of us who are GF are a pretty big market share, and we are getting bigger every day. They want their piece of the action.
One of my favorites has been hit-or-miss on the safe list - Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I've seen it listed as safe, I've seen it listed as unsafe. I've tried them, but with the "unsafe" side-effects. Others have been able to eat them just fine, like Hubby.
Since I've been on this truffle kick lately, I thought I'd give a similar idea a try - here goes:
SPH Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cup Truffles
1 cup peanut butter - chunky or smooth will be your choice
1-2 tablespoons butter - amount will depend on how "dry" your peanut butter is (mine was from the bottom of the jar so I used the full 2 T)
1 can Betty Crocker (brand) Rich and Creamy Vanilla Frosting
1 teaspoon of salt (trust me, you'll need it to taste "authentic" - you can use less if your peanut butter is already really salty)
Chocolate coating of your choice (chips, melting disks, candy coating) - @ 1 pound
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
Melt peanut butter and butter together. In a mixing bowl, beat together peanut butter mixture,salt and frosting. Scoop into balls, and place on wax paper-lined cookie sheet.
"See the little pretty maids, all in a row"
Chill until firm, about an hour. I put mine in the freezer. Meanwhile, melt chocolate and shortening together. Dip peanut butter balls into chocolate (use a skewer or a fork) and place back on wax paper. Allow to set (if you can), then eat and enjoy!