Chocolate & Peanut Butter Dipped Apples
Yield: 12 pieces
12 Medium apples, stems removed
12 Wooden ice cream sticks
1 cup HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 2/3 cups (10-oz pkg) REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips, divided
1/4 cup Plus 2 tablespoons shortening, divided (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil)
1 Line tray with wax paper. Wash apples; dry thoroughly. Insert wooden stick into stem end of each apple; place on prepared tray.
2 Place chocolate chips, 2/3 cup peanut butter chips and 1/4 cup shortening in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 minute; stir. In necessary, microwave at HIGH an additional 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, just until chips are melted when stirred. Dip bottom three-fourths of each apple into mixture. Twirl and gently shake to remove excess; return to prepared tray.
3 Place remaining 1 cup peanut butter chips and remaining 2 tablespoons shortening in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 30 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave at HIGH an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, just until chips are melted when stirred. Spoon over top section of each apple, allowing to drip down sides. Refrigerate until ready to serve.