Peanut Butter Chocolate Buckeyes are my favorite thing to make in the kitchen hands down. These delicious bites take me to a time when I was young and my mother would buy them for me and my sister at our local Hallmark store. When I first realized that I could create these amazing treats my mind was amazed. Not only is this recipe from Allrecipes.com super easy to follow, everyone will be impressed by the quality and appearance of the treat. The entire preparation will take you less than fifty minutes and there is no baking required!

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The ingredient list for Peanut Butter Chocolate Buckeyes is pretty simple. You will need one and a half cups of creamy peanut butter, a half cup of butter softened, one teaspoon vanilla extract, four cups of powdered sugar, one bag of chocolate chips and two tablespoons shortening. The chocolate will be used for dipping the buckeyes. You can use either dark or light chocolate and can even use bakers chocolate if you melt it in the microwave. I use a fondue pot for dipping my buckeyes in the chocolate so I prefer to use high quality chocolate such as Ghirardelli. You may or may not need the shortening depending on how you melt your chocolate. If you melt your chocolate in the microwave you will need it to keep the dipping consistency. You can also add other ingredients to make your Peanut Butter Chocolate Buckeyes unique such as coffee extract, coconut flakes, or white chocolate.

Directions

To begin, prepare a place for the yummy buckeyes to be placed once formed. You can line a baking sheet with wax paper or use anything with a flat surface that will fit in your refrigerator after you're done creating the balls. The wax paper allows the balls to be pulled up easily without sticking to the bottom of the pan. For the next step you will want to mix the peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar in a bowl. I like to place the butter in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it so it blends better. You can use either a wooden spoon or an electric mixer. Once the ingredients are mixed  you will use your hands to roll out balls about the size of a marble or larger depending on your taste. I like to keep my buckeyes at a medium size so that the batch yields more to share with friends and family.

Place a toothpick in each ball and place the formed balls on the prepared sheet and place them in the fridge for thirty minutes. After the balls have set prepare chocolate for dipping. You can use a fondue pot or use the microwave to melt the chocolate. To use the microwave mix the chocolate and shortening in a microwave safe bowl and heat it up in thirty second intervals stirring as you go. Once the chocolate is ready and at the right dipping consistency, dip each set ball in the chocolate and place back on the waxed sheet removing the toothpicks. Remember when dipping to leave some of the peanut butter filling exposed to create a "buckeye" look. Refrigerate the Peanut Butter Chocolate Buckeyes for another thirty minutes and you're ready to enjoy your treat!

Presentation

To give your Peanut Butter Chocolate Buckeyes as gifts simply line baking boxes with wax paper and place two-three buckeyes in the box. Martha Stewart's line at Micheals has many great baking packaging and you can choose themes based on holidays and celebrations. This recipe should yield about five dozen depending on the size you make your buckeyes. Your newly made treat can be left out a room temperature and frozen to thaw for two to three months.