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Peanut Butter Chocolate Buckeyes

By Edited Jun 1, 2014 3 5

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!

Ingredients
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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.

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Comments

Feb 5, 2012 2:21pm
Aleo
Great article, and your recipe is delicious! I hadn't heard of these sweets before, but I'd certainly like to try this out.
Feb 5, 2012 2:36pm
Lynsuz
These are a great treat to make. Have made peanut butter chocolate buckeyes many times. Great recipe. Well done.
Feb 6, 2012 8:38am
kitesnsights
Thanks so much for the comments. Honestly, peanut butter buckeyes are my all time favorite! I want some right now!
Feb 19, 2012 11:39pm
ShogunWriter
Funny seeing a post about making buckeyes; I am an Ohio State Grad and love me my buckeye treats. My wife and I actually gave out Buckeyes as party gifts to guests at our wedding.
Mar 1, 2012 4:58pm
kitesnsights
Wow! Buckeyes as favors for a wedding? I would sooo be there! What a great idea! Thanks for taking time to write a comment. I'm actually an Ohio Buckeye myself and live near Columbus!
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