Buckeyes Recipe (Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls)

Ingredients:

Peanut Butter Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter (avoid natural peanut butter)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Chocolate Coating:

  • 16 ounces (about 2 2/3 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening or coconut oil

Equipment:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium heat-proof bowl
  • Saucepan
  • Baking sheets
  • Wax paper or parchment paper
  • Toothpicks

Instructions:

Make the Peanut Butter Filling:

  • In the large mixing bowl, cream together the peanut butter, softened butter, vanilla extract, and salt until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating until the mixture is well combined and forms a slightly stiff dough.

Form the Buckeye Balls:

  • Roll the peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls.
  • Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper.
  • Insert a toothpick into the top of each ball.
  • Freeze for at least 30 minutes, or until very firm.

Prepare the Chocolate Coating:

  • Place the chocolate chips and shortening or coconut oil in the heat-proof bowl.
  • Fill the saucepan with a small amount of water and bring it to a simmer over medium-low heat.
  • Place the bowl with chocolate over the simmering water, making sure the bottom doesn’t touch the water. This creates a double boiler effect.
  • Stir the chocolate mixture constantly until melted and smooth.

Dip the Buckeyes:

  • Remove the peanut butter balls from the freezer.
  • Hold a peanut butter ball by the toothpick and dip it into the melted chocolate, leaving a small circle of peanut butter exposed at the top (this resembles the look of a Buckeye nut).
  • Place the dipped ball back onto the lined baking sheet.
  • Repeat with remaining peanut butter balls.

Set and Finish:

  • Let the chocolate-coated Buckeyes set at room temperature or chill in the refrigerator until the chocolate is firm.
  • Gently smudge the hole left by the toothpick with your finger to conceal it.

Tips:

  • For a smoother filling, add a little extra butter.
  • If the dough is too soft to roll, chill it briefly in the refrigerator.
  • For easier dipping, keep the peanut butter balls very cold.
  • To ensure a thin, glossy chocolate coating, keep the melted chocolate warm but not hot.

Enjoy your delicious homemade Buckeyes!

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