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Buckeyes

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With decadent peanut butter centers and rich chocolate coating, buckeyes are one of the easiest homemade treats you can make.
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  1. BUCKEYES INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS BUCKEYES RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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These delectable peanut butter balls are a tasty confection that you will want to add to your candy-making repertoire. They feature a creamy peanut butter center wrapped in rich decadent chocolate while leaving a small bit of peanut butter peaking out to resemble the nut of the Ohio buckeye tree.

If you love this buckeye candy recipe, check out more of our divine creations including our cookies and cream truffles and gingerbread truffles.

BUCKEYES INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 1¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

PEANUT BUTTER: Choose your favorite peanut butter brand for this recipe. We’d recommend avoiding natural peanut butter because the natural oils sometimes make it hard to get the peanut butter to set the way you need it to.

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: If you prefer to make these with either milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips, both will work fine for the delicious chocolate coating.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS BUCKEYES RECIPE

PRO TIP:

This recipe is super easy to double, freezes really well and makes excellent gifts to share.

STEP ONE: Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set it aside.

STEP TWO: Using an electric mixer and a medium bowl, or a stand mixer, cream together the peanut butter, softened butter and vanilla.

STEP THREE: Slowly add the powdered sugar, and mix until smooth.

STEP FOUR: Using a spoon or small cookie dough scoop, scoop the peanut butter mixture and shape into 1-inch balls (about ½ tablespoon) and place on the waxed paper-covered baking sheet. 

PRO TIP:

If you are rolling the balls with your hands and are finding that it is sticky work, cover your hands with a light dusting of powdered sugar to prevent the peanut butter from sticking to you.

STEP FIVE: Place the peanut butter balls in the freezer for 45 minutes.

STEP SIX: In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and the shortening. 

STEP SEVEN: Heat in the microwave for 45 seconds. Remove and stir the chocolate chips. Return to the microwave and heat in 15-second intervals, stirring well after every 15 seconds until the chocolate is smooth.

STEP EIGHT: Remove the peanut butter balls from the freezer.

STEP NINE: Insert a toothpick into the peanut butter balls. Dip each ball into the melted chocolate, leaving a small amount of the top of the peanut butter visible. Allow the excess chocolate drip off, or carefully wipe the bottom of the ball on the side of the bowl. Return to the sheet pan. 

PRO TIP:

The chocolate has to be quite hot and the peanut butter balls really cold for the chocolate to stick properly. If you find it is taking too much time, you may want to keep the peanut butter balls in the freezer and only take a few out at a time to work with.

STEP TEN: You will need to place the balls in the fridge to help the chocolate properly set. 

HOW TO SERVE

Whip up a batch of this easy buckeye recipe any time you are craving the divine combination of chocolate and peanut butter. If you are thinking of sharing, they also make wonderful gifts. Add them to a decorative box along with our white chocolate lemon truffles.

STORAGE

ON THE COUNTER: You can keep your buckeyes at room temperature for up to three days in an airtight container.

IN THE FREEZER: These tasty buckeyes will keep in the freezer for up to one month.

Peanut butter buckeyes will be a winner with any peanut butter and chocolate lover out there. They are so easy to make and are little bites of decadent heaven. Share them or keep them all to yourself, we won’t judge!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze buckeyes?

This simple buckeye recipe can be frozen in an airtight container for up to one month.

Why are these called buckeyes?

This confection is called a buckeye because the finished product with its chocolate exterior and a small bit of peanut butter peeking out resembles buckeye nuts from the buckeye tree which is native to Ohio.

Can I use milk or dark chocolate chips in this buckeye recipe?

Any type of chocolate chip will work fine for coating your buckeye candy.

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Buckeyes

5 from 1 vote
With decadent peanut butter centers and rich chocolate coating, buckeyes are one of the easiest homemade treats you can make.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 48

Ingredients
  

  • cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening

Instructions
 

  • Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and set it aside.
  • Using an electric handheld mixer and a medium-sized mixing bowl, or a stand mixer; cream together the peanut butter, softened butter and vanilla.
  • Slowly add the powdered sugar, and mix until smooth.
  • Using a spoon or small cookie dough scoop, scoop the peanut butter mixture and shape into 1-inch round balls and place on the waxed paper covered baking sheet. (This usually measures out to a little over a ½ tablespoon)
  • Place the peanut butter balls in the freezer for 45 minutes.
  • In a heat-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and the shortening.
  • Heat in the microwave for 45 seconds. Remove and stir the chocolate chips. Return to the microwave and heat in 15-second intervals, stirring well after each 15 seconds until the chocolate is smooth.
  • Remove the peanut butter balls from the freezer.
  • Insert a toothpick into the peanut butter balls. Dip each ball into the chocolate, leaving a small amount of the top of the peanut butter visible. Allow the excess chocolate to drip off, or carefully wipe the bottom of the ball on the side of the bowl. Return to the sheet pan.
  • You will need to place the balls in the fridge to help the chocolate properly set.

Nutrition

Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 61mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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