Buckeyes

I love buckeyes, they are one of my favorite Christmas candies. What I love about them, is that unlike many other Christmas candy, you don’t have to own a candy thermometer or double boiler.

I love buckeyes, they are one of my favorite Christmas candies. What I love about them, is that unlike many other Christmas candy, you don't have to own a candy thermometer or double boiler. This foolproof recipe turns out every single time!

This foolproof recipe turns out every single time!

Buckeyes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening (if you don’t use shortening you can substitute with paraffin)

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and confectioners’ sugar to form a smooth stiff dough.
  3. Shape into ping pong sized balls.
  4. Place on wax paper, and refrigerate or place in the freezer for 30 minutes
  5. Melt shortening and chocolate together on stove top over low heat.
  6. Stirring constantly until smooth, and remove from heat.
  7. Insert a wooden toothpick into a ball, and dip into melted chocolate.
  8. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set.

Courses Dessert

Buckeyes at The Happy Housewife

Comments

  1. oh yum!!! i’m glad you posted such a great picture. that way i can drool and not take in all of those calories! 🙂

  2. Yummy! One of my faves at CHRISTmas!!

  3. My mom and I use to make those at Christmas time. They are so good.

  4. Somebody's Mimi says:

    If you don’t use shortening you can use paraffin… that is so funny to me! I’ve only had paraffin in my house once and that was forever ago to make candles or something. Anyway these are another thing I want for Christmas… along with the sugar cookies, iced of course. You really make it hard for weak people to get throw the holidays without sweets! But I say, bring it on!

  5. All I have to say is Oh.My.Goodness!!!!! Well, that and Merry Christmas, my friend!

  6. I just finished eating a Buckeye; and yes, they are yummy!

    I love the gingerbread houses. What memories they evoke in my own life as a mom.

  7. We just call them chocolate peanut butter balls. LOVE them! Merry Christmas!!

  8. I am a new reader to your blog. We call them chocolate covered Peanut Butter Balls. I also use one cup crunchy and one cup creamy peanut butter as well as Rice Crispies.

    I also drizzle them with white chocolate. I love to make these around any holiday…and they make into great gifts.

    I also use Paraffin wax with mine.

  9. These are the GREATEST! I like to put sprinkles on them…then they look as good as they taste!

  10. These look SOOOOO delicious! I LOVE peanut butter. These are a must for my Christmas cookie repertoire! Visiting from BlogFrog.

  11. In order to cut back on the amount of sugar, I’ve substituted 1 c. of very finely crushed graham crackers for 1 c. of sugar. i’ve also added finely chopped raisins and cut out a little more sugar. Sometimes, the ‘dough’ is rather sticky without all the sugar, but a half hour in the ‘fridge helps firm it up.(Some people add krisped rice cereal, too – but, I don’t.). We actually prefer them not so sweet, and we dip them in dark chocolate.

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