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23 December, 2015

Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Posted in : buckeyes, candy, chocolate, Christmas, cookies, easy, holidays, no-bake, peanut butter, Uncategorized on by : Jeanette Schramm

As promised, I have a recipe for a holiday treat for all of you, and best of all, it’s no-bake! Just mixing, melting (which we now know how to do in the microwave), freezing, and eating! Good ingredients make for a good treat, for sure.

Not only are these treats quick and easy to make, they also a decent source of protein (because of the peanut butter). Tell yourself this while enjoying them, this holiday, and maybe the calories won’t count (that’s how they work, right)?


Originally, it was up to my Aunt Sue to make the peanut butter balls for the family, but we never got the recipe from her, this year, so my mom and I were left to figure it out for ourselves. According to our family, what we ended up with was not only delicious, but was at least as good as, if not better than, what my Aunt Sue makes. Check them out!




Ingredients
1 1/2 cups peanut butter

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 cups confectioner’s sugar
4 cups semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, sift the confectioner’s sugar so it’s separated out. You can use a handheld sieve/strainer (like one you might use for vegetables) or you can use a flour separator (the things that look like soup cans with a handle and a crank on them). If you can’t sift it, do your best to separate it while pouring it out into the bowl. This step just makes it easier to mix, a little later.


Once you’ve got your sugar in a big bowl, add the peanut butter and the softened butter. If you have an electric mixer, put on the paddle attachment and use that. If not, you’re in for an arm workout! You are going to need to work the mixture until everything is combined and kind of chunky. It should go from looking like this:


To looking like this:



Once the peanut batter (see what I did there?) is ready, start rolling it into balls somewhere between the size of a nickel and the size of a quarter. Place them on a tray (don’t worry about even spacing or personal space; they’re not going in the oven), and stick each one in the center with a toothpick.


Chill the balls for about an hour, in the freezer. In the meantime, why not play some pin the Tail on Dominick the Donkey or Velcro the Hat on Santa? Pick your favorite short game and play a round or two before returning back to the kitchen to do your favorite part (which I know you’re a pro at now) — melting chocolate. If you’re a purist, go ahead and use your double boiler method, but I took the quick and cheatsy way out and just stuck the chips in a deep. microwave safe bowl and heated them in intervals.


Once the chocolate is melted, take the peanut butter balls out of the freezer and begin dipping them in the chocolate. Here’s one pace where you can vary. You can either go the route of making buckeyes by just swirling the bottom and sides of the balls in the chocolate, or you can dip the whole thing in and make them totally covered in chocolate.

I made a video tutorial of how to dip the buckeyes, in case you can’t quite get it down (watch the blooper reel, too!):


If the sticks start falling out of the peanut butter balls while you’re coating them, either bear through it or stick them back in the freezer for a bit. You can take the toothpicks out as you go, if you want. They need to come out before the chocolate cools anyway.

Once there’s some amount of chocolate coating each one of them, it’s time to cover up the holes left by the toothpicks. You can either do this by scooping a bit of the peanut butter off of each ball and rolling it over the hole, or you can take up a little bit of melted chocolate from the bowl and dab it over the hole, covering it with a festive candy like an M&M. That will leave you with one of these two results:

 


Once you’re done covering up the toothpick hole, stick the trays in the fridge for another hour or so to let the chocolate cool. After that, you’re done! Set them out on trays for your guests (or your family) and watch them disappear!

Happy holidays!

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