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Peanut Butter Buckeyes

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My Aunt Kitty was from Ohio. In other places they are called Peanut Butter Balls. But in Ohio, and for me, they are Buckeyes. She taught me how to make these half a century ago. They were magical to the teenage me. To the adult me, they seem perfect for parties.

Hey, these can be frozen, kept for weeks.  That makes them perfect to make ahead for the holiday season.

Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Allergy Peanuts
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Gourmet, Pre-preparable
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Thanksgiving
Region American

Ingredients

  • 12oz Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 Stick Butter (Softened)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 16oz Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 4 cups Confectioners Sugar

Note

My Aunt Kitty was from Ohio. In other places they are called Peanut Butter Balls. But in Ohio, and for me, they are Buckeyes. She taught me how to make these half a century ago. They were magical to the teenage me. To the adult, they seem perfect for parties.

These can be frozen, kept for weeks.

Directions

Step 1
In a mixer, cream together peanut butter, vanilla, and butter. On low speed gradually add powdered sugar. Cream until absolutely smooth. Do NOT scrimp on this step.
Step 2
Roll the mixture into one inch balls. Place in freezer for an hour to an hour and a half.
Step 3
In the bowl for a small crockpot, microwave the chocolate chips until they are melted. Put the bowl for the crockpot into the base and turn it on. Alternatively, melt the chocolate chips however you find convenient. The crockpot is good as it will keep the chocolate melted. When I was a teen, I did it with a double-boiler.

Make sure that the melted chocolate doesn't dry out, thicken, and become pasty. If that happens add water a little at a time, whisking until it is smooth, but not watery.
Step 4
Using a toothpick, dip balls 3/4 of the way down into the melted chocolate and place them on a wax paper covered cookie sheet. Allow to cool until chocolate is set. Store in the refrigerator.
Step 5
Avoid the temptation to eat them all

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