Two Easy Takes on Christmas Treats: Buckeyes & Peanut Butter Balls

I grew up in Ohio, and some of you may know that my home state is known as The Buckeye State. Not only will you find buckeyes on the ground in the fall, but you’ll also find them on dessert trays! A simple peanut butter mixture is rolled into a ball and then dipped in melted chocolate. Yum!

Every year, I get together before Christmas with my mother- and sister-in-law to bake a ridiculous amount of seasonal goodies. The first time we did this, I assumed their “Peanut Butter Balls” recipe would be the same as the Buckeyes I grew up with. Not so – their recipe calls for crisped rice, which – to me – is just not acceptable.

So, every year, they make Peanut Butter Balls, and I make Buckeyes. Which do you prefer? Weigh in!

~Katie

Buckeyes:

What you need:

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 1 lb. (4 c.) confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 2 T. shortening

Equipment

  • large bowl and spatula
  • lined baking sheet
  • microwave-safe bowl and spatula
  • toothpicks

Time: 20-30 minutes prep + 2 hours to chill, divided.

Freezeable: Yes. These will keep for a few months if stored in an airtight container.

Serves: Makes 3-5 dozen, depending on how big you roll the balls.

Multiplying the recipe: This recipe is easily doubled.

Buckeyes:

In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter, softened butter, confectioner’s sugar, and vanilla. Mix with a spatula, and then use your hands to finish mixing and bring the dough together into a ball.

Pull off a small chunk of dough and roll into a ball using the palms of your hands. The balls should be about the size of a ping pong ball. Note that the larger the balls are, the more difficult it will be to dip in the melted chocolate.

Place each rolled ball on a waxed paper- or foil-lined baking sheet. When all the dough has been rolled, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to chill the balls for at least 1 hour.

Melt the chocolate chips and shortening together in a microwave safe-bowl in 30-second increments, stirring well after each time. Be careful not to overheat the chocolate. Stir the chocolate until smooth with a spatula.

Remove the chilled balls from the refrigerator and insert a toothpick into a ball. Using the toothpick as a handle, carefully dip the ball in the chocolate, turning to coat the sides. For a true buckeye look, do not dip the area surrounding the toothpick. Place the dipped ball back on the baking sheet and remove the toothpick.

Working quickly, repeat the dipping process with the remaining balls. Return the baking sheet to the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour. Once chilled, you may remove the toothpick hole by gently pressing on the dough with a fingertip, if desired.

Buckeyes


 

Peanut Butter Balls:

What you need:

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Ingredients

  • 4 c. (1 lb.) powdered sugar
  • 18 oz. smooth or crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. butter (1 stick), melted
  • 3 c. Rice Krispies
  • 4.4 oz. milk chocolate bar (can substitute milk chocolate chips)
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

Equipment

  • large bowl and spatula
  • wax paper
  • baking sheet or tray, optional
  • microwave-safe bowl and spoon

Time: 45-60 minutes assembly + 2 hours to set.

Freezeable: Yes. These will keep for a few months if stored in an airtight container.

Serves: Makes 80 if you keep to 1″ balls.

Multiplying the recipe: This recipe is easily doubled.

Peanut Butter Balls:

Spread wax paper on the counter or (if you want the Peanut Butter Balls to be moveable while they set) line a large baking sheet with wax paper.

In a large bowl, mix the powdered sugar, peanut butter, butter, and cereal. Using your hands, press the mixture together and roll into 1″ balls – try to keep them small!

Melt the chocolates together in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring well after each time. Be careful not to overheat the chocolate. Stir the chocolate until smooth with a spoon. Dip the balls into the chocolate and place on the wax paper to rest at room temperature until set.

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About Cooking for the Fam

Katie and Theresa are sisters-in-law who are passionate about food, passionate about family, and passionate about making and sharing food with their families. The Fam needs to eat. Make it good!
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