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Peanut Butter Buckeyes Candy Recipe

Jan has been cooking and writing about food for over 20 years. She has cooked on multiple television stations, including the Food Network.

Rich, decadent and so good—like a peanut butter cup's more beautiful country cousin.

Rich, decadent and so good—like a peanut butter cup's more beautiful country cousin.

I love, love, love when something makes me look good—and even better? When it's ridiculously delicious, super easy, and makes me look not just good, but brilliant. The first time I made these peanut butter buckeyes, I realized that this was one of those concoctions.

What Is a Buckeye?

A buckeye is simply a candy made from peanut butter rolled into a ball and dipped in chocolate. What you end up with is like a Reese's Cup, but one that has been dressed up for the prom. The peanut butter is smooth, sweet, and creamy, and they're robed in a semi-sweet chocolate coating. They're adorable to look at, easy to produce, and the taste is out of this world.

A Treat You'll Never Get Tired Of

I took these to so many parties and delivered so many boxes at the holidays (by request!) that I *almost* got tired of them. Because no matter how many thousands I made, I always found myself going back to the fridge for just one more . . . they're that good. And if the kids find out I've been making buckeyes, well then Nelly bar the door. My oldest son will do anything—and I do mean anything—for these. Want the yard raked? Windows washed? Floors swept? Buckeyes. And when I say these are good—let me just say these will make a teenager keep his room clean. Bombshell in little balls, dipped in chocolate.

Ingredients

You'll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar*
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 12 ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend together peanut butter, butter and the pinch of salt. Mix until very smooth and fully combined.
  2. Add about half of the powdered sugar, blending on low until incorporated. Add enough additional sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until the mixture is stiff enough to hold a ball when rolled out. You may also add additional sugar to taste, but too much will make the centers crumbly instead of creamy. I normally stop at about three cups.
  3. Once the sugar is fully incorporated, roll the mixture into balls about 1 inch in diameter. A small scooper or disher is perfect for this, or a tablespoon works well. They're prettiest in a group when they are even.
  4. Melt chocolate and shortening together in the microwave, using 30-second bursts, and stirring well. You want it just to come together and be smooth.
  5. Stick each peanut butter ball on a toothpick, and dip into the melted chocolate to cover 3/4 of the ball. The point is that they look like real buckeyes. Transfer to a waxed paper-lined sheet and allow to dry.
  6. Store in the fridge, although they taste best at room temperature, so allow to sit out for a few minutes before serving. If you wish, smooth over the little spot made by the toothpick before giving as gifts.

*You may need a bit more powdered sugar, up to 5 cups. This recipe is to taste, and the amount needed to make the peanut butter centers the consistency you wish.

Start With Butter and Peanut Butter

Start by creaming together a stick (1/2 cup) butter with 1 1/2 cups of creamy peanut butter. You can use chunky peanut butter if you like—it's your candy—make it how YOU like!

Start by creaming together a stick (1/2 cup) butter with 1 1/2 cups of creamy peanut butter. You can use chunky peanut butter if you like—it's your candy—make it how YOU like!

Add Powdered Sugar

Add the powdered sugar a little at a time, beating well in between. This just keeps it from flying all over the kitchen. You're looking for the consistency of a nice, stiff cookie dough. It needs to be scoopable.

Add the powdered sugar a little at a time, beating well in between. This just keeps it from flying all over the kitchen. You're looking for the consistency of a nice, stiff cookie dough. It needs to be scoopable.

Scoop Onto Parchment Lined Baking Sheet

You know the candy is right if you can scoop it easily, and if you can roll the balls like meatballs without them falling apart. If they aren't stiff enough, they'll fall apart. So add more powdered sugar until you get that consistency.

You know the candy is right if you can scoop it easily, and if you can roll the balls like meatballs without them falling apart. If they aren't stiff enough, they'll fall apart. So add more powdered sugar until you get that consistency.

Drop Onto a Baking Sheet

IF YOU WANT, roll the balls until they are smooth—just like you would a meatball. It makes the final candy smoother. I go with fast and rustic—l leave them alone. Nobody cares once they taste them.

IF YOU WANT, roll the balls until they are smooth—just like you would a meatball. It makes the final candy smoother. I go with fast and rustic—l leave them alone. Nobody cares once they taste them.

Melt Chocolate and Shortening

Using a little shortening while melting chocolate makes it melt a bit more easily, helps keep it from seizing, and makes it easier to use for dipping. Just zap it in the microwave for a few seconds at a time.

Using a little shortening while melting chocolate makes it melt a bit more easily, helps keep it from seizing, and makes it easier to use for dipping. Just zap it in the microwave for a few seconds at a time.

Dip Into Melted Chocolate

Dip the chilled peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate about halfway, or maybe a bit more. You want to leave a good portion of the candy exposed, to get the classic dark and light brown look.

Dip the chilled peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate about halfway, or maybe a bit more. You want to leave a good portion of the candy exposed, to get the classic dark and light brown look.

Let Dry on a Rack

Set the dipped candies on a wire rack to dry. I like to pop them back into the fridge to let everything just chill for a while. This sets the chocolate and makes them easier to handle.

Set the dipped candies on a wire rack to dry. I like to pop them back into the fridge to let everything just chill for a while. This sets the chocolate and makes them easier to handle.

Check out the Quick Tutorial!

© 2010 Jan Charles

Comments

Benoitsmidget from Boston on December 21, 2011:

These look really great and I'm thinking it's even something I can do! I'm not the greatest in the kitchen, but I sure do have fun trying!

PDGreenwell from Kentucky on December 11, 2010:

Yummy! We love the buckeye! Because we are Kentuckians, we love the bourbon ball more :^), but the buckeye is right there,on the little silver tray at the Christmas buffet, next to the bourbon ball!

North Wind from The World (for now) on December 10, 2010:

These look really great and easy too. Who doesn't like peanut butter and chocolate?