Christmas Candy #4 - Buckeyes

Buckeyes, aka Peanut Butter Balls are the fourth candy recipe from A Couple in the Christmas Candy Kitchen. They are known as "buckeyes" because when finished, they resemble the nut of a buckeye tree. We love this recipe because there isn't a lot of measuring involved. Also they're smooth and creamy, and, well...peanut butter and chocolate. Enough said.

Note: don't throw away that leftover melted chocolate! Dip something in it! Check later for one suggestion...

1 28-ounce jar creamy peanut butter
1/2 stick salted butter, softened
1 16-ounce box powdered sugar
1 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

Line baking sheets with wax paper. In standing mixer, beat peanut butter and butter until creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar and beat until mixture is moist and holds together. Using your hands, roll into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheets. Freeze for one hour until hardened. Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring until melted. Using a toothpick, dip the peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate leaving the top center uncovered. Return to lined baking sheets and refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container between sheets of waxed paper for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


Heather I. said...

I LOVE buckeyes, and never knew the name came from a tree! Chocolate and peanut butter is my biggest weakness...yum.

The Chocolate Priestess said...

Growing up in Iowa these were a common treat but my mom never made them so I never learned how to make them.