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BUCKEYES – A HOLIDAY TRADITION

Posted by Dina-Marie Oswald on

We are watching our 2 year old grandson for the next few days and boy are we having fun! Since this is the first time his parents have left him, we are all doing our best to distract him and keep him happy. With 2 grandparents, 2 aunts and 4 uncles – it is not hard! One of the activities we are doing is Christmas baking and one of the cookies we are making is Buckeyes.

Don’t get me wrong – he is easy to entertain. With so many of us it is definitely not hard at all. In fact, he fits right in and loves playing with his 8 yr old aunt and older uncles. Its hard to believe there is only 6 years difference between him and our youngest! He is such a little helper and loves being in the kitchen. Maybe we have an up and coming chef in the family!

I think the only thing he enjoyed more than making Buckeyes was eating them! After all, they are delicious. What’s not to like with yummy peanut butter balls covered in luscious chocolate? I know, it is almost sinful 

Buckeyes always reminds me of eating Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups except that there are no unnecessary ingredients or preservatives. This recipe can be made more healthy by using fresh ground peanut butter but if you want a sweeter, closer to Reese’s Cup version, use regular ol’ peanut butter.

This Buckeyes recipe is from my mother-in-law and was a tradition in their home just like it has become in ours. While everyone enjoys making them, the real treat comes from eating them!

As you can see from the picture below, when everyone helps roll the balls and make them, they are not all perfectly shapes but they taste just as good as if they were buckeyes-on-cookie-sheet

A COUPLE OF NOTES ABOUT THE BUCKEYES RECIPE:

  • It only takes about 20 minutes of hands on time to make this super easy treat but do allow for refrigerator time. After you roll the peanut butter into balls, put them back on the cookie sheet and in the refrigerator. It takes about 15 minutes for them to harden. After dipping them in chocolate, let them harden for about 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • To dip the peanut butter balls in chocolate you can use a toothpick OR you can hold them with your fingers. When using your fingers you get to lick them when your done;) I bet you can guess which is our chosen method!

This is a fun recipe to make and I hope your family will enjoy Buckeyes as much as mine!

Buckeyes

prep 

total 

yield 72 balls

Ingredients

  • 2 c. peanut butter
  • 1/4 c butter, softened
  • 3 3/4 c powdered sugar
  • 2 c chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp shortening

Instructions

  1. Line baking sheets with wax paper.
  2. Beat peanut butter and butter until creamy.
  3. Beat in powdered sugar until the mixture holds together and is moistened.
  4. Shape into 1 inch balls, place on baking sheets and place in the refrigerator. Allow to harden for about 15 minutes.
  5. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for 1 minute.
  6. Dip each peanut butter ball into the melted chocolate.
  7. Place the Buckeyes back on the baking sheet and place baking sheet in the refrigerator until the chocolate is set (about 15 minutes).
  8. Store in the refrigerator.