Today’s masterpiece is an old-time favorite, Buckeye Balls. I drooled over this recipe for about four days. My friends and I get together to bake every Wednesday (hence this blog), and this week one of my friend’s supplied the recipe–four days in advance. So I had 4 days to drool over hunks of peanut butter, butter, sugar, and chocolate.
These are super easy to make, but they are time consuming. You don’t have to stick them in the oven and wait for them to cook. But you do have to stand by the double-boiler and dip all of your little creations into the melted chocolate.
You can also eat globs of peanut butter to pass the time while doing this.
Ingredients: (Note: this recipe is an old one! It’s from my friend’s great-grandmother!)
- 1 1/2 cups o’ peanut butter
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 16 oz. confectioners sugar
- 12 oz chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp shortening
Mix together peanut butter, butter, vanilla and sugar in a mixing bowl. The mixture should be very stiff.
Roll them together in your hands to make little balls of peanut butter, and place them in rows on a tray lined with wax paper–sticking toothpicks in each one. Stick them in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes, or until they are very firm.
While the balls are cooling in the fridge, melt the chocolate chips and shortening over a double boiler.
Go grab your cooled lil’ dumplings and start dipping them in the chocolate. Place them back on the wax paper when you’re finished and stick them back in the fridge. When the chocolate is hardened on the outside, devour them.
Helpful Hint: When you’re mixing the peanut butter together and notice that it’s kind of slippery and oozy, add some more confect. sugar to make it a bit more stiff.
Hope you enjoy this one. It’s like a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup…but better…because you made it from scratch.