Every Christmas Mama Nause, my best friend’s mom, would make these little bites of chocolate covered peanut butter candy. Being in Ohio, our front porch was our extra freezer, where all holiday goodies were stored when we weren’t entertaining or munching on the goodness. I remember how several times a day, barefooted, sometimes standing in little drifts of snow I would sneak out & snatch some of these buckeye’s out of a container. They were just too yummy & I could literally hear them call my name! Even years later, all grown up & have learned how to make these on my own, they still call my name!! Both my husband & I agree, whenever I make these, the bulk of the batch has got to be out of the house ASAP because we will literally gorge ourselves on them.
Tonight I introduced my daughter to her first Buckeye, let’s just say she’s proven she’s our daughter – she kept asking for more!!
- 1 1/2c creamy peanut butter
- 1c butter, softened
- 1/2tsp vanilla extract
- 6c confectioners’ sugar
- 2 Baker’s Dipping Chocolate cups
- In a largebowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla & sugar. The dough will look dry. Roll into 1″ balls & place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. I use a small “ice cream” scoop to help keep the size the uniform & not get crazy big as my arms get tired towards the end of the task (believe me, you will be wishing you had someone helping you!!)
- Chill in the freezer until firm, about 30 minutes. Sometimes I’ll put them in overnight – just to let my hand recover 😉
- Melt the chocolate per the instructions on the cup.
- Take a tooth pick & poke the frozen peanut butter ball & dip it into the melted chocolate. Leave a small portion of the peanut butter showing at the top to make them look like a true Buckeye nut. Put the dipped candy back on the cookie sheet & freeze until you serve.
**You can refrigerate them, I just prefer frozen – possibly because how I used to sneak them 🙂