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Buckeyes seem to be one of those Christmas chocolates we would get from neighbors each year when I was young. I always loved the peanut butter & chocolate treats. I guess being that young, & having the metabolism that I did, I could even eat as many as I wanted to! Haha. These are still a lovely treat to make & share with friends. They are so simple & everyone loves them!
Tomorrow’s treat is just as delicious so don’t forget to check back! Oh, & this recipe is perfect to cut in half if you want a few to snack on, but don’t want to go overboard!
- 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 (12oz) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 Tbsp shortening
- Combine peanut butter, butter, vanilla and salt in large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on LOW until blended. Add 2 cups powdered sugar, beating until blended. Beat in additional powdered sugar until mixture, when shaped into a ball, will stay on a toothpick. Shape into 1-inch balls. Refrigerate. (My balls were a little bigger than 1-inch. More like truffle size & I put toothpicks in each one on the tray before I put them in the fridge.)
- Place chocolate chips and shortening in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM for 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat until mixture is smooth. Reheat as needed while coating peanut butter balls.
- Insert toothpick in peanut butter ball. Dip ¾ of ball into chocolate, leaving top uncovered to resemble a buckeye. Remove excess. Place on wax paper-lined tray. Remove toothpick. Smooth over holes. Refrigerate until firm.