Being that we are in Ohio, it is not Christmas without Buckeyes! This delicious candy looks just like the nut of a Buckeye Tree which is the state tree here in Ohio. Any Ohioan knows, a true Buckeye is rich and creamy not crunchy like some of these recipies I have seen that includes crushed peanuts or gramcrackers. You can't go wrong with this recipie:
1 ½ cups peanut butter
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
6 cups of Powdered Sugar
4 to 6 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon of shortening (not butter flavored)
Mix1st 4 ingredients together until it becomes a creamy ball. Once completely mixed, roll mixture into 1 inch balls, place on cookie sheets, and put in the freezer. Allow 30 minutes to get very cold.
Heat a large pot of water to boiling. Place wire rack on open pan and place a medal bowl on the rack. Add 1 tablespoon of shortening to the medal bowl and chips and stir with spoon until melted stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium and I use a thin medal skewer to dip the peanut butter balls in the chocolate stopping to stir every so often. (if you don’t have a medal skewer put a tooth pick in each ball before freezing and use that to dip. Remove toothpicks after coating.) Place coated balls on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Put coated balls in freezer for 30 min and then place in the fridge until ready to serve or package. Enjoy! I dare say these have the potential to become a family favorite. Click below to checkout more delicious ideas!
Have a Blessed Christmas!