The Perfect Combination

December 19, 2010
It's the most wonderful time of the year...
There's so much to be happy about!  Ranking very high on this list is Peanut Butter Buckeyes.  First off, there's certainly no better combination in the world than peanut butter and chocolate.  
As a major peanut butter lover, they are one of Pete's favorite and they're fairly simple to boot!


Melt butter over medium heat in a small pan.
In a large mixing bowl, add peanut butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt. 
After butter becomes a light brown color, remove from stove and pour into the mixing bowl. 
Mix together until a smooth dough forms.
Form into 1/2 - 3/4 inch balls. (I used a cookie scoop to keep my balls a uniform size.)
Put the balls in the freezer for at least half an hour to firm.  Melt your chocolate using a double boiler.  You can use a toothpick or a bamboo skewer to dip the balls into the chocolate. 
Peanut Butter Buckeyes
2 sticks of butter
1 1/2 cups peanut butter (you'll want to use a smooth, regular version like Skippy or Jiff)
5 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 tsp sea salt, more for sprinkling
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups chopped chocolate (I use high quality semi-sweet chocolate)

Melt butter over medium heat in a pan and simmer until butter becomes a light brown color. Remove from stove and pour into a large mixing bowl with peanut butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt. Whip together until a smooth dough forms. Form into 1/2 - 3/4 inch balls.  Place peanut balls on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. You should make 5-6 dozen balls. Sprinkle with sea salt. Freeze until firm. Meanwhile, melt your chocolate using a double boiler (making sure that the boiling water is not touching the bottom of the bowl).    Using a toothpick or skewer, jab a single peanut butter ball and dip in the melted chocolate and place back on the cookie sheet.  

15 comments:

dropfood said...

Your recipe was posted.

briarrose said...

I love these....what a wonderful treat.

Stephanie said...

I prefer to call these "peanut butter balls" as I am a fierce U of M football fan. :-p No buckeyes allowed in MY house!

These look great, though. The perfect little bite!

Jess said...

I completely understand, Stephanie! In that case, peanut butter balls they are! :)

Anonymous said...

Ciao Stephanie, one of my students tryed to make these nuggets and I tastes them..amazing! SHe suggested me your link And I'm so happy to meet you! I put some of your picture in Facebook, mentioning your blog address. Complimenti from Italy! Barbara Mugnai

Jess said...

Happy to meet you Barbara! So glad you enjoyed! :)

Jenn {Cookies Cupcakes and Cardio} said...

I LOVE peanut butter balls!! I had never heard of them as buckeyes before. The recipe that I have calls for wax in the chocolate . . . which I have always omitted. I've always thought it didn't sound very healthy. Thanks for reminding me I need to make these.

Kim - Liv Life said...

MM!! One of my favorite holiday treats!! I have never actually made these, but they are the first I reach for when I see them on a plate. Nicely done!!

Chef Dennis said...

I have never heard of buckeyes, they look amazingly delicious!!
Cheers
Dennis

Amy said...

These sound so good...a heavenly combination of peanut butter and chocolate! I bet these would be a great gift around Christmas!

doggybloggy said...

I have never had a buckeye but there should be no stopping me now - happy holidays!

Elisabeth said...

Hi Jess-So glad I found your blog. These are such amazing chocolate, and peanut butter treats, that I know would sure to please every chocolate and peanut butter in my family. Yumm!
Will certainly make this.
Thanks for sharing...hope you had a wonderful Christmas, with your family, and friends!

Kat said...

I've wanted to try making Buckeyes so I'm so happy you made these gluten free

Cook in a Bar said...

My husband is crazy for these and I made a version for the first time this holiday season. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

foodhoe said...

those look dangerous... I don't think I could trust myself around a pile of those!

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