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Peanut Butter Balls Aka Buckeye Balls

Peanut Butter Balls AKA Buckeye Balls: A Sweet Peanutty Treat

 Peanut Butter Balls, affectionately known as Buckeye Balls, are a delectable treat that combines the rich, creamy goodness of peanut butter with sweet chocolate. Named after their resemblance to the nut of the Ohio buckeye tree, these bite-sized delights are a beloved treat in many households. Whether you’re making them for a special occasion or just to satisfy your sweet tooth, these Peanut Butter Balls are sure to be a hit. Join us as we dive into this irresistible recipe.

Ingredients:

For the Peanut Butter Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • A pinch of salt

For the Chocolate Coating:

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening (or coconut oil)

Instructions:

Prepare the Peanut Butter Filling:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the creamy peanut butter and softened unsalted butter. Mix until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  2. Stir in the pure vanilla extract.
  3. Gradually add the powdered sugar and a pinch of salt. Mix until all the ingredients are fully incorporated and the mixture is thick and dough-like. It should be easy to handle without sticking to your hands.

Shape the Peanut Butter Balls: 4. Line a baking sheet or tray with wax paper or parchment paper.

  1. Take small portions of the peanut butter mixture and roll them into 1-inch balls. Place each ball on the prepared baking sheet. You should get about 36 balls.
  2. Insert a toothpick into the top of each peanut butter ball. This will make it easier to dip them in chocolate later.
  3. Freeze the peanut butter balls for about 30 minutes to firm them up.

Prepare the Chocolate Coating: 8. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the semi-sweet chocolate chips and vegetable shortening (or coconut oil).

  1. Microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring after each interval, until the chocolate is smooth and fully melted.

Dip and Coat the Peanut Butter Balls: 10. Remove the peanut butter balls from the freezer.

  1. Holding each peanut butter ball by the toothpick, dip it into the melted chocolate, leaving a small portion at the top uncovered to resemble a buckeye.
  2. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off, and then place the coated peanut butter ball back on the baking sheet.
  3. Remove the toothpick carefully and smooth over the hole with your finger.
  4. Repeat the dipping process for all the peanut butter balls.

Set and Serve: 15. Let the chocolate-coated Peanut Butter Balls set at room temperature until the chocolate hardens, or you can speed up the process by placing them in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes.

  1. Once the chocolate is firm, your Buckeye Balls are ready to be enjoyed.

Cook’s Notes:

  • If you prefer a darker chocolate coating, you can use bittersweet or dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet.
  • Feel free to get creative with the toppings by sprinkling chopped peanuts, sea salt, or colorful sprinkles over the wet chocolate coating before it sets.
  • Buckeye Balls can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days, or in the refrigerator for longer shelf life.
  • These sweet treats make delightful gifts for friends and family, especially during the holiday season.

 Peanut Butter Balls, known as Buckeye Balls, are a delightful combination of creamy peanut butter and sweet chocolate that make for a perfect treat anytime you need a little indulgence. Whether you’re a fan of peanut butter or simply love a good chocolatey snack, these bite-sized delights are sure to bring joy to your taste buds. So, follow this recipe, make your own batch of Peanut Butter Balls, and savor the irresistible peanutty goodness in every bite.

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