For many, there’s no better combination than peanut butter and chocolate. So, today I have for you a recipe for buckeyes. In case you’re wondering, they get their name from the nut of the buckeye tree in Ohio, which is a small, shiny dark brown nut with a light tan patch. Very much like what the candy looks like.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you can’t go wrong with a batch of peanut butter and chocolate buckeyes nicely arranged on a plate for those you love.
- 1 3/4 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 16 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
- In a large bowl, beat peanut butter and butter with an electric mixer. Stir in vanilla.
- Add powdered sugar and beat on low speed until smooth.
- Roll into 1-inch balls and freeze for at least 1 hour.
- Place 2/3 of the chocolate in a medium saucepan and melt on VERY low heat, stirring often. When chocolate is just melted, remove from heat and add in the remaining 1/3 of the chocolate. Stir until completely smooth.
- With a toothpick stuck in a peanut butter ball, dip in chocolate 3/4 of the way up. Place on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Remove toothpick and repeat with remaining peanut butter balls. Allow chocolate to set completely.