Dark Chocolate Buckeyes

Ever since my little sister and I were born, my Grandma has lived in Florida. We’d fly out every Christmas to spend the holiday with her and the rest of the family. Once we were a bit older, we decided to alternate flying her out here and us out there, but during the summer time. South Florida in the summer is a mistake, but we love her very much, so it’s worth it. 🙂
Since she couldn’t see us for Christmas, she would send us tins and tins filled with her homemade cookies and candies. It was something we all looked forward to, even more than any Christmas present. All the fudge, chocolate walnut cookies, jubilee jumbos, lemon tarts and buckeyes we could eat. Buckeyes were my favorite, I’d always keep a secret stash in my room, so my dad wouldn’t eat them all. I decided to give the recipe a go and wasn’t disappointed.
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Ingredients for 30 buckeyes:
• 1 16oz. jar of peanut butter (about 2 cups)
• 1 cup butter (softened)
• 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
• 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
• 4 cups of dark chocolate chips
• Toothpicks
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Start off by mixing the peanut butter, butter, vanilla extract and confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl. I just used my hands because it is quite a dry mixture.
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Place the peanut butter mixture in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes, just so it can really firm up.
Roll the mixture into balls and place them onto a cookie sheet with wax paper.
Once all of the balls are rolled, place a tooth pick into the center of each ball and place them into the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
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Melt the chocolate and immediately take the balls out of the freezer.
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Using the toothpick as your dipping tool, dip each ball into the chocolate. Leave a bit of peanut butter showing at the top!
Place the dipped buckeyes back onto the wax paper.
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Once they’re all complete, remove the toothpicks and place the buckeyes in the fridge until you’re ready to serve! Luckily, the chocolate hardens quickly, so you can enjoy them immediately.
I stored mine in an airtight container and kept them in the fridge.
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11 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate Buckeyes

  1. Sisters in the Kitchen says:

    Haven’t ever tried these but how could peanut butter and chocolate not be good! Love the sound of all the other treats your grandmother baked you, jubilee jumbos..i’m intrigued to see what they are!

  2. Rilla Z says:

    Reblogged this on RillaWriter and commented:
    So, maybe buckeyes aren’t summer fare, but someone needs to tell Cracker Barrel that because they have them set out to tempt me all year round. I’m sure homemade is much healthier, especially when it calls for one ​~cup~​ of butter. Drool.

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