Saturday, December 7, 2013

Buckeyes

I am sorry.






































I am sorry for two reasons. The first is because I have never shared this with you before and the second is because you are going to love these so much you will become addicted and want them all the time. At least that is what happened to me when I first tried them as a child.  I associate them with Christmas because that is when my mom used to make them and so I continue the tradition.  I like to give them as gifts and people love them.  They are super easy to make and freeze exceptionally well.  I will even admit that they taste great straight out of the freezer.

Buckeyes
recipe slightly adapted from allrecipes.com

1 1/2 cups peanut butter
1 cup butter, softened
1teaspoon vanilla extract
6 cups confectioners' sugar
4 cups semisweet chocolate

In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners' sugar. The dough will look dry. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.  Press a toothpick into the top of each ball (to be used later as the handle for dipping) and chill in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.

Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir frequently until smooth.  Dip frozen peanut butter balls in chocolate holding onto the toothpick. Leave a small portion of peanut butter showing at the top to make them look like Buckeyes. Put back on the cookie sheet and refrigerate until serving.