Buckeyes

mini-recipes     Thank you to Kari Thevenot for submitting this recipe from www.allrecipes.com. This recipe produces about 5 dozen buckeyes. Real buckeyes are nuts that grow on trees and are related to the chestnut - but these buckeyes are pure decadence. If you love peanut butter and chocolate, this recipe is sure to be a hit! Perfect for holiday goody baskets. Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Blend peanut butter, sugar, butter, and vanilla. Dough will look dry. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Poke a toothpick into the top of each ball. This will be used later as a handle for dipping. Chill in the freezer until hard, about a 1/2 hour. Melt chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler - use very low heat, not much hotter than tap water or the chocolate will get grainy. This will take a while. Optional: Have melted chocolate chips in the microwave - this works, but heat in multiple cycles at about 40-50% for about 30 seconds at a time. Stir in between cycles. 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 wax paper lined cookie sheet and refrigerate for 2 hours.

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