Buckeyes

I admit it.  I am totally ridiculous about Christmas.  I do too much decorating, too many activities, and definitely too much baking/candy making.  Just how many kinds of goodies does one family need?  Well this year I have at least 10 kinds of yummy treats in my freezer and several more ideas that I wanted to make, but am running out of time!

Whether you call them Buckeyes, Peanut Butter Balls, or Homemade Reese’s candy, this has to be one of my all time favorite candies to make at Christmas.  They are SO delicious and super easy to make, though a little time consuming to dip. The consistency of the peanut butter filling is very creamy and rich.

I recommend using a good quality dipping chocolate.  Cheap brands often taste cheap and waxy.  The Ghirardelli that I found at Sam’s Club comes in 2 1/2 pound blocks.  It melts beautifully in the microwave and has a nice sheen to the finished candy.  To dip, I found that if I freeze the peanut butter balls first and then stick a toothpick in, I can dip the balls into chocolate more easily.  After dipping, put the balls on wax or parchment paper to dry.  Remove the toothpick and use your finger to smooth over the hole left by the toothpick.  After I make all my candy, I place it in airtight containers and freeze until time to plate & serve.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound creamy peanut butter (2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 pounds powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks margarine, softened
  • Good quality chocolate for dipping (I used Ghirardelli)

Directions:

Mix peanut butter, powdered sugar, and margarine together.

Form into 1 inch balls; chill.

Melt chocolate (I do mine in the microwave).

Put chilled peanut butter balls on a toothpick; dip into chocolate mixture until almost covered

Refrigerate until set on wax paper.

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