Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeyes

christmas cookies chocolate buckeyesAs a kid growing up in Ohio, Chocolate-Covered Buckeyes were one of my favorite treats during the Holidays. They’re like homemade Reese’s peanut butter cups!

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped up
1 teaspoon vegetable shortening

Directions

Beat the confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla and salt with a mixer until well combined.
Use 2-teaspoonfuls of the mixture to roll into balls. Lay out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.
Microwave chocolate and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds at a time. Stir in between. Continue until the mixture is melted, about 2 minutes.
Dip the peanutbutter ball into the melted chocolate–except for a small circl on top so it looks like a buckeye. Place the buckeye on the baking sheet. Repeat for the rest of peanut butter balls.
Chill the buckeyes in the fridge until firm (around 30 minutes.) Smooth out the hole left by the toothpick with an offset spatula. You can serve these room temperature or chilled.


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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine and Caribbean Travel & Life, Heather is chauffeur to 3 busy kids; the president of her Home and School Association; and VP of Marketing for TipsFromTown. And she's passionate about all 3!

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