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Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls - An Easy Buckeye Balls Recipe

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls is an easy recipe for a plain peanut butter ball.  These classic Christmas candies are also called Buckeye Balls because they resemble an Ohio Buckeye with a peanut butter center covered in chocolate.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy buckeye balls, old fashioned peanut butter balls, peanut butter balls, peanut butter buckeyes
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Balls

  • 16 ounces peanut butter, creamy (see notes)
  • 1 pound powdered sugar (see notes)
  • 3/4 cup softened butter

Chocolate Dip

  • 2 cups chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk chocolate)
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

Instructions

  • Mix together peanut butter, powdered sugar and softened butter.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls is an easy recipe for a plain peanut butter ball.  These classic Christmas candies are also called Buckeye Balls because they resemble an Ohio Buckeye with a peanut butter center covered in chocolate.
  • Roll into desired-size balls, and place on a pan.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls is an easy recipe for a plain peanut butter ball.  These classic Christmas candies are also called Buckeye Balls because they resemble an Ohio Buckeye with a peanut butter center covered in chocolate.
  • Use a toothpick to poke a whole in the top of each ball. Use 1 toothpick or a separate toothpick per ball.
  • Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls is an easy recipe for a plain peanut butter ball.  These classic Christmas candies are also called Buckeye Balls because they resemble an Ohio Buckeye with a peanut butter center covered in chocolate.
  • Melt chocolate chips and shortening and stir until smooth using microwave or double broiler.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls is an easy recipe for a plain peanut butter ball.  These classic Christmas candies are also called Buckeye Balls because they resemble an Ohio Buckeye with a peanut butter center covered in chocolate.
  • Use a toothpick to dip each ball into the melted chocolate covering the desired amount of the balls with chocolate.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls is an easy recipe for a plain peanut butter ball.  These classic Christmas candies are also called Buckeye Balls because they resemble an Ohio Buckeye with a peanut butter center covered in chocolate.
  • Return to the pan to set up.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls is an easy recipe for a plain peanut butter ball.  These classic Christmas candies are also called Buckeye Balls because they resemble an Ohio Buckeye with a peanut butter center covered in chocolate.
  • If desired, use your finger to fix the hole from the toothpick.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls is an easy recipe for a plain peanut butter ball.  These classic Christmas candies are also called Buckeye Balls because they resemble an Ohio Buckeye with a peanut butter center covered in chocolate.
  • Store in the refrigerator.
    Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls is an easy recipe for a plain peanut butter ball.  These classic Christmas candies are also called Buckeye Balls because they resemble an Ohio Buckeye with a peanut butter center covered in chocolate.

Notes

  • 16 ounces of peanut butter equals 2 cups. 
  • 1 pound of powdered sugar (confectioner's sugar) equals 3.5 cups.
  • Be sure your butter is softened.
  • If your powdered sugar is clumpy, sift it first.
  • Crunchy peanut butter could be substituted for creamy, if desired.
  • Make your buckeyes as big or as small as desired.
  • Chill the peanut butter balls before dipping in chocolate to prevent the balls from falling apart in the warm chocolate.
  • Depending on how much chocolate you put on your buckeye balls, you may need to make an extra batch of chocolate!
  • You can leave the hole from the toothpick, or use your fingers to gently cover it or fill it in.
  • Peanut butter buckeyes should be stored in the refrigerator.
  • Love Christmas candy?  Try these Carmel Puff Corn