These are chocolate-covered balls of peanut butter and confectioners' sugar.

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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Line a baking sheet with waxed paper; set aside.

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  • In a medium bowl, mix peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and confectioners' sugar with hands to form a smooth stiff dough. Shape into balls using 2 teaspoons of dough for each ball. Place on prepared pan, and refrigerate.

  • Melt shortening and chocolate together in a metal bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth, and remove from heat.

  • Remove balls from refrigerator. Insert a wooden toothpick into a ball, and dip into melted chocolate. Return to wax paper, chocolate side down, and remove toothpick. Repeat with remaining balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set.

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Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

204 calories; 12 g total fat; 8 mg cholesterol; 81 mg sodium. 22.8 g carbohydrates; 3.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2005
I LOVE this recipe! I've made this recipe several times, and my favorite way to make them is to double the recipe, press the peanut butter part in a 9 x 9 glass pan, pour the melted chocolate over top, refrigerate, and then cut into small squares when thoroughly chilled. It saves the time of forming each ball and dipping them. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/22/2006
Why didn't I listen??? Four cups (sifted) was way too much sugar. Mine were very dry and crumbly. I used Jif and blue bonnet if that helps anyone. I'll definitely try again with 3 cups of sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2005
I LOVE this recipe! I've made this recipe several times, and my favorite way to make them is to double the recipe, press the peanut butter part in a 9 x 9 glass pan, pour the melted chocolate over top, refrigerate, and then cut into small squares when thoroughly chilled. It saves the time of forming each ball and dipping them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2006
I made this for the Ohio State football game last Saturday. I read most of the reviews and here are my tips. Only use 3 cups of powdered sugar if you don't sift it. Only add 1 cup at a time. The first cup you can use with a spoon, but the second and third cups use your hands it is so much easier. Then after you roll them into balls, put the tooth picks in and then put them in the fridge. I just melted the chocolate in the microwave (in a plastic container with a lid setting on top) because it is so much easier and quicker. Just do it 30 seconds at a time until melted. Then you dip the balls in the chocolate leaving a little of the peanut butter showing at the top so it looks like a real buckeye nut. Do not cover the entire ball with chocolate. If you don't like the tooth pick hole showing, just smooth it with your finger. But honestly these are so delicious, who cares if there is a tooth pick hole. Hope these tips help. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2003
Wonderful but don't do as I did and make the mistake of not knowing that 4 cups of "sifted" sugar is much less than 4 cups of actual sugar right out of the box. I had to double my other ingredients to make it come out right. Stupidity on my part! But they turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/13/2008
This is perfect! Here's the scoop on them being dry. You need to very carefully measure your ingredients. What I do is put all the powdered sugar except for the last cup. Mix it all together and slowly add the last cup of powdered sugar if needed. This will ensure that you get the perfect rollable texture each and every time! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/26/2007
This is a great recipe. But I did cut the sugar down as suggested. I also upped the Peanut butter by a 1/2 cup for a more peanutty taste. I have made these every Christmas for the past 10 years. I also roll them place them on a cookie sheet and then stick the toothpick in the middle and freeze them. When the milk chocolate is melted, easy to dip, and to cover the toothpick hole, I dip my finger in water and rub over to hole. Seals up very quickly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2003
These were Awesome! Anyone that loves peanutbutter will love these! And they are relatively easy to make. Can be a little time consuming having to roll each one however i've made far more time consuming candies that don't taste half as good as this. This is a really simple recipe to follow also. After I rolled them into balls I froze them for about 30min and they were very easy to dump a few in a time into my bowl of melted chocolate and fish out with a fork. I then froze them again to get them to set and packaged them up in their containers and now they sit in my frigerator ready to be given out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2006
This is the best buckeye recipe i have ever made. I have read all the reviews. Do not pack down the powdered sugar!! lightly put the powdered sugar in the cup and level it off. The dough was not dry. GO BUCKS Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2005
All I can say is WOW!!!!! These are the best I have ever tasted!!! Even better than the bakery down the road that is noted for them(Just had one yesterday so I would have something to compare it to). I did change a few things though I did decrease the 10x sugar to three cups like some other reviews had suggested and I used milk chocolate instead of semi sweet. I also decreased the shortening by half and used a full pound of chocolate. Better to be safe than sorry!!! Thanks Allison!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/21/2006
Why didn't I listen??? Four cups (sifted) was way too much sugar. Mine were very dry and crumbly. I used Jif and blue bonnet if that helps anyone. I'll definitely try again with 3 cups of sugar. Read More
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