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Rating: 4.47 stars
794 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 530
  • 4 star values: 173
  • 3 star values: 53
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 25

This recipe is so good that I double it whenever I make it. Since it is peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate it is almost like candy. Real buckeyes are nuts that grow on trees and are related to the horse chestnut.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
30
Yield:
5 dozen
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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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  • In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners' sugar. The dough will look dry. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.

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  • Press a toothpick into the top of each ball (to be used later as the handle for dipping) and chill in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.

  • Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir frequently until smooth.

  • 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 cookie sheet and refrigerate until serving.

Nutrition Facts

331 calories; protein 4.2g; carbohydrates 40.6g; fat 19.4g; cholesterol 16.3mg; sodium 105.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
10/17/2007
Realy really, good! But it took me a few tries to get the technique right. This might help: the chocolate has the be very hot and the balls must be very cold for the chocolate to stick right. I melted the chocolate in the microwave, so I popped it back in for about a minute every couple minutes; and DONT take the balls out of the freezer until RIGHT before you are about to dip them. They will start to sweat after being out for a few minutes and this will keep the chocolate from sticking. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/20/2006
HELP!!! I can't figure out what I did to this recipe. My mixture is too fluffy and when i started rolling them into balls they stuck to my hands and now they look like little porcupines. I added the correct measurements but something happened. I wonder if using my kitchenaid mixer was too much. Read More
(168)
794 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 530
  • 4 star values: 173
  • 3 star values: 53
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 25
Rating: 4 stars
10/17/2007
Realy really, good! But it took me a few tries to get the technique right. This might help: the chocolate has the be very hot and the balls must be very cold for the chocolate to stick right. I melted the chocolate in the microwave, so I popped it back in for about a minute every couple minutes; and DONT take the balls out of the freezer until RIGHT before you are about to dip them. They will start to sweat after being out for a few minutes and this will keep the chocolate from sticking. Read More
(3143)
Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2005
I've made this recipe several times and everyone loves them! I use 4 cups confectioner's sugar and 2 cups peanut butter. A few other techniques that have helped: chill the peanut butter mixture in the fridge 30 minutes before making the balls - this will help make a smoother, rounder buckeye. Also, melt more chocolate than the recipe calls for so you have a good pool of chocolate to dip the ball into (you'll throw chocolate away, but it will make the product look better). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2003
For those of you who do not wish to use the stove top, try using a crock pot. The chocolate melts easy and stays melted for as long as you need. Remember to set it on low. If you don't plan on using your crock pot soon, cover and reuse chocolate at another time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2006
Quick tip for easier dipping. The obvious one of melting the chocolate in the microwave. I've made these since high school and never thought of that! The next tip is to use an ice cream scoop to get a scoop of chocolate and then dip the balls in that. The ice cream scoop gets enough chocolate in it to make 3-4 small buckeyes and if it falls off the toothpick, it's not falling far! It also helps to get a full, nice covering of chocolate instead of having to roll around the ball to get the top partially covered. Then, you can use a shallower bowl instead of something too deep for the chocolate. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/07/2003
I've been eating my grandmother's wonderful Buckeyes all my life so I decided to give this recipe a try (since I didn't have her recipe handy). I would recommend this recipe with the following tweaks: definitely cut the sugar and sift it- I used about 4 cups which worked well; add a tablespoon or two of shortening to the chocolate to help it stay a little firmer at room temperature; use semi-sweet chocolate as specified(I used a blend of milk choc and semi-sweet and it was too sweet); and to save time just microwave the chocolate at a medium setting and stir periodically- it comes out perfectly creamy and there's no need for the messy double broiler. What a great holiday treat! Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2006
This recipe is AWESOME!!! I did a little altering... For the peanut butter I used Smuckers Natural creamy peanut butter(it has no trans fat. I am pretty much a health freak.) Smart Balance buttery spread(this stuff rocks to cook/bake with!) and I didn't have any semi sweet chocolate so I used Bittersweet chocolate chips. Everything was Perfect!!! Also instead of melting the chocolate on the stove I put it in the microwave and stirred it every 40 seconds or so. Much quicker!!! You have to try the recipe this way. It is about as close to healthy buckeyes as you can get!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/19/2004
I make buckeyes every holiday season for my students (I teach high school). This recipie is great. I only have one hint. Add some parafin wax to the melted chocolate. The wax will thin out the chocolate and make it easier to dip. Plus, you won't use so much chocolate...this is especially helpful if you are making a double or triple batch like I do every year Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/20/2006
HELP!!! I can't figure out what I did to this recipe. My mixture is too fluffy and when i started rolling them into balls they stuck to my hands and now they look like little porcupines. I added the correct measurements but something happened. I wonder if using my kitchenaid mixer was too much. Read More
(168)
Rating: 4 stars
03/12/2003
Rolling the balls was very sticky so I put powdered sugar on a paper plate and dipped both palms in after rolling each ball and it worked wonders; balls came out smooth. I also decreased the sugar in the recipe to about 4 cups and sifted first. Read More
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