I may not be from Ohio, but Peanut Butter Buckeyes are probably my favorite homemade candy. There are tons of different recipes for them, but this is the one I always go back to even though the dough is a little big softer and takes more patience to work with. What makes it different from other recipes is it calls for melted white or peanut butter chips. The melted chips help stabilize the Buckeyes without making them too sweet. I think the melted chips also make the texture a little creamier, but that could be my imagination.
Because of the melted white chips (or peanut butter chips), the Buckeye peanut butter mixture starts out a little softer so you have to take extra care shaping it into balls. You may even need to chill it a little before shaping, and after shaping you may need to freeze the balls a little so that you can roll them into even neater balls and dip them. So yes, the dough is a little bit more of a pain to work with, but in the end you get better tasting (and not overly sweet) Buckeyes.
The recipe makes a ton of candies. You may want to start buy making ⅓ of it just to see if it's for you.
Peanut Butter Buckeyes
- 3 tablespoons white chips or peanut butter chips 30 grams
- 2 tablespoons butter 28 grams
- 1 ⅓ cups peanut butter 340 grams
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar 180 grams
- ½ pound semisweet or dark chocolate chips or 8 ounces of melting chocolate
- 1 tablespoon of shortening optional, and only if using chips
- Melt the white chips and 1 tablespoon of the butter in the microwave using 50% power and stirring every 30 seconds. Set aside.
- Beat the remaining tablespoon of softened butter, the peanut butter and vanilla until well mixed, then add the melted chip mixture and ½ cup of the powdered sugar. Continue adding powdered sugar until you've used the full 1 ½ cups. The dough should be thick enough to shape, but if it's not you can throw it in the refrigerator for a few minutes.
- Shape into about 32 balls (see note). Put the balls on a parchment or wax paper lined tray or a couple of plates -- something you can fit in the freezer. Freeze the balls for about 30 minutes before dipping.
- Melt chocolate chips and shortening (if using) in a microwave-safe bowl at 50% power, stirring every 30 to 60 seconds (60 is usually fine).
- Using a toothpick, dip peanut butter balls partially into chocolate, keeping the top uncovered. Chill until chocolate has hardened.