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Peanut Butter Buckeyes

This is my favorite version of Buckeyes. The white chips add sweetness and firmness without making the peanut butter portion overly sweet.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 46 minutes
Servings 32
Author Cookie Madness

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons white chips or peanut butter chips 30 grams
  • 2 tablespoons butter 28 grams
  • 1 1/3 cups peanut butter 340 grams
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 180 grams
  • 1/2 pound semisweet or dark chocolate chips or 8 ounces of melting chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon of shortening optional, and only if using chips

Instructions

  • 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 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar. Continue adding powdered sugar until you've used the full 1 1/2 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.

Notes

The peanut butter mixture starts out soft, so you'll end up having to chill it. I like to scoop out the 32 (or so) portions, chill, then shape the already chilled portions. If you can't work with the filling or find it's too soft and don't want to deal with chilling/freezing shenanigans, make these as peanut butter cups instead. Spoon melted chocolate into bottom of a mini or regular size muffin tins lined with cupcake papers. Flatten a portion of peanut butter filling and stick it in the middle, then cover with more melted chocolate. Freeze or chill until set. When cold, peel off the paper.