Buckeyes: Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

About a week ago on The Cottage Mama facebook page I had posed the question “What was everyone’s favorite holiday cookie?”.  Well, my husband was the first to chime in and said “Buckeyes”! 

And though I had not anticipated on him participating in our daily facebook chatter, I knew that I better get on top of making him his most favorite Christmas cookie!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls
25-30 individual balls
1.5 cups creamy peanut butter
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 cups powdered sugar
4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Mix the peanut butter, softened butter, vanilla extract and powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl.  Lay a piece of wax paper or parchment paper onto a cookie sheet.  Roll balls of peanut butter mixture and place on cookie sheet.  Dip your hands in water to avoid too much stickiness.  Once you have used up all of your dough and made the balls.  Place them on the cookie sheet in the freezer for about an hour.
Prepare your double-boiler on the stove.  If you do not have a double boiler, fill your saucepan with about 3-4 inches of water and place a heat-proof glass bowl on top.  Place chocolate chips and vegetable oil into the top of your double boiler.  Allow chocolate to melt completely (stirring occassionally).
Next drop balls into chocolate and coat completely.  To make true buckeyes, you leave the top of the peanut butter ball exposed, but I find this to be a little more time consuming, so I just coat them completely.  Place chocolate covered balls back on wax paper on cookie sheet.  Once all balls are coated, return to the freezer for an additional 30 minutes.
Store buckeyes in the refrigerator and remove before serving. Enjoy!

My mother in law adds some paraffin wax to the chocolate mixture, this will thin it out and make it go farther.  Personally, that’s just not for me, so I just use the vegetable oil for sort of the same thing.  If you use paraffin, omit the vegetable oil.

I had some extra chocolate left over in my double boiler, so I dropped in a bunch of pretzels to coat them with chocolate as well.  Before the pretzels set, I sprinkled them with fine red sugar and coarse white sugar.

Happy Holiday Cookie Season!

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  1. MMMmmmm…..Those are my favorite. I just might have to try making some of those today!!

  2. Yum!! I LOVE these! I have to refrain myself from buying them whenever I’m at Cracker Barrel. Thank you for the recipe!

  3. I have made two batches of peanut butter balls (after the request of neighbors, they LOVE them) I also use the wax. Our recipes are very similar! So Yummy, I literally have to give them away so that they are OUT of my house! Otherwise I will eat ALL of them!

  4. Yum! Those sound so good, thanks for the recipe!

  5. this is by far one of my all time favorites, but with a daughter allergic to peanut butter it is stuck as a memory from my past…sigh

  6. Oh we make these!!! My husband thinks it would not be Christmas without them! But I can only make one batch, too tempting!!

    Merry Christmas

  7. Yum!! We had those at Thanksgiving up in Ohio with Ron’s family. I need to make them sometime.

  8. I have never heard of these (I must be under a rock or something). They look so good. I am going to give them a try! Thank you.

  9. Yum! My son would love these, I think I might have to make these! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Being from Ohio, Buckeyes are my absolute favorite thing to make, especially during football season. I have many great memories of making Buckeyes with my grandmothers growing up. We always mixed a little flour in with our peanut butter though. Not sure what a difference that makes. I live in Georgia now and made some for a Christmas party and had a little shock when only one of the girls knew what they were, so I am very excited to see that you have posted them 🙂

  11. My husband was born in Ohio, and despite having spent most of his childhood in the South, he considers himself a true Midwesterner through and through. Every year around the holidays he requests Buckeyes which I make with the roar of the (TV) football crowd in the background. Thanks for posting this, because I actually thought about skipping them this year.

  12. Is that what these little balls of deliciousness are called? My Aunt Marie has made these for years and I have for a while also. I just called them “Aunt Marie’s Peanut Butter Balls”!!

  13. Totally yum! I have a bunch of teenagers and I am so putting them to work making these! Quick question, am I not seeing a tab/button to print out this recipe? It would be just like me…