Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Peanut Butter Balls

Hello Everyone!
I hope you enjoy this delicious dessert as much as we do.
Try it out! It's super easy and tasty.
 This dessert recipe is from the Joy of Baking.com. The State of Ohio has their own
special name for this. Buckeyes look slightly different than peanut butter balls
in that the top of each bonbon is bare of chocolate. This is done to make it look like the 
nut of the tree. It just happens to be the state tree of Ohio. The name comes from folklore.

Ingredients:
2 cups creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 - 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
Chocolate Coating
9 ou semi sweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons shortening
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the peanut butter, unsalted butter, and salt in a bowl.
Heat for about one minute or until just soft
(check and stir the ingredients every 20 seconds).
Stir in vanilla and confectioners sugar and mix until it
has the consistency of a dough.
Roll the dough into 1 inch round balls.
Place on the cookie sheet and refrigerate for one hour.
Melt the chocolate and shortening in a heatproof bowl
over a saucepan of simmering water.
Dip the balls, one at a time, in the melted chocolate,
making sure the entire ball is coated with chocolate.
Then, with two spoons or a dipping fork,
remove the peanut butter ball from the melted chocolate,
allowing any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl.
Place the chocolate covered balls back on the baking sheet.
When all the balls have been dipped in the chocolate,
place in the refrigerator until the chocolate has set.
Buckeyes:
Place a toothpick into each ball and dip,
one ball at a time, into the melted chocolate,
leaving the top quarter of each ball undipped.
I hope you enjoy this yummy recipe!

68 comments:

Stacey said...

Sounds delicious and I think I have all of those ingredients. Thanks!

Meadowsweet Days said...

Peanut butter and chocolate-- my two favorite ingredients! I must try these. Thank you Melissa!

Carol

Lorrie said...

I love buckeye's. I used to have a neighbor from Ohio who made them for me at Christmas!

Pink Preppy Party Girl said...

These are my favorites. Maybe we should have a virtual cookie tasting exchange!

Diane said...

Oh yummm... Thank you for the recipe! ♥ Diane

squawmama said...

Wow Melissa these sound so good... and I can see that they are like a buckeye... LOL LOL MY husband loves peanut butter & chocolate together so I will be trying these... Thanks so much for the recipe...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

The Blonde Duck said...

They look delicious! Yum!

profenretraite said...

Hi Melissa...My daughter makes buckeye bars...pressing the mixture into a dish and using the chocolate as a topping. She cuts it into squares after refrigerating it. It has the same great taste and is really easy! Thanks for sharing...Debbie

Jan and Tom said...

I make these too...since we live right over the Ohio border, into Michigan...cuz they're so popular around here...and Tom loves the Peanut Butter!!

Thanks for the visit!!

Pug1 said...

Hi Melissa, My daughter makes these Buckeyes too. Her hubby is from Ohio too! CHEERS! Michele

Lynne said...

These sound so delicious. I think I need to add this to my candy making tomorrow evening. Perfect timing. We start celebrating this w/k if weather permits them all to get here. Thanks for sharing..
hugs ~lynne~

JyLnC said...

I love peanut butter and chocolate. I copied this recipe for my "To Be Tried" file and maybe I'll make it for New Year's Eve.

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Hi Melissa,
Mr Linky wasn't working..just got it fixed so please go back and link to your recipe. Thanks for posting about my Christmas Cookie Exchange. Hope to get LOTS of women to participate!! Oh and thanks for the buckeye recipe...gotta make those for sure!!

Tamara Jansen said...

Oh this looks delicious.....I'm getting a reese's peanut butter craving )

laurie said...

These sound great! I've saved this recipe. Thanks Melissa. laurie

Chari said...

Hi Melissa...

Oooh...these sound so good! I love anything with peanut butter!!! I'm going to try them! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

Love ya,
Chari

Kristen said...

Sounds wonderful and I'll have to try it. Thanks for the link to more recipes. I say you can never have too many!
Please come help me with my dining room. I have posted my decorations so far and would love your input.

Chris said...

GM Melissa, well I'm not from Ohio, but I make these every year and I can tell you they are a must at our house at Christmas time. Only I call them candy. LOL

Love Ya,
Chris

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Melissa, These are some of my favorites! My aunt( who is a great cook) makes these and I was going to call her tonight to get the recipe. I was really craving them! I don't have any good cookie recipes, I usually just buy the dough already made. LOL! But.... I have been looking through cookbooks because I really want to make some things from scratch next week. Hmmmmm......that's a little scary! I'm definitly going to make these soon. Thanks, Kristen

Cary said...

Thank you for this recipe- I love trying new Buckeye recipes. I wish I had the recipe for the Buckeye's they sell at Cracker Barrel. Have you ever had those? Amazing.

niartist said...

Mmmmm, those sounds fantastic! This is a great idea, but I'm not a good cook. I definitely will pop over and take some of those recipes though! Thanks for sharing! :)
Artie

ann said...

NOW YOU'VE MADE ME WANT SOME.GOSH,THEY LOOK DELISH.YUMMY.........ANN

Mama said...

Those cookies look and sound delicious Melissa and I love your new Tartan blog dress, so pretty. Kathy.

Pat said...

Hi Melissa!

I know Buckeyes well! The cookies look delicious and easy to whip up!

Thanks for alerting me about the exchange --going oveer now to drop in a link.

The baby is doing fine --his Mommy & Daddy are very tired but so in love with him :-)

Hugs, Pat

Melanie said...

What a lovely sounding recipe. We have regional recipes in England too.

Gollum said...

Oh, Melissa, this recipe looks absolutely ambrosial!

lvroftiques said...

OH thank you for sharing this one Melissa! Hubby is a MAJOR peanut butter fan!! I can tempt him to do many things on my "Honey do" list with these! Heh heh heh! *winks* Vanna

Chrissy said...

Oh they look and sound so good!! I am bad, I order Christmas baking from a little country bakery about an hour from here, could not buy half of what we get from them, so inexpensive! Just wanted to say hi! Talk soon...

Liz said...

YUM! We used to make these when I was little! I might have to think about making them again!

~Liz

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Yummy!! I may have to try these!!

Jan and Tom said...

Thanks for the visit and delightful comments.

I've just posted another Give-Away - 2 people will win Saturday night. Come by and sign up!

Raxx - A day in the life said...

Hi Melkissa I'm thrilled that you visited me! We have much in common, I am married to a soldier too, he is in the Special Forces and our tenth anniversary is next year.

You have a beatuiful home!

Kim Layton said...

This is a great recipe! My mom makes them the same way (for 30 years) and everyone asks about them each year! We love them! Thanks for sharing and your photo is awesome!

marty39 said...

Oh, these just sound so good. I can't wait to make them. Thanks for the recipe. Hugs, Marty

Happy To Be said...

Melissa...girl I just made these last Saturday with my Grand daughter and I love made these wonderful chocolate truffle that are to die for..and so easy to do..Thanks for coming by and giril as of an hour ago no baby..maybe by tomorrom morning which is my oldest daughter BD so that would be neat also..thanks fo coming by girl..you know I awlays love it when you do..and My DH is same age as me..I am 6 months older tho..my late DH was 15 years older than me and we were mariied for 31 years when he died..hugs and smiles Gloria

Bo said...

Hi Melissa...these do sound scrumptious! Have a splendid weekend... ;-) Bo

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Melissa, I love the "Joy of Baking" website and cookbooks.
Have a great weekend!!
Hugs, Terrie

Lynne said...

Good morning ya cutie,We just got lights back on from the ice we had last night. It's a winter wonderland outside..Thanks for swinging in. I'm glad you enjoyed the snowmen..there aren't as many out as normal. Frankly, I just ran out of time.lol. I hope all is well with you and yours. Are you busy packing yet? What are your plans for the holidays? We start on Sunday. So, in the evenings I'm busy trying to prepare a few things ahead... havea super day my friend..hugs ~lynne~

xinex said...

Yummy! Those peanut butter balls look delicious, Melissa! Thanks for the recipe. Merry X'mas to you and your hubby!...Christine

Dawnie said...

you know I've never made those. My aunt used to make these all the time. They sound so easy...
I hope your Christmas is peaceful and full of love!

Rue said...

Hi Melissa :)

Oh yes we will! I have yet to find a buckeye recipe that sounded good until now, so thank you! :)

As far as making our model home look old, Rich and I read a lot of magazines and watched a lot of "If Wall Could Talk" on HGTV and tried to use that knowledge to make it seem as if we were in an old home.
A great magazine to use for this is New Old House or This Old House.

Thank you for the compliment!

Merry Christmas hugs,
rue

Holly said...

Your home is beautiful, and the cookies look good! I've had them before but never made them. I should give them a try; hubby loves pb and chocolate.
Thanks for stopping by!

Lorrie said...

Hi Melissa--I'm loving my time with my family! Hope you have a great weekend.

Lynne said...

I love your new blog dress. It is darling.. I'm sure you're looking forward to being at home this year. Although I know you're going to miss being with the family. Thank goodness for phones huh? Our driveway still looks like a skating rink and the bling that blinds you when the sun shines is unbelievable..lol.. But at least we have lights and heat. Have yourself a very Merry Evening..
hugs ~lynne~

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Yum...these look delicious! Anything with peanut butter and chocolate is right up my alley. :-)

Laura said...

Hello Melissa,
Thank you for stopping by Our Scented Cottage! Your home is beautiful! I will be coming back to your blog as well!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Laura

tardevil said...

They are delicious...I had forgotten about them, so thanks! If I don't make it back over, have yourself a Merry little Christmas!

Kristens Creations said...

Just stopping by to get the recipe, I'm off to Wal-mart!

kymber said...

I make Peanut Butter Balls for my Christmas Cookie plates too. Aren't they scrumptious?

Thank you for leaving the sweet comments on my blog. I look forward to getting caught up on reading your blog and getting to know you better!
Take Care,
Kymber

Lynne ( Lynnesgiftsfromtheheart ) said...

Hi Melissa, thanks for swinging in. Sure hope the cold wind didn't blow you in the door.. It is frigid out there and the winds are so strong.. It will be a perfect evening around here to make some pies, peanut butter fudge and a couple of other things. We start the dinners tomorrow, so I'll be cooking like crazy this evening..lol. I had to wait. I knew if I didn't .. I would eat it all..lol
From our home to yours,
Happy Holidays!! hugs ~lynne~

"Blossom" said...

Melissa, I am going in with him to the doctor this time. I am going to insist that they give him a shot. It's aweful if the grandkids don't get to see him.
They will all be disappointed. We where just talking and I am still planning for my family here and we will have to stick grandpa in the master bed. I have cleaned evrything from top to bottom and bleached it all. I am a bottle of bleach person. It's crazy. He did eat supper tonite and he says it was great. So that is an improvement over yesterday. WEll see.
Blossom

The Blonde Duck said...

Thanks for adding me! I'll add you too! Merry Christmas!

Chrissy said...

Just wanted to say hi...hope you are having a good weekend!!

Jules said...

I've had these before and they're delicious! Tomorrow is going to be a baking day, so maybe I can make these too. Thanks for the recipe!

jlc said...

First - your home is gorgeous!

Second - thanks for stopping by! I love meeting new blogger friends.

Third - Those peanut butter cookies look DEE-lish. Yumm. I start baking tomorrow for Christmas and can't wait! :)

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Darn, I rushed right over from Chrissy's. I was hoping to see your crown. LOL I need to find a crown. But, it has to be the right crown. Hugs, Terrie

Chrissy said...

AHHHH! You found a crown... oh happy day!!! I can not wait till you post it, man those little buggers are all the rage!! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and I look forward to more blogging in the new year!! All the best, CHrissy

Karen said...

These look amazing! I printed this recipe out, yum!!!

Karen

Miss Janice said...

Melissa, I have never made these, but they look so yummy:-)

Jules said...

Thanks for the cookie compliments :) I got all the ingredients to make the buckeyes. I am going to try and make them tomorrow!

Kristen said...

I have passed on an award to you

Merry Christmas

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Melissa, I know your tablescape is going to be wonderful.. can't wait to see the woodland theme. You know it's right up my alley. Another crown? sure wish I could get up to see them.. I'm told I need one..lol
Happy Holidays!!
hugs ~lynne~

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

What an amazing photo! These candies sound delish...thanks for the recipe Melissa!

The Kusibab Family said...

I have a a similar recipe I got last week from a Vestavia mom and for the baking challenged I need a more simplified version. I wish I could taste your creation this year. Next year :)

lvroftiques said...

Melissa you can't just tell me you found a crown and not SHOW me!!! Lol!! I'm breathless with anticipation!! I wanna see! I wanna I wanna!! Can you tell I've become more than a little obsesed? *winks* Anyhoo "YAY!! FOR YOU!!" Vanna

The Muse said...

I had to let you know that my daughter in law followed your recipe! yeah we have cookies!!! :) Thank you Thank you ! LOL

Amber said...

I am soo going to try this recipe!!! They look delicious!

Christine said...

LOL... I wish I didn't just see this...just add another mile to my jog today...lol This looks so good I am drooling!!! I wish I didn't have all these ingredients in my pantry right now! Thank you very much...lol