Peanut Butter Balls

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In light of the upcoming holidays (and because I’m trying to empty out my pantry before the move), I thought it was time to post another holiday recipe.  These Peanut Butter Balls (aka Buckeyes) are a Christmas staple in our family and are extremely addictive.  They can be a bit time consuming and messy, but in my opinion, they are totally worth the effort.  This recipe makes approximately 60 balls, depending on how big you make them.  That part is personal preference.

  • 5 1/2 – 6 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 block paraffin wax
  • 1 12 oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips

1.  Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl and then mix together with the peanut butter and vanilla until the mixture is creamy and smooth.

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2.  Add the powdered sugar.  Be careful to add it slowly.  If you go too fast, you’ll end up with a cloud of powdered sugar and white hair.  Once the sugar is somewhat incorporated into the peanut butter mixture, you can turn the mixer up to a higher speed.

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The completed peanut butter mixture.

The completed peanut butter mixture.

3.  Once this mixture is fully combined, roll these it into small balls and place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.  When you have a full pan of peanut butter balls, place the pan in the freezer.  This will allow them to get hard and makes them much easier to handle while you’re dipping them in the chocolate.  They probably need at least 30 minutes in the freezer, but it won’t hurt to leave them in longer and come back to them later.

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4.  Add water to the bottom of a double boiler and the wax and chocolate to the top.  Melt the chocolate over medium heat, stirring constantly until fully melted.  I have done this in the microwave, but I have found that it is much easier to scorch the chocolate that way.  If you do not have a double boiler, you can also use two different sized pots and place one inside the other.

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5.  When the chocolate is fully melted, insert a toothpick into the center of the frozen peanut butter balls and dip them in the chocolate, covering fully.  Allow the chocolate to set for a couple of seconds on the toothpick before placing them back on the pan.

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6.  You will notice that there is a small hole left from the toothpick.  You can simply dip the toothpick in chocolate and then drip it over the hole to make it look nicer if you wish.

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That’s all there is to it.  Enjoy with a cold glass of milk.  🙂

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