Peanut Butter Buckeye Balls Make a Great Holiday Treat
Easy Peanut Butter Buckeye Balls Make a Great Holiday or Any Occasion Treat
Need a quick and easy idea for something to make for a family get-together or any other entertainment event. These fast and easy peanut butter buckeye balls make a great last minute candy treat that doesn't take forever to make. Now, keep in mind that "forever" is subjective. This project will take about three or four hours from start to finish.
The end result will be a fantastic sweet treat that will probably go over really well with all of your guests who have a sweet tooth. They are also a great compliment to go along with peanut butter ripple ice cream, and a nice coffee or tea. They are also amenable to experimentation so let your imagination go wild. I've included a few ideas below, but I'm sure there are many other enhancements that other people might think of adding. It would be great to hear comments about variations on this theme.
What You Will Need
Essential Items fo
1. A Large Bowl
2. A Double Boiler, a simmer burner on your stove, or a fondue pot.
3. You do not NEED a mixer with a bread making attachment, but you CAN use one if you like.
4. Nestles White Chocolate Morsels or Reeses Peanut Butter Morsels.
5. 1 lb of Confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)
6. Vanilla Extract
7. Butter or Margarine
8. 2 9" X 12" cookie sheets
9. Aluminum foil
- 1 1/2 Cups Creamy or Chunky Peanut Butter
- 1 lb (16 oz) Confectioner's Sugar
- 1/4 lb Butter or Margarine, Softened
- 1 tsb Vanilla Extract
- 1 bag Nestle's White Chocolate Morsels or Reeses Peanut Butter Morsels
- 2 tbs Crisco
Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Make Easy Peanut Butter Buckeye Balls
- Soften Butter in a microwave or over a double boiler and add to your large bowl. Take all rings and jewelry off of your hands.
- Add 1 lb bag of confectioners sugar
- Add 1 1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky).
- Add 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Combine all ingredients by hand until you have a nice firm ball of the mixture that is evenly mixed.
- You'll probably want to wash your hands at this point.
- Line 2 9" X 12" Cookie Sheets With Aluminum Foil. You can use waxed paper for this also.
- Roll peanut butter mixture into balls about 1" in diameter and line them up on the cookie sheets. You can use a teaspoon or melon baller to help if you don't want to use only your bare hands.
- Insert a toothpick into each peanut butter ball and put the cookies sheets in the refrigerator for about an hour or an hour and a half.
- Add 2 tbs of Crisco to your double boiler or fondue pot and heat to liquify. Start melting your white chocolate or peanut butter morsels when the peanut butter balls are near ready to come out of the refrigerator. You don't want your candy coating to either be too thin or to thick, so you may have to had more morsels pieces or more Crisco to adjust the consistency.
- Dip each ball into the melted chocolate or peanut butter morsels about 7/8 of the way (leave some peanut butter exposed at the top of each ball.
- Return the chocolate or peanut butter balls to the refrigerator for a few hours.
- After the white chocolate or peanut butter outside shell has hardened, remove the toothpicks from all your buckeye balls, and put them in a sealed container in the fridge until you are ready to serve them.
- This recipe should yield around 40-50 buckeye balls.
How to Melt Chocolate
Hamilton Beach Hands-Free Coffee Grinder
Easy Peanut Butter Buckeye Balls Offer a Myriad of Experimental Variations
Don't limit your imagination by what is contained only in this recipe, as you can coat your buckeye balls with all sorts of things to make them individualized. Here is some ideas for modifications to this recipe.
- Use Nutella instead of peanut butter.
- Try swirling milk chocolate and white chocolate together, for a swirled effect coating.
- Try swirling peanut butter morsels and strawberry morsels together for a swirled effect. (If you can't find Nestes' Strawberry morsels, you might find strawberry baking chips among cooking chocolates in a specialty store.
- Try adding some cherry juice to the peanut butter/confectionor's sugar/butter mix instead of vanilla extract.
- Try adding some finely chopped nuts to the melted white chocolate or Reeses peanut butter morsels. I have found that a good way to chop a small amount of nuts into a fine powder is to use my small kitchen coffee griner.
Tips for Healthier Peanut Butter Buckeye Balls
Here Are Some Quick Tips on How to Make Your Buckeye Balls Healhier
- Instead of Confectioner's sugar and butter, substitute garbonzo beans (chick peas) and honey. You will need about 1 1/2 cups of cooked, drained, and rinsed garbonzos (15 oz can) and 1/2 cup of honey. Process the chick peas in a food processor until they are a smooth consistency, then in a large bowl, mix chick peas, honey, vanilla, and peanut butter, and 1/2 tsp of salt. Knead until the mixture becomes stiff and homogeneous. Source: http://happyhealthymama.com/2011/12/skinny-buckeyes.html
John Fisher (author) from Easton, Pennsylvania on August 20, 2014:
My biggest weakness!!! Thanks for your comment.
Alan from West Georgia on August 20, 2014:
I can't wait to make these. I have had them before, and I loved them.
John Fisher (author) from Easton, Pennsylvania on December 04, 2013:
@teaches12345-Nothin' like a guy in an apron messing around with tried-and-true recipes trying to make them better.
Dianna Mendez on December 04, 2013:
Dad looks like he's having fun in the kitchen. We used to enjoy these when we lived in Ohio. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe.
John Fisher (author) from Easton, Pennsylvania on November 20, 2013:
@d.william-keep tuned for further refinements and other recipes in the near future.
d.william from Somewhere in the south on November 20, 2013:
What a great recipe. I will give these a try. Thanks for sharing.
John Fisher (author) from Easton, Pennsylvania on November 19, 2013:
@WiccanSage & Jackie Lynnley: They are habit-forming, so beware!!! Stay tuned for an updated and more healthy version of these coming soon to a Hub near you!!!
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on November 19, 2013:
Yum I will sure try these! Thanks for sharing. ^
Mackenzie Sage Wright on November 14, 2013:
These look simple and delicious. We always bake cookies and make sweets to give out around the holidays. I have to put this on our list for this year. Love the photos.
John Fisher (author) from Easton, Pennsylvania on November 13, 2013:
@twoseven--Slightly messy on the hands, but they taste great, and they are easy to make. @carlajbehr--Mine too. I could eat the whole batch by myself, if I was left to my own devices.
twoseven from Madison, Wisconsin on November 13, 2013:
How fun! I am looking for fun new treats to make for holiday gifts, and these look great!
Carla J Swick from NW PA on November 13, 2013:
These are my absolute favorite!!!
John Fisher (author) from Easton, Pennsylvania on November 13, 2013:
@Denise Handlon-They are called "Buckeye Balls" because the exposed peanute butter at the top makes them look like an eye. There is also perhaps the possiblity that the original version of this treat began at Ohio State University (ie "The Ohio State Buckeyes") @ Stayingalivemoma: Thanks for your comment. Let me know how your kids like them after you've tried them out on them.
Valerie Washington from Tempe, Arizona on November 13, 2013:
Mmmm, delish. My 3 boys absolutely love peanut butter. I go through about 2 jars a week. I am always looking for ways to make fun snacks and desserts for them so they can get away PB&J sandwiches - this recipe is perfect! Voted up, useful and pinned!
Ian D Hetri from Papua New Guinea on November 12, 2013:
Hey this one tempts me easily. nice hub.
Denise Handlon from North Carolina on November 12, 2013:
Looks yummy. Why is it called 'buckeye' balls?
John Fisher (author) from Easton, Pennsylvania on November 10, 2013:
Thanks for commenting peachpurple. They are addicting and fattening, but stay tuned, as I am going to write later about how to make some healthier modifications to the recipe.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on November 10, 2013:
never heard of it but sure looks good