I’m SO EXCITED to share my family’s homemade Buckeye recipe with our readers! My mom and grandma are FAMOUS among family and friends for their recipe! They’ve been making them for years, and I tried my own hand at it tonight! Buckeyes are a GREAT homemade gift to give as well! There are only a few ingredients, and it takes approximately 2-3 hours from start to finish!
- 10 oz. peanut butter
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 1 Tbsp of vanilla extract
- 2 lbs. confectioners (10x) sugar
- 1 stick of butter or margarine (melted)
- 2 packages of milk chocolate morsels
- double boiler
- cookie sheets
- wax paper
- Mix peanut butter, cream cheese, vanilla, and butter together. I used a hand mixer for this part until the ingredients are well blended.
- Slowly add in confectioners sugar and continue to blend with hand mixer.
- Once you’ve mixed in the confectioners sugar as much as possible, you will need to use your hands to mix the dusty sugar covering the outside into the large ball.
- Now it’s time to start rolling your Buckeye balls! We rolls about one Tablespoon into each Buckeye, and this results in about 50 Buckeyes per batch.
- Once balls are rolled and place on wax paper (on cookie sheets or stacked in a baking pan/dish) they need to be either refrigerated or frozen for at least 1/2 hour. We actually freeze ours so they are easier to dip in the chocolate. Also, it’s easier to place a toothpick in them before you freeze them, but it does make it slightly more difficult to stack!
- After they’ve been freezing for awhile, go ahead and start melting the chocolate on the double boiler. Once it’s thin enough to dip, pull out 3-4 Buckeyes at a time and dip and twirl from side-to-side until the sides are covered with chocolate. Do NOT add water or milk to the chocolate, as this will cause it to “seize.” You also don’t want to add vegetable oil, because this keeps the chocolate from setting up properly.
- Remember to line another cookie sheet or pan to place the dipped Buckeyes. Once they are dipped, you can later remove the toothpick and push the hole shut on top.
- We recommend freezing your Buckeyes until you’re ready to package them, and even once they’re packaged, they should be kept refrigerated!
Once you’ve packaged your Buckeyes, your family and friends will start begging you to make them every year!!!
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