Buckeyes, peanut butter balls, chocolate-covered protein. Whatever you want to call them, they’ve always been my favorite Christmas candy. Every Christmas that we’ve visited my grandparents in South Carolina, my Mema has had a tin full of peanut butter balls resting in carefully layered wax paper waiting for us in the fridge. They are the perfect pop of holiday happiness in your mouth.
Recently, I learned that my friend Kerry had never eaten a peanut butter ball. I decided to remedy this pitiful situation by teaching her how to make them. Give a girl a peanut butter ball and make her happy for a moment. Teach a girl to make peanut butter balls and make her happy every Christmas for the rest of her life.
Peanut Butter Balls (I ain’t a Buckeye–I’m from the South.)
adapted from JoyofBaking.com
2 C. creamy peanut butter
1 stick butter, room temperature (we used I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! baking sticks)
2-1/2 C. confectioners sugar
10 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips (we used Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips)
1/2 block paraffin wax
Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Mix the peanut butter, butter, and confectioners sugar with an electric mixer until it has the consistency of a stiff dough.
Roll the dough into 1″ round balls and place on the cookie sheet. If you’re patient, refrigerate until firm (several hours or even overnight). Or if you’re impatient like us, place the cookie sheet in the freezer and freeze until firm (about an hour).
Melt the chocolate and paraffin wax in a double boiler (or make-shift double boiler). Dip the balls, one at a time, in the melted chocolate. Toothpicks or skewers are really handy during this part of the shindig. Use your creative liberties here–you can either dip the whole ball in chocolate or leave the top quarter undipped to make the traditional “buckeye.” Place dipped balls back on the baking sheet. Once you’ve dipped all the balls in chocolate, place in the refrigerator until the chocolate has set (about 15-20 minutes). Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Makes about 60 pieces.