Just so you know, these kick Reeses Peanut Butter Cup’s ass.
Some people call these Buckeye Balls. But I think to be true Buckeye Balls, you are supposed to leave a dot of the peanut butter uncovered, so they look like a Buckeye.
Which I am not entirely sure what a Buckeye even is, I think they have them in Ohio or Iowa or somewhere.
Besides, I don’t like to leave any of the peanut butter naked without chocolate, so mine are just called Peanut Butter Balls.
I doubled the recipe because I made them for Mr. Right to give to the people he works with. The recipe I will give you is for a single batch, but it is super easy to double because there are only whole things and not any weird 2 2/3 cups of anything which if there was you would really have to pay attention.
You know what I mean?
The doubled recipe makes about 12 dozen balls, maybe a few more if you don’t eat a whole cupful of the naked peanut butter mixture as you are rolling out the balls.
Add your powdered sugar to the melted butter.
For the love of Father Christmas, do not use ‘natural’ or reduced fat peanut butter in this recipe.
Stop the madness.
Add in your full fat, preservative laden, oily as all get out peanut butter.
Take off your rings and hold all calls, because the ONLY way to properly mix this up is with your hands.
This process takes a while. It is best if there is a Law & Order SVU marathon playing while you are doing this.
You know, because of Stabler’s hotness factor…
If you find the dough gets hard to work with, go ahead and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. The heat makes the peanut butter kind of melty and easy to work with.
Roll them into one inch balls and line them up on wax paper.
Now, these are good enough to eat just like this, but let’s step it up a bit.
Toss a bag of semi sweet chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and add a tablespoon of Crisco. The Crisco makes the chocolate smoother and gives it a little shine. DON’T substitute butter for the shortening. It just won’t work.
Hopefully you own a set of super fancy candy dippers like these.
If not, a fork will work just fine.
Melt the chocolate and the Crisco and stir all the lumpiness out of it.
Swirl it around and place it back on the wax paper. You can try to make a fancy swirl with your candy tool if you have skills.
You could also sprinkle the tops with crushed peanuts before the chocolate sets.
I was out of peanuts, but just had a thought that crushed pretzels would be super yum as well!
I imagine this is what it feels like to be Willy Wonka.
The amazing chocolatier.
Let them sit in the fridge for a couple hours until the chocolate is firm.
You could just eat them right off the tray or store them in any old airtight container, but since these were gifts, I prettied them up a little.
Head to Walgreens a few days after Christmas and pick up these 99 cent treat containers for a nickel. Stick them into your closet until next year and then suddenly remember them when you are bemoaning the fact that the cute little treat containers are currently 99 cents apiece.
Or throw them in a ziploc and call it good.
PEANUT BUTTER BALLS
1 lb powdered sugar
1 stick butter (melted)
1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
Mix above ingredients together by hand until they are of a consistency that you can form into 1 inch balls.
Place balls on wax paper covered cookie sheets.
Take 1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips and a tablespoon of shortening and microwave for a minute or two. Stir until smooth.
Drop balls into chocolate and roll them around until they are coated. Place them back on the wax paper and refrigerate until chocolate is firm (at least a couple of hours)