Easy Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls: AKA Buckeyes

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These Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls are super easy to make and require absolutely no baking skills. Also known as Buckeyes, these delicious candies are perfect for the holidays and gift giving.

Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Buckeyes are delightful little sweets that are great for sharing. We like to make them around the holidays and give them as gifts. They are also perfect to take on camping trips. Try making them ahead and storing them in the freezer. You could even enjoy them as frozen treats in the hot summer months. Honestly, I can’t think of a bad time to have these!

They are also easy and fun to make. Get the kids involved! They will love rolling the peanut butter mixture into balls.

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Ingredients for Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter Buckeyes Ingredients

Gather these ingredients: creamy peanut butter, softened butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, chocolate chips and shortening.

How to Make Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Peanut Butter Buckeyes Filling

Start by making the filling.
Combine the peanut butter, softened butter, and vanilla.
Mix until well combined.
Gradually add the powdered sugar, stirring it into the mixture until it is incorporated.

Peanut Butter Buckeyes on sticks

Prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
Roll the filling into 1-inch balls and place on the prepared cookie sheet.
Insert a toothpick into the top of each ball.
Place on a parchment lined flat baking pan.
Put in the freezer for at least 30 minutes or until set.

Peanut Butter Buckeyes dipped

Combine chocolate chips and shortening in a microwaveable safe bowl.
Heat for 30 seconds then stir. Repeat heating in 30 second increments and stirring until chocolate chips have completely melted.
Remove the peanut butter balls from the freezer. Hold onto the toothpick and dip the balls one at a time into the melted chocolate. Leave a little of the peanut butter filling exposed at the top to look like a buckeye.

Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls

Gently tap off excess chocolate and place back on the cookie sheet.
Refrigerate several hours until the chocolate sets.
Remove the toothpicks and smooth over the hole.

Tips & Tricks

  • For a little extra crunch, add 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs to the peanut butter filling.
  • Instead of chocolate chips, you can use chocolate wafers or semi-sweet baking chocolate for the chocolate coating.
  • Store your Peanut Butter Balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Use a cookie scoop to get equal portions of the filling to roll into balls.
  • Substitute 2 tablespoons of coconut oil instead of the shortening.
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And there you have it – a mouthwatering journey into the world of old-fashioned peanut butter balls! We’ve rediscovered a cherished childhood favorite and learned that some things never go out of style. Whether you’re making them for a special occasion, a cozy night in, or just a sweet snack to satisfy your cravings, these little bites of nostalgia always hit the spot.

I hope this easy recipe has ignited your culinary creativity and brought a dash of old-school charm into your kitchen. Remember, peanut butter balls are not just a delightful treat; they’re a reminder of simpler times and the joy that can be found in the most humble of ingredients.

So, next time you’re in the mood for a sweet trip down memory lane or want to introduce someone to the classic flavors of yesteryears, don’t forget about these peanut buttery gems. Share them, savor them, and give them as gifts. Thanks for joining me on this delicious adventure, and until next time, happy snacking! 🥜🍫😊

Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls (aka “Buckeyes”)

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The classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter all stuffed into a bite-sized treat. You’ll want to make a lot of these. They’re sure to go fast!
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 60 pieces
Calories 178 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cups Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup Butter softened
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 4 cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • ¼ cup Shortening

Instructions
 

  • Prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
  • Combine the peanut butter, softened butter, and vanilla. Mix well until combined.
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar, stirring it into the mixture until it is incorporated.
  • Roll the filling into 1-inch balls and place on the prepared cookie sheet.
  • Insert a toothpick into the top of each ball.
  • Place in freezer for at least 30 minutes or until set.
  • Combine chocolate chips and shortening in a microwaveable safe bowl.
  • Heat for 30 seconds then stir. Repeat heating in 30 second increments and stirring until chocolate chips have completely melted.
  • Remove the peanut butter balls from the freezer. Hold onto the toothpick and dip the balls one at a time into the melted chocolate. Leave a little of the peanut butter filling exposed at the top to look like a buckeye.
  • Gently tap off excess chocolate and place back on the cookie sheet.
  • Refrigerate several hours until the chocolate sets.
  • Remove the toothpicks and smooth over the hole.

Notes

Tips & Tricks

  • For a little extra crunch, add 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs to the peanut butter filling.
  • Instead of chocolate chips, you can use chocolate wafers or semi-sweet baking chocolate for the chocolate coating.
  • Store your Peanut Butter Balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Use a cookie scoop to get equal portions of the filling to roll into balls.
  • Substitute 2 tablespoons of coconut oil instead of the shortening.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ballCalories: 178kcalCarbohydrates: 18.9gProtein: 1.6gFat: 11.5gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 51mgPotassium: 43mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 15.9gCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg
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Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Balls

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