How to Make Buckeyes

Looking for a sweet to serve at your next party? Learn how to make buckeyes—little chocolate and peanut butter confections that are completely addictive!

-Hi everyone, I'm Judith with recipe.com. Now, if there are 2 flavors I love to combine together it's chocolate and peanut butter, who doesn't, of course. And today, I'm gonna be making little chocolate peanut butter bowls of heaven, also known as buckeyes. So, what you will need for this is 1 cup of creamy peanut butter; 1/2 cup of 1 stick of unsalted butter, softened; 2 cups of confectioner's sugar; and 2 cup of semisweet chocolate chips. Alright, so first of all, in large mixing bowl, we're just gonna add our sugar, our peanut butter, in there goes, lovely smell, and our softened butter in there too, and with an electric mixer, on a medium speed, we're gonna whisk all that together. Fantastic, so that now has all creamed together nicely. Now, depending on how soft you have your butter will depend on how crumbly it will be at the beginning. So, obviously, you will need to whisk a little bit longer if it's not as softened as you like, but make sure it's still cold because you don't want a hot butter because you wanna have a nice cold ball of chocolate peanut butter. So, with your hands, if it's still sticky now, make sure you have some water at hand you can stick your fingers in there. We're gonna make some balls. So, we're just wanna roll them out into about 1 inch balls. So, it will be a little sticky. Now, in front of us, we have lined our 2 baking sheets with some aluminum foil. You can also put some waxed paper on there too. And once we have our little balls, we're just gonna place them onto our baking sheets. So, we're gonna do the same thing with the remaining of our mixture. So, if you're finding hard to roll your balls because it does get quite sticking pretty quickly. All I would suggest is put your hand in some cold water, which I've just done and that will help it round a little as you can see. So, we'll stick them in there. We'll just round this ball up a little bit like so, fantastic, see. So now that we have our peanut butter balls all placed out on our baking sheet, we're gonna put that in the freezer now for 30 minutes until they are nice and firm. Well, we've taken our peanut butter balls from out of the freezer and make sure they are nice and firm right now. Now, I've got a little bit of larger bowl. But if you wanna make smaller bowls of course, that's fine too. Just roll up your peanut butter balls a little bit smaller and that's it. So, now that they are done, we're gonna get our chocolate chips and cook them in the microwave for 2 minutes on high. We wanna melt our chocolate because that is gonna be the sauce, the dipping sauce for our peanut butter balls. So, into the microwave, that goes for 2 minutes. Make sure you give that a stir halfway through. So, our peanut butter balls are out of the freezer and we have our chocolate, melted chocolate next to us now, and so we're pretty quickly because our peanut butter balls can melt pretty soon, and if you find that they are happening if you have smaller balls and you're got a lot more, you can actually put them back in the freezer for about 10 minutes while you're dipping your first batch, but we're gonna start dipping. So, let it go 3 quarters of the way, lovely, and then you can take off any excess chocolate on the rim of the bowl and then just puff down on your baking sheet again. So, get your toothpicks which are very helpful when you're doing this. Let it go 3 quarters of the way through, just looks aesthetically very beautiful and then unto the baking sheet again. So, we're gonna repeat this with all of our buckeyes until they are all covered with chocolate. So, our bowls are all dipped in chocolate now, and we're gonna put that into the fridge for 45 minutes until they are set. So, we've taken our buckeyes from out of the fridge. They've been there 45 minutes and that chocolate now has set. So, very carefully, we can take them off the foil or waxed paper, plate them up, uh, and that just looks delicious, and I will keep these little toothpicks in there just easier for people to pickup at a party, oh fantastic. Isn't that wonderful when that chocolate gets nice and cold like that? Beautiful, there you are. What a great little sweet treat to serve at your party. So, that's how you make buckeyes.