12/24/09

Buckeye Candy Like Grandma Made (Peanut Butter Balls)

Real Buckeyes - the seed to a tree
Your Grandmother probably made these and more than likely, if you were a child of the 70's or 80's, your Mom did too. The more recent recipes tend to leave out the paraffin wax but back then it was a must! Here is the traditional recipe I knew as a child. A sweet peanut butter center dipped in chocolate and let hardened, it's a staple at most holiday gatherings. If you prefer, you can dip the candies all the way to be a simple 'peanut butter ball' verses the traditional buckeye resemblance.



Traditional Buckeyes (Peanut Butter Balls)

1 1/2 c peanut butter
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1 t. vanilla
1 lb. powdered (confectioner's) sugar
1/4 cake or stick paraffin wax
1 package chocolate chips

Mix the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and powdered sugar. Start with just 3/4 of the powdered sugar and add the last of it only if needed. Mix until it's dough-like and not sticky. Chill in refrigerator while you melt the chocolate chips and paraffin wax together over low on the stovetop or in the microwave. Dip the peanut butter balls 3/4 of the way into the melted chocolate with a toothpick. You only dip 3/4 so they resemble buckeyes.
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