Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Buckeye Balls

A friend at work was telling me about a confection his Grandmother made that he loved as a kid.  He called them Buckeye Balls. I had never heard of them before but a quick Google search turned up many recipes. Peanut butter and chocolate and no baking required? I'm in!!
















My daughter and her friend helped me make these. Very easy and decadently delicious! And with the leftover melted chocolate I was able to make a few hazelnut chocolate candies, too. Bonus!



Buckeye Balls
1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread, softened
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups confectioners sugar
2 tbsp Earth Balance Shortening
6 oz vegan chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli brand semi sweet)

In a bowl mix the peanut butter, Earth Balance and Vanilla. Sift the confectioners sugar into the bowl.  With your hands mix all ingredients until a stiff dough is formed. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and roll the peanut butter mixture into balls, using about 1 1/2 tsp worth of peanut butter dough for each ball. Place on the wax paper lined sheets and put into the refrigerator.

In a double boiler melt the semi-sweet chocolate and shortening until very smooth.

Remove the peanut butter balls from the refrigerator. With a toothpick pick up one ball at a time and dip it into the melted chocolate mixture. Return to the wax paper chocolate side down.  Place the sheets back in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up.

Keep extras in the refrigerator (that is, if you have any left!).


9 comments:

  1. We used to make buckeyes when I was a kid. I've never seen anyone make them without using paraffin wax in the chocolate (to keep it smooth). I'll have to try this!

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    1. The shortening helps make the chocolate glossy, just like paraffin

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  2. I never heard of them, either. How simple and yummy!

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  3. You might want to get vegan chocolate chips to really be able to say its vegan.

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    1. Thank you so much for the catch on my typo! Indeed Ghiradelli semi sweet chocolate chips are NOT vegan. I updated the post to reflect the bittersweet chips which are, indeed, vegan and delicious!

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    2. Actually, Ghiradelli bittersweet chips contain milk fat so they are not vegan.

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    3. You are right and I have corrected the post to reflect the semi sweet chips which are vegan and are what I use. For some reason I always confuse semi sweet with bitter sweet. What is up with that?!? Actually, the only chocolate baking chips I use are the one in the gold bag (semi sweet and vegan) from Ghiradelli. The post should be accurate throughout now.

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  4. How do you make the Hazel nut chocolate candies? that looks good too.

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    1. Hi. To make the Hazel Nut Chocolate Candies just mix the nuts into the melted chocolate and drop in tablespoons onto a wax paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for a couple of hours. That's it!

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