I am pretty positive that the chocolate peanut butter combo is one of the best combo flavors of all time. It is addictive, smooth, sweet and all the goodness that you want in a sweet treat. It is classic and timeless and you can never go wrong with it.
Hence why Buckeyes are one of my all-time most favorite Christmas time candies. They bring such sweet memories everytime I roll all the many peanut butter balls by hand. I go back to growing up helping my mom make all the Christmas candies, getting out the old metal double broiler out and pouring in chocolate chips and a block of wax to slowly melt. I go straight back to helping my college BFF Hannah roll peanut butter balls from her Aunt Peggy’s Buckeye recipe in her home for hours on end. I think about Justin getting excited when I accidentally drop the entire peanut butter ball in the chocolate “messing it up” so he could then eat all the “not pretty enough to give away” ones. I smile remembering when we made hundred of Buckeyes for our wedding, for the dessert bar full of some of our most favorite things. I am thankful for sweet childhood friends who have come over to my now grown-up home to help me individually place all the finished Buckeyes in pretty little mini Christmas cupcake liners to package up as gifts.
Some of my fondest, sweetest and best memories of all time include the time-intensive progress of making Buckeyes.
The pictures above are from our wedding, the best day of my life. My mom, sister and I made buckeyes and desserts months before in preparations for the best dessert bar known to man. 🙂
These are a labor of love. They take some time, but the end result is so worth it and best shared with others while creating. There is something about baking for the holidays that speaks to my soul. Taking a day with my mom and family to make so many old fashions treats to gift to all the special people in our lives. Learning how to make candy recipes that have been in our family for generations and listening to the stories of how it started each year. The process of creating with my hands and the love has gone into giving someone a piece of your home and your heart as a gift. It is who I am to the core. It is what I love. It is why I am fully convinced why holiday candy baking is one of the finer things in my life and what I most look forward to each year.
Like I said earlier, this isn’t a difficult recipe, only a couple ingredients needed, but it is a little labor intensive. Invite a friend over or your family and have them help you make it. I like to roll each ball by hand. I find I can create the size and shape I want better than a scoop or spoon. Once you have rolled them all out place them in the freezer as you start to melt the chocolate.
Place a pot filled with water over medium heat on the stove. Pour your chocolate and baking wax into a glass bowl and set on top of the pot making a double boiler. The steam of the water beneath slowly melts the chocolate mixture into a smooth and shiny liquid. Once melted, take off the heat and carefully dip each ball into the chocolate leaving the very tops still exposed. Place in freezer again to set.
These make the perfect gift for your loved ones for the holidays or to take over to your Christmas parties. I hope they bring you as many happy memories and delicious moments as they do me. Merry Christmas and happy candy making!
- ½ Cup Butter, softened
- 1½ Cup Peanut Butter
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 2½ Cups Powdered Sugar
- ½ Block Candy Wax
- ¾ Pound Chocolate
- In a large bowl add softened butter, peanut butter, salt, and vanilla.
- Using a hand or stand mixer, mix until smooth.
- Add in powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time, mixing until thoroughly combined and scraping down the sides of the bowl before each addition.
- Using your hands, scoop out peanut butter mixture into small bite size rounds and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Place in the freezer to harden while you prepare your chocolate.
- Place chocolate and wax in a glass bowl over a simmering pot of water (or double boiler) and let melt until thoroughly combined.
- Using a fork, place a peanut butter ball on top and carefully dip into melt chocolate, leaving the very top exposed.
- Place back on parchment paper.
- Once all have been dipped, leave to let chocolate hardened.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to eat or gift. Can also be kept in the freezer for up to 6 months.