Friday, December 18, 2009

Grandma's Buckeyes (aka Peanut Butter Balls)

Some of my favorite memories as a little girl are the times I spent with my grandma, learning how to cook!

One year, she asked me to copy her favorite recipes into little books she'd bought to give to her grandchildren for Christmas. I spent months writing - years before the internet made printing books yourself easy! I cherish that little book, not just for Grandma's recipes, but for all of the memories those dishes she made with love bring back.

Grandma always had a plate of these Buckeyes sitting out during her Christmas Eve party. I haven't made them in several years, but they turned out perfectly and tasted just as yummy as I remember Grandma's candy!

buckeyes aka peanut butter balls

1 lb smooth peanut butter
1 1/2 lbs powdered sugar
2 sticks butter or margarine, melted
8 oz. semisweet chocolate chips or Baker's German Sweet Chocolate
1/4 slab paraffin wax (I've never bought this...for every 8 oz of chocolate, I add 2 tablespoons of shortening)

Mix first three ingredients together, and roll into 1-inch balls. Place in refrigerator overnight (I just chill for an hour or so). The next day, melt chocolate with paraffin in double boiler (I used my mini crockpot this year...perfect!). Using a toothpick, dip each ball into chocolate, leaving a small circle to look like a buckeye (which is similar to a horse chestnut, I believe).

Place on waxed paper and let harden.

Recommend: YES

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Melissa said...

I've always wanted to make those, and I've never gotten around to it! Thanks for the reminder. :)

Tina Butler said...

Those look great stephaine. I could grab one right through the computer screen.

theUngourmet said...

I didn't even know a person could eat paraffin wax. I think I would use the shortening instead too.

I love these. I've had them but I've never made them. Yummy!

A Cooking Bookworm said...

I know! I had to be about 15 or 16 when I copied all of Grandma's recipes, and I remember asking, "WAX?!!!" She told me that you buy it right in the baking aisle. I've never seen it...or looked all that hard for it.

Teresa @ ♥ Too Many Heartbeats ♥ said...

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these things. They are my very favorite candy in the whole wide world. Are you taking orders? :0)

Hope you have a great weekend and an amazingly wonderful Christmas!

Teresa <><

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