Sunday, December 16, 2007

Buckeye Balls

For the anonymous person who asked about Buckeye Balls, they are a Christmas tradition in both our families and there are lots of variations to these peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate. However you make them, they are delicious! :)

Brian's mom's recipe is:
1 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
16 oz powdered sugar
Mix all ingredients well (best if you use your hands!) Form into balls. Chill. Melt 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips and 2 TB solid shortening over a double boiler. Using a toothpick, dip balls in the chocolate, letting it drip off to form a thin coating. Chill.

You'll probably need more chocolate than that... and my grandma uses one square of parafin in her recipe. Up to you--just don't put too much chocolate--we didn't get it very thin this time and it overpowers the peanut butter. :)

My family's recipe (or what Bri and I adapted from it) adds about 2 cups of finely crushed graham cracker crumbs and ups the peanut butter to 2 cups and butter to 3/4 cup.

My grandma always called them "Motsa Balls" and her recipe is a little different:
2 1/2 c. graham crumbs
1 1/4 c. crushed walnuts
1 box powdered sugar
1 c. creamy PB
1 c. butter
1 c. coconut

How you make them is up to you... but one thing's for sure... you'll always find them at our house around the holidays!! :)


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe. We will be giving them a try.

Brian and Jen said...

I was hoping you'd reveal your identity... :)