A “Nutty” Christmas Gift…. Chocolate Buckeyes Recipe

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A Chocolate and Peanut Butter Delight!

Chocolate Buckeyes are named so for their resemblance to the nut of the Ohio buckeye tree, which is the state tree of Ohio. The chocolatey covered, creamy peanut butter just melts in your mouth!

Just place these in a decorative tin (for whatever the season) and you are good to go! These make an excellent hostess, teacher, or housewarming gift. 

Easy to Make But...


While these are not hard to make, it is time consuming only due to the fact that you do need the peanut butter balls to freeze for up to 30 minutes before coating with chocolate. Then re-freezing to let the chocolate harden… but they are so worth the wait! 


Paraffin Wax
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Ingredients

  • ½ stick of household paraffin wax
  • 2 sticks butter (softened)
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 lb. confectioners sugar
  • 2 c. peanut butter, creamy
Double Boiler
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Instructions

Line 2 cookie sheets with waxed paper.

Melt butter and add to peanut butter and sugar; stir. Take a teaspoon full and work with hands to shape into balls and then put on baking sheet. Place baking sheet with dough in freezer for 20 to 30 minutes.

Melt paraffin and chocolate chips together on low heat in microwave. I prefer to do it with double boiler by putting water in a pan and placing a Pyrex bowl on top of the pan. If you do it this way, be sure that the water doesn’t actually touch the bowl or it will burn the chocolate.

Take dough from freezer and place a toothpick into the balls and dip ¾ of the ball into chocolate mixture. Put balls back onto waxed paper to cool.

Once the buckeyes are made, you can place back into freezer to harden. Once the Buckeye is hardened you can stick into a Ziploc bag or container and store up to 3 months.

**Each batch makes about 110 buckeyes
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Have you made Chocolate Buckeyes before? Does your recipe differ or do you have any tips to making these?

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