Whatever you call them, Peanut Butter Balls or Buckeyes, they are the same delicious creamy peanut butter filling covered in chocolate.
Peanut Butter fans will tell you they are fabulous. I will tell you that Peanut Butter Balls are so easy to make. I am going to teach you each step to creating this fabulous treat.
Ingredients used for making these Peanut Butter Balls
You probably already have the ingredients to make these treats in your kitchen. So, whip up these peanut butter balls in minutes with creamy peanut butter, powdered sugar, real butter, and vanilla. After freezing the peanut butter balls, you will need 16 ounces of chocolate to dip them into.
Difference Between Peanut Butter Balls And Buckeyes
If you follow my blog, you already know that I am Southern. I have lived all over the South including being born and raised in Alabama. I currently, call Arkansas my home. In the South, we call these treats, peanut butter balls. They are usually served with the chocolate side up. In Ohio the Buckeye State, these balls are called Buckeyes. They are normally covered three-fourths of the way with chocolate. When serving Buckeyes, the small opening with the peanut butter showing is face up.
Ideas For Dressing Up And Serving Peanut Butter Balls
Recently, I made a peanut butter pie and added the balls to decorate the top. If you are serving them for a holiday treat or party, drizzle colorful candy melts over the top of them. They are beautiful served in mini cupcake liners too.
Peanut Butter Pie Recipe Here.
Add-ins And Toppings For Your Peanut Butter Balls
Stir in one of the following ingredients either into the mixture or sprinkle it on top of the melted chocolate before the chocolate dries; colorful jimmies/sprinkles, chopped peanuts, chopped Reese’s pieces, coconut, mini chocolate chips, or even Rice Krispies.
Colon Cancer Screening
Did you know that March is National Colon Cancer Awareness month? By now you have heard that Colon Cancer Screening is the number one way you can reduce your risk of colon and rectal cancer. Are you listening to me? If found early, it is one of the most treatable forms of cancer. And the best part is, screening is easy! O.K. I know what you are thinking. The colon test is easy to do since you get a nap, but the prep is horrible. I am not going to lie about the prep; it does not taste good and can be hard to swallow so much of it, but you have to think about the benefits.
Get Your Colonoscopy
If you’re over 50, I am warning you to get a colon screening. Do not keep putting it off. I had a dear friend, Craig, who passed away in his 40’s. That was an eye-opener for me. How could such a wonderful Christian man, husband, son, and father die from colon cancer at such a young age? It made me think about my health and how life is so short which is why I get my colon cancer screenings regularly.
My Colon Cancer Screening
A few weeks ago I had my colonoscopy. Yes, I do not normally want to admit that I am 50ish. It was actually my second screening. Thank God, everything turned out good. That piece of mind was worth having to choke down the prep.
Find A Great Doctor
It is so important to get the colonoscopy, but it is such a blessing when you find a great doctor to do it. I want to shout out to the best Gastroenterologist doctor, Dr. Kakati, in Little Rock. He took the time necessary for us to completely understand the test and the results. It shows how much he cares about his patients. For that reason, I decided to surprise Dr. Kakati with a dessert. I found out his favorite dessert was a peanut butter pie. My first thought was perfect! I have made many peanut butter pies in my past. It is also a favorite for my husband and my son, Casey.
easy Peanut Butter Balls
After finding out Dr. Kakati enjoys peanut butter pie, I had to dress it up a little bit. After all, that is what a World Food Championship top 5 dessert finisher two years in a row would do. After considering ways to dress up a peanut butter pie, I kept thinking about my yummy peanut butter balls. Therefore, they ended up on top of this pie. I think with a little yellow drizzle over them they look perfect for spring.
First Step: Peanut Butter & Butter
Using an electric mixer, mix the butter and peanut butter until creamy. I used a handheld mixer for this recipe.
Second Step: Powdered Sugar
With the electric mixer on low, slowly add the powdered sugar a little at a time. Adding the Confectioners’ sugar will take a few minutes. Keep beating until it is smooth. The mixture will be thick.
Third Step: Roll Peanut Butter Balls
Roll into 1-inch balls. I use a tablespoon ice cream scoop and then gently roll to smooth out the top. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or wax paper.
FREEZE THE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS FOR ONE HOUR!
Fourth Step: Melt The Chocolate
Place the chocolate in a glass container and melt 30 seconds at a time. Stir well, between every 30 seconds. The safest way to melt chocolate is with a double boiler. Do not let the top pot or bowl that holds the chocolate touch the water. Too much heat from the microwave or double boiler will cause your chocolate to be thick. If it is too thick, stir in a tablespoon of shortening.
If you had rather use melting wafers, try Ghirardelli Melting Wafers for candy making and dipping. It is easier to melt.
Next, Dip Peanut Butter Balls in Chocolate
Dip the chilled peanut butter balls one half to three-fourths of the way into the chocolate. Place the balls on parchment or wax paper on top of a baking sheet. Because the peanut butter balls are cold, the chocolate will get hard immediately.
Easy Peanut Butter Balls
- 1-3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup real butter softened
- 1 teaspoon real vanilla
- 4 cups powdered sugar sifted
- 16 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
- Using an electric mixer, cream together the peanut butter and the softened butter. Mix in the vanilla. With the mixer on low, slowly add the sifted powdered sugar. Keep beating until smooth. The mixture should be thick. Roll into 1-inch balls. I use a tablespoon ice cream scoop and then gently roll to smooth out the top. FREEZE THE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS FOR ONE HOUR!Place the chocolate in a glass container and melt 30 seconds at a time. Stir well between every 30 seconds. You can also use a double boiler to melt the chocolate. If your chocolate never comes or is too thick, stir in a tablespoon of shortening. You can also use melting chips which already includes shortening. Dip the chilled peanut butter balls one half to three-fourths of the way into the chocolate. Place the balls on parchment or wax paper. If adding a topping to the Peanut Butter Balls, do it before the chocolate dries. Store in the refrigerator or even the freezer.
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