Christmas Buckeyes

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Traci from Beneath My Heart, is the real deal! We met her a couple of years ago when we were in Kentucky for a blogger event. She is kind, gracious, smart and the friend you want next door. In spite of being a mama to many boys, she keeps a beautiful home where creative projects always abound. She is an amazing source of inspiration for both your heart and your home. Please pull up a chair, grab a hot mug of something warm and welcome our guest!


Mom wrote about the story behind our “buckeye tradition” in an article she wrote in 1991 for her weekly food column for our local newspaper. Here is what she wrote…”

“On a cold, winter day before Christmas, when Traci (now 21) was seven years old, she came bursting in the house clutching a margarine tub in both hands. Through her happy smile she exclaimed, “Mom, look what Michelle’s mother gave us!” We opened it up and inside were buckeyes (candy). They were so cold and tasty that I asked Traci to go back to Michelle’s house and get the recipe. She did, and these buckeyes have become another family tradition in our family. All the children help make them. Last week, my 4 year old grandson, Cory, and my 5 year old granddaughter, Courtney, helped. (That was an experience – but we had a ball!)”

Well, now ya’ll know how old I am! :)

Yes…I have been making these buckeyes EVERY single year for 35 years!!! And I hope I can make them for 35 more!

My boys absolutely love making buckeyes. When I started making them the other night, they were smiling from ear to ear, and my son, Luke, said, “Aw, Mom….it really IS Christmas!”

So I am very excited to share this recipe with you!

It is so simple!

Here are the ingredients:

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1 cup of peanut butter

1 stick of butter (margarine works best)

1 box of confectioner’s sugar

Put the above ingredients in a large bowl.

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It works best to mix them together by hand. (My boys LOVE this part! And it was my favorite part when I was a kid too.)

Mix the ingredients together until they form a ball.

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Then roll the dough into small “buckeye-sized” balls and place on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.

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Place a toothpick in each ball and then place in the freezer for them to harden.

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Here is what you need to make the chocolate coating:

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1 12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/3 stick of paraffin wax (Gulf Wax)

Melt the bag of chocolate chips and paraffin wax together in the top of a double broiler. (If you don’t have a double-boiler, use a smaller pan in a larger pan that’s half-way filled with water. That’s what I do.)

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Mix together well.

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Take the peanut butter balls out of the freezer and dip in chocolate mixture.

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Be sure to leave the top open to resemble a buckeye.

Place the dipped “buckeye” back on the cookie tray.

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Remove the toothpicks…

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Let them sit for a few minutes so the peanut butter will soften, then use your fingers to close the (toothpick) hole.

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And like magic, they look like buckeyes!

And boy are they delicious!!!!!

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My friends and family are always asking me to make these. And believe me…they won’t last long!

But if you have a few left over, store them in the refrigerator. I think they are best when they are cold.

Merry Christmas!

 

You can print or save the recipe below:

Christmas Buckeyes
 
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Recipe type: Cookie, Candy
Serves: 24
Ingredients
Buckeyes:
  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 stick of butter (margarine works best)
  • 1 box of confectioner’s sugar
Chocolate Coating:
  • 1 12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ⅓ stick of paraffin wax (Gulf Wax)
Instructions
Buckeyes
  1. Put the above ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. It works best to mix them together by hand.
  3. Mix the ingredients together until they form a ball.
  4. Then roll the dough into small “buckeye-sized” balls and place on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.
  5. Place a toothpick in each ball and then place in the freezer for them to harden.
Chocolate Coating
  1. Melt the bag of chocolate chips and paraffin wax together in the top of a double broiler. (If you don’t have a double-boiler, use a smaller pan in a larger pan that’s half-way filled with water. That’s what I do.)
  2. Mix together well.
How to Dip the Buckeyes:
  1. Take the peanut butter balls out of the freezer and dip in chocolate mixture.
  2. Be sure to leave the top open to resemble a buckeye.
  3. Place the dipped “buckeye” back on the cookie tray.
  4. Remove the toothpicks…
  5. Let them sit for a few minutes so the peanut butter will soften, then use your fingers to close the (toothpick) hole.
  6. And like magic, they look like buckeyes!
  7. And boy are they delicious!!!!!
  8. Store them in the refrigerator. I think they are best when they are cold.

 


 

IMG_97532Hi! I’m Traci!

I am a girl living in a house full of boys. The Lord has blessed my husband and I with four wonderful sons, and we spend our days as a family DIY’ing our home. We are currently renovating and adding “old house” charm and character to our 1970’s ranch. I share the process on my blog, Beneath My Heart, along with crafts, recipes, and everything else that makes me smile. I would love for you to come and see me sometime!


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  1. Hi Chris-Ann & Kristen. I just came over from Traci’s (who I love) and now I’m a new subscriber to your awesome blog. Thanks for sharing all the great recipes.

    Merry Christmas… Tracy@CottonPickinCute

  2. Oh man – buckeyes. Those look beyond delicious!!

  3. We love Buckeyes every year. I am from Ohio so you know I love buckeyes.

  4. My mom has been making a variation of these for over thirty years, too. I now make them every year for Christmas and my niece started making them this year. It is a tradition that is being passed down and I hope it continues for many years. The only thing different about our recipe is that we add graham cracker crumbs to the peanut butter mixture. This year I tried something a little different and patted out the pb mixture onto a cookie sheet and used mini cookie cutters to cut out Christmas shapes. I then refroze them and dipped them. One more step, but definitely worth it.

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