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Buckeye Candy

Delicious little no bake peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate.
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 48 candies
Author: Tricia

Ingredients

  • 4 saltine crackers, finely crushed - no chunks
  • 1 ½ cups peanut butter (I used Jiff - do not use natural PB)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the crushed crackers, peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. Blend on medium until combined. The mixture may appear dry, but keep beating until it forms a soft, but cohesive, dough.
  • Using a small cookie scoop, roll dough into 1 1/4-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheet. Freeze until the dough balls are firm, about 1 hour.
  • Microwave 1 cup of the semisweet chocolate chips in a bowl on 50% power, stirring halfway through, until melted, about 1 ½ to 2 minutes.
  • Using a toothpick, dip chilled balls into the melted chocolate, leaving the top third of the balls uncovered. Return the Buckeyes to the lined baking sheet and refrigerate until the chocolate is set, about 1 hour.

Notes

NOTES: Buckeyes can be refrigerated for up to 1 week. They can also be frozen for up to 1 month and are perfectly edible straight from the freezer! Just saying :)
I find it best to place the bowl of melted chips inside another similar sized, but larger bowl half filled with hot water. Because we’re dipping cold, frozen balls of dough, the chocolate cools quickly and it’s much harder to coat the balls. Keeping the chocolate warm makes the process go a lot quicker.
Take care not to over microwave the chocolate as it can seize up and harden. 
Once all the balls are dipped, the frozen peanut butter balls will have softened enough to close the toothpick hole easily.