Gluten free Buckeyes, have a smooth peanut butter center and a fun chocolate shell. Make this simple buckeye recipe for Christmas.
Oh, chocolate and peanut butter, how good you are.
If you’ve followed my baking adventures here at Laura’s Gluten Free Kitchen for even a short time, you probably are quite familiar with my love of all things chocolate and peanut butter.
One of my favorite holiday treats which include chocolate and peanut butter are homemade peanut butter balls and their close relatives, buckeyes. They’re like a delicious homemade version of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
Buckeyes are among the easiest candies out there. They call for only a handful of ingredients, require no oven, stovetop, or candy thermometer, and request a modest 15 minutes of chilling before you can coat the creamy peanut butter balls in chocolate.
I could talk forever about chocolate and peanut butter, but I think I’ll just let the recipe speak for itself. It’s that good!
- 1½ cups peanut butter
- 1 cup butter, softened
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 6 cups confectioners sugar (also known as icing sugar)
- 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips or chocolate candy coating
- Line a large tray or baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the confectioners sugar, peanut butter,vanilla extract and butter, stirring until well blended.
- Roll the peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls, and place the balls on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Press a toothpick into the top of each ball (to be used later as the handle for dipping) and chill in freezer until firm, about 15 minutes.
- Melt chocolate chips in microwave (about 1 minute).
- Using the toothpick as a handle, dip each peanut butter ball in chocolate.
- Leave a small portion of peanut butter showing at the top to make them look like Buckeyes.
- Place chocolate covered peanut butter balls on wax paper and remove the toothpick.
- Once the peanut butter has softened, you can use a finger to smooth over the hole from the toothpick.
- Refrigerate, until chocolate is set. Store in refrigerator until eating or gifting.