Christmas is just around the corner. Are you all excited and ready? Are you currently looking up gift ideas and yummy recipes to share with friends and family? Well, let me help you get started with one of my favorite recipes that I make every single year, and a variation of this yummy recipe– Buckeyes!. You’ll love them both, I promise!
Every year since I can remember, my family has made these buckeyes. They are a simple recipe that is perfect to share with those who you love! Since I grew up in Ohio, everyone around me knew and made these as well. When I moved to a different state in college, my friends and my husband’s family had no idea what they were! So, I always made it a point to make them and gift them out. Ever since I’ve lived here in Oklahoma, I get a request for them every year. I have them hooked!
Buckeye Candy Recipe
For this simple recipe, you’ll need 2 sticks (1 lb) softened butter, 1.5 cups creamy peanut butter, 2 tsps of vanilla and 6 cups of powdered sugar.
Cream all ingredients together in a stand mixer and roll them into balls, about 2 inches thick. Stick them in the freezer and allow them to harden completely before you go on with the next step!
Empty a bag of chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark, your preference) into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave in 15 second incriments, stirring until all the chips are melted and the chocolate is smooth.
Dip the frozen balls into the melted chocolate and coat all the way around, leaving the top chocolate-free. Scoop with a spoon and place on a piece of parchment paper until the chocolate hardens.
This buckeye bark is a variation of my beloved favorite Christmas recipe! To create this recipe, all you need to do is spread the melted chocolate in a layer on a piece of parchment paper, spread a thick layer of buckeye dough over the chocolate, then coat the top of it with another layer of chocolate. Place in the refrigerator or freezer to harden. Once that’s complete, just chop it into chunks with a knife and place in a container, ready to give out!
Speaking of containers, I really love these Rubbermaid TakeAlongs. They are the perfect sizes for both the bark and a dozen of my delicious buckeyes.
I got them both at Walmart, where you will find a large assortment of all different shapes and sizes. I picked up the holiday colors, as they are perfect for my gift-giving! Tomorrow, Ibotta will be offering a rebate for $1 off 2 Rubbermaid products. Savings for the holidays? Score!
To add a little more cheer to gift giving, add a ribbon or write a little message with paper on the container and attach it with some festive washi tape.
This will make a great teacher’s gift, or would be great for a gift exchange or party! Super easy, and super cute!
- For bark and buckeye balls:
- 2 sticks (1 lb) softened butter
- 1.5 cups creamy peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 1 package semi-sweet or dark chocolate morsels
- For the Buckeye Balls & Bark:
- Combine and cream all ingredients in a stand mixer until it becomes a cookie dough consistency. Be sure to scrape the sides to get everything blended well.
- For the Buckeye Balls:
- Once "dough" is made, roll into 2 inch balls.
- Stick into the freezer and allow to harden completely.
- Once frozen, melt whole bag of morsels in a microwave-safe bowl for one minute.
- Stir and if chips are still present, microwave in 15 second increments until the chocolate is smooth and melted.
- Dip frozen buckeye balls into melted chocolate and coat everything but the top of the ball.
- Set on a piece of parchment paper and allow chocolate to harden.
- For Buckeye Bark:
- Melt chocolate morsels in microwave as explained above.
- Spread half of the chocolate onto a piece of parchment paper, about ¼ inch thick.
- Layer Buckeye "dough" directly on top of chocolate in a 1 to 1.5 inch layer.
- Spread the remaining melted chocolate on top of the dough and spread evenly, coating the entire surface.
- Chill in the refrigerator or freeze and chop into big chunks using a sharp knife.
What are your plans for spreading holiday cheer this year? I’d love to know your plans- tell me in the comments below!