Peanut Butter Buckeye Candies

A friend of mine had some delicious peanut butter candies made by a friend of hers and didn't know what they were called or what the recipe was so I went on a mission to figure out what they were and how to make them.

I knew what they looked like and tasted that is about it. So a few weeks after we ate them all and after looking on the internet and asking her friend for information on the candies  I was at the gas station (of all places) and they had the exact same candies....Peanut Butter Buckeyes!!!

 1-1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
1/2 c. butter (softened)
1 tsp. Vanilla
4 c. powdered sugar

8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1-2 Tblsp. Shortening

In a medium bowl, mix peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and confectioners' sugar with hands to form a smooth stiff dough. Shape into balls using 2 teaspoons of dough for each ball. Place on pan covered in wax paper, and refrigerate.

Melt shortening and chocolate together in a metal bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water (or in the microwave on 30-60 second bursts)Stir occasionally until smooth, and remove from heat.

Remove balls from refrigerator. Insert a wooden toothpick, and dip into melted chocolate (do not dip all the way, leave the top of the candy exposed). Return to wax paper, chocolate side down, and remove toothpick. Repeat with remaining balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set. 


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