This last weekend, I had plans to go with a good friend to see the Hunger Games. We were super excited for it, and we had an idea that we shouldn't go to the Hunger Games, well, hungry. Soooo we were bad. She had plans to make puppy chow, but they fell through (completely within reason). I was going to make my usual oreo truffles, but a little voice in my head said "HOLD IT! ...What about those Buckeye things you've seen on Pinterest?"
What ABOUT those Buckeye things? I had all the ingredients already. Why not slap some together? How bad can it be?
Luckily, aside from a mess with some powdered sugar (me + powdered food = sugary mushroom cloud), the answer is Not Bad At All. Well, more like "oh my god I have discovered the secret to Reeses." Because Oh. My god. I have discovered the secret to Reeses, and the secret is in buckeye candy. I cut the recipe I used in half, because it said it would make 72 candies, and the LAST thing I needed was 72 chocolate covered peanut butter balls!! But the half recipe only made 20, so maybe I didn't need to worry so much...
Recipe modified from VeryBestBaking.com
1 cup creamy peanut butter
~2 cups powdered sugar (the original recipe called for 3 3/4 cup, so half of that is 1 and 7/8 cup)
2 Tbsp butter, softened
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1. Using a mixer, beat the peanut butter and butter together until smooth and combined.
2. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla, mix until completely combined. The mix may be crumbly.
3. Take a tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball. It may need some kneading to form into a solid ball, but a little work will make it come together. Place the ball on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
4. Freeze for one hour.
5. In a microwave safe bowl, melt down the chocolate chips. Heat them 30 seconds at a time until the start to get melty, then every 10 seconds once they begin to melt, stirring after each time.
6. Once melted, take the frozen peanut butter balls and, using a toothpick or fork, dip them in the chocolate, leaving the top uncoated. Replace on the parchment once dipped.
7. Pop them in the fridge to firm up, and try your best not to dive headfirst into the baking sheet.
8. Try not to eat them all at once! But now is the time to enjoy!
We snuck our treats into the completely full theater, and after being in a ziplock baggie in my purse for an hour or so, they were a bit, um, not quite round. A few of them had molded into one giant buckeye. But they were still delicious, if a little messy. The random people sitting next to us I offered to share with agreed.