My swim team hosted a championship swim meet all day today, so we wanted to have a concession stand to earn a little money for the banquet. I told our booster club I'd make these buckeyes. I'd been wanting to try them since my mother-in-law gave me the recipe. I had originally planned on making a double batch of these for the wedding for our sweets table. Luckily I didn't have enough time and we bought sponge candy instead! These took a little while and they were slightly frustrating because a few of them cracked as I pushed the toothpick into the ball before dipping them into chocolate. They were delicious though! There were a few bags of them left after the meet so I broght them to bowling tonight to give them to my parents. They shared and everybody that tried one absolutely loved them! I will warn you though, these are pretty rich. After eating just one, its almost too sweet/rich to eat another!
1 1/2 cups Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Margarine or Butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 pound Confectionary Sugar
12 ounces Chocolate Chips
3 tablespoons Crisco Shortening (I used the stick kind)
Line a baking sheet with wax paper. In a large bowl (I used my KitchenAid mixer), mix peanut butter, vanilla, margarine, and sugar. Use your hands to smooth. Shape the mixture into little balls and place them on the wax paper pan. Refridgerate the balls for at least a half hour.
Melt the chocolate chips and shortening in a double boiler (I used a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water). Use toothpicks to dip the balls into the chocolate. Refridgerate to harden the chocolate.
This recipe is supposed to make approximately 100 balls, but I only got about 50 in mine. Also, the chocolate mixture was not enough to cover all of the peanut butter balls.