Easter is right around the corner. Normally I do something fun like my Easter Bunny Truffles, but this year we are moving across the country and a lot of my kitchen supplies are still packed. I decided a homemade treat will still be nice. I looked through cookbooks for something I could make that would be quick and still have that special little touch of awesome. My husband suggested these peanut butter buckeyes and I was baffled. What on earth is a buckeye?? Apparently it’s a Reese’s cup turned truffle. It has just a few basic ingredients and tastes amazing! I’m sure you could even shape them like a little egg if you wanted to get super creative, but to save time I rolled them into little balls and dipped half in chocolate. Simple and a sweet way to celebrate the holiday!
The base ingredients are peanut butter and powdered sugar. Simple pantry staples that I’m sure most of you have around your kitchen. Whip them together with a little vanilla and you’ve got the creamy peanut butter center.
I grabbed a tiny kitchen scoop to help things stay uniformed and rolled each dough mound into a smooth ball. They are a little soft so a quick trip to the refrigerator is required. It also helps to have them chilled before the next step. The chocolate will set up a little quicker which means you can enjoy them a little sooner!
I also cheated and didn’t use real chocolate. For some reason the last little bit I had seized up during the melting process (probably heated it a little too quickly), so I turned to my old standby… Almond bark. I think it tastes the same as chocolate chips, but it’s a little easier to manage. Especially when you are dipping a big batch like these. Make sure you use a larger deep dish to melt the chocolate coating. You don’t want to get to the bottom of the dish and have a messy dipping situation.
They might not seem like much, but Easter is one of our more relaxed holiday. We like to do a little something special but just don’t have it in us to bust out all of the stops and get uber creative like some of my other blogger friends. I‘ll tell ya’… Some of those gals have such creative minds. I wish I had the talent that they do when it comes to creating fun holiday traditions! How do you celebrate? Does the Easter bunny stop by or do your little ones just get a special treat?
Peanut Butter Buckeyes
- 2 cups cups creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup butter
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- chocolate almond bark
Cream the peanut butter, butter, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add powdered sugar and stir until combined.
Form into 1 inch balls and place into the refrigerator until chilled.
Melt the almond bark and dip each ball. Allow to set and enjoy!