Buckeyes for the Kids Table

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Author Notes: This is more of a Christmas candy then cookie, but they are fun to make. Who doesn't love anything that tastes like a peanut butter cup! My brother and I used to make these for our church holiday parties. They were always a hit at the kids table!Kelsey Banfield

Serves 3 dozen (about)

  • 3 tablespoons good quality vanilla
  • 3 pounds powdered sugar
  • 1 pound butter, unsalted
  • 2 pounds crunchy peanut butter (smooth is OK, too, but I prefer crunchy in this recipe)
  • 24 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 bar of paraffin wax
  1. Mix together the vanilla, powdered sugar, butter and crunchy peanut butter. Roll into 1" balls with the palms for your hands. Place on a tray or platter and allow them to cool in the fridge.
  2. In a double boiler, or glass bowl set over a pot of simmering water, melt together chocolate chips and wax. Working quickly, dip peanut butter balls into the chocolate with a toothpick until the peanut butter is totally coated. Place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and place them in the fridge to chill. Once they have chilled and the chocolate is set they are ready to eat.

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over 5 years ago Maria Teresa Jorge

Hi Kelsey, I am a bit lost here. Do you use wax like candle wax or is it some special edible wax? Never heard of the technique, will go searching the internet to understand.


over 5 years ago mariaraynal

Save some for the adults, please!

And, fascinating on the wax.


over 5 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

I've never heard of wax in chocolate -- do you know where this technique comes from? And what effect does it have on the chocolate?


over 5 years ago Kelsey Banfield

From what I know, this is an older candy-making technique. Wax is often found in older recipes as well as a few newer ones, I've also added wax when making peanut butter balls, and have read about it in recipes called for dipping fruit or pretzels in chocolate. The wax helps the chocolate liquify well, dry much harder and gives the candy a nice sheen. I don't think it affects the taste that much - it really does taste like a peanut butter cup. However, this is not the kind of peanut butter cup found at Maison du Chocolat because it is only melted chocolate chips, not high quality chocolate. It is an interesting technique for sure, I still do it because I like the shell to be extra hard on these and it makes the melted chocolate chips so nice and glossy. If you look up older candy recipes that calls for dipping things in chocolate I think you might find this technique in there. Also, sometimes I've seen people serve Buckeyes on a stick so they are like lollipops for kids.


over 5 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Really interesting -- thank you for explaining.