This is my last of the family Christmas cookie recipes (I have two others ready to go), but it’s probably the most popular. Buckeyes were something we always looked forward to every year. This was Gram’s recipe (my mom’s mother) and she’s definitely someone I got the baking gene from.
She was known for testing new recipes, and had perfected several in our family that our now legendary (I’ve never had potato salad like hers). I think that’s what I love about cooking though. Even though people aren’t with us anymore, you are still reminded of them through their recipes.
I have so many happy memories of my grandmother, especially spending time with her in her kitchen around the holidays. She didn’t have the best upbringing (growing up in the Depression was certainly difficult for many), but she always had an upbeat and patient way about her when it came to her grandkids. One of my favorite memories with her was spending a sick day at her house and watching Audrey Hepburn movies. She let me watch “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” when I was 10 or 11 – long before I understood what it really was about.
I had such a strong reminder of her this week when I tried someone else’s Buckeye recipe and it just failed miserably. The filling was dry and just crumbling into the chocolate and it was a big old mess. I literally put the spoon down and walked out of the kitchen for several hours. I was annoyed and grumpy, watching some TV and avoiding the dishes in the kitchen when I thought about what Gram would’ve said. Even though that batch of Buckeyes were terrible, she would’ve told me they were delicious and better than hers (which really wasn’t true), but that’s who she was.
It’s just great to be reminded of the people we miss through something like food. So these Buckeyes are just awesome. The peanut butter filling is super smooth while the chocolate really brings the whole thing together.
Also, a huge shout out to my sister, Colleen. The Buckeyes I tried, sucked, so the ones pictured above were from her freezer (and they’re delicious!).
Christen in the Kitchen’s 12 Days of Christmas Cookies
Day 2: Press Cookies
Day 3: Peanut Blossoms
Day 4: Ultimate Ginger Cookies
Day 5: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
- 2 cups peanut butter
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 6 cups confectioner's sugar
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 block paraffin wax (You can find this in the canning section of the grocery store)
- Mix the filling ingredients and roll into balls (like 1 tablespoon scoop each). Chill for 2 hours or more.
- Melt the chocolate chips over a double boiler and half the block of paraffin wax. You can melt the wax in a clean can sitting in a pan of hot water and then add to the chocolate chips too.
- Dip the peanut butter balls in the chocolate and chill.