Makes about 6 dozen
1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 – 4 cups confectioners sugar
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoon vegetable shortening
1. Mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt until well combined and smooth. Add 2 cups confectioners sugar until well incorporated. Add another 1 – 2 cups confectioners sugar just until the mixture rolls easily into balls and stays on a toothpick. (I used 3 cups in the batch I made.)
2. Roll into balls that are about 1 inch in diameter. Place on waxed paper on cookie sheets and refrigerate for about 2 hours.
3. Melt the chocolate chips and shortening in microwave, stirring every minute, until completely melted and smooth. (My chocolate melted in 2 minutes, but all microwaves vary.)
4. Pick up each ball with a toothpick and dip into chocolate to cover 3/4 of the surface. Place Buckeyes on waxed paper covered cookie sheet and refrigerate until firm. Keep refrigerated. Will keep a week in an airtight container.