Peanut Butter Buckeyes**
“These are my son-in-law’s favorite and I promise him a batch all to himself every Christmas. A buckeye is a small, shiny, dark brown nut with a light tan patch. They come from a buckeye tree. They also resemble the eye of a deer and are believed to bring one good luck. Enjoy!”
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the peanut butter, butter, and vanilla. Add the powdered sugar a little bit at a time until completely incorporated.
  3. Roll the peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls.
  4. Place on cookie sheet and insert a toothpick into the top of each ball.
  5. Chill in freezer until hard, approx. 30 minutes.
  6. Combine chocolate chips and shortening and cook in microwave until melted, watching closely and stirring frequently.
  7. Dip the balls into melted chocolate, using the toothpicks as “handles.” Leave a small circle exposed at the top of each ball.
  8. Place balls back onto the cookie sheet and refrigerate until the chocolate is set, approx. 2 hours.
  9. Remove the toothpicks and use your finger to smudge chocolate over the holes where the toothpicks were.
  10. Store buckeyes in an airtight container between layers of waxed paper for up to 1 month.
Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Angela Rucker, Edgerton, WI.

**December 2021 WECN Holiday Cookie Contest Winner