My little guy and I are in kitchen today making Peanut Butter and Nutella Buckeyes. To be honest, we are running a little behind in our holiday baking so I wanted to whip up a quick and simple Christmas cookie that he could help me with and would make a large batch. We are huge peanut butter and chocolate fans so it was obvious that we were going to make Buckeyes but I wanted them to be a little different. So instead of just regular tried and true Buckeyes I decided to make Peanut Butter and Nutella Buckeyes with my little guy. I loved the idea of incorporating a little Nutella into the recipe to give it a deeper, richer flavor.
If you have never made Buckeyes before, you have to put them on your cookie making list. Real buckeyes are nuts that grow on trees but these are essentially peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate. They are quick and easy and a great way to get the kids cooking in the kitchen.
Here’s a few shots of my little guy mixing up the Peanut Butter and Nutella Buckeyes. He pretty much did the entire recipe on his own and loved every minute of it. Look at his little face! He is such a great helper in the kitchen – although sometimes he can be a little intense. He takes his cookie making (and everything else for that matter) quite seriously.
This recipe calls for a lot of confectioner’s sugar and a lot of chocolate chips so make sure you have enough of both on hand before you get started and don’t have to send your husband or significant other to the grocery store (like I did).
- 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
- 1/3 cup nutella
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 cups confectioners' sugar
- 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- Assorted sprinkles (optional for an extra special holiday look)
- In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, nutella, butter, vanilla and confectioners' sugar. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.
- Press a toothpick into the top of each ball (to be used later as the handle for dipping) and chill in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
- Melt chocolate chips in the microwave. Stir frequently until smooth every 3 minutes or so until ready.
- Dip frozen peanut butter and nutella balls in melted chocolate holding onto the toothpick. Leave a small portion of peanut butter showing at the top. Decorate with spinkles for a holiday flair or leave plain. Put back on the cookie sheet and refrigerate until serving.
- Tip: Want to soften your butter quickly? Put the stick of butter (still wrapped) in your back pocket (don't sit on it), the heat from your body will help soften the butter.
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You can present the Buckeyes on a tray placed in small, colorful liners or you can adorn with holiday flags, like I did, or just leave them plain.
Have you started your holiday baking yet? If you are looking for a last-minute quick and simple recipe, give these Peanut Butter and Nutella Buckeyes a try.