As a kid, one of the highlights of the Christmas season for me, was the much-anticipated yearly platter of cookies that she’d bake up. It was always a different assortment of various heavenly treats. But I think I was about 5 when I started praying that each year’s platter would contain her famous buckeyes. Even then, I think I knew this probably bordered on heresy. But cookies are cookies.
I’ll never be so brash as to claim any buckeye of mine could withstand a showdown with those mythic orbs from my youth. But these are awfully darn good. And of course, they’re paleo. So they’re peanut-free, grain-free, and sweetened with honey. And they’re still darn good.
There’s a lot of variation in size, when it comes to buckeyes. I’ve seen people make these things golf-ball sized or larger. But personally, I like to err on the petite side. I think it maximizes the perfect ratio of dark chocolate to buttery goodness.
Speaking of butter, I call for cashew butter in the recipe, because I think it’s pretty hard to beat for taste and texture. Unless (oh, baby!) you feel like splurging on some good raw macadamia nut butter. Now there’s a sumptuous holiday treat! But if cashew’s not your thing, and macadamia is too pricey, then good old almond butter works absolutely fine.