Each year for B’s birthday I make him a favorite treat, Buckeyes.
What are Buckeyes?
If you had asked me a few years ago, I would’ve just looked at you crazily. Buckeyes? I have no idea? I would’ve said.
Now, being an Ohioan for five years (can you believe that?) – of course I know what Buckeyes are! Not only do I know what they are – but I LOVE eating them and making them! Peanut butter? PLUS chocolate? How could they go wrong? So to all my East Coast and West Coast friends and family – Buckeyes are basically a glorified and homemade peanut butter cup that are made to look like the state tree of Ohio’s “fruit/nut” and are super delicious:
So each year, sometime around September 13 (B’s birthday) … or a month later if I’ve been busy … I cook (without the oven, of course) up some Buckeyes and B is a happy camper. And now, you too, can make some perfect Buckeyes – oven free – with this recipe:
Perfect Homemade Buckeyes
Here’s what you need:
For the amazing peanut butter filling:
- 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 tbs vanilla extract
- 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
For the chocolate outer coating:
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 2ish tablespoons of Crisco or shortening
Here’s what you do:
- Line a baking sheet with foil or waxed paper
- In a medium bowl, mix peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and confectioners’ sugar. Mix well (I use my KitchenAid) until it forms a stiff dough.
- Shape dough into balls, about one inch or 2 tsp wide.
- Place on prepared pan, and place peanut butter dough balls in refrigerator for 1 hour, or freezer for 30 minutes.
- Now it’s time to make the chocolate coating! Melt shortening and chocolate together in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave. Stir occasionally until smooth.
- Time to coat the Buckeyes! Remove peanut butter balls from freezer. Insert a toothpick into a ball, and dip into the melted chocolate chip/Crisco mixture. Return to wax paper or aluminum foil chocolate side down, and remove toothpick. Repeat with remaining balls.
- Refrigerate chocolate coated peanut butter balls (or Buckeyes!) for 30 min to 1 hour to set.