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. You know Reese’s peanut butter cups and how you always wish there was more peanut butter? Well, these are what you need. Check out that peanut butter to chocolate ratio:
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.