Ohio - Buckeyes

O-H-I-O = Buckeyes!  Real Buckeyes are the tree nut produced by the Buckeye tree native to the state of Ohio...

But some genius in Ohio (I'm assuming) created a confectionary look alike Buckeye made of peanut butter centers dipped in chocolate!  

What better sweet to represent the Buckeye State than Buckeye's!  Chocolate/Peanut Butter fans, this one's for you!  

1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups powdered sugar, or as needed
1 (12 ounce) package semi sweet chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons shortening


  • combine peanut butter, butter, vanilla and salt in large bowl
  • beat with an electric mixer on low until blended
  • add 2 cups powdered sugar, beating until blended
  • beat in additional powdered sugar until mixture, when shaped into a ball, will stay on a toothpick
  • shape into 1-inch balls
  • refrigerate to firm up
  • place chocolate chips and shortening in microwave-safe bowl.  microwave on Medium for 30 seconds.  stir.  repeat until mixture is smooth.  reheat as needed while coating peanut butter balls.
  • insert toothpick in peanut butter ball.  dip 3/4 of ball into chocolate, leaving top uncovered to resemble a buckeye.  remove excess chocolate.  place on wax paper-lined tray.  remove toothpick and smooth over holes
  • refrigerate until firm 
tip:  i used a small ice cream scoop to scoop out the peanut butter mixture and then rolled it into balls.  i placed them on a wax paper lined sheet tray, put a toothpick in each ball and then placed them in the freezer for 20 minutes.  this made dipping a much faster process.  

This recipe made about 56 Buckeye's and I think they are best enjoyed straight from the fridge.  This is a great treat for the kids to help out with and you can't beat chocolate & peanut butter!  


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