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!
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!