Buckeye Balls: aka Peanut Butter and Chocolate Treats

by Laura on November 25, 2012

in Candy/Confections

As a native Ohioan, I can declare, “I’ve from the buckeye state.” Usually, I get blank stares when I say that, followed up with, “What the heck is a buckeye?”

It doesn’t really matter, but in short, the buckeye is a nut from a deciduous tree (of the same name) from the Horse chestnut family. That’s all you need to know.

Now, on to more important things . . . the buckeye treat.

Anyone who hails from Ohio, knows what I mean. Buckeye Balls are little chocolate and peanut butter balls that are addictive homemade versions of peanut butter cups.

They’re easy to make, and even easier to plop in your mouth.

Just be warned: They’re addictive.

  • 1 stick butter (softened)
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3⁄4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 lb powdered (confectioners) sugar
  • 12 oz. package of semi-sweat chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp. butter, margarine, or vegetable shortening (vegetable shortening is preferable)

Combine butter, vanilla, and peanut butter in mixing bowl. Continue mixing as you slowly add in the sugar. (amount may vary  – more or less – until the mixture can be easily formed into balls without being sticky.)

Form 1” to 2” balls with the dough and place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Chill the peanut butter balls for at least 2 hours.

After balls have chilled, combine the shortening and semi-sheet chips into a double boiler.

Using a toothpick (or small skewer) pick up the peanut butter balls and dip them in the chocolate. Leave a portion of the balls un-submerged because the candy should resemble the buckeye nut (refer to pictures)

Place onto a greased cookie sheet, and chill until chocolate coating has hardened.

Source: a tattered recipe dug up from who-knows-where, inspired by a college friend from Columbus, home of the Ohio State Buckeyes.


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