Since I grew up in Ohio, I am familiar with the buckeye tree and the Ohio State Buckeyes. So this treat was always popular in my home state. It’s called Buckeyes because they resemble the actual buckeye nut that grows on the trees. My neighbor had one of these trees in her front yard and we use to collect them when they fell. My mom and I started a tradition were would make this buckeye dessert and take them over to her. Our neighbor loved receiving them and enjoyed sharing them with her guest. To make it look like the nut, its made with peanut butter and chocolate, my two favorite ingredients. This recipe will make 30 buckeye treats and it’s also gluten free. Happy Eating!
- 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter
- 1 cup of butter
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 6 cups of confectioners’ sugar
- 4 cups of semisweet chocolate chips
- Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, place your peanut butter, butter, vanilla extract and confectioners’ sugar. Mix well until smooth and creamy.
- The roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on prepared cookie sheet. (You may want to put some flour on your hands so the dough doesn’t stick to you. It could be a sticky mess if you don’t use flour.)
- Place a toothpick into the top of each ball. (This will be your handle a little later on.)
- Place cookie sheet in freezer for 1/2 an hour. (The colder the better for the chocolate to stick nicely.)
- On your stove top, melt your semisweet chocolate chips.
- Remove cookie sheet from freezer.
- Holding the handle you created with the toothpick, dip peanut butter balls into the melted chocolate. (If you want them to resemble an actual buckeye nut, make sure to leave a small section of the peanut butter uncovered or you can dip the entire ball if you don’t want them to remember the buckeye nut, whichever your prefer.)
- Place chocolate dipped ball back onto the cookie sheet and refrigerate until chocolate hardens.
- Remove toothpicks from balls and enjoy!!
I hope you enjoy making this recipe like I do. Hopefully you have someone special to share it with as well!