Recipe courtesy of Treva Chadwell

Buckeyes

Ohio is known as the Buckeye state: It is the state tree, the name of Ohio State University's sports teams, a nickname for local residents and the name of the peanut butter and chocolate balls crafted to look like the nuts that fall from the same-named tree. The widespread confection is a simple, no-bake treat - peanut butter and sugar balls are frozen, dipped in melted chocolate, and then refrozen. (And, as any chocolate-peanut-butter fiend will tell you, they taste better than any store-bought candy.)
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 5 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 50 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 3 dozen buckeyes
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Ingredients

2 1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

1 cup smooth peanut butter

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

12 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1 1/2 teaspoons shortening

Directions

  1. Beat the confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, melted butter, vanilla and salt with an electric mixer until well combined. Form into 1-inch balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm, about 20 minutes. 
  2. Put the chopped chocolate and shortening in a medium, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until the mixture is completely melted and smooth. 
  3. Stick a toothpick or skewer into the top center of each peanut butter ball. Dip the balls into the melted chocolate, leaving a circle of peanut butter still visible. Allow the excess chocolate to drip off and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. 
  4. Freeze the buckeyes until firm, about 30 minutes. Smooth out the hole left by the toothpick with an offset spatula. Serve at room temperature or well chilled.