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.)
Recipe courtesy of Treva Chadwell
Buckeyes
Total:
1 hr 5 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
50 min
Cook:
5 min
Yield:
3 dozen buckeyes
Level:
Easy
Total:
1 hr 5 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
50 min
Cook:
5 min
Yield:
3 dozen buckeyes
Level:
Easy

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

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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