Homemade Buckeyes

My fiancé has been talking about this evening’s game all week, so I thought I’d finally make buckeyes for the first time. If you don’t know what buckeyes are, it’s a nut from a tree that’s dark brown with a light brown spot – it’s also Ohio State football team’s mascot and a peanut butter ball dipped in chocolate. Honestly, these are a lot easier to make than I imagined and taste delicious!

Each time we ate a buckeye during the game this evening, Ohio state won a touchdown. Guess these yummy little bites have a bit of luck in them 😉

Here’s some info about buckeyes if you’re intrigued to learn more: http://www.ohio-nature.com/buckeye-tree.html

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar (or powdered sugar for those of you like me that didn’t know what this was)
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

PREPARATION

STEP 1: In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and sugar.

Homemade Buckeyes

STEP 2: Kneed mixture with your hands so it looks like this:

Homemade Buckeyes

STEP 3: Prep a cookie sheet with a piece of waxed paper cut to size. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.

Homemade Buckeyes

STEP 4: Press toothpick into the top of each ball (for dipping in chocolate later) and chill in freezer until firm (about 30 minutes).

Homemade Buckeyes

STEP 5: Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir frequently until smooth.

Homemade Buckeyes

 

Homemade Buckeyes

STEP 6: Dip frozen peanut butter balls in chocolate holding onto the toothpick. Leave a small portion of peanut butter showing at the top to make them look like Buckeyes. Put back on the cookie sheet and refrigerate until serving.

Homemade Buckeyes

 

Here are the results of the game. I think I did good 🙂

Homemade Buckeyes

 

Homemade Buckeyes

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