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Buckeyes (the Candies/Cookies not the Nuts) for Totally Tasty Tuesdays

Nuts from the Ohio Buckeye Tree

Nuts from an Ohio Buckeye Tree

If you like chocolate and you like peanut butter, then you will probably love these candies/cookies I grew up with called buckeyes. (I don’t think there’s a consensus on which they qualify as, so it’s up to you what to call them. I’m going to go with candies for this post.) While buckeye candies look like the poisonous nuts they’re named after, that’s the end of the resemblance.

Ohioans tend to make buckeye candies during football season (especially for the Ohio State Buckeyes vs Michigan Wolverines football game) and during the holidays, but you can make them any time. I made them for a “foods from back home” potluck at work, and they were a hit.

The following steps for making buckeyes are based on my mom’s recipe but describes the way I made them. I stopped at fifty buckeyes, but I could have made a few more.

To make buckeyes you’ll need:

* 1 cup of REAL butter (not that margarine crap) at room temperature (so it’s soft, but not melted)

* A 16 oz jar (or 2 cups) of smooth or creamy peanut butter (I used JIF creamy peanut butter.)

* 4 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

* 1 12oz package of chocolate chips

* 1/4 of a bar of paraffin wax (Try looking in the baking isle or near the JellO. If you can’t find it, look for the kind of chocolate candy melts in wafer form that are used in candy making. You can use those instead of chocolate chips and paraffin wax. I used Gulf Wax.)

* Two pots (one a little bigger than the other) or one pot and a metal bowl that fits over it

* A fondue fork or skewer

* Wax paper

* A cookie sheet

* An electric stand mixer  (I use a KitchenAid one.)

Part One

Mix (cream) the butter, peanut butter, and powdered sugar with an electric stand mixer. Roll the mixture into teaspoon-size balls and put them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I used a plastic teaspoon, then switched to a coffee scoop that’s about the right size. I found that easier to use. My husband came to help toward the end. When you’ve made as many as you want, put the balls in the fridge for 30-40 minutes until they’re firm.

I forgot to take a picture of the mixture before I started making the balls. This is what was left after I made enough to fill my cookie sheet.

Part Two

After your peanut butter balls are firm, put water into a pot and put it on the stovetop. I used medium-high heat, but I don’t know that it matters. My mom said to use another pot that would fit on top of the first one, but I didn’t have one. I did have a metal mixing bowl, and that worked perfectly. Whichever you have, put the chocolate and wax in it and put it on top of the pan with the water in it.

Melted chocolate in a metal mixing bowl on top of a metal pot

Part Three

Once your chocolate is melted, get your peanut butter balls out of the fridge. Put a ball onto the skewer or fondue fork and dip (but don’t totally submerge) the ball into the chocolate until there is a little bit of the peanut butter showing. Roll it a bit so the extra chocolate drips off. Then put the ball back onto the wax paper. Repeat until you have completed them all or get tired of dipping. Stick your buckeyes in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Part Four

When you’re ready to serve your buckeyes, take them out and put them on a plate or container lined with wax paper. You can store leftovers in the fridge if you want, but they also keep out of the fridge for awhile if you keep them in a sealed container. My mom sent me some at Christmas from Ohio to Germany, and they were still good when they got here. Enjoy!

Finished buckeyes

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6 Thoughts on “Buckeyes (the Candies/Cookies not the Nuts) for Totally Tasty Tuesdays

  1. Funny thing is that I have never even seen them in Ohio. I guess I am doing something wrong!

    • Wow. I don’t know if there are parts of Ohio that don’t really have them, but I imagine they’d be all over. They’re named after the buckeyes off the Ohio buckeye tree (which is the state tree). You might see them sold with the baked goods at Christmas. I always had them because my mom made them. I never really got into sports, but the OSU vs Michigan game is huge and people tend to make them for that as well (and any other OSU games I would guess).

  2. These look super yummy and also super-unhealthy! I will just have to try them out during the upcoming holidays! ^ ^

    • These are the things I was telling you about when you posted about the rice crispy treats. I’m glad you found them. I meant to post them much sooner but the blog linkup I was going to post them for didn’t hook up that week for some reason. The times it came back since I already had posts planned, and I haven’t seen it lately so I think it may have stopped. I found a new one though so I figured with football season in swing and the holidays coming up it would be good timing 🙂 They are super yummy…I’m not sure *exactly* how unhealthy they are and I tend to eat several in one sitting so they’re probably even less so for me lol, but yeah given the ingredients they certainly aren’t health food. But they’re so good 🙂

  3. Nancy Barnes on December 11, 2013 at 4:12 am said:

    Hi. I clicked to add a link to your buckeye recipe post to my blog post today as my recipe is for a “mini batch” and readers may prefer a normal size recipe. Yours look yummy, too!

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