Peanut Butter Buckeyes – An Ohio Favorite

Peanut butter buckeyes are the perfect combination of sweet peanut butter and rich dark chocolate. They are the perfect holiday candy.

The Ohio Buckeye is the official tree of the state of Ohio.  Ohio State University’s mascot is Brutus the Buckeye.  Ohio’s favorite candy is of course the Buckeye!

If you have never had a buckeye before you are in for a HUGE treat.  I have grown up eating these beauties every Christmas since I can remember. In fact, we only ate them at Christmas.  I’m not sure why that is considering they are only peanut butter and chocolate….nothing overly festive about that.  However, I personally do not think they would taste right if I ate them at any other time of the year.  Anyone else feel this way about a specific food? Is it just me?

When you make the peanut butter filling it’s important to get the right texture.  You will know the filling is ready when you go to roll it into balls it sticks together without being to soft.  If it’s to soft it will fall off the toothpick when you attempt to dip it in the chocolate. Buckeyes also freeze beautifully. I usually make them two weeks before Christmas and just store them in the freezer until I’m ready to plate them.  Let them reach room temperature before devouring.

Oh one quick note. They do not have be rolled into perfect balls. I think it’s fun to have them all a little misshaped. Sorta like a real buckeye.  I also feel as though the toothpick hole is part of the candy.  Some people like to smooth out the hole but I like to think of it as part of the character of the candy 🙂

Peanut Butter Buckeyes

Peanut butter buckeyes are the perfect combination of sweet peanut butter and rich dark chocolate. They are the perfect holiday candy.

Yield: 2-4 dozen depending on ball size

Prep Time: 60 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter
  • 18 ounces creamy peanut butter
  • 1-1/2 pounds of powdered sugar
  • 1 pound semisweet couverture chocolate (you can also use chocolate confectionery coating or add vegetable shortening/coconut oil to melted chocolate to thin it out, about a quarter cup per pound of chocolate, add more if necessary)

Directions:

Melt the butter, add the peanut butter stir until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and mix well. If you do this by hand it can get very tough so I recommend using a stand mixer with paddle attachment. I would not recommend using a hand mixer. You would probably burn out the motor because of the stiffness of the filling.

Roll into balls. Put them on a parchment lined cookie sheet and set in refrigerator to cool and harden. I usually let them sit overnight. You can also put them in the freezer to speed this process up.

When you are ready to dip your buckeyes start melting your chocolate. I recommend using a double boiler for this process.

Put a toothpick in top of the cold peanut butter ball and dip about 3/4 of the ball. Leaving some of the peanut butter showing. Set on to parchment paper and let chocolate harden. You can store them in an air tight container or freeze them.