After we moved to Louisville, when I was a teenager, Dad gave me several Buckeye nuts for good luck ~ I still have them to this day, with one being in my purse all the time. They always remind me of him…
I’m a Buckeye at heart ~ was born in Ohio, lived there through my early years; my extended family still lives there. It’s almost a shame ~ I’ve never made Buckeye Candy until now.
There are about a zillion recipes over the Internet for this delicious confection; this one belongs to Jif. It’s not a candy that is made often in this neck of the woods, so that makes it even more of a treat with it’s taste similar to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
The buckeyes are dipped in chocolate in a manner to duplicate the nut from the Buckeye tree, the state tree of Ohio. They have a smooth peanut butter filling that is coated with rich semi-sweet chocolate. It’s an easy recipe, which you will probably want to double like I do.
Maybe these sweet little candies will bring a person good luck, just like the real Buckeyes do!
1½ cups creamy peanut butter (I use Jif)
½ cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
3-4 cups powdered sugar (I used almost 3½)
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening
Combine peanut butter, butter, vanilla and salt in large bowl.
Beat with an electric mixer on LOW until blended.
Add 2 cups powdered sugar, beating until blended.
Beat in additional powdered sugar until mixture, when shaped into a ball, will stay on a toothpick.
Shape into 1-inch balls.
Refrigerate 1 hour.
Place chocolate chips and shortening in microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave on medium for 30 seconds, stir.
Repeat until mixture is smooth.
Reheat as needed while coating peanut butter balls.
Insert toothpick in peanut butter ball.
Dip ¾ of ball into chocolate, leaving top uncovered to resemble a buckeye; remove excess.
Place on wax paper-lined try.
Remove toothpick and smooth over holes.
Refrigerate until firm.
Makes about 4-5 dozen
Pam’s note: The chocolate adheres well when the peanut butter balls are VERY COLD and the chocolate is VERY HOT. Dip them immediately; don’t let them sweat, as the chocolate won’t stick. They’re easy to make, and sooo good!