Buckeyes

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Buckeyes are another recipe I had never heard of until I was asked if I knew how to make them.

Now I make them so much I make them from memory because they are so simple to make.

You can really make as few or as many as you want if you can keep the proportions locked into your head or written down somewhere.

You just need 1 part butter to 3 parts peanut butter.  Then add 1 1/2 parts the total of butter and peanut of powdered sugar.

I know that was probably too much math all at once! I get it, math is not my strong suit either.  This is where algebra comes in handy.

So let’s look at in cooking terms.  If you use ¼ cup of butter, you will need ¾ cup of peanut butter.  That gives you 1 cup total right?  Easy enough so far.  1 ½ times of that total is 1 ½ cups of powdered sugar.

You can double from here, or triple.  Because I use my stand mixer for almost everything, I need to at least double this for my paddle to mix anything well.

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So if I double, I start with ½ cup of butter.  1/2 cups times 3 is 1 ½ cups of peanut butter.  This leaves a total of 2 cups.  1 ½ times 2 cups is 3 cups of powdered sugar.

You get the point right?

When it comes to coating the balls, the possibilities are limitless.  I prefer milk chocolate and I start with a bag of milk chocolate chips.  But you could also use candy melts or any other type of coating you like.  The amount you need is all dependent on how thick you like your coating.  I prefer a thinner coating so I need less chocolate.

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I also add shortening to my chocolate, it makes it smoother and easier to coat things.  You can also use 1/2 of a block of paraffin wax.  Chocolate melted with shortening will need to be refrigerated to keep the coating crisp.  Paraffin wax will result in a shinier and sturdier coating that stores just fine outside of the refrigerator.   Some people get weirded out when they think about eating wax, I just don’t think about it.  Besides, there is all sorts of chemicals in a chocolate bar right?

I use a double boiler of sorts, I have a metal bowl set over a simmer pan of water.  This is a slow process, but it gives me more control over the chocolate and also keeps it from cooling off and getting too thick.  I like all the buckeyes to have an even amount of chocolate on them.

I take any extra chocolate or coating I have and pour it onto a sheet on non-stick foil.  Once it has cooled I break into pieces and put it into a bag for later use.  You can also add pretzels, nuts, broken up cookies, or whatever else you might like in candy bark and cut it into bite size pieces.

Buckeyes
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
3 cups powdered sugar
12 ounces milk chocolate
2 tablespoons solid shortening, IE Crisco

Line cookie sheet with non-stick foil or wax paper sprayed with baking spray.

Mix together butter and peanut butter in a bowl.

Add powdered sugar and mix until sugar has disappeared.

Mixture should be the consistency of a peanut butter cup center. Add more powdered sugar a tablespoon at a time until that consistency is reached.

Roll peanut butter mixture into equal sized balls.

Set balls on prepared cookie sheet.

Place cookie sheet in freezer and leave until balls are firm.

Melt chocolate and shortening together in a double boiler set to simmer. Microwave can be used by microwaving chocolate and shortening in 30 second intervals, stirring in between each interval. This method may require reheating during coating step.

Place a sheet of wax paper or aluminum foil on another cookie sheet and place on workspace near the chocolate.

Remove from freezer.

Remove balls, one at a time using a toothpick or candy making dipper.

Dip 2/3 of the ball into chocolate, leaving the top 1/3 uncoated.

Let excess chocolate drip back into melted chocolate.

Set coated balls on lined cookie sheet.

Allow chocolate to set completely before attempting to move them onto a serving plate. They can be refrigerated at this point for quicker setting.

Store at room temperature or refrigerator.

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Other Peanut and Peanut Butter Recipes to Try:

Peanut Butter Icing

Peanut Brittle

Homemade Honey Peanut Butter

Cinnamon Vanilla Candied Peanuts

You don't have to be from Ohio to like these Buckeyes, a peanut butter and chocolate treat. Make them as big o small as you like.

 

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