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Hometown Foodie – How To Make Buckeye Candy
#foodie-all – by Ellen Britt.
Today my young adult daughter requested one of her favorite bite sized sweet snacks called buckeyes.
These sweet peanut butter chocolate coated bites of bliss are so easy to make and best of all, there is no cooking required. Buckeyes are named for their resemblance to the fruit of the buckeye, the state tree of the state of Ohio.
Here’s how to make a dozen so you can try them out. If you like them (and you will!) just double the recipe.
You will need a half cup of peanut butter. I use Smucker’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter but whatever kind you use, as with any natural peanut butter, be sure to mix it well because you will end up with buckeyes that are too soft.
Besides a half cup of peanut butter, you’ll need a half teaspoon vanilla extract, five tablespoons of softened salted butter (either a good grass fed butter like KerryGold or plant based like Miyoko’s), and finally you’ll need a cup of confectioner’s sugar. You’ll also need a half cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips for the coaching.
The first thing to do is to cream the butter, peanut butter and vanilla together in a medium to large bowl. You can use a fork and do it by hand like I do or you can use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment.
Then add the confectioners sugar half at a time and with your fork or stand mixer, blend the sugar into the mix. When it’s all absorbed, then add the other half of the confectioner’s sugar and mix till this forms a stiff “dough.”
Once everything is mixed, take your hands and form the dough into small balls about half the size of a golf ball. If the dough is too dry and won’t stick together, then simply add a bit more peanut butter a bit at a time till the dough is workable.
Place the formed candy on a plate and place in the fridge to chill and firm up. When the buckeyes are firm, after about a half hour or so, melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave a minute at a time until they are melted.
Then either hold the buckeyes in your fingers or take a toothpick and impale the buckeye with it so you have a handle. Dip the buckeyes into the melted chocolate and leave a bit of the peanut butter exposed so it looks like a real buckeye.
Place the chocolate coated buckeys back on the plate and put them back into the fridge until the chocolate is firm. Then enjoy. Let’s eat y’all…!