Over the weekend we went to mom’s house. Every now and then she brings out a special treat she hasn’t made in years and on this particular day she surprised us with Buckeyes, something she hasn’t made since she was 16.
These are a peanut butter lover’s DREAM. I had to do some research to figure out why these are called Buckeyes. Turns out, these peanut butter truffles are dipped in chocolate with a small circle of peanut butter peeking through the top to resemble a nut from Ohio State’s tree, the buckeye tree. How cute is that?!
I was a bit perplexed at first, thinking Mom had done a bit of a sloppy job on the dipping part. I tried to find a few Buckeyes completely covered in chocolate for a good photo. My first round of photos looked like this…
But then I sat down to research what in the world a buckeye is. This is how a Buckeye treat is supposed to look…
Much cuter, right? Initially I felt like this was a classic blonde moment of mine but other than the college football team, Rimmel didn’t even now what an actual buckeye was so I feel a little better. Sorry for judging your artwork Mom. But now that we know what a buckeye is, the girls and I will make some for their favorite junior high teacher, Mr. Fleegle at Freedom Academy Charter School. He is an Ohio State fanatic. Hopefully he likes peanut butter!
DARK CHOCOLATE, PEANUT BUTTER BUCKEYES
2 cups peanut butter
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
2-1/2 cups confectioners sugar
9 oz dark chocolate chips
2 tbsp shortening
Mix together the peanut butter, butter, salt and vanilla. Work the confectioners sugar into the peanut butter mixture. Roll and freeze peanut butter balls for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Melt chocolate chips over double boiler. Stir in shortening. Pick up a peanut butter ball with a toothpick and slowly dip into the chocolate, leaving a small circle of peanut butter showing. Store in refrigerator.