Valentine’s Buckeyes [RECIPE]
Good Morning Everyone!
I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s weekend. Around here we were off to the beach soaking up the sun and then bustling around in the kitchen together. Yes, even the little Noob Chef was testing her hand at this simple, delicious recipe below. But before we talk about buckeyes I wanted to share a bit about why I chose them as our Valentine’s treat. Buckeyes are a regional treat that are home to the Mid-east. Over Thanksgiving of last year my sister-in-law (who is from Ohio) brought some out for everyone to share. One bite and I was hooked! 🙂
If you’ve never had a buckeye before, think of these as a homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Now if you want to lighten up this sugary, buttery recipe then you can easily swap out the peanut butter for almond or sunflower butter, and swap out the milk chocolate for dark chocolate or cacao nibs.
Now back to the story.
One bite and I was hooked. But let’s face it, these confections are a “once in a great while” kind of food. What I didn’t realize was that Mr. Noob Chef enjoyed them even more than I did! So as Valentine’s approached and I said, “we have to make something with chocolate”, he was very quick to suggest this recipe. It was a done deal.
Parent tip: when making these treats with kids, make sure to have a box of latex-free gloves (easily purchased at your local drug store) so that all of the rolling and dipping keeps little fingers not-so-messy!
Now let me tell y’all, these buckeyes are very simple to make. There isn’t much “cooking” involved at all. But be sure to give yourself plenty of time to allow the buckeyes to chill before you dip them in the chocolate. Without further adieu, here’s the recipe! Enjoy everyone! ❤
Yields: 40 balls
- 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons Crisco
- Mix peanut butter, margarine or butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla in bowl (It helps to soften the margarine).
- Shape into 1″ balls.
- Refrigerate balls.
- Meanwhile, melt chocolate with a bit of crisco (so the chocolate will harden. Without crisco, chocolate will remain soft.) in double boiler.
- Insert toothpick into refrigerated balls and dip into chocolate, leaving small area resembling a buckeye.
- Cool on wax paper and store in refrigerator or freezer.