Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Candy Buckeyes

If you are from Ohio (or a neighboring state), these need no introduction. If you aren't from Ohio, I hope someone has introduced you to these little peanut butter and chocolate treats before now, because Ohio doesn't need them all for itself. They should share. These candies are named because they look like the nut from Ohio's state tree, the Buckeye tree. And they are the perfect bite.

4 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 t. vannilla
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I used dark)
2 T. shortening

First, mix together the first 4 ingredients. It's a pretty thick dough, so I recommend getting in there with your hands.

Roll the dough into balls (about 2 tsp.) and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate. 

The little ones are the ones Eli did. He worked so hard on those!

Next, heat the shortening and chocolate over a double broiler or in my case a makeshift double broiler.

Once the peanut butter balls are nice and chilled, use a toothpick to dip each one in the chocolate, covering about 3/4 of the peanut butter.

Set them back on the parchment paper, then refrigerate them so they can set. If you have eager little boys like I do, then maybe you'll want to rush the process by putting them in the freezer.

How easy is that? These make great gifts and look great on a goodie tray if you need to take treats somewhere for a party.  OR you can just put them in your fridge and eat them all up yourself, one guilty bite at a time!

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