Thursday, December 8, 2011

Of Buckeyes & Holidays

Here in Ohio we're all about buckeyes. Yep, we gather buckeyes, the nuts from an indigenous tree, and add them to our fall decor.  My family cheers the Buckeyes on every fall Saturday, even through tough times.  And when the holidays roll's time to make... 


It's a tradition in my family to spend a couple hours mixing the creamy peanut butter center, shaping into balls,and then dipping in chocolate leaving a circle on top.  The end result looks just like a buckeye.  

Mmmmmm....buckeye love!

Buckeye Bite

Even if you don't live in Ohio you can give these tasty little treats a try.  They're easy to make and oh's melt-in-your-mouth, peanut butter goodness.

B u c k e y e s

1/2 cup of crunchy or creamy peanut butter
1/4 lb. of butter
3/4 lb (2 2/3 cups) confectioner's sugar
12 ounces of Nestle chocolate chips
A bit less than a 1/4 bar of paraffin

To a large bowl add peanut butter, butter, and confectioner's sugar.  Mix ingredients with your hands until the mixture becomes well blended and creamy, but firm.  Refrigerate for an hour or so. Roll into 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch balls and refrigerate until firm.   

Pour chocolate chips into the top of a double boiler and shave paraffin using a vegetable peeler on top.  Melt chocolate and paraffin until all is smooth.  Using toothpicks dip each ball into the chocolate leaving a circle of the peanut butter middle showing on top. Place buckeyes on parchment or waxed paper and let set until chocolate is no longer sticky to touch.  Do not place in 'fridge to set.


PS There IS a difference between horse chestnuts and buckeyes. 


  1. Hmmm, being a Penn State fan I have a dislike of Buckeyes. But...peanut butter and chocolate could force me to soften my heart a bit :)

  2. HA! You could cover them completely in chocolate and call them Happy Valley Nuts!


  3. Mmmmm! Sound absolutely delicious!

  4. My next door neighbor is a Buckeye and she gives these out every Christmas. It's the cookie I most wait for each year. Now that I know the recipe I might not need to wait 364 days for the next batch. :)

    Love your picture of them too. Makes me want them even more. :)

  5. When first I read your title, I thought REAL buckeyes, which I sometimes collect. But these... OH! CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER>>> You are tempting me to fall off my "before Christmas dinner" diet!

  6. Oh my gosh, my husband would love those treats. I'm going to bookmark this blog post right now... Thank you so much for the recipe!


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