Buckeyes

buckeyes 114 I always thought of making Buckeyes as a Southern tradition, since we’ve lived in other places that had never heard of them, but I’m not really sure about that.  They are usually made around Christmas time and called “Buckeye” because they resemble the Buckeye Nut, which doesn’t actually grow in most parts of the South.  Probably everyone has heard of the famous Ohio Buckeyes, which are named for these, because Ohio does have a lot of Buckeye trees.  Maybe that’s where it all started?     

Buckeye nuts resemble a chestnut but with one very big difference…they are NOT edible.  In fact, they are poisonous to cattle and people.  They are however considered “lucky” and are carried around in the pocket in order to bring “good luck”.  (I’m not a believer in “luck”, I’m just stating what is said about them.)  I was surprised to find that they can be purchased online and used for decorating.  I have also heard them called a “useless nut”.  The good news about the Buckeyes we make is, they are neither poisonous, lucky or useless..and I only recommend using them to “decorate” the dessert table!  They are however, easy, delicious and gluten-free.

Here’s the Recipe:

(Printable version below)

  • 1 lb confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup margarine (softened)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 12 oz chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup paraffin (grated)

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   Chocolate and paraffin not pictured

buckeyes 034 In the large bowl of a stand mixer, mix together sugar, margarine, peanut butter and vanilla.

buckeyes 037 Combine on medium speed until well incorporated.  It won’t be smooth

buckeyes 053 Roll mixture into one inch balls and place on waxed paper

buckeye Collage Wax can be found in the canning section of your local store.  Once you buy it, it lasts forever…literally.  Don’t get “freaked out” about putting wax into your food, it’s not enough to hurt you.  It makes the chocolate shiny and more firm.

buckeyes 057 Place wax and chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler

buckeyes 067 Heat over medium heat until melted and smooth

***I prefer a double boiler to microwaving…there’s much less chance of burning the chocolate

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Somehow, I forgot to take a picture while we were dipping.  This was taken much later, so yours will not be cracked

Using a toothpick, dip balls into melted chocolate, leaving tops uncoated

Place on waxed paper to harden

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If you want to smooth over the toothpick hole, you can.  I mentioned doing this for picture’s sake but my girls insisted we leave them.  They reasoned, “It won’t be like we always do it”…I completely agreed!

Buckeyes
Yields 40
Peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate to resemble the Buckeye Nut
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Prep Time
45 min
Prep Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb confectioners sugar
  2. 1/2 cup margarine (softened)
  3. 1 cup peanut butter
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 12 oz chocolate chips
  6. 1/3 cup paraffin (grated)
Instructions
  1. In the large bowl of a stand mixer, mix together sugar, margarine, peanut butter and vanilla until well combined. It won't be smooth
  2. Roll mixture into one inch balls and place on waxed paper
  3. Place wax and chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler
  4. Heat over medium heat until melted and smooth
  5. Using a toothpick, dip balls into melted chocolate, leaving tops uncoated
  6. Place on waxed paper to harden
Notes
  1. Wax can be found in the canning section of your local store. Once you buy it, it lasts forever...literally. Don't get "freaked out" about putting wax into your food, it's not enough to hurt you. It makes the chocolate shiny and more firm.
  2. I prefer a double boiler to microwaving...there's much less chance of burning the chocolate
  3. If you want to smooth over the toothpick hole, you can.
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3 Comments on Buckeyes

  1. adashofsanity
    December 17, 2013 at 5:08 PM (4 months ago)

    Danita – I had totally forgotten about these, love this. Thanks for sharing! San

    Reply
  2. idigpinterest
    December 17, 2013 at 4:05 PM (4 months ago)

    I love buckeyes! My neighbor always brings them to us for Christmas, and we always look forward to it.

    Reply
    • Danita
      December 17, 2013 at 4:15 PM (4 months ago)

      They are great for giving, we’ve done the same thing. Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas!

      Reply

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