December 14, 2011

Edible DIY: Buckeye Candies

This week, I'm going to shake things up a bit. Guest post, a home goods DIY on Friday, AND I'm offering you my first ever edible DIY! While I love cooking, I'm not the most consistent with it. So when I do cook, it's often involved and decadent foods, like pizza from scratch, chicken pot pie or baked goods. 

Every holiday season, I make the official candy of my home state Ohio, BUCKEYES. Real buckeye nuts from the tree are poisonous, but (barring any allergies) these are not. In fact, they are devilishly delicious, and I always give a batch to my boyfriend's family, who, as lifetime New Yorkers, have never seen a real buckeye.

The recipe and how-to are after the jump!

1 1/2 cups peanut butter
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 cups confectioners' sugar
4 cups semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowel bowl (THIS IS WHY YOU PROOFREAD), mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners' sugar. The dough will look dry and crumbly.

Roll into 1-inch balls and place on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Place in the freezer to set for at least 30 minutes.

Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave or using a double boiler on the stove. Remove peanut butter balls out from freezer. Using toothpicks, dip the frozen balls into the melted chocolate.

Leave part of the peanut butter exposed to look like the buckeye nut. Once the chocolate sets, they are ready to eat!    Keep refrigerated until serving. 

This poor guy was the last of the batch, but it'll still taste great.

(Top image sources: left and middle)


  1. Yay! I'm a buckeye and you totally made my day. I should get on the ball and make these myself!

  2. Yum!! Looks sooo good :)

  3. LOVE buckeyes, and this post is so cute with the inedible/edible picture. Such a cute blog!

  4. erin ~ you can bake too? you're fab!! and these look delish!! p.s. my dad's from ohio too ;) ;)
    xx ~ k

  5. Oooh, these sounds wonderful. Chocolate and peanut butter is always a fave of mine. Great for gluten-free friends


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