Today I have a recipe for a classic candy that’s best known in Ohio – Peanut Butter Buckeyes. It’s called a buckeye because it resembles the nut from the state tree, the buckeye tree. This candy has a sweet peanut butter filling and a hard chocolate coating. The key trait is the peanut butter peeking through on the top. I like to jazz mine up a bit with crushed peanuts or chocolate sprinkles, but they are also delicious plain. If you are a fan of chocolate and peanut butter, this recipe is for you!
If you live in Ohio, you probably see these every Christmas season on every holiday tray. It’s a staple. You may even see them produced in local candy shops. If you live elsewhere you might see these fully coated in chocolate and called “peanut butter balls”. Both versions taste great and they are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. For this recipe, you are welcome to fully dip your peanut butter balls if you prefer.
The key to dipping these candies is to make sure the balls are COLD before you dip. A nice cold peanut butter ball will not fall apart in warm chocolate, and the chocolate coating will also harden faster. I like to line a baking sheet with wax paper, roll all of my peanut butter balls, and place toothpicks in the tops. Then, I chill the entire baking sheet for 15-20 minutes.
Once you start dipping, you can place them directly back onto the cold baking sheet. If you would like to add nuts or sprinkles, do so immediately after dipping, before placing on the baking sheet. Your chocolate will dry fast, so you want to decorate as you go. Once your candy is back on the baking sheet, you can remove the toothpick and use it to gently fill in the hole left by the toothpick.
Where do you live? Do you have any local candy or cookie traditions?
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter - room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups confectioner's sugar
- 12 ounces dark chocolate melting wafers
In a bowl, add peanut butter, butter, and vanilla. Stir until combined. Add salt and 1 cup of confectioner's sugar at a time until all 3 cups are combined. Mixture will be thick (like a dough).
Roll mixture into one inch balls and place onto a wax paper lined baking sheet. Pierce a toothpick into the tops of each ball, about two-thirds of the way through.
Transfer baking sheet to refrigerator and allow to chill for 30 minutes.
In a small microwave safe bowl, heat melting wafers in 30 second increments, stirring every 30 seconds, until wafers are melted and smooth.
Remove peanut butter balls from the refrigerator. Holding the toothpick, dip ball into chocolate, leaving just the top exposed. Lift out of chocolate and gently tap any excess off on side of bowl. Place back onto cold baking sheet. Repeat with all balls.
Allow to harden on the counter top for 30 minutes, or in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
If you'd like to add sprinkles or crushed nuts, do so immediately after dipping into chocolate, before it dries.