Oh, Hi Yo: Peanut Butter Buckeyes – Ohio

The Buckeye State got its name from the proliferation of Buckeye trees (Aesculus glabra) around the state, yes. But William Henry Harrison, the nation’s ninth president, also may have had a hand

Peanut Butter Buckeyes - Ohio

with the nickname as he used the image of the buckeye tree in his presidential campaign against Martin Van Buren. Besides Harrison, who was born in Virginia and later claimed Ohio as his home, seven other presidents are Ohio natives, which is why Ohio is sometimes called the “Mother of Presidents.”

Buckeye seeds are dark brown and shiny and have a lighter colored center that looks like a deer eye, according to native Americans.

Buckeyes

Naturally, someone clever eventually decided to make a confection that looks like the buckeye. You can now find these commercially made all over the state, but give this recipe a go. Homemade is always best.

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Peanut Butter Buckeyes

  • Servings: 60 pieces
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Vegetable oil

Instructions

Mix the peanut butter and butter with an electric mixer until completely combined, approximately 3 minutes. Add salt and vanilla, mix again for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar a half cup at a time, mixing and scraping down the sides of the bowl, until all sugar is incorporated.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll the peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls and place evenly on the baking sheet. Place baking sheet into the freezer for the balls to firm up, about 15 minutes.

In the meantime, heat 1 cup of chocolate chips in 30 second bursts in the microwave, stirring in between until all the chips have melted. Add a bit of vegetable oil until the chocolate reaches desired consistency.

Remove baking sheet from the freezer. Place a toothpick in the peanut butter ball and dip about three-quarters of the ball into the chocolate. Place back on the baking sheet and remove toothpick, smoothing out the hole. Repeat with the remaining balls, melting more chocolate when it runs low. Refrigerate until firm.

 

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