real life test kitchen: spooky halloween buckeyes

(This post was originally published last year, but after making them again recently we decided to share again with a new photo!)

One of the best things about marrying a man from Ohio is that he introduced me to buckeyes. The state sweet, they are creamy, peanut-buttery chocolate balls of joy. They resemble the nut that falls from the state tree and bear the same name as Ohio State’s beloved college football team. I don’t know how I lived 35 years without them. Recently, we introduced some neighbors to buckeyes by bringing a spooky version to Halloween party. I was talking to the hostess when someone came over and urgently asked “Where are those chocolate peanut butter balls?! They are amazing!!” I beamed with pride and decided we’d make them for a bake sale we had coming up at our child’s preschool. Recipe to follow on the next page. Don’t eat them all once! — Angela M

How to make Buckeyes
Start with the peanut butter middle: Mix one stick of room temperature butter, with a pound of confectioner’s sugar (never said these were healthy!), a cup and a half of creamy peanut butter and a two teaspoons of vanilla. Mix together (use your hands) until it’s well blended and easy to shape. Roll out tablespoon-sized balls and place on wax paper lined cookie sheet. Chill in fridge for one hour.

Then, make the chocolate dip: Melt a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips with two tablespoons of vegetable shortening. I used a double-boiler (glass bowl over a pan of simmering water) but the microwave would work, too.
Pick up the peanut butter balls with a toothpick and place in the chocolate, leaving a small round opening on the top. Place back on sheet.

To get the spooky eye effect, press an M&M candy in the center, over the toothpick hole. But don’t press too hard or you’ll break them! Chill again. Eat when you can’t wait any longer.

From our partners
Beth Ellen

Making these now. Some are going to Paris, where my daughter is in college. Some are staying here for my other kids and husband. One might just go directly into my mouth after the chocolate dip!
FYI–I made 38 from this recipe–you could easily get 40-45 depending on how big you make them.