Buckeye Recipe

Buckeye Recipe
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Buckeyes

Jane Bruce

Buckeyes

I was introduced to the simple pleasure that is a buckeye by my Ohioan sister-in-law, who provided me with this recipe. They are a specialty of the state, a dessert named after a nut that looks like an eye. Though they definitely aren't healthy, they are gluten-free, and did I mention how delicious they are? Think of a homemade, super-rich peanut butter cup.

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20
Servings
218
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2  cup  natural, smooth peanut butter
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1/3  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  cup  butter, melted
  • 2-3  cups  confectioners' sugar
  • One 12-ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

Mix together the peanut butter, vanilla extract, salt, and butter. Slowly stir in the sugar, ½ cup at a time, until the mixture is almost dry and cakey (like the peanut butter inside a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup). If you have a blender, use it, but if not, you can stir by hand and then knead by hand when it thickens. Roll into small nickel-sized balls and place on waxed paper or aluminum foil.

Over very low heat, melt the chocolate in a saucepot while stirring quickly. Using a toothpick, spear a peanut butter ball and dip into the melted chocolate, but not all the way — you want the edge around the top that makes it look like the buckeye nut. Place back on the waxed paper/aluminum foil and when all are chocolate-dipped, place in the refrigerator to cool.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
15g
21%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Carbohydrate, by difference
19g
15%
Protein
5g
11%
Vitamin A, RAE
176µg
25%
Vitamin E, added
6mg
40%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
6mg
1%
Choline, total
10mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Folate, total
64µg
16%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
55mg
17%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
63mg
9%
Selenium, Se
2µg
4%
Sodium, Na
113mg
8%
Water
1g
0%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Buckeye Shopping Tip

Be sure to purchase the correct flour a recipe calls for – flours differ in gluten or protein content, making each suited for specific tasks.

Buckeye Cooking Tip

Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness – it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.