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.
- 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
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.